LSU’s Josh Smith named SEC Player of the Week

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BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior shortstop Josh Smith was named SEC Baseball Player of the Week Monday by the league office. The recognition marked LSU’s second consecutive SEC Player of the Week honor, as third baseman Chris Reid won the award last week.

Smith, product of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, led LSU to a series victory last weekend over ninth-ranked Texas A&M, batting .500 (6-for-12) in three games with one double, two homers, three RBI and four runs scored.

With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth inning of Game 1 Friday night, Smith launched a solo homer that proved to be the game-winning blow in LSU’s 2-1 victory. He added a two-run blast in the eighth inning of Game 3 on Saturday night to cap the series victory for the Tigers.

For the entire five-game week, Smith helped lead LSU to four wins, batting .471 (8-for-17) with one double, three homers, six RBI and five runs scored.

Smith is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .359 (42-for-117) on the year with eight doubles, five homers, 19 RBI and 38 runs scored.

LSU Baseball Report – April 7, 2019

Overall Record:  23-10    SEC:  8-4

Last Week’s Results (4-1) 

April 2 (Tue.) – GRAMBLING (W, 9-0)

April 3 (Wed.) – SOUTH ALABAMA (W, 2-0)

April 5 (Fri.) –  No. 9 TEXAS A&M (W, 2-1)

April 6 (Sat.) – No. 9 TEXAS A&M (L, 4-6)

April 6 (Sat.) – No. 9 TEXAS A&M (W, 9-3)

This Week’s Schedule

April 9 (Tue.) – at Southern, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPN+)

April 12 (Fri.) –  at Missouri, 6:30 p.m. CT (SECN+)

April 13 (Sat.) – at Missouri, 5 p.m. CT (SECN+)

April 14 (Sun.) – at Missouri, 12 p.m. CT (SEC Network)

Notes on the Tigers

LSU is 8-4 in the Southeastern Conference after posting a 2-1 series win last weekend over ninth-ranked Texas A&M in Baton Rouge … the Tigers are tied with Arkansas and Ole Miss for first place in the SEC Western Division, and LSU is just one game behind Georgia (9-3) in the overall league standings … over the past three weekends, LSU has played No. 5 Georgia, No. 2 Mississippi State and No. 9 Texas A&M, winning five of the nine games and posting series wins over Mississippi State and Texas A&M … LSU has won six of its past seven games overall, posting a 2.00 team ERA in 63 innings … junior shortstop Josh Smith led LSU to a series win over ninth-ranked Texas A&M, batting .500 (6-for-12) in three games with one double, two homers, three RBI and four runs scored … with the score tied 1-1 in the eighth inning of Game 1 Friday night, Smith launched a solo homer that proved to be the game-winning blow in LSU’s 2-1 victory … Smith added a two-run blast in the eighth inning of Game 3 on Saturday night to cap the series victory for the Tigers … for the entire five-game week, Smith helped lead LSU to four wins, batting .471 (8-for-17) with one double, three homers, six RBI and five runs scored … he is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .359 (42-for-117) on the year with eight doubles, five homers, 19 RBI and 38 runs scored … freshman right-hander Cole Henry defeated ninth-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday in Baton Rouge with a superb effort, limiting the Aggies to two runs on six hits – all singles — in a career-long eight innings with no walks and a career-best nine strikeouts … Henry threw 96 pitches in the outing, allowing two runs in the first inning before firing seven straight shutout frames … he retired 10 consecutive Aggie batters to complete his outing; the streak spanned from the final out of the fifth inning through the end of the eighth inning … Henry has won three of his four SEC starts, recording 32 strikeouts in 25.1 innings while limiting league opponents to a .202 batting average … senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis has 309 career hits at LSU and has a chance to become the all-time hits leader in SEC history; former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss is the all-time SEC hits leader with 352 from 1995-98 … Duplantis is No. 5 on the LSU career hits list, and he is just sixth LSU player to collect 300 career hits … he is one hit shy of tying former LSU All-American Todd Walker (1992-94) for fourth place on the all-time LSU hits chart.

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