LSU junior outfielder Raph Rhymes was a unanimous selection as the 2012 Louisiana Hitter of the Year while teammate and sophomore starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was named the state’s Pitcher of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-Louisiana baseball team.
Tigers coach Paul Mainieri earned Coach of the Year honors, edging LSU-Shreveport’s Rocke Musgraves.
Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Andro Cutura was voted as the state’s Freshman of the Year.
Greg Friesen, a junior first baseman from LSU-Shreveport, was selected as Newcomer of the Year.
Ten schools were represented on the first and second teams; LSU led the way with eight selections, including three on the first team. Outfielder Mason Katz was LSU’s other first-team selection. Catcher Ty Ross; shortstop Austin Nola; and pitchers Nick Goody, Aaron Nola and Chris Cotton were the Tigers’ second-team selections.
Tulane followed with five selections, two on the first team, and Southeastern Louisiana and LSU-Shreveport also had two first team selections.
Rhymes, who was named the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Year, flirted with hitting .500 for most of the season and finished the year at .431 with four home runs and 53 RBIs.
Gausman led the Tigers with a 12-2 record and a 2.77 ERA. A fourth overall selection in this year’s Major League Baseball draft by the Baltimore Orioles, he struck out 135 batters in 123.2 innings in 17 starts. He earned first team All-America and All-SEC honors.
Cutura was named this year’s Southland Conference Freshman of the Year after he posted an 8-3 record and a 2.62 ERA in 13 starts. He notched his first collegiate win over SEC tournament champion Mississippi State to help ignite the Lions to a two-game sweep over the Bulldogs.
Friesen earned first team All-Red River Athletic Conference honors after he helped guide the Pilots to a third-place finish in the NAIA College World Series. He hit .388 with 12 homers, 13 doubles and 50 RBIs.
Mainieri directed the Tigers to the SEC regular-season title, the team’s second championship in the past four seasons. The Tigers were 42-14, including 19-11 in the SEC, and posted series victories over then-No. 1 South Carolina, then-No. 1 Florida, and then-No. 3 Arkansas.