LSU's Ma'Khail Hilliard improved to 4-0 on the season.
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March 12 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

Overall Record: 11-6

Last Week’s Results (3-2)
March 6 (Tue.) – SOUTHERN (W, 8-2)
March 7 (Wed.) – at Louisiana-Lafayette (L, 3-4 – 10 innings)
March 9 (Fri.) – HAWAII (L, 2-4)
March 10 (Sat.) – HAWAII (W, 5-1)
March 11 (Sun.) – HAWAII (W, 14-1)

This Week’s Schedule
March 14 (Wed.) – SOUTH ALABAMA, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
March 16 (Fri.) – MISSOURI, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
March 17 (Sat.) – MISSOURI, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
March 11 (Sun.) – MISSOURI, 2 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won three of five games last week, and the Tigers are No. 16 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, marking the 119th consecutive week the Tigers have appeared in the poll … LSU has been ranked every week since the beginning of the 2012 season … junior catcher Hunter Feduccia started in four of LSU’s five games last week and batted .385 (5-for-13) with three doubles, one homer, four runs and seven RBI, and he threw out two base runners attempting to steal … in LSU’s series victory over Hawaii, Feduccia batted .500 (4-for-8) with two doubles, one homer, six RBI and three runs scored … in the Tigers’ 14-1 win over Hawaii on Sunday, Feduccia was 2-for-2 at the plate with two doubles and a career-best four RBI … his two-run homer in Saturday’s win over the Rainbow Warriors highlighted a three-run LSU third inning that expanded the Tigers’ lead to 5-0 in an eventual 5-1 win … Feduccia has a team-best 15 RBI this season, and he is second on the club in slugging percentage (.622) … freshman right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard earned a win on Sunday in his first collegiate start, defeating Hawaii by working 5.1 scoreless innings … Hilliard also extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 17.1, as he has yet to allow a run in his college career … he blanked the Rainbow Warriors through 5.1 innings on Sunday, allowing just three hits with two walks and three strikeouts while earning his fourth win in four decisions … for the season, Hilliard is 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 17.1 innings, and he has recorded seven walks, 14 strikeouts and a .169 opponent batting average … senior utility player/pitcher Austin Bain hit .462 (6-for-13) in four games last week with two doubles, five RBI and four runs scored … Bain started Games 2 and 3 of the Hawaii series at first base, marking the first time he’s played that position in his four-year college career … freshman outfielder Daniel Cabrera batted .455 (5-for-11) in four games last week with three doubles, two RBI and three runs, and junior third baseman Chris Reid hit .455 (5-for-11) in four games last week with three RBI and two runs scored … junior right-hander Cam Sanders earned his first career LSU win on Tuesday over Southern, limiting the Jaguars to two runs on two hits in 5.1 innings with two walks and a career-best eight strikeouts … Sanders also recorded two outs in a relief appearance on Sunday versus Hawaii and is expected to take on an expanded role was a weekend reliever … freshman right-hander Devin Fontenot recorded six strikeouts in 2.2 innings over two relief appearances, including a dominating relief effort on Wednesday night at Louisiana-Lafayette, where he struck out five of the six batters he faced.

Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1. Oregon State, 15-1, 2
2. Florida, 15-3, 1
3. Stanford, 14-2, 4
4. Kentucky, 14-3, 8
5. Clemson, 15-1, 10
6. Florida St., 14-2, 3
7. Arkansas, 11-4, 6
8. Texas Tech, 15-2, 5
9. TCU, 8-4, 7
10. Texas A&M, 16-1, 9
11. Ole Miss, 15-1, 12
12. Louisvillem 14-1, 19
13. Auburn, 15-1, 20
14. Vanderbilt, 12-4, 21
15. Southern Miss, 11-4, 15
16. UCLA, 10-4, 11
17. LSU, 11-6, 16
18. Indiana, 11-4, 18
19. UCF, 13-3, 23
20. Duke, 12-3, NR
21. East Carolina, 12-3, NR
22. Sam Houston St., 12-4, NR
23. NC State, 13-3, NR
24. Illinois, 8-4, NR
25. San Diego St., 25

D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Florida, 15-3, 1
2, Oregon State, 15-1, 2
3, Kentucky, 14-3, 6
4, Stanford, 14-2, 7
5, Texas Tech, 15-2, 3
6, Ole Miss, 15-1, 8
7, TCU, 9-4, 4
8, Florida State, 14-2, 5
9, Arkansas, 11-4, 9
10, NC State, 13-3, 10
11, Louisville, 14-1, 11
12, Texas A&M, 16-1, 12
13, Clemson, 15-1, 16
14, Auburn, 15-1, 18
15, Vanderbilt, 12-4, 19
16, LSU, 11-6, 14
17, Southern Mississippi, 11-4, 17
18, Indiana, 11-4, 15
19, UCLA, 10-4, 13
20, Duke, 12-3, 22
21, Sam Houston State, 12-4, 24
22, UCF, 13-3, NR
23, UNLV, 15-2, NR
24, Oklahoma, 10-7, 25
25, East Carolina, 12-3, NR

Dropped Out: North Carolina (20), Texas (21), St. John's (23).

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Oregon State, 15-1, 2
2, Florida, 15-3, 1
3, Stanford, 14-2, 7
4, Kentucky, 14-3, 6
5, Arkansas, 11-4, 5
6, Texas Tech, 15-2, 3
7, Florida State, 14-2, 4
8, Ole Miss, 15-1, 9
9, Texas A&M, 16-1, 10
10, Clemson, 15-1, 12
11, TCU, 9-4, 8
12, Louisville, 14-1, 13
13, Vanderbilt, 12-4, 15
14, Indiana, 11-4, 14
15, Auburn, 15-1, 18
16, Southern Miss, 11-4, 16
17, UCLA, 10-4, 11
18, East Carolina, 12-3, 19
19, Mississippi State, 10-6, 21
20, LSU, 11-6, 22
21, Duke, 12-3, NR
22, Virginia, 10-6, 17
23, UCF, 13-3, NR
24, NC State, 13-3, NR
25, UNLV, 15-2, NR

Dropped Out
20, North Carolina, 8-7
23, Texas, 9-7
24, Coastal Carolina, 12-6
25, Dallas Baptist, 8-6

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, Oregon State (25), 15-1, 763, 2
2, Florida (3), 15-3, 700, 1
3, Stanford (1), 14-2, 652, 5
4, Kentucky (1), 14-3, 644, 6
5, Texas Tech, 15-2, 626, 3
6, Texas A&M, 16-1, 598, 8
7, Florida State, 14-2, 569, 4
8, Ole Miss, 15-1, 562, 9
9, Clemson (1), 15-1, 554, 11
10, Arkansas, 11-4, 516, 7
11, Louisville, 14-1, 504, 10
12, TCU, 9-4, 414, 12
13, Vanderbilt, 12-4, 400, 14
14, Auburn, 15-1, 372, 15
15, UCLA, 10-4, 293, 13
16, Southern Miss, 11-4, 288, 16
17, East Carolina, 12-3, 241, 23
18, Indiana, 11-4, 212, 17
19, LSU, 11-6, 169, 18
20, NC State, 13-3, 143, 22
21, Virginia, 10-6, 115, 19
21, UCF, 13-3, 115, 34
23, Duke, 12-3, 85, 33
24, UNLV, 15-2, 84, 30
25, Mississippi State, 10-6, 73, 27

Dropped Out
No. 20 Texas, No. 21 North Carolina, No. 24 Coastal Carolina, No. 25 St. John's.

Others Receiving Votes
Alabama 53; North Carolina 46; Wichita State 34; South Alabama 26; Oregon 25; Coastal Carolina 20; Texas 20; Sam Houston State 19; Stetson 18; Houston 15; Missouri 13; California 12; Florida Gulf Coast 10; Charleston 9; Dallas Baptist 8; Georgia State 7; Southern California 7; St. John's 6; North Carolina-Wilmington 6; Santa Clara 5; Mercer 5; Illinois 5; Arizona 5; Kansas 3; Louisiana Tech 2; San Diego State 2; Oklahoma 1; Miami (Ohio) 1.

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. Oregon St. (15-1), 496, 1
2. Clemson (15-1), 494, 6
3. Stanford (14-2), 492, 7
4. Louisville (14-1), 490, 8
5. Auburn (15-1), 488, 9
6. Florida (15-3), 487, 2
7. Florida St. (14-2), 485, 3
8. Kentucky (14-3), 482, 5
9. Texas Tech. (15-2), 481, 4
10. Texas A&M (16-1), 480, 16
11. Vanderbilt (12-4), 475, 10
12. Stetson (13-1), 470, 18
13. Ole Miss (15-1), 467, 19
14. UCLA (10-4), 465, 11
15. Indiana (11-4), 463, 12
16. LSU (11-6), 461, 13
17. TCU (9-4), 459, 14
18. Arkansas (11-4), 455, 15
19. NC State (13-3), 454, 17
20. Wichita St. (12-2), 451, 22
21. Nevada-Las Vegas (15-2), 448, 23
22. Central Florida (13-3), 445, NR
23. Southern Miss (11-4), 442, 24
24. Missouri (13-3), 440, NR
25. Illinois (8-4), 437, 25
26. Duke (12-3), 433, NR
27. Florida Gulf Coast (13-2), 430, NR
28. Oregon (11-4), 426, NR
29. St. John’s (8-4), 422, 20
30. Coastal Carolina (12-6), 419, 21

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