Baseball Report: May 10

The LSU baseball team, losers of eight of their last nine Southeastern Conference games, travel to Kentucky this weekend.

LSU Baseball Report – May 10, 2010

Overall Record:  34-15     SEC:  12-12


This Week’s Schedule

May 14 (Fri.) – at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m. ET

May 15 (Sat.) – at Kentucky, 3 p.m. ET (SportSouth)

May 16 (Sun.) – at Kentucky, 1 p.m. ET


Notes on the Tigers

The Tigers are ranked No. 20 this week in the USA Today/ESPN poll … LSU catcher Micah Gibbs enjoyed a torrid week at the plate, batting .643 (9-for-14) in four games with four doubles, one homer, seven RBI and seven runs … Gibbs hit .692 (9-for-13) in the Tigers’ series versus Vanderbilt, including a game-winning, walk-off double on Friday in the bottom of the 10th inning  … Gibbs is hitting .424 this season with 12 doubles, three triples, six homers and 48 RBI; he is also LSU’s leading hitter in SEC games, batting .450 with seven doubles, three triples, one homer and 18 RBI … freshman leftfielder Alex Edward hit .444 (8-for-18) in four games last week with one double and four RBI … sophomore second baseman Tyler Hanover batted .438 (7-for-16) last week with one double and two RBI … senior right-hander Paul Bertuccini was excellent in three relief appearances last week as he worked 5.2 shutout innings … Bertuccini allowed just four hits with one walk and five strikeouts … Bertuccini, who has a 3.53 gpa in management, was named last week to the ESPN The Magazine second-team Academic All-America squad for District VI, which encompasses the states of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico … junior right-hander Austin Ross made two solid starts during the week versus Southeastern Louisiana and Vanderbilt … Ross worked a total of 9.1 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts … freshman left-hander Jordan Rittiner made the first SEC start of his career Saturday versus Vanderbilt and limited the Commodores to just one earned run on eight hits in 6.1 innings with one walk and six strikeouts … LSU is averaging a paid attendance figure of 10,658 per game for its 35 contests in Alex Box Stadium; LSU’s total home attendance figure this season is 373,063, and the Tigers have three regular-season home games remaining … former LSU coach Skip  Bertman and second baseman Todd Walker  have been named to the College World Series Legends Team by the NCAA and CWS, Inc. …  Bertman led LSU to five national championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000) and directed the Tigers to Omaha 11 times during his 18-year coaching career (1984-2001) … Bertman, Rod Dedeaux of Southern California and Augie Garrido of Cal State Fullerton and Texas are the only coaches to win five CWS titles … Bertman posted a 29-13 (.690) mark in CWS contests, including a perfect 5-0 record in national championship games … Walker helped lead LSU to the 1993 national championship, and he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ’93 CWS, batting .350 with three homers and 12 RBI …. Walker launched a grand slam against Texas A&M in the second round, lined a walk-off, game-winning single against Long Beach State in the semifinal and blasted a two-run homer in the national championship game versus Wichita State.

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