LSU's Daniel Cabrera and coach Nolan Cain celebrate a walk-off home run on Sunday against Tennessee.
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April 16 Baseball National Rankings, Report

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Overall Record: 24-13 (9-6 in SEC)

Last Week’s Results (4-0)
April 10 (Tue.) – LOUISIANA TECH (W, 2-0)
April 13 (Fri.) – TENNESSEE (W, 9-3)
April 14 (Sat.) – TENNESSEE (W, 14-5)
April 15 (Sun.) – TENNESSEE (W, 9-7)

This Week’s Schedule
April 18 (Wed.) – at Tulane, 6:30 p.m. CT (Tulane All-Access Video)
April 20 (Fri.) – at South Carolina, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 21 (Sat.) – at South Carolina, 3 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 22 (Sun.) – at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)

Notes on the Tigers
The Tigers are No. 18 in both this week’s Baseball America poll and Collegiate Baseball poll, marking the 124th consecutive week LSU has appeared in a Top 25 poll … LSU has been ranked every week since the beginning of the 2012 season … LSU is 9-6 in the SEC after last weekend’s series sweep of Tennessee , and the Tigers are one game out of first place in the Western Division behind Arkansas … senior second baseman/right-handed pitcher Austin Bain led LSU to a 4-0 record last week, batting .500 (9-for-18) with two doubles, two runs and eight RBI … Bain also earned a save in LSU’s 2-0 win over Louisiana Tech on Tuesday night, firing a perfect ninth inning to preserve the victory … in LSU’s three-game SEC weekend sweep over Tennessee, Bain hit .533 (8-for-15) with two doubles, two runs and eight RBI … Bain was a catalyst in the Tigers’ thrilling comeback win over Tennessee on Sunday, providing a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning to draw LSU within one run and set the stage for the game-winning hit two batters later … in Friday night’s win over the Vols, Bain produced career-bests of four hits and three RBI … sophomore right-hander Zack Hess earned an SEC win for the third straight weekend, defeating Tennessee on Friday night … Hess limited the Vols to one run on three hits in seven innings with one walk and eight strikeouts … he improved his recorded to 6-3 this season and increased his strikeout total to 68 in 53.1 innings … Hess is fifth in the SEC in strikeouts (68) and fifth in opponent batting average (.195) … in his last three starts – wins over Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Tennessee – Hess is 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA in 21.2 innings, and he’s allowed just two earned runs on 10 hits with eight walks and 23 strikeouts in that span … freshman right-hander Ma'Khail Hilliard improved to 7-2 this season with a win over Tennessee on Saturday night … he worked six innings, limiting the Vols to three runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts … Hilliard’s cumulative ERA is 1.75, the third-best mark in the SEC … he is No. 2 in the league in wins, and he is No. 6 in the conference in opponent batting average (.200) … LSU coach Paul Mainieri has 1,400 wins in 36 seasons as a collegiate head coach, and he has become just the fourth active NCAA Division I coach to reach 1,400 career wins … Mainieri is also just the 13th coach in the all-time history of NCAA baseball to reach 1,400 wins, and the 10th all-time in Division I only … Mainieri’s 36-season career record currently stands at 1,400-707-8 (.664), and his record at LSU in 12 seasons is 536-215-3 (.713).

Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Previous
1. Florida, 1
2. NC State, 2
3. Stanford, 3
4. Arkansas, 4
5. Texas Tech, 6
6. Vanderbilt, 14
7. Ole Miss, 5
8. Duke, 10
9. Kentucky, 13
10. Oregon State, 11
11. East Carolina, 8
12. Indiana, 16
13. Southern Miss, 12
14. Clemson, 7
15. UCLA, 18
16. Coastal Carolina, 17
17. Florida St., 9
18. LSU, 19
19. North Carolina, 20
20. Texas, 24
21. Oklahoma, 15
22. Texas A&M, 22
23. Dallas Baptist, 25
24. Georgia, 21
25. Illinois, NR


D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Florida, 32-6, 1
2, Stanford, 27-5, 2
3, Arkansas, 27-10, 3
4, NC State, 28-7, 4
5, Texas Tech, 29-8, 6
6, Kentucky, 25-11, 8
7, Oregon State, 26-6, 9
8, Indiana, 26-6, 10
9, Duke, 30-7, 14
10, Vanderbilt, 22-14, 15
11, Ole Miss, 29-8, 5
12, East Carolina, 26-9, 7
13, UCLA, 22-9, 17
14, Southern Miss, 24-11, 13
15, North Carolina, 24-12, 21
16, Texas A&M, 27-9, 22
17, Clemson, 26-10, 11
18, Florida State, 24-12, 12
19, LSU, 24-13, 23
20, Coastal Carolina, 26-12, 24
21, Texas, 24-14, NR
22, Oklahoma, 26-13, 16
23, Georgia, 25-11, 18
24, Connecticut, 19-11-1, NR
25, Minnesota, 23-10, NR

Dropped Out
19, Missouri State, 22-10
20, Wichita State, 24-9
25, Louisiana Tech, 25-13

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Florida, 32-6, 1
2, NC State, 28-7, 2
3, Stanford, 27-5, 3
4, Texas Tech, 29-8, 5
5, Arkansas, 27-10, 6
6, Oregon State, 26-6, 7
7, Mississippi, 29-8, 4
8, Kentucky, 25-11, 9
9, Duke, 30-7, 10
10, Indiana, 26-6, 11
11, Vanderbilt, 22-14, 15
12, Clemson, 26-10, 8
13, UCLA, 22-9, 17
14, Southern Miss, 24-11, 14
15, Oklahoma, 26-13, 13
16, East Carolina, 26-9, 16
17, Texas A&M, 27-9, 18
18, Florida Atlantic, 26-9, 19
19, Florida State, 24-12, 12
20, North Carolina, 24-12, 20
21, Auburn, 25-12, 21
22, LSU, 24-13, 22
23, Coastal Carolina, 26-12, NR
24, Texas, 24-14, NR
25, Georgia, 25-11, 25

Dropped Out: Sam Houston State (23), Missouri (24).

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. Florida (32-6), 495, 1
2. N.C. State (28-7), 493, 2
3. Duke (30-7), 490, 4
4. UCLA (22-9), 487, 5
5. Stanford (27-5), 486, 6
6. Arkansas (27-10), 485, 7
7. Oregon St. (26-6), 482, 8
8. North Carolina (24-12), 480, 12
9. Vanderbilt (22-14), 478, 20
10. Mississippi (29-8), 475, 9
11. Michigan (21-11), 472, 16
12. Georgia (25-11), 469, 10
13. Clemson (26-10), 468, 3
14. Oklahoma (26-13), 465, 11
15. Texas Tech. (29-8), 463, 14
16. Indiana (26-6), 460, 15
17. Illinois (23-8), 459, 18
18. LSU (24-13), 457, 23
19. Texas A&M (27-9), 455, 22
20. Louisville (24-11), 452, 21
t21. Tennessee Tech. (29-5), 451, 25
t21, Texas (24-14), 451, 17
23. East Carolina (26-9), 448, 19
24. St. John’s (22-10), 447, —
25. Dallas Baptist (23-10), 444, —
26. Florida Atlantic (26-9), 442, —
27. Arizona (22-12), 440, —
28. Nevada (20-13), 437, 28
29. Coastal Carolina (26-12), 435, 29
30. Minnesota (23-10), 434, —
31. Kentucky (25-11), 433, —

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