Baseball Freshmen Set to Make Impact

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2009 LSU Baseball Roster and Player Bios +0
Baseball Freshmen Set to Make Impact

BATON ROUGE — When LSU begins fall baseball practice on Sept. 25 in the original Alex Box Stadium, 10 true freshmen players will be poised to make a significant impact on the Tigers’ future.

The members of LSU’s talented signing class hope to help the Tigers make a second straight trip to the College World Series in June.

“We feel like this is an outstanding group of young men that will grow within our system and make significant contributions to the success of our program,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “Seven of the 10 players are from Louisiana, and they’re now realizing a lifelong dream to play for the Tigers. I already see the potential for great leadership in this class; it’s a group that will be here for 3-4 years and become a tremendous asset to LSU Baseball.”

The entire LSU squad will engage in 35 fall practice sessions, including several scrimmages, from September 25 through November 7.

LSU begins its 2009 regular season on Feb. 20, when the Tigers play host to Villanova in the New Alex Box Stadium.

Following are bio sketches on the Tigers’ 10 freshmen players, including their statistics and honors as high school all-stars:

#9
Wet Delatte                           
Infielder
6-0, 200, L-R, Fr., HS
St. Amant, La. (St. Amant HS)

Two-time First Team All-State selection
Three-time First Team All-District selection
Batted .455 in 2008 with 15 doubles, 10 homers, 50 RBI and 10 steals
2007 District MVP
Batted .393 in 2007 with 12 doubles, three triples, five homers and 43 RBI; also posted an 8-2 record on the mound with a 2.50 ERA
Hit .363 in 2006 with 10 doubles and 30 RBI

#27
Beau Didier
Infielder/Catcher
6-2, 190, L-R, Fr., HS
Federal Way, Wash. (Bellarmine HS)

Selected in the 40th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates
Four-time All-League selection
Two-time All-Area selection
Varsity athlete in baseball, basketball and tennis
Ranked among the Top 200 Perfect Game prospects
Played in the Area Code games and the Perfect Game Cincinnati national showcases
Named to the Brandy Pugh Classic (top tournament in northwest U.S.) All Tournament team
Batted .430 in 2007 with two homers and 24 RBI

#7
Grant Dozar
Infielder         
5-11, 175, L-R, Fr., HS          
Morgan City, La. (Morgan City HS)

2008 Academic All State selection in baseball
Two-time Academic All State choice in football (quarterback)
Three-time all-state selection (2006, 2007, 2008) in baseball
Four-time all-district choice in baseball and three-time all-district selection in football
Batted .500 last season at Morgan City High with eight homers, 43  RBI, eight triples, nine doubles and 16 steals         
Posted a 7-3 mark on the mound in ’08 with a 1.25 ERA and 89 Ks in 67.1 innings
Voted 2008 MVP of District 8-4A
Participated in the 2008 Louisiana All Star Baseball Game (West Squad)
Batted .473 in 2007 with four homers, 22 RBI and 16 steals; 6-4 record on the mound with a 2.10 ERA and 83 strikeouts
Earned 2007 Pre-Season All-America recognition

#11
Tyler Hanover
Infielder
5-7, 160, R-R, Fr., HS           
Kernersville, N.C. (North Davidson HS)

2008 Second-Team High School All-American
2008 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of North Carolina
2008 Piedmont Conference Player of the Year; led team to conference title
Batted .475 in 2008 for North Davidson HS with eight doubles,12 homers, 43 RBI, 15 steals and 37 runs
Served as North Davidson HS closer in 2008, recording a 1,70 ERA and three saves in 12 innings
Earned all-conference honors in each of his four high school seasons
Received academic honor roll recognition
Batted .450 in 2007 with five homers and 28 RBI

#8
Mikie Mahtook
Outfielder
6-1, 200, R-R, Fr., HS           
Lafayette, La. (St. Thomas More HS)

Selected in the 39th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins
Batted .450 in 2008 with 13 home runs, 45 RBI and 25 stolen bases
2008 First Team All-State
Three-time First Team All-Acadiana selection
Three-time First Team All-District selection
Earned All-State, All-Acadiana and All-District recognition in football as a quarterback
Helped lead St. Thomas More to three baseball district championships and two football district titles
His dad, Mike Mahtook, and his uncle, Robbie Mahtook, played football at LSU

#30
Chris Matulis
LH Pitcher
6-6, 220, L-L, Fr., HS
Boynton Beach, Fla. (Park Vista HS)

Selected in the 47th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays
2008 Max Preps First Team All-American
2008 South Florida Sun-Sentinel Player of the Year
2008 Palm Beach Post Player of the Year
2008 First Team All State and First Team All Conference
Recorded a 10-0 mark in the mound in 2008 with 0.41 ERA in 67.2 innings; fired seven shutouts while registering 96 strikeouts, 28 walks and a .140 opponent batting average
3-2 record in 2007 with a 1.29 ERA and 27 Ks
6-2 record in 2006 with a 2.25 ERA and 33 Ks
Posted a 1.09 ERA in 2005 with three saves and 34 Ks
Named to the National Society of High School Scholars

#36
Austin Nola
Infielder         
6-1, 185, R-R, Fr., HS           
Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS)

Selected in the 48th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies …
Four-time all-state and four-time all-district selection
2008 Gatorade State Player of the Year
2008 Louisville Slugger State Player of the Year
2008 LBCA State Player of the Year in Class 5A
2008 Louisville Slugger All-American
2008 Under Armour/Team One Pre-Season All-American
2008 All Metro Team and District MVP
2008 Academic All-State Team
Named the Baton Rouge Advocate’s 2008 Star of Stars in Baseball
Batted .447 in 2008 with 48 runs, 42 RBI, 13 homers, a .895 slugging percentage and a .549 on-base percentage
Batted .368 in 2007 with 38 runs, 34 RBI and six homers

#22
Matty Ott
RH Pitcher
6-3, 190, R-R, Fr., HS           
Metairie, La. (Holy Cross HS)

Graduated Suma Cum Laude with a 4.02 GPA
Member of the National Honor Society
2008 LSWA All State First Team ? Class 4A
2008 LBCA All State First Team ? Class 4A
Selected to play in 2008 LHSCA All-Star Game
2008 New Orleans Times Picayune All Metro Team
2008 MVP of District 9-4A; 2007 First-Team All-District
2008 Holy Cross High Pitcher of the Year
2008 Ironman Award (started and played in all 38 games during the season)
Posted a 9-2 record in 2008 with a 1.97 ERA, 16 walks and 87 strikeouts in 67.2 innings
Batted .333 in 2008 with 28 RBI and four homers
Worked 78 innings in 2007, recording a 0.81 ERA, 12 walks and 101 Ks
Fired a perfect game in February 2007 versus Terrebonne High School

#20
Shane Riedie
RH Pitcher
6-5, 235, R-R, Fr., HS           
Slidell, La. (Slidell HS)

2008 All Metro Pitcher of the Year
2008 and 2007 Class 5A LBCA All State Team
2008 and 2007 All Parish Team
2008 and 2007 First Team All-District
Posted an 8-3 record and a 1.23 ERA in 2008 with 110 strikeouts in 76 innings
Recorded a 7-4 mark in 2007 with a 1.60 ERA and 106 Ks in 77 innings

#25
Randy Zeigler
LH Pitcher/Infielder 
6-1, 160, L-L, Fr., HS
Shreveport, La. (Calvary Baptist HS)

2008 LBCA State Player of the Year in Class 2A
2007 State Pitcher of the Year in Class 1A
Helped lead Calvary to consecutive state titles in 2007 and 2008
Posted a 10-3 record on the mound in 2008 with 129 Ks; also batted .512 with 12 homers
Posted a 12-2 record on the mound in 2007 with a 1.95 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 86 innings
Batted .445 in 2007 with 11 homers and 77 RBI
Three-time All-State and All-District selection