LSU Baseball celebrates senior day

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 16, 2005

BATON ROUGE – No. 11 LSU (33-16, 14-10 SEC) plays host to No. 9 Tennessee (35-14, 15-8) this weekend in a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Alex Box Stadium.

The games can be heard statewide on the LSU Sports Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge). The radio broadcast and live stats are also available on the LSU Athletics web site,

LSU’s senior players will be honored prior to Saturday’s game in a 2:45 p.m. ceremony. Players appearing in their final regular-season series in Alex Box Stadium include catcher Brad Bass, outfielder Rhett Buteau, pitcher Jason Determann, pitcher Jordan Faircloth, infielder Blake Gill, second baseman Clay Harris, infielder Derek Hebert, pitcher Lane Mestepey, outfielder Ryan Patterson, outfielder Nick Stavinoha and catcher Dustin Weaver.

Determann, though a junior in athletic eligibility, has completed his four-year course of study in biology, and he will enter the LSU Medical School in Shreveport this fall.

LSU is tied with Alabama for first place in the SEC West, while Tennessee leads the SEC East and the overall conference standings. The Tigers enter this weekend’s series 1.5 games behind the Volunteers in the overall league race.

LSU won its fourth straight SEC series last weekend, capturing two of three games versus Kentucky, and the Tigers have won nine of their last 11 conference games.

Tennessee posted a three-game sweep over South Carolina last weekend, and the Volunteers have won five of their last six league contests.

LSU center fielder Ryan Patterson, recently named the top senior player in the country by Baseball America magazine, leads the Tigers with a .383 average and 17 homers. Patterson is No. 1 in the SEC in total bases (148), and he is second in the league in runs (60), doubles (19) and slugging percentage (.767).