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Alex Lange named SEC pitcher of the week; Keith Hornsby injured

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LSU's Saturday ace did not disappoint in week one.

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Sophomore right-hander Alex Lange picked up the SEC's Pitcher of the Week honors for his outing against Cincinnati on Saturday. From the official release:

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU sophomore right-handerAlex Lange was named on Monday the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week by the league office.

Lange, a product of Lee's Summit, Mo., improved his LSU career record to 13-0 as he defeated Cincinnati on Saturday in his 2016 season debut. Lange worked 6.2 shutout innings, allowing just one hit with three walks and nine strikeouts in the Tigers' 4-0 win.

Cincinnati's only hit against Lange was a single, as he limited the Bearcats to a .048 batting average in the contest and did not allow a baserunner to advance beyond second base. Lange retired 10 consecutive hitters, beginning with the fourth inning through the first out of the seventh inning.

Lange, the 2015 National Freshman Pitcher of the Year, is 13-0 in two seasons at LSU with a 1.86 ERA in 120.2 innings. He has recorded 140 strikeouts and issued 49 walks while limiting opponents to a .204 batting average.

Additionally, the bad gets worse for LSU basketball with reports that senior guard Keith Hornsby will miss the remainder of the season after re-aggravating the injury that kept him out for the first month.

"I don't feel the need to give out the close details of my injury, but it's very unpredictable right now. It'll be a week to week thing where for me it'll have to go off of how I feel. I'll be getting great treatment, and we'll just have to see what happens. Meanwhile, I'll do whatever I can to help the squad."

Hornsby issued a statement through his Facebook page, and Johnny Jones confirmed the injury during media availability on Monday. Sun continues to set on the tournament chances.

In other news, the gymnastics team climbed up to No. 4 in season average in the RQS national rankings. The Tigers are still seventh overall in RQS.

Clear as mud? Here's how it works.

The RQS is ascertained by taking a team's top six scores - three of which must be from road/neutral meets - dropping the high score and averaging the remaining five scores.

LSU's six scores that factor into the RQS equation are the 197.825 vs. Auburn, 197.425 vs. Arkansas, 196.950 vs. Oklahoma, 196.800 at Georgia, 196.750 at the Metroplex Challenge and the 195.825 at the Lady Luck Invitational.

The Tigers' 197.825 last week vs. Auburn is dropped, and the remaining five scores averaged for a 196.750 RQS.

Gym will head to the O'Connell Center to take on No. 2 Florida on Friday at 6 p.m. CST. The match will be televised on SEC Network.