June 26, 2012
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech first baseman Alex Williams earned first team honors while second baseman Ryan Gebhardt and pitcher Phil Maton earned second team accolades on the 2012 Louisiana Sports Writers Association all-state team.
Williams earned his first team spot as he batted .332 during his senior season with 72 hits in 217 at bats, including 11 doubles and 12 home runs. A second team all-Western Athletic Conference selection and WAC all-tournament team honoree, Williams led Tech in RBI (46), total bases (119), slugging percentage (.548) and home runs while ranking second in runs scored with 38.
Williams was recently selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft with the 12th pick of the 19th round (591st overall) by the Chicago White Sox.
Gebhardt earned his spot on the second team after leading Louisiana Tech with a .341 batting average during the season. The first team all-WAC honoree also led the Bulldogs with 76 hits, 14 doubles and 44 runs scored during the season. The Monroe native started all 55 games for the Bulldogs and played in every inning of every game during the season.
Maton, who also earned Freshman All-American honors by Louisville Slugger, received second team honors as the righthander recorded an 8-5 record with a 2.93 earned run average during his rookie campaign. The Chatham, Illinois native tossed a team-high 89.0 innings during the season allowing only 78 hits and 22 walks while striking out 79 batters. He led the Bulldogs in wins, ERA, innings pitched, opponent batting average (.237).
LSU junior outfielder Raph Rhymes was a unanimous selection as the Hitter of the Year while teammate and sophomore starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was named the state's Pitcher of the Year. Rhymes and Gausman joined LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, who earned Coach of the Year honors.