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LSU Baseball Report, Rankings - Feb. 24
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Published: February 24, 2014, 01:03 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

Overall Record: 7-0

Last Week’s Results (4-0)
Feb. 19 (Wed.) – at Southeastern Louisiana (W, 7-3)
Feb. 21 (Fri.) – VIRGINIA TECH (W, 9-0)
Feb. 22 (Sat.) – TOLEDO (W, 15-1)
Feb. 23 (Sun.) – TEXAS SOUTHERN (W, 4-1)

This Week’s Schedule
Feb. 25 (Tue.) – #13 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE, 6:30 p.m. (Cox Sports Television)
Feb. 28 (Fri.) – YALE, 7 p.m.
March 1 (Sat.) – YALE, 2 p.m.
March 2 (Sun.) – YALE, 12 p.m.

Notes on the Tigers
LSU is ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball magazine poll released Monday … the 2014 LSU team is the fifth Tiger squad to earn the top ranking during the eight-season tenure of coach Paul Mainieri … the 2013 team was ranked No. 1 for one week in April and again in late May as the Tigers entered the NCAA Tournament … 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, and the 2010 Fighting Tiger squad held a No. 1 ranking for three weeks … junior right-hander Aaron Nola fired a no-hitter for seven innings Friday night versus Virginia Tech before leaving the game due to a pitch count restriction … Nola threw 87 pitches in seven shutout frames, allowing no hits with one walk and eight strikeouts … it was the deepest an LSU pitcher had gone in a game without giving up a hit since April 15, 1995, when right-hander Brian Winders threw 8.2 hitless innings at Ole Miss … Nola improved to 2-0 with Friday’s win over the Hokies, and he has a 0.00 ERA in 13 innings with one walk and 14 strikeouts … freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ worked seven strong innings on Sunday to defeat Texas Southern in Alex Box Stadium … the southpaw allowed just one run on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts … Poche’ improved to 2-0 on the year and lowered his season ERA to 0.69 … in 13 innings, he’s allowed just one run on eight hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts, and opponents are batting only .174 against him … senior outfielder Sean McMullen collected six RBI in three of the Tigers’ wins last week, including a three-run homer in Friday’s victory over Virginia Tech … junior first baseman catcher Tyler Moore hit .417 (5-for-12) in four games last week with one double and three RBI, while junior second baseman Conner Hale batted .357 (5-for-14) in four games with one double, two RBI and two runs … Hale and all-American sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman are the Tigers’ leading hitters on the year, each with a .409 cumulative average … freshman outfielder Jake Fraley belted his first collegiate home run in Sunday’s win over Texas Southern, a three-run blast in the fourth inning that proved to be the difference in the 4-1 victory … freshman right-hander Parker Bugg has recorded seven strikeouts in three innings of relief work (three appearances) … Bugg has allowed just one hit with no walks, and he has one save to his credit.

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (2014 Record), Points
1.  LSU (7-0), 494
2.  Florida St. (6-0), 491
3.  Oregon (7-0), 489
4.  Vanderbilt (7-0), 487
5.  South Carolina (7-0), 485
6.  Virginia (6-1), 482
7.  N.C. State (6-1), 480
8.  Oregon St. (5-2), 478
9.  Louisville (5-2), 476
10.  Cal. St. Fullerton (4-3), 475
11.  Oklahoma St. (8-1), 472
12.  Texas Christian (6-1), 469
13.  Louisiana-Lafayette (7-1), 467
14.  Cal. Poly (6-1), 464
15.  Rice (6-2), 461
16.  Clemson (5-1), 458
17.  Miami, Fla. (4-3), 455
18.  Mississippi St. (4-4), 454
19.  North Carolina (3-3), 452
20.  UCLA (4-3), 450
21.  Florida (5-3), 447
22.  Arizona (6-2), 445
23.  Texas A&M (6-1), 442
24.  Texas (5-3), 441
25.  Mississippi (6-1), 438
26.  Texas Tech. (6-1), 436
27.  Arkansas (6-0), 433
28.  Tennessee (7-0), 432
29.  Southern California (7-0), 429
30.  Florida International (8-0), 426

Baseball America Top 25

Team W-L Last Week Previous Ranking
1. Virginia 6-1 4-0 1
2. Florida State 6-0 3-0 4
3. South Carolina 7-0 4-0 5
4. Oregon State 5-2 2-2 2
5. Cal State Fullerton 4-3 2-2 3
6. North Carolina State 5-1 5-0 6
7. LSU 7-0 4-0 8
8. Vanderbilt 7-0 4-0 9
9. Oregon 7-0 4-0 11
10. Louisiana-Lafayette 7-1 4-0 14
11. Clemson 5-1 3-0 13
12. Rice 6-2 4-1 15
13. Cal Poly 6-1 3-1 22
14. Miami 4-3 2-2 16
15. Texas 5-3 3-1 18
16. Texas Christian 6-1 4-0 19
17. Indiana 2-5 1-2 10
18. Mississippi State 4-4 2-3 7
19. UCLA 4-3 2-2 12
20. Louisville 5-2 3-1 20
21. Alabama 4-2 2-1 21
22. North Carolina 3-3 2-2 17
23. Texas A&M 6-1 3-1 24
24. Arkansas 6-0 3-0 25
25. Florida 3-2 3-2 23

 

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