Three Baseball Players Named '10 All-Americans

by Bill Franques
NCBWA Preseason All-America Team +0
Three Baseball Players Named '10 All-Americans

BATON ROUGE — LSU first baseman Blake Dean and pitchers Anthony Ranaudo and Matty Ott were named Wednesday to the 2010 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association First-Team Preseason All-America squad.

The defending NCAA champion Tigers led all schools with three selections on the NCBWA first team. Florida State and UC Irvine each had two first-team selections.

Dean, who was voted to the NCBWA Preseason All-America team as a designated hitter, returned to LSU for his senior season after he was selected in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Dean, a native of Crestview, Fla., earned first-team All-SEC recognition in 2009, batting .328 with 18 doubles, 17 homers, 67 runs and a team-best 71 RBI.  A first-team All-American in 2008, he is No. 8 on the all‐time LSU home run list with 44 dingers and No. 6 on the LSU career RBI list with 190.

Ranaudo was the Tigers’ No. 1 starter throughout the 2009 season, recording a 12-3 mark and a 3.04 ERA in 19 starts (124.1 innings) with 50 walks and 159 strikeouts. The junior right-hander from Jackson, N.J. finished No. 3 in the nation in strikeouts and No. 5 in wins.

Ranaudo, a third-team All-America and second-team All-SEC selection, became the first LSU pitcher to lead the SEC in strikeouts since Kurt Ainsworth (157 Ks) in 1999. He was the winning pitcher in the deciding game of the College World Series Finals versus Texas on June 24, working 5.1 innings while allowing four runs on eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

Ott, a 2009 second-team All-American and the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, established the LSU single-season saves record with 16, surpassing the previous mark of 14 set by Rick Greene in 1991. Ott, a sophomore right-hander from Chalmette, La., recorded a 4-2 mark and a 2.68 ERA in 37 appearances, collecting six walks and 69 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.

Ott earned the win over Texas in Game 1 of CWS Finals on June 22, firing three shutout innings while allowing no hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

LSU opens the 2010 season on February 19 when the Tigers face Centenary in Alex Box Stadium.