POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:50pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:53pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — LSU sophomore right-hander Kevin Gausman was named SEC Pitcher of the Week Monday by the league office.
Gausman, a product of Centennial, Colo., recorded a brilliant outing against Vanderbilt on Friday, firing a complete-game five-hitter in a 2-1 LSU victory. Gausman limited the Commodores to one run on five hits (all singles) in nine innings with one walk and 11 strikeouts.
He threw 123 pitches and recorded the first complete game by an LSU pitcher since May 13, 2011 when Gausman blanked Tennessee in Alex Box Stadium.
Gausman improved to 8-1 this season and lowered his ERA to 2.95 in 91.2 innings of work. He leads the SEC in strikeouts with 112, and he has limited opponents to a .235 batting average.
Gausman’s SEC honor – his second this season – marks the seventh time this year an LSU player has received the conference’s Player or Pitcher of the Week designation. Other LSU players receiving SEC accolades this season include sophomore second baseman JaCoby Jones, sophomore right-hander Ryan Eades, junior left-hander Brent Bonvillain, junior leftfielder Raph Rhymes and junior rightfielder Mason Katz.