Blake Dean and the Tigers have won 16-straight games
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Streaking Baseball Vaults to No. 8 in Rankings
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Published: May 19, 2008, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:33 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- LSU continued its climb in the college baseball polls Monday, as the Tigers have vaulted into the Top 10 of both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America rankings.

The Tigers, riding a 16-game win streak, moved up to No. 8 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll and to No. 10 in the Baseball America rankings. LSU was No. 16 in both polls last week.

LSU is No. 13 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll, up from No. 21.
 
LSU’s appearance in the Top 10 is the club’s first since March 13, 2006, when the Tigers were ranked No. 8 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 10 by USA Today/ESPN.

LSU, the 2008 SEC Western Division champion, opens SEC Tournament play at 10 a.m. Wednesday against South Carolina in Hoover, Ala.

LSU recorded a three-game SEC sweep of Auburn last weekend, extending its win streak to 16 games overall and 12 games in conference play.

The Tigers’ 16-game streak is the longest by an LSU squad since the 1997 club won its first 19 games. The 12-game SEC win streak is LSU’s longest in one season -- the Tigers won 15 straight league games in 1990-91 (four straight at the end of the ’90 season, 11 in a row to start the ’91 season).

The sweep over Auburn clinched the SEC Western Division title for LSU, the 14th division crown in school history and the Tigers’ first since 2005. LSU has claimed five Western Division championships this decade 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2008.

The Tigers are hitting .335 (207-for-618) as a team during their 16-game win streak with 46 doubles, five triples and 26 home runs, and LSU has outscored its opponents, 150-76, in the past 16 contest.

The Tigers’ pitching staff has been superb during the streak as well, recording a 3.65 ERA in 153 innings of work with 46 walks and 146 strikeouts.

Collegiate Baseball
NCAA Div. I Poll (As of May 19, 2008)
 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. North Carolina (45-10) 494   2
  2. Miami, Fla. (43-8) 493   1
  3. Arizona St. (44-9) 491   3
  4. Florida St. (46-9) 490   4
  5. Rice (42-11) 489   5
  6. Georgia (35-19-1) 480   8
  7. San Diego (39-15) 479   9
  8. LSU (39-16-1) 477 16
  9. Texas A&M (42-14) 475   7
10. Oklahoma St. (40-15) 474 10
11. Cal. St. Fullerton (35-17) 473 11
12. Missouri (37-17) 471 12
13. Nebraska (39-12-1) 470   6
14. Michigan (42-12) 467 15
15. California (32-17-2) 465 13
16. Stanford (31-19-2) 464 14
17. Florida (34-20) 460 NR
18. Long Beach St. (34-18) 458 NR
19. South Carolina (37-19) 455 18
20. Wichita St. (41-15) 453 19
21. St. John’s (41-12) 450 20
22. N.C. State (37-18) 445 21
23. Kentucky (41-15) 443 23
24. Texas (34-19) 441 NR
25. U.C. Irvine (36-15) 440 27
26. Texas Christian (39-16) 438 NR
27. Coastal Carolina (43-11) 437 26
28. Georgia Tech. (38-17) 434 25
29. Alabama (32-24) 431 NR
30. N.C. Wilmington (41-13-1) 429 NR

Baseball America

TOP 25
Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. North Carolina 45-10 3-1 2
2. Arizona State 44-9 4-0 3
3. Miami 43-8 2-2 1
4. Florida State 46-9 3-1 4
5. Rice 42-11 3-0 6
6. Cal State Fullerton 35-17 3-0 8
7. Oklahoma State 40-15 3-1 10
8. Georgia 35-19 2-2 7
9. Missouri 37-17 3-0 15
10. LSU 39-16 4-0 16
11. San Diego 39-15 0-0 11
12. Nebraska 39-12 1-3 5
13. Texas A&M 42-14 0-4 9
14. UC Irvine 36-15 3-2 12
15. California 32-17 0-1 13
16. Stanford 31-19 2-1 14
17. Michigan 42-12 4-1 17
18. St. John's 41-12 2-1 18
19. Kentucky 41-15 3-1 21
20. North Carolina State 37-18 2-2 20
21. Texas Christian 40-16 5-0 24
22. Coastal Carolina 43-11 2-0 23
23. Wichita State 41-15 3-1 22
24. Texas 34-19 5-0 NR
25. Long Beach State 34-18 4-0 NR

Dropped Out: Vanderbilt (19), Tulane (25).

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Baseball Poll
May 19, 2008

Rank School (first-place votes) Record Points Last week
1 North Carolina (19) 45-10 760 2
2 Miami (Fla.) (9) 43-8 748 1
3 Florida State (1) 46-9 700 3
4 Arizona State (2) 44-9 689 4
5 Rice 42-11 667 5
6 Oklahoma State 40-15 549 9 
7 Nebraska 39-12-1 483 6
8 Cal State Fullerton 35-17 480 12
9 Georgia 35-19-1 478 8
10 Texas A&M 42-14 454 7
11 San Diego 39-15 403 10
12 UC Irvine 36-15 354 11
13 LSU 39-16-1 338 21
14 Wichita State 41-15 325 14t
15 Missouri 37-17 317 20
16 Coastal Carolina 43-11 299 14t
17 Stanford 31-19-2 297 16
18 Michigan 42-12 269 17
19 California 32-17-2 197 19
20 Kentucky 41-15 180 24
21 Vanderbilt 37-18 178 13
22 North Carolina State 37-18 148 22
23 South Carolina 37-19 133 18
24 Georgia Tech 38-17 107 25 
25 Arizona 35-16 87 23
 
Dropped out: None.

Others receiving votes: St. John's (41-12) 62; Texas (34-19) 59; Long Beach State (34-18) 58; North Carolina-Wilmington (41-13) 53; Florida (34-20) 50; TCU (39-16) 43; Oral Roberts (43-12) 23; Pepperdine (35-17) 19; San Diego State (30-26) 18; Southern Mississippi (38-18) 11; Tulane (36-18) 11; Missouri State (38-15) 6; Alabama (32-24) 5; East Carolina (39-17) 5; Dallas Baptist (37-17) 4; Mississippi (34-22) 4; New Orleans (38-17) 2; Arkansas (33-22) 1; Charlotte (40-14) 1.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The 2008 board: Terry Alexander, Jacksonville; John Anderson, Minnesota; Ed Blankmeyer, St. John's; Buddy Bolding, Longwood; Roger Cador, Southern; Rob Cooper, Wright State; Sherman Corbett, Texas-San Antonio; Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt; Mike Gaski, North Carolina-Greensboro; Nino Giarratano, San Francisco; Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina; Keith Guttin, Missouri State; Danny Hall, Georgia Tech; Loren Hibbs, Charlotte; Charlie Hickey, Central Connecticut State; Steve Jaksa, Central Michigan; Rick Jones, Tulane; Steve Kittrell, South Alabama; Ken Knutson, Washington; Kevin Leighton, Manhattan; Gary McClure, Austin Peay; Mervyl Melendez, Bethune-Cookman; Gary Powers, Nevada; Mark Scalf, North Carolina-Wilmington; Jim Schlossnagle, TCU; Tim Sinicki, Binghamton; Steve Smith, Baylor; Joe Sottolano, Army; Joe Walsh, Harvard; Rob Walton, Oral Roberts; Mike Weathers, Long Beach State.

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