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BATON ROUGE - LSU senior first baseman Mason Katz was named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week Monday after leading second-ranked LSU to a win over Tulane and a three-game series sweep at Missouri.

Katz received the honors for the second time in three weeks, as he was also named National and SEC Player of the Week on March 18.

Katz, a native of Harahan, La., batted .611 (11-for-18) in the Tigers' four wins last week with one double, one triple, three homers, 12 RBI and five runs scored. He hit .571 (8-for-14) in LSU's three-game sweep at Missouri with one triple, three homers, eight RBI and four runs.

His solo homer in the fourth inning of Friday's game at Mizzou proved to be the winning hit in LSU's 2-0 victory. On Saturday, Katz hit another solo shot and delivered a two-run triple to highlight LSU's 8-0 win.

Katz drove in four runs on Sunday, including a three-run blast in the third inning that reduced Mizzou's lead from 5-1 to 5-4 and sparked LSU to a 6-5 comeback victory. Katz is hitting .419 on the year, and he leads the SEC with 13 homers and 49 RBI.

The Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honor was the third of Katz's career, as he also received the distinction last season. Katz also earned the SEC Player of the Week designation last season after leading the Tigers to a series win at Ole Miss.

Katz is hitting .352 this season with four doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 32 RBI. He leads the SEC in home runs, RBI and total bases (58).



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