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#12 Jake Tompkins Season 2024

Auburn, Calif.
Previous School
Sacramento CC
High School
Placer HS

(updated 7/29/03)

  • 2002 Second-Team All-Southeastern Conference
  • 2002 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Most Outstanding Player
  • 2002 Louisiana Sportswriters Association Newcomer of the Year

Outstanding hurler who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies after being selected in the 32nd round of the 2003 draft … elected to return to LSU for his senior season after he was selected in the 28th round of the 2002 draft by the Texas Rangers … a JUCO all-American who came to LSU from the same JC which produced former LSU pitchers Jake Esteves (1996-98) and Brandon Bowe (1998-99), former LSU catcher Conan Horton (1996-97) and former LSU outfielder David Raymer (2000-02).

Appeared in 18 games (10 starts), posting a 3-5 mark and a 5.23 ERA in 65.1 innings with 25 walks and 75 strikeouts … began the season in LSU’s weekend starting rotation, but was moved to the bullpen in late March … defeated Northeastern (May 30) in the first game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, allowing four runs on nine hits in seven innings with one walk and eight strikeouts … earned a win over Loyola-New Orleans (May 6), firing three perfect innings with four Ks … pitched brilliantly in a win over Tulane (April 15), allowing no runs on one hit in five innings with one walk and seven strikeouts … earned a save at Georgia (March 23), pitching one shutout inning with one K …also picked up a save with 3.2 solid innings at Alabama (March 29), allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and six Ks … recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in LSU’s season-opener versus Northwestern State (Feb. 7), allowing one unearned run on four hits in 5.2 innings with one walk.

Appeared in 25 games (eight starts), recording a 7-1 mark and a 2.68 ERA in 87.1 innings with 37 walks, 96 strikeouts and four saves … surrendered 78 hits and 37 runs (26 earned), and limited opponents to a .246 batting average … allowed only two of 20 inherited runners to score and allowed just one hit in 13 bases-loaded situations … completed the season No. 4 in the SEC in ERA (2.68) and strikeouts (96), and No. 6 in opponents’ batting average (.246) … began the season as a weekend starter, but was moved to the bullpen at the end of March to serve as LSU’s closer … before the switch to the pen, he was 2-0 with a 3.57 in six starts; after the switch, he was 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA and four saves in 19 appearances (two starts) … pitched one relief inning in the NCAA Super Regional at Rice (June 8), allowing no runs on one hit with one strikeout … pitched brilliantly in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, as he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament … in two regional appearances (one start), he was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 11.1 innings, recording four walks and 13 strikeouts … defeated Southern as a reliever in the first game of the regional (May 31), allowing two runs on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts … came back on one day’s rest to start the first game of the regional championship round versus Louisiana-Lafayette (June 2), earning the win by working 6.1 innings and allowing one unearned run on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts … made two relief appearances in the SEC Tournament, posting an 0-1 mark and a 2.25 ERA in four innings while allowing four hits and three runs (one earned) with one walk and five strikeouts … 2-0 mark with a 3.41 ERA and four saves in SEC regular-season games; in 37 innings, he allowed 33 hits and 19 runs (14 earned) with 24 walks and 37 strikeouts … registered saves in SEC regular-season games versus Mississippi State (March 30), at Auburn (April 7), at South Carolina (April 19) and versus Alabama (May 18) … recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in 4.2 innings in a starting assignment at UNO (April 30); credited with the victory after allowing no runs on two hits with no walks … earned first career LSU win in a start versus Birmingham-Southern (Feb. 10), allowing five runs on six hits in 6.2 innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.

An all-America and all-Bay Valley Conference selection at Sacramento CC … as a junior in 2000, he posted a 9-1 mark at a 2.00 ERA with 80 strikeouts and 15 walks in 65 innings.

Earned three letters in baseball (pitcher, utility) and two letters in football (quarterback) at Placer High School in Auburn, Calif… . earned baseball MVP honors his senior year in the Sierra Foothill League … helped lead the football squad as a senior to the SFL championship.

Full name is Jacob Rocco Tompkins … parents are Rod and Virginia Tompkins … has one older sister, Shelly, one older brother, Rodney, and one younger brother, Jesse … credits his mom for having the greatest influence on his athletic career … interests include golf, weightlifting and nutrition … majoring in kinesiology at LSU … born March 10, 1980.

Tompkins’ LSU Career Statistics

2002 25-8 7-1 2.68 4 0 0 87.1 78 37 26 37 96
2003 18-10 3-5 5.23 2 0 0 65.1 69 42 38 25 75
Total 43-18 10-6 3.77 6 0 0 152.2 147 79 64 62 171

Tompkins’ LSU Career Highs
Innings: 8.0 vs. Long Beach State (3/3/02)
Strikeouts: 11 vs. Northwestern State (2/7/03)
Hits Allowed: 12 vs. Long Beach State (3/3/02)
Runs: 6 vs. Kansas (2/14/03)
Earned Runs: 5 (five occasions)
Walks: 4 (five occasions)

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