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LSU Baseball Report, Rankings - April 8
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Published: April 08, 2013, 02:07 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU is ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll released Monday. The Tigers (30-2, 11-1 SEC) have won 12 straight games, including nine consecutive SEC contests, and are tied with Vanderbilt for the overall conference lead.

LSU has a three-game advantage over Alabama and Arkansas in the SEC Western Division standings.

LSU and No. 10 Arkansas meet this weekend in a three-game league series beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT Friday at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.

The 2013 club becomes the fourth LSU team to be ranked No. 1 during the seven-season tenure of coach Paul Mainieri. The 2012 squad held a No. 1 ranking twice, once in mid-April and once in early June. The 2009 team, which won the national championship, was ranked No. 1 in seven different weeks. The 2010 Fighting Tiger squad held a No. 1 ranking for three weeks.

“The No. 1 ranking is wonderful recognition for the accomplishments of our program this year,” Mainieri said, “but it brings a lot of responsibility. We’re not going to ask our players to change anything; we want them to continue to play with passion and have fun. It’s a great honor, but our goal is to be No. 1 at the end of the year.”

LSU’s next game is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when the Tigers face Southern University in the annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Foundation Classic at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.

Overall Record: 30-2
SEC: 11-1

Last Week’s Results (4-0)
April 2 (Tue.) – ALCORN STATE (W, 7-3)
April 5 (Fri.) – #7 KENTUCKY (W, 11-1)
April 6 (Sat.) – #7 KENTUCKY (W, 9-1)
April 7 (Sun.) – #7 KENTUCKY (W, 11-4)

This Week’s Schedule
April 9 (Tue.) – Southern (at Metairie, La.), 7 p.m. CT (Cox Sports Television/Jumbo Sports Network)
April 10 (Wed.) – SOUTHERN, 6:30 p.m. CT (Cox Sports Television)
April 12 (Fri.) – at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m. CT
April 13 (Sat.) – at Arkansas, 6 p.m. CT (Cox Sports Television)
April 14 (Sun.) – at Arkansas, 1 p.m. CT (Cox Sports Television)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won all four of its games last week – including a three-game SEC sweep over No. 7 Kentucky – to improve to 30-2 overall and 11-1 in conference play … LSU has won 12 straight games, including nine consecutive league contests, and is tied with Vanderbilt (11-1) for the overall SEC lead … LSU’s 30-2 overall record is the best 32-game mark in Fighting Tiger baseball history, and the Tigers’ 11-1 SEC record is the school’s best 12-game league start since the 1997 club was also 11-1 … the Tigers’ nine-game SEC win streak is the longest by an LSU club since the 2008 team won 12 straight league games, sweeping the final four series of the regular season … the Tigers hit .406 (41-for-101) in the Kentucky series with 12 doubles, three triples and one homer, while the LSU pitching staff limited the Wildcats to a .194 average (18-for-93; 17 singles and one home run) … LSU outscored UK, 31-6 in the series, and the Tigers did not commit an error in the three games (110 chances) … junior second baseman JaCoby Jones led LSU to the over Kentucky, batting .615 (8-for-13) with three doubles, one homer, six RBI, three runs and two stolen bases … Jones also recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 19 chances at second base … he was 3-for-4 in Game 3 of the series on Sunday with one double, one homer, four RBI and one run … Jones was 3-for-5 in the series opener on Friday with one double, two RBI and one run scored … junior right-hander Ryan Eades recorded the longest outing of his career Saturday in a win over Kentucky, working 8.2 innings and allowing just one run on four hits (all singles) with one walk and six strikeouts … the outing was also the longest by an LSU pitcher this season … Eades retired 14 consecutive UK batters at one point in the game as he improved to 7-0 on the year and lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.30 … freshman shortstop Alex Bregman hit .438 (7-for-16) in the Tigers’ four wins last week with two doubles, three triples, seven RBI and five runs scored … Bregman extended his current hitting streak to 20 games … in the Tigers’ three-game sweep over Kentucky, Bregman hit .455 (5-for-11) with one double, two triples, seven RBI and three runs scored … he also recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 18 chances at shortstop … Bregman is hitting a team-high .441 this season with 10 doubles, five triples, three homers, 31 RBI, 38 runs and nine stolen bases.

Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I Poll (As of April 8, 2013)

Rank Team (2013 Record)
1. LSU (30-2)
2. North Carolina (29-2)
3. Vanderbilt (29-4)
4. Virginia (29-3)
5. Cal. St. Fullerton (28-4)
6. Oregon St. (25-5)
7. Florida St. (27-5)
8. Oklahoma (27-6)
9. Oregon (23-8)
10. Arkansas (23-9)
11. Louisville (25-6)
12. South Carolina (26-7)
13. Indiana (25-4)
14. Kentucky (22-9)
15. UCLA (19-9)
16. Notre Dame (19-10)
17. Clemson (21-11) -
18. Georgia Tech (23-9)
19. N.C. State (24-10)
20. Cal. Poly (21-8)
21. Rice (23-11)
22. Alabama (20-13)
23. Stanford (16-10)
24. Texas A&M (20-13)
25. Arizona (21-11)
26. Mississippi St. (26-9)
27. Arizona St. (19-9-1)
28. Houston (24-9)
29. Florida Gulf Coast (20-8)
30. Creighton (18-6)

Baseball America Top 25

Rk. Team, W-L, Prev.
1. North Carolina, 29-2, 1
2. Vanderbilt, 29-4, 2
3. LSU, 30-2, 3
4. Cal State Fullerton, 28-4, 4
5. Virginia, 29-3, 5
6. Oregon State, 25-5, 6
7. Florida State, 27-5, 8
8. Louisville, 25-6, 9
9. Oklahoma, 27-6, 13
10. Arkansas, 23-9, 14
11. South Carolina, 26-7, 15
12. Indiana, 25-4, 16
13. Kentucky, 22-9, 7
14. Rice, 23-11, 18
15. Arizona State, 19-9, 24
16. Oregon, 23-8, 11
17. UCLA, 19-9, 10
18. Notre Dame, 19-10, 20
19. North Carolina State, 24-10, NR
20. Georgia Tech, 23-9, 12
21. Mississippi State, 26-9, NR
22. Clemson, 21-11, NR
23. Mississippi, 23-9, 17
24. Houston, 24-9, 19
25. Campbell, 28-5, NR

Dropped out: Cal Poly (21), Virginia Tech (22), San Diego (23), Florida Atlantic (25).

USA Today Coaches' Poll

1. North Carolina (29-2)
2. LSU (30-2)
3. Vanderbilt (29-4)
4. Cal State-Fullerton (28-4)
5. Virginia (29-3)
6. Oregon State (25-5)
7. Florida State (27-5)
8. South Carolina (26-7)
9. Oregon (23-8)
t10. Oklahoma (27-6)
t10. Arkansas (23-9)
12. Louisville (25-6)
13. UCLA (19-9)
14. Kentucky (22-9)
15. Indiana (25-4)
16. Mississippi State (26-9)
17. Georgia Tech (23-9)
18. Mississippi (23-9)
19. Arizona State (19-9-1)
20. Rice (23-11)
21. NC State (24-10)
22. Oklahoma State (22-8)
23. UC-Irvine (20-8)
24. Notre Dame (19-10)
25. Cal Poly (21-8) 
 
Others receiving votes: Arizona (21-11) 51; Houston (24-9) 45; Stanford (16-10) 42; Campbell (28-5) 20; North Carolina-Wilmington (23-10) 9; South Alabama (24-9) 8; Central Arkansas (23-8) 6; Clemson (21-11) 6; Kansas State (23-10) 6; Alabama (20-13) 5; Austin Peay (25-7) 3; Louisiana-Lafayette (22-9) 3; Virginia Tech (21-12) 2; Florida Atlantic (21-11) 1; Florida Gulf Coast (20-8) 1; Pittsburgh (20-9) 1; Richmond (21-9) 1; Texas A&M (20-13) 1.

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