LSU baseball players that participated in summer collegiate leagues have returned to Baton Rouge, ready to begin fall semester classes Monday.
Several Tigers excelled in summer league competition, sharpening their skills for the 2012 season as LSU seeks its third College World Series appearance in five years.
LSU sophomore right-hander Kevin Gausman made two starts for the USA Collegiate National Team during its summer tour, allowing two runs in 8.2 innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.
Sophomore right-hander Ryan Eades was named the Cape Cod Pitcher of the Year as he posted a 3-0 mark and a 0.84 ERA in 32.1 innings. He struck out 23, walked seven and allowed just 19 hits, and he was the starting pitcher for the West squad in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.
Junior outfielder Mason Katz also participated in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, and he batted .272 in the wooden-bat league with nine doubles, one triple, three homers and 18 RBIs.
Sophomore catcher Jackson Slaid was a Prospect League All-Star, as he batted .340 with 10 doubles, two homers and 35 RBIs.
Sophomore right-hander Nick Rumbelow fired 60 strikeouts in 51 innings in the Prospect League, including a 14-strikeout effort on June 22.
Junior outfielder Alex Edward collected seven doubles, three homers and 27 RBIs
in the Northwoods League, while senior infielder Grant Dozar hit .282 with five doubles, four triples, one homer and 24 RBIs in the Texas Collegiate League.
Sophomore right-hander Michael Reed recorded a 5-2 mark in the Northwoods League with 54 strikeouts in 64 innings, and junior right-hander Jimmy Dykstra posted a 2.61 ERA in 31 innings in the New York Collegiate League with 26 strikeouts.
LSU begins its full-squad fall practice session Sept. 25. The Tigers open the 2012 season on Feb. 17 when they host Air Force in Alex Box Stadium.