Mahtook, Gausman named LSWA players of the week
NATCHITOCHES, La - Junior outfielder Mikie Mahtook and freshman pitcher Kevin Gausman, both of LSU, have given the Tigers a clean sweep of state awards as both have been named the LSWA Hitter and Pitcher of the week.
Mahtook, a native of Alexandria, led the Tigers to a three-game sweep of Tennessee over the weekend, batting .643 (9-for-14) with one triple, one homer, six RBI, six runs and two stolen bases. He extended his consecutive games reached-base streak to 66, as he has reached base safely in all 52 games this season and in the final 14 games of last season.
Mahtook is hitting .370 on the year with 11 doubles, four triples, 13 homers, 50 RBI, 54 runs and 28 steals and has a chance to become the first player since 1974 to lead the SEC in both home runs and stolen bases. He now has 59 career stolen bases, fifth all-time in LSU annals.
Gausman, a righty from Centennial, Colo., delivered a brilliant performance on the mound Friday versus Tennessee, recording a complete-game shutout of the Volunteers. He limited Tennessee to just four hits while recording no walks and seven strikeouts and retired the final 13 Volunteer batters in a row to clinch the win. The effort marked the first shutout fired by an LSU pitcher since Louis Coleman blanked Arkansas in Fayetteville on May 2, 2009.
Gausman's gem was the first shutout by an LSU freshman since the championship game of the 1993 College World Series when Brett Laxton blanked Wichita State to lift the Tigers to their second national title.