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LSU Baseball Report, Rankings
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Published: March 25, 2013, 12:02 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

Overall Record: 22-2
SEC: 5-1

Last Week’s Results (4-0)
March 20 (Wed.) – NORTHWESTERN STATE (W, 2-1 in 13 innings)
March 22 (Fri.) – AUBURN (W, 9-4)
March 23 (Sat.) – AUBURN (W, 5-1)
March 24 (Sun) – AUBURN, 1 p.m. (W, 8-2)

This Week’s Schedule
March 26 (Tue.) – at Tulane, 6:30 p.m. CT (Cox Sports Television)
March 29 (Fri.) – at Missouri, 6 p.m. CT
March 30 (Sat.) – at Missouri, 1 p.m. CT (SportSouth)
March 31 (Sun.) – at Missouri, 1 p.m. CT

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won all four of its games last week – including a three-game SEC sweep of Auburn – to improve to 22-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play … the Tigers’ 22-2 mark matches the best 24-game record in LSU history – the 1986, 1989 and 1997 LSU squads also won 22 of their first 24 games … freshman shortstop Alex Bregman hit a remarkable .632 (12-for-19) in the Tigers’ four wins last week with two doubles, three RBI and six runs scored … he collected three hits in each of the Tigers’ four games, including a three-game SEC sweep of Auburn … Bregman also recorded two stolen bases and posted a .650 on-base percentage … he delivered the game-winning, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning Wednesday in the Tigers’ 2-1 victory over Northwestern State … Bregman hit a sizzling .692 (9-for-13) in the Auburn series with one double, two RBI, five runs scored, two steals and a .714 on-base percentage … Bregman is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .422 with eight doubles, two triples, two homers, 22 RBI, seven stolen bases and 26 runs scored… senior first baseman Mason Katz hit .538 (7-for-13) in the Auburn series with one double, one homer and five RBI .. Katz leads the SEC this season in home runs (10) and RBI (37), and he is No. 2 in slugging percentage (.805) … freshman outfielder Mark Laird batted .500 (6-for-12) against Auburn, recording one double and one RBI while scoring seven runs from the No. 2 spot in the LSU batting order … senior leftfielder Raph Rhymes was 4-for-12 in the Auburn series with one homer – his first of the season – and a team-best six RBI … junior right-hander Ryan Eades improved to 5-0 this season with an excellent outing against Auburn Saturday … Eades worked 6.2 innings, limiting Auburn to one run on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts … Eades lowered his cumulative ERA to 1.63, and he has recorded 40 strikeouts (No. 4 in the SEC) in 38.2 innings this season … sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn worked 7.2 innings on Sunday to earn a win over Auburn; Glenn allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts … Glenn’s 7.2 innings pitched marked the longest outing by an LSU hurler this season … LSU has won eight of its last 11 extra-inning games over the past two seasons … the Tigers are 7-0 this season in games decided by two runs or less.

Baseball America Top 25

Rk. Team, W-L, Prev.
1. North Carolina, 21-1, 1
2. Oregon State, 21-2, 3
3. Vanderbilt, 21-4, 2
4. LSU, 22-2, 7
5. Cal State Fullerton, 21-3, 8
6. Florida State, 22-2, 12
7. UCLA, 17-4, 11
8. Kentucky, 18-5, 10
9. Virginia, 22-2, 14
10. Louisville, 19-4, 4
11. Mississippi, 21-4, 6
12. Oregon, 18-6, 13
13. Georgia Tech, 18-5, 9
14. Oklahoma, 22-4, 17
15. Arkansas, 17-7, 21
16. Notre Dame, 14-6, 15
17. South Carolina, 18-6, 5
18. Rice, 18-8, 18
19. Indiana, 18-3, 22
20. Houston, 21-4, NR
21. Gonzaga, 14-7, NR
22. Georgia Southern, 16-7, NR
23. Cal Poly, 17-5, NR
24. South Alabama, 21-4, NR
25. Mississippi State, 21-6, 19

Dropped out: North Carolina State (16), Arizona State (20), Central Arkansas (23), Virginia Tech (24), San Diego (25).

USA TODAY Coaches' Top 25

1. North Carolina (21-1)
2. LSU (22-2)
3. Oregon State (21-2)
4. Florida State (22-2)
5. Vanderbilt (21-4)
6. Cal State-Fullerton (21-3)
7. UCLA (17-4)
8. Virginia (22-2)
9. Oregon (18-6)
10. Kentucky (18-5)
11. Mississippi (21-4)
12. Oklahoma (22-4)
13. Arkansas (17-7)
14. South Carolina (18-6)
15. Georgia Tech (18-5)
16. Mississippi State (21-6)
17. Louisville (19-4)
18. Oklahoma State (19-4)
19. Houston (21-4)
20. Rice (18-8)
21. Notre Dame (14-6)
22. UC-Irvine (15-5)
23. Indiana (18-3)
24. Stanford (11-7)
25. Cal Poly (17-5) 
 
Others receiving votes: Arizona State 75; South Alabama 41; Texas A&M 24; North Carolina State 21; Miami (Fla.) 20; Arizona 15; Campbell 13; San Diego 12; Florida 8; Florida Gulf Coast 6; Texas Tech 6; Kansas State 4; North Carolina-Wilmington 3; Central Arkansas 2; Clemson 2; Dartmouth 2; Gonzaga 2; Austin Peay 1; Virginia Tech 1

 

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