PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mason Katz • LSU
Junior• OF/1B • Harahan, La.
•Katz led LSU to three wins in four games last week, including a 2-1 series victory at No. 1 South Carolina that secured the 2012 SEC championship for the Tigers … Katz hit .368 (7-for-19) in four games with one double, two homers, seven RBI and five runs … Katz collected two RBI in the SEC title-clinching win on Saturday -- he drove in what proved to be the winning run in the top of the 10th inning in the 3-2 victory over the Gamecocks.
•Katz’ two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead and was the difference in the game after South Carolina scored one run in the bottom of the 10th … Katz also launched a solo homer against South Carolina ace Michael Roth in the series opener, helping the Tigers to a 5-2 win.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
DJ Baxendale • Arkansas
Junior • RHP • Jacksonville, Ark.
•Baxendale was fantastic on the mound in the series opener at Tennessee, throwing eight shutout innings to lead the Razorbacks to a win against the Volunteers … Baxendale allowed just two hits over his eight innings of work and struck out seven, while not issuing a walk … Baxendale did not allow his first hit until two outs in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Will Maddox.
• He only allowed three runners to reach base and only one base runner advanced past second … Baxendale opened the game by retiring the first nine batters he faced … After the leadoff man reached on an error in the fourth, Baxendale then proceeded to sit down the next eight Volunteers that came to the plate … He faced the minimum in five of the eight innings he worked in the win.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Jacob Lindgren • Miss. State
LHP • Bay St. Louis, Miss.
• In his longest of his 12 freshman season outings, left-hander Jacob Lindgren pitched 5.1 innings of three-hit relief Saturday and earned his first SEC win to help State clinch its regular season-ending series against the league-leading Kentucky Wildcats.
• Lindgren struck out a rookie season-high seven batters and allowed three singles in picking up his first conference win. He entered the game and halted a second-inning UK rally and held the Wildcats scoreless through the eighth inning.