BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU senior first baseman Mason Katz was named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week Monday after leading third-ranked LSU to a series victory at Mississippi State.
Katz, a native of Harahan, La., batted .462 (6-for-13) to lead LSU to three wins in four games last week, including the SEC series win in Starkville.
Katz collected four home runs and eight RBI, and he posted a .588 on-base percentage. Beginning with the Tigers' March 9 game versus Washington, Katz homered seven times in five games and became the first LSU player to homer in five straight games since Brad Cresse accomplished the feat in 1998.
Katz was 3-for-9 in the Mississippi State series with three homers, five RBI and four runs scored. He launched a pair of two-run homers in Friday night's win over the Bulldogs, including the game-winning blast in the top of the 10th inning.
The Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honor was the second 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).