LSU's Ranaudo, UNC's White deliver
Updated: April 4, 2009, 4:56 PM ETBy Jason A. Churchill
In Friday's showdown of one top draft prospect from this year's class versus a right-hander who could find his way into the top 10 of next year's draft, LSU's Anthony Ranaudo came out the victor, holding Georgia first baseman Rich Poythress without a hit in three plate appearances. Poythress did single in the ninth and finished 1-for-4 on the night, but Ranaudo's six shutout innings were the story. Georgia's No. 1 starter, Alex McRee, did not pitch last night, but its No. 2, Trevor Holder, held the Tigers' top two draft prospects hitless in seven at-bats. Shortstop D.J. LaMahieu went 0-for-5 and is in a rather large slump at the moment. He's 6 for his last 34 and is hitting just .337/.450/.510 after a strong start. Jared Mitchell went 0-for-2 but did draw two walks. He's hitting .360/.543/.680 with a 29-20 BB/K ratio and 23 steals in 26 attempts. North Carolina right-hander Alex White went eight strong innings, striking out eight and allowing just two runs on four hits. He did walk five, driving his pitch count up to 121, just 67 of them went for strikes. White is now 5-0 with a 3.94 ERA and 53-18 K/BB ratio in seven games. Most alarming in White's line is the seven home runs and 10 doubles he's surrendered in just 45 2/3 innings. Dustin Ackley went 0-for-3 with two walks to drop to .409/.526/.709 for the season, again playing first base.
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