The list concludes today with number 1 in our countdown with junior RHP Anthony Ranaudo from LSU. He is from Jackson, New Jersey and attended St. Rose High School. As a senior, he posted a 5-2 record on the mound with a 1.32 ERA, 65 strikeouts and 14 walks in 49 innings. He was named a 2007 Rawlings All-America selection while picking up all-state, all-county and all-division awards. As a junior, he recorded a 7-0 mark with a 0.96 ERA and 99 strikeouts. During his sophomore season, he pitched back-to-back no-hit games while leading St. Rose to the New Jersey state title by pitching a two-hit shutout and hit a three-run homer in the state championship game.
As a freshman, Anthony appeared in eight games (one start) while recording a 1-0 record while having a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings. He pitched a scoreless inning in Game 3 of the Super Regional against LSU and a scoreless inning in the CWS against North Carolina.
Ranaudo had a breakout sophomore season in 2009 when he served as the Tigers number 1 starter. He had a 12-3 record with a 3.04 ERA in 19 starts (124.1 innings) including 50 walks and 159 strikeouts. He finished the year No. 3 in the nation in strikeouts and No. 5 in wins. He finished second in the SEC in opponents batting average at .209. He had some of his best starts in the postseason. In his first start, he knocked off Baylor by going nine innings while allowing two runs (one earned) while allowing three walks and striking out 14 as he was named the MOP of the 2009 Baton Rouge Regional. His next start saw him face off against Rice in Game 1 of the Super Regional where he lasted 7.2 innings while allowing one earned run on five hits with no walks and nine Ks as he picked up the win. He started Game 1 of the College World Series for the Tigers where he only lasted 3.1 innings while allowing five hits and two earned runs. He then pitched in a CWS Semifinal against Arkansas where he pitched six shutout innings while allowing four hits and striking out five. His final start of the season was in Game 3 of the CWS Championship series when he worked 5.1 innings while allowing eight hits allowing four earned runs. He did not pitch in the summer of 2009 as he rested his arm after the long college season.
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