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LSU's Gausman Named First-Team Preseason All-America

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 4:08pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (LSUSPORTS.NET) - LSU sophomore pitcher Kevin Gausman was named Monday to the 2012 Baseball America magazine First-Team Preseason All-America squad.

Gausman, a native of Centennial, Colo., was the sixth-round draft choice in 2010 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he was named the No. 4 top prospect on the USA Collegiate National team last summer by Baseball America.

Gausman started 14 games for LSU last season as a freshman, posting a 5-6 mark and a 3.51 ERA in 89.2 innings with 23 walks and 86 strikeouts. He recorded a 3-1 mark with a 1.17 ERA in his final four starts of the year, recording five walks and 32 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.

Gausman finished No. 8 in the SEC in strikeouts, and he posted a career-best 10 Ks on May 7 at Alabama. He was No. 5 in the SEC in opponent batting average (.215) and No. 9 in the league in hits allowed (70).

Gausman was named SEC Freshman of the Week on May 16 after blanking Tennessee on May 13. He limited the Vols to just four hits while recording no walks and seven strikeouts. He was also named SEC Freshman of the Week on May 2 after defeating Kentucky on April 29, limiting the Wildcats to one run on two hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts.

Gausman is scheduled to be LSU’s starting pitcher at 7 p.m. Friday when the Tigers open the 2012 season versus Air Force in Alex Box Stadium.

Top-ranked Florida leads all teams with seven players on Baseball America's college preseason All-America teams. Catcher Mike Zunino and two-way talent Brian Johnson represent the Gators on the first team, while outfielder Preston Tucker, two-way player Austin Maddox and righthander Hudson Randall make the second team, and shortstop Nolan Fontana and righty Karsten Whitson appear on the third team. Counting Johnson, Florida's entire weekend rotation is composed of preseason All-Americans. No team in recent years has produced more than four preseason All-Americans. The only team in the last decade to get close to matching Florida was Stanford in 2002, with six preseason All-Americans.

Baseball America annually polls major league scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the preseason All-America team has been a predictor both of the first round of the draft and of team success. For example, nine of the 14 draft-eligible members of last year's first team became first-round picks last June, and the other five were all selected inside the top four rounds. Each of the first seven players drafted out of four-year colleges last spring—and 12 of the first 13—appeared on one of BA's three preseason All-America teams heading into the season.

There are six repeat members of BA's preseason All-America teams. Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero and Stanford righthander Mark Appel each move up from the second team last year to the first team this year, while Johnson jumps from last year's third team to this year's first team. Two members of last year's first team—catcher Peter O'Brien (who transferred from Bethune-Cookman to Miami) and Stanford shortstop Kenny Diekroeger—made this year's team as members of the third and second teams, respectively. Tucker repeated as a second-teamer.

Marrero was the only unanimous first-team selection. Appel and Georgia Southern outfielder Victor Roache each appeared on the ballots of all 17 scouting directors who voted, but each received one second-team vote and 16 first-team votes. Zunino also appeared on every ballot but had two second-team votes.

Second-ranked Stanford, No. 4 Arkansas and No. 17 Arizona State each landed three players on the All-America teams, tied for second-most behind Florida. The Cardinal (Appel and third baseman Stephen Piscotty) and Georgia Southern (Roache and righthander Chris Beck) were the only teams other than Florida to produce multiple first-teamers.

The Southeastern Conference placed 12 players on the three All-America teams, most of any league. The Atlantic Coast and Pacific-12 conferences were next with seven selections apiece. As a testament to the strong talent in the mid-major conferences, 15 different leagues are represented on the three All-America teams. The others are the America East, Atlantic Sun, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Big West, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Southern, Sun Belt, and West Coast conferences.

First Team
C: Mike Zunino, Florida
1B: Adam Brett Walker, Jacksonville
2B: Tony Renda, California
3B: Stephen Piscotty, Stanford
SS: Deven Marrero, Arizona State
OF: Travis Jankowski, Stony Brook
OF: Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M
OF: Victor Roache, Georgia Southern
DH: Richie Shaffer, Clemson
UT: Brian Johnson, Florida

SP: Mark Appel, Stanford
SP: Chris Beck, Georgia Southern
SP: Kevin Gausman, LSU
SP: Marcus Stroman, Duke
RP: Nolan Sanburn, Arkansas
UT: Brian Johnson, Florida

Second Team
C: Josh Elander, Texas Christian
1B: Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B: L.J. Mazzilli, Connecticut
3B: Colin Moran, North Carolina
SS: Kenny Diekroeger, Stanford
OF: Jeremy Baltz, St. John's
OF: James Ramsey, Florida State
OF: Preston Tucker, Florida
DH: Patrick Wisdom, St. Mary's
UT: Austin Maddox, Florida

SP: Jake Barrett, Arizona State
SP: Hudson Randall, Florida
SP: Michael Wacha, Texas A&M
SP: Kyle Zimmer, San Francisco
RP: Lex Rutledge, Samford
UT: Austin Maddox, Florida

Third Team
C: Tom Murphy, Buffalo
1B: Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas
2B: Micah Johnson, Indiana
3B: Kris Bryant, San Diego
SS: Nolan Fontana, Florida
OF: Barrett Barnes, Texas Tech
OF: Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton
OF: Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech
DH: Peter O'Brien, Miami
UT: J.T. Chargois, Rice

SP: Branden Kline, Virginia
SP: Brady Rodgers, Arizona State
SP: Ryne Stanek, Arkansas
SP: Karsten Whitson, Florida
RP: R.J. Alvarez, Florida Atlantic
UT: J.T. Chargois, Rice



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