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Houston, Texas
High School
Sharpstown HS

(updated 7/29/03)

  • SEC Pitcher of the Week (April 15, 2002)
  • 2000 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American

Talented pitcher who signed with the Minnesota Twins after being selected in the 29th round of the 2003 draft … also was selected by the Twins in the 13th round of the 2002 draft, but elected to return to LSU for his senior season … completed his career No. 9 on the all-time LSU lists for strikeouts (300) and wins (27) … enjoyed solid 2002 and 2003 campaigns, as he avoided the injuries which plagued the first three years of his collegiate career … delivered several strong performances as a redshirt freshman in 2000 before shoulder problems kept him out of the rotation from early May through the end of the season … underwent shoulder surgery and was able to pitch on a limited basis in 2001 as he continued to rehabilitate his shoulder … finally came back at full strength in 2002 and established himself as a full-time starter in LSU’s weekend rotation … redshirted as a true freshman in 1999.

Appeared in 17 games (16 starts), posting a 9-2 mark and a 5.90 ERA in 103.2 innings with 47 walks and a team-high 99 Ks… finished fourth in the SEC in strikeouts … courageously battled a blister on his pitching hand to work six innings in the Tigers’ NCAA Super Regional win over Baylor (June 7), allowing four earned runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts … pitched seven innings in LSU’s NCAA Regional championship game victory over North Carolina-Wilmington (June 1), limiting the Seahawks to seven runs on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts … defeated Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament (May 24), allowing five runs on six hits in seven innings with two walks and nine strikeouts … fired a complete game in win over Florida (March 15), allowing just two runs on four hits with no walks and eight Ks … posted a season-high 10 Ks in win at Georgia (March 22), limiting the Bulldogs to four earned runs on 10 hits in eight innings with one walk.

Appeared in 19 games (all starts), posting a 9-7 mark and a 3.35 ERA in 121 innings … fired four complete games and allowed 112 hits and 61 runs (45 earned) with 57 walks and 121 strikeouts … completed the season No. 1 in the SEC in games started (19), No. 2 in strikeouts (121), No. 3 in innings pitched (121), No. 5 in opposing batting average (.240) and No. 8 in ERA (3.35) … pitched complete games in his final three starts — a win over Alabama (May 19), a loss to South Carolina (May 25) in the SEC Tournament and a win over Tulane (June 1) in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional … over his final 11 starts, Pettit was 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA, recording 65 Ks in 71.2 innings …defeated Tulane (June 1) in an elimination game at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts in a complete-game victory; the win kept LSU alive in the regional, which the Tigers won the next day with two triumphs over Louisiana-Lafayette … suffered a loss to South Carolina in the semi-finals of the SEC Tournament (May 25), allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in eight innings with two walks and eight strikeouts … recorded a 5-4 mark and a 3.48 ERA in SEC regular-season games, allowing 57 hits and 32 runs (24 earned) in 62 innings with 40 walks and 57 strikeouts … in complete-game win over Alabama (May 19), allowed just one run on five hits with nine Ks … superb outing in win at Florida (May 12), allowing just four singles to the SEC’s top-hitting club and limiting the Gators to one run in eight innings … named SEC Pitcher of the Week (April 15) after posting wins over Tulane (April 10) and Georgia (April 14) … versus Tulane, in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 27,673 in the Louisiana Superdome, he fired five shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out five … versus Georgia, he worked eight innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts … fired a complete-game, four-hit shutout versus Vanderbilt (March 15), tying a career high with 12 strikeouts … also recorded a career-high 12 Ks versus Mercer (Feb. 15).

Appeared in seven games (four starts), posting a 4-0 mark and a 2.42 ERA with seven walks and 25 strikeouts in 26 innings … best outing of the year came in a win at Mississippi State (March 23), as he worked 6.1 innings and limited the Bulldogs to no earned runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts … defeated Florida (March 18) with 3.2 relief innings, limiting the Gators to two runs on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts … earned win over Southern (March 13) with a five-inning outing, allowing two runs on two hits with one walk and three Ks … also defeated New Orleans (May 1), allowing one unearned run in three innings with one hit, no walks and five strikeouts … made final appearance of the season in a starting role at Arkansas (May 6), allowing two runs on three hits in five innings with one walk and six Ks.

Appeared in 16 games (seven starts), recording a 5-3 mark with a 4.15 ERA in 47.2 innings … registered 22 walks and 52 strikeouts on the year … allowed just three earned runs in his final 16.2 innings of work; however, he did not pitch after May 6 due to tendonitis in his shoulder … turned in a brilliant effort in his first career SEC start April 30 at Ole Miss, defeating the Rebels with a seven-inning performance in which he limited them to one run on five hits with three walks and a career-high 12 Ks … defeated Kentucky (May 6) in his final outing of the season, limiting the Wildcats to two runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings with two walks and six Ks … earned the victory over Louisiana-Lafayette (April 11), working five innings and limiting the Cajuns to two runs on five hits with no walks and five Ks … defeated New Orleans (March 22), working four shutout innings with no hits, one walk and six Ks … defeated Virginia (Feb. 12), firing six shutout innings with two hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

Appeared in three games, pitching 2.1 innings before an injury ended his season … received a medical redshirt.

Lettered three seasons as a pitcher and third baseman at Sharpstown High in Houston … named first team all-district as a senior after earning second team honors as a junior … was a pre-season all-Houston selection … played with the Team One national touring team during his high school off-seasons … also lettered two years in golf … coached in baseball by Tony Mardirosian and in golf by Jim Rienstra.

Full name is William Collier Pettit … parents are David and Juanita Pettit … has one brother, Kelley … received his bachelor’s degree in general studies in the Spring of 2003 … born June 18, 1980.

Pettit’s LSU Career Statistics

1999 * 3-0 0-0 15.43 0 0 0 2.1 5 5 4 2 3
2000 16-7 5-3 4.15 0 0 0 47.2 44 25 22 22 52
2001 7-4 4-0 2.42 0 0 0 26 21 9 7 7 25
2002 19-19 9-7 3.35 0 4 1 121 112 61 45 57 121
2003 17-16 9-2 5.90 1 2 0 103.2 101 71 68 47 99
Total 62-46 27-12 4.37 1 6 1 300.2 283 171 146 135 300

* — redshirt season

Pettit’s LSU Career Highs
Innings: 9.0 (five occasions)
Strikeouts: 12 (three occasions)
Hits Allowed: 10 (twice)
Runs: 8 at Ole Miss (3/22/02)
Earned Runs: 7 vs. UNC-Wilmington (6/1/03)
Walks: 9 at Alabama (3/29/03)

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