Tigers No. 5 in USA Today Baseball Poll

Coach Paul Mainieri led the Tigers to a CWS berth in 2015.
Coach Paul Mainieri led the Tigers to a CWS berth in 2015.
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU is ranked No. 5 in the 2016 USA Today Baseball Coaches poll released Thursday, marking the Tigers’ fourth Top 10 designation of the 2016 preseason and its second in the Top 5. LSU was also rated No. 5 in the Perfect Game preseason poll earlier this month.

LSU is one of four Southeastern Conference teams appearing in the USA Today preseason Top 10, along with No. 1 Florida, No. 3 Vanderbilt and No. 4 Texas A&M.

Other SEC squads appearing in the Top 25 are No. 17 Mississippi State, No. 22 Arkansas and No. 23 South Carolina. One of LSU’s non-conference opponents, Louisiana-Lafayette, is No. 13 in the poll.

The Tigers begin preseason practice at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, and LSU opens the 2016 season at 7 p.m. on February 19 versus Cincinnati in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, Florida (21), 52-18, 758, 3
2, Louisville (2), 47-18, 709, 9
3, Vanderbilt (3), 51-21, 698, 2
4, Texas A&M (1), 50-14, 638, 10
5, LSU (1), 54-12, 627, 5
6, Miami, 50-17, 597, 6
7, Virginia (3), 44-24, 538, 1
8, Oregon State, 39-18, 511, 25
9, UCLA, 45-16, 497, 15
10, Oklahoma State, 38-20, 394, 18
11, TCU, 51-15, 380, 4
12, California, 36-21, 364, 29
13, UL-Lafayette, 42-23, 346, 16
14, Florida State, 44-21, 298, 13
15, Oregon, 38-25, 285, NR
16, Cal State Fullerton, 39-25, 273, 7
17, Mississippi State, 24-30, 255, NR
18, Houston, 43-20, 253, 23
19, NC State, 36-23, 250, 27
20, USC, 39-21, 200, 22
20, North Carolina, 34-24, 200, NR
22, Arkansas, 40-25, 156, 8
23, South Carolina, 32-25, 116, NR
24, Rice, 37-22, 95, 28
25, Missouri State, 49-12, 88, 12

 

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