LSU junior Paul Skenes named National, SEC Pitcher of Week following 15-strikeout outing

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Paul Skenes

BATON ROUGE, La. – BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior right-hander Paul Skenes received National Player of the Week recognition Monday from Collegiate Baseball newspaper. The designation marked the sixth time this season Skenes has received the national honor.

Skenes was also named Monday the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week by the league office.

The product of Lake Forest, Calif. defeated Auburn on Friday night, working a season-high 7.1 innings and allowing no runs on six hits with one walk and a career-high 15 strikeouts.

Skenes became the first LSU pitcher to record 15 strikeouts in a game since Tyler Jones fanned 15 at the University of New Orleans on May 17, 2011.

His outing marked the most strikeouts by an LSU pitcher in an SEC game since April 24, 2009, when Anthony Ranaudo fanned 15 against Auburn in Baton Rouge.

Skenes improved to 9-1 on the year, and he leads the nation with 139 strikeouts. He is also No. 1 in the SEC in ERA (1.73), innings pitched (72.2) and opponent batting average (.165).

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