LSU Baseball Report – April 19, 2010
Overall Record: 30-6
SEC: 11-4 (2nd place in SEC)
Last Week: 4-0
April 14 – TULANE (W, 10-4)
April 16 – ALABAMA (W, 12-5)
April 17 – ALABAMA (W, 9-7)
April 18 – ALABAMA (W, 6-5 in 14 innings)
Notes on the Tigers
LSU is ranked in the Top 10 of a college baseball poll for the 33rd consecutive week. The Tigers are ranked No. 8 by Baseball America; No. 5 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll; No. 6 in Collegiate Baseball Poll.
LSU has won 17 of its past 19 SEC series since April 25, 2008.
The Tigers’ 6-5, 14-inning victory over Alabama on Sunday marked LSU’s second-longest game in SEC play; LSU dropped a 16-inning decision at Florida on March 22, 1996.
The extra-inning victory on Sunday featured a walk-off solo homer by sophomore third baseman Grant Dozar, his first dinger of the season and the third of his career.
Matty Ott pitched in three of the Tigers’ four games last week, recording a win and a save in LSU’s SEC sweep over Alabama.
Ott worked the final 1.1 innings of Saturday’s victory over the Crimson Tide, retiring all four batters he faced to earn the save. The sophomore right-hander entered the game with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning with LSU holding a 9-7 lead; he ended the threat on a grounder back to the mound and retired the Tide in order in the ninth to preserve the win.
On Sunday, Ott worked a career-high seven innings to earn the victory in LSU’s 6-5, 14-inning triumph over Alabama. Ott, whose previous career-long outing was just three innings, limited the Tide to two runs on four hits in seven innings with one walk and three strikeouts.
Blake Dean helped lead the Tigers to four straight wins last week, as he batted .316 (6-for-19) with one double, three homers, eight RBI and five runs.
In LSU’s three-game SEC sweep of Alabama, Dean launched three homers, drove in seven runs and scored four times. The senior first baseman hit two homers in Friday’s win over the Crimson Tide, marking the fourth time in his career he recorded a two-HR game.
Dean now has 51 career homers and has moved into fifth place on LSU’s all-time homerun list.
Sophomore right fielder Mikie Mahtook hit .368 (7-for-19) in the Tigers’ four games last week with three doubles, one triple, two homers, six RBI, seven runs and three stolen bases.
Leon Landry hit .474 (9-for-19) last week with one double, four RBI and four runs scored.
Junior catcher Micah Gibbs batted .444 (8-for-18) last week with one RBI and four runs.
As a team, the Tigers batted .321 (50-for-156) in four games with seven doubles, two triples, nine homers and 37 runs.
Anthony Ranaudo earned his second win of the season Friday versus Alabama, as he worked a season-long six innings and fired 99 pitches. The junior right-hander limited the Crimson Tide to three earned runs on five hits in six innings with three walks and eight strikeouts.