LSU Baseball's Katz Snags NOLA Athlete of the Month Honor park
Mason Katz, a junior star for the LSU baseball team, has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for March. Katz, a native of Harahan and a graduate of Jesuit High School, was selected over two other standout local products in balloting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
During the month of March, Katz batted .304 (21-of-69) with four home runs, 15 runs batted in and 17 runs scored as he helped the Tigers to a 14-4 record. On March 5, the first baseman/outfielder was named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after batting .684 (13-for-19) with five doubles, three home runs, eight runs batted in and 12 runs score, as well as a 1.421 slugging percentage and a .760 on-base percentage. Katz also set an all-time LSU and SEC record by reaching base in 17 consecutive plate appearances, one appearance from matching the NCAA all-time record (set by Shaun Larkin from Cal State Northridge in 2002). During his 17 consecutive times on base, he tallied three doubles, two homeruns, nine runs scored, seven walks and one stolen base.
On the season to date, Katz leads the third-ranked Tigers in home runs (7), runs scored (46, also leads the SEC) and steals (8), while ranking second in hitting (.342), on-base percentage (.444), slugging percentage (.575), hits (50), doubles (11), runs batted in (31) and walks (23).
Also nominated for the March honor were UL Lafayette softball star Christi Orgeron and John Curtis girls' basketball standout Derreyal Youngblood. Orgeron, recognized as one of the top players in the country, batted .367 with a team-leading six home runs and 30 RBI in the month of March. She also broke the school and Sun Belt Conference RBI record and currently leads the nation in runs batted in. Youngblood led Curtis to the Louisiana 2A High School Girls' Basketball Championship in March, averaging 15.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and two blocks per game. An LSU signee, she tallied 27 points, 24 rebounds, four steals and four blocks in the state semifinals and finals.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1958. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.