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Baseball Returns to Nation's Top 5
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Published: March 14, 2011, 01:17 PM (CT)
Updated: March 14, 2011, 05:11 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - Following a three-game sweep of Cal State Fullerton over the weekend, LSU is ranked No. 5 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll released on Monday. The Tigers moved from No. 7 to No. 5 in the poll after the sweep of the Titans.

The Tigers are in the Top 5 for the first time since April 19, 2010, when LSU was ranked fifth in the USA Today/ESPN poll.

LSU is ranked No. 7 this week by USA Today/ESPN, and the Tigers are No. 8 in the Baseball America poll.

The LSU-Cal State Fullerton series drew an actual attendance figure of 27,194 (an average of 9,065 per game), establishing a stadium record for a three-game set.

"We're very pleased with the way our players performed over the weekend," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "It was a great series played in a tremendous environment. We also know that we have only played 16 games this season; there are still 40 regular-season games remaining, including 30 within our grueling SEC schedule. Our players know that there are areas in which we can improve, and it's our goal to be playing our best in May and June."

LSU plays its first road game of the season at 6 p.m. Wednesday when the Tigers face Nicholls State in Thibodaux. LSU opens SEC play this weekend in Alex Box Stadium when the Tigers play host to top-ranked Florida.

First pitch for Game 1 of the LSU-Florida series is 6 p.m. Friday, Game 2 begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Game 3 starts at Noon Sunday.Overall Record:  15-1    

Last Week:  4-0
March 9 - SACRED HEART (W, 6-1)
March 11 -  CAL STATE FULLERTON (W, 7-6)
March 12 - CAL STATE FULLERTON (W, 7-6)
March 13 - CAL STATE FULLERTON (W, 10-2)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU posted a three-game sweep of sixth-ranked Cal State Fullerton last weekend in Alex Box Stadium ... the series marked the first time Cal State Fullerton has been swept in three games since February 2008 versus Stanford ... the series drew an actual attendance figure of 27,194 (an average of 9,065 per game), establishing a stadium record for a three-game set ... junior right-hander Matty Ott became LSU's all-time saves leader on Friday, when he earned a save on Friday against Cal State Fullerton ... Ott also picked up a save on Saturday and now has 31 career saves, surpassing the mark of 29 saves set by Rick Greene from 1990-92 ... LSU's starting rotation of freshman right-hander Kurt McCune, freshman right-hander Kevin Gausman and senior right-hander Ben Alsup was outstanding over the weekend against Cal State Fullerton ... the trio combined to work 19.2 innings and post a 2.28 ERA, allowing just five earned runs on 11 hits with four walks and 14 strikeouts ... Alsup defeated Cal State Fullerton on Sunday with an outstanding effort, limiting the Titans to just one earned run on four hits in 6.2 innings ... he recorded two walks and five strikeouts as he improved his record to 3-1 on the year ... McCune worked six innings on Friday, allowing one unearned run and three hits with no walks and four strikeouts ... Gausman pitched a team-high seven innings on Saturday, limiting the Titans to four runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts ... sophomore right-hander Jimmy Dykstra turned in two excellent relief efforts against Cal State Fullerton, and he was credited with the win in Friday's game ... Dykstra worked three innings combined in Games 1 and 3, allowing no runs and no hits while recording no walks and two strikeouts ... junior third baseman Tyler Hanover led the Tigers at the plate in the Cal State Fullerton series, batting .455 (5-for-11) with four RBI, two stolen bases and five runs scored ... Hanover drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 2 Saturday with a bases-loaded walk ... sophomore designated hitter Raph Rhymes batted .385 (5-for-13) in the series with five runs scored, and junior shortstop Austin Nola also hit .385 (5-for-13) with one double, three RBI and two runs scored ... LSU hit .307 as a team in the Cal State Fullerton series, while limiting the Titans to a .208 average ... the Tigers were a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts and LSU executed four sacrifice bunts ... LSU already has 21 sacrifice bunts this season, one more than the 20 the Tigers recorded during the entire 2010 season.

Baseball America Top 25

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. Florida 14-2 4-1 1
2. Vanderbilt 16-1 5-0 2
3. Oklahoma 16-1 2-1 3
4. South Carolina 11-2 3-1 4
5. Texas 11-5 4-1 5
6. Florida State 15-1 5-0 8
7. Virginia 16-1 4-0 11
8. LSU 15-1 4-0 16
9. Arizona State 11-3 2-1 9
10. TCU 10-5 3-1 7
11. Arizona 13-3 4-1 14
12. Stanford 6-5 0-0 12
13. Cal State Fullerton 8-6 0-3 6
14. Baylor 11-5 5-0 17
15. California 10-4 4-0 20
16. Clemson 7-6 0-4 10
17. Fresno State 11-2 3-1 23
18. North Carolina 14-3 3-2 15
19. Connecticut 7-6 3-2 19
20. College of Charleston 14-3 4-1 21
21. Texas A&M 12-4 3-1 22
22. Tulane 11-4 2-1 24
23. Georgia Tech 11-5 3-1 25
24. UCLA 8-6 1-2 13
25. Rice 10-8 2-3 18

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Div. I Poll (As of March 14, 2011)
 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous
1. Florida (14-2) 495 1
2. Oklahoma (16-1) 494 2
3. Vanderbilt (16-1) 493 3
4. Florida St. (15-1) 491 5
5. LSU (15-1) 489 7
6. Virginia (16-1) 488 10
7. South Carolina (11-2) 486 6
8. Texas (11-5) 479 11
9. Texas Christian (10-5) 477 9
10. Arizona St. (11-3) 475 13
11. Texas A&M (12-4) 473 14
12. Arizona (13-3) 470 15
13. Arkansas (13-2) 468 18
14. U.C. Irvine (12-1) 467 21
15. UCLA (8-6) 466 12
16. Clemson (7-6) 465 4
17. Cal. St. Fullerton (8-6) 464 8
18. Stanford (6-5) 463 17
19. North Carolina (14-3) 460 16
20. Fresno St. (11-2) 455 20
21. Louisville (11-3) 451 22
22. Georgia Tech. (12-4) 448 24
23. Oregon St. (13-3) 445 -
24. Auburn (11-5) 441 25
25. Tulane (11-4) 439 28
26. Wichita St. (10-4) 438 19
27. Baylor (11-5) 434 -
28. Coll. of Charleston (14-3) 430 -
29. California (10-4) 428 -
30. Stetson (12-3) 426 26

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Baseball Poll

Rank School (first-place votes) Record Points Last week
1 Florida (15)  14-2 737 1
2 Vanderbilt (11)  16-1 735 3
3 Oklahoma (3)  16-1 690 2
4 Florida State (2)  15-1 661 5
5 Virginia  16-1 653 6
6 South Carolina  11-2 636 4
7 LSU  15-1 608 8
8 Arizona State  11-3 478 9
9 Arkansas  13-2 420 14
10 Texas  11-5 403 13
11 UC-Irvine  12-1 372 18
12 TCU  10-5 367 11
13 Texas A&M  12-4 365 15
14 Arizona  13-3 318 17
15 North Carolina  14-3 279 16
16 UCLA 8-6 264 10
17 Clemson 7-6 259 7
18 Cal State-Fullerton 8-6 222 12
19 Fresno State  11-2 217 22
20 Louisville  11-3 213 21
21 Georgia Tech  12-4 177 NR
22 Stanford 6-5 150 19
23 College of Charleston  14-3 115 23
24 Rice  10-8 99 20
25 California  10-4 89 NR
 
Dropped out: No. 24 Auburn (11-5), No. 25 Wichita State (10-4).

Others receiving votes: Oregon State 87; Auburn 75; Tulane 52; Mississippi 42; Oklahoma State 40; Coastal Carolina 38; UNLV 31; Kansas State 17; Troy 15; Wichita State 14; Baylor 13; Central Florida 13; James Madison 13; Stetson 12; Mississippi State 10; Southeastern Louisiana 10; East Tennessee State 9; Tennessee 9; Southern Mississippi 8; Rutgers 6; East Carolina 5; Michigan State 5; Oregon 4; Purdue 4; Connecticut 3; Duke 3; Miami (Fla.) 3; North Carolina-Wilmington 3; Texas Tech 2; Creighton 1; Longwood 1.

NCBWA DIVISION I TOP 30 POLL (MARCH 14) 

Rk. School Pvs.
1 Vanderbilt 2
2 Florida 1
3 Oklahoma 3
4 Florida State 5
5 Virginia 6
6 South Carolina 4
7 LSU 10
8 Arizona State 7
9 TCU 9
10 Texas 12
11 Arkansas 15
12 Texas A&M 16
13 Arizona 18
14 Clemson 8
15 UC Irvine 21
16 UCLA 11
17 North Carolina 14
18 Stanford 17
19 Louisville 20
20 Cal State Fullerton 13
21 College of Charleston 22
22 Georgia Tech 25
23 Coastal Carolina 24
24 Rice 19
25 Fresno State 26
26 Auburn 23
27 California 29
28 Oregon 27
29 Baylor -
30 Oregon State -

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (11-5), Charlotte (12-3), Connecticut (7-6), East Carolina (11-4), Georgia State (13-4), James Madison (13-3), Kansas State (11-4), Michigan State (11-3), Nebraska (9-6), Oklahoma State (12-3), Ole Miss (13-4), Sam Houston State (12-4), Southeastern Louisiana (12-4), Southern Miss (11-3), Stetson (12-3), Tennessee (13-2), Texas State (12-3), Troy (13-3), Tulane (11-4), UCF (13-3), UNLV (16-3), Wichita State (10-4). 

Dropped out: Wichita State (28), James Madison (30). 

 

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