LSU's Ryan Eades
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Baseball Climbs National Polls After Weekend Sweep
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Published: February 20, 2012, 10:02 AM (CT)
Updated: February 20, 2012, 06:09 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU climbed in the baseball rankings released Monday, moving up to No. 7 in the Baseball America poll and No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

LSU (3-0) opened the 2012 season last weekend with two victories over Air Force and a win over Alcorn State. The Tigers began the year ranked No. 8 by Baseball America and No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball.

LSU outscored its opposition, 33-2, over the weekend, defeating Air Force 10-2 on Friday and 4-0 on Sunday, and Alcorn State 19-0 on Saturday. The Tigers recorded back-to-back shutouts over Alcorn State and Air Force, marking the first time LSU posted consecutive shutouts since April 2008 when it blanked Centenary and Alabama.

The Tigers' 19 runs in the Alcorn State game marked LSU's highest total since it scored 25 runs against Centenary on February 20, 2010. The Tigers' 19-run margin of victory was their largest since defeating Duquesne 24-5 on February 24, 2001.

LSU returns to action at 3 p.m. Wednesday when the Tigers play host to McNeese State in Alex Box Stadium.

Overall Record: 3-0

Last Week's Results
Feb. 17 (Fri.) - AIR FORCE (W, 10-2)
Feb. 18 (Sat.) - ALCORN STATE (W, 19-0)
Feb. 19 (Sun.) - AIR FORCE (W, 4-0)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU outscored its opposition, 33-2, over the weekend in posting two wins over Air Force and one victory over Alcorn State to open the 2012 season ... the Tigers outscored their opponents, 20-1, in the first three innings of the three games ... the Tigers recorded back-to-back shutouts over Alcorn State (19-0) and Air Force (4-0), marking the first time LSU posted consecutive shutouts since April 2008 when the Tigers blanked Centenary and Alabama ... LSU three starting pitchers each turned in outstanding efforts over the weekend - sophomore right-hander Kevin Gausman defeated Air Force on Friday, limiting the Falcons to one run on four hits in six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts ... sophomore right-hander Ryan Eades posted a win over Alcorn State Saturday, blanking the Braves in five innings of work while allowing one hit with one walk and a career-high eight strikeouts ... sophomore right-hander Kurt McCune fired six shutout innings against Air Force on Sunday, allowing three hits with one walk and four strikeouts ... as a staff, the LSU pitchers posted a 0.67 ERA in three games, allowing just two runs on 15 hits with a .155 opponent batting average ... three LSU hitters collected four hits over the weekend, including sophomore catcher Ty Ross (4-for-7, 2 RBI, 2 runs), sophomore outfielder Jackson Slaid (4-for-8, 1 double, 3 RBI, 2 runs) and junior outfielder Raph Rhymes (4-for-9, 2 RBI, 5 runs) ... junior first baseman/outfielder Mason Katz collected three hits, including a triple, and a team-best five RBI, and sophomore outfielder JaCoby Jones produced a double and four RBI ... freshman infielder/outfielder Jared Foster, a backup quarterback for the LSU football team last fall, was 2-for-5 at the plate over the weekend with a double, three RBI and one run ... senior infielder Beau Didier blasted a solo homer Saturday in LSU's win over Alcorn State, the second HR of his career and his first since 2009, when he homered in his only at-bat of the season ... LSU recorded total attendance figure of 31,598 for its three games over the weekend, an average of 10,532 per contest..

Nominee for Pitcher of the Week

Ryan Eades, RHP, So., Slidell, La.
Sophomore right-hander Ryan Eades posted a win over Alcorn State Saturday, blanking the Braves in five innings of work while allowing one hit with one walk and a career-high eight strikeouts ... Eades, the 2012 Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year, struck out the first four batters of the game en route to the victory.

Baseball America Top 25

Team, W-L, Last Week, Prev.
1. Florida, 2-1, 2-1, 1
2. Stanford, 3-0, 3-0, 2
3. South Carolina, 3-0, 3-0, 3
4. Arkansas, 3-0, 3-0, 4
5. Rice, 3-0, 3-0, 6
6. Texas A&M, 3-0, 3-0, 7
7. LSU, 3-0, 3-0, 8
8. Arizona, 2-1, 2-1, 5
9. Georgia, 3-0, 3-0, 11
10. North Carolina, 2-1, 2-1, 9
11. Georgia Tech, 3-1, 3-1, 12
12. Texas, 2-1, 2-1, 13
13. Arizona State, 3-0, 3-0, 17
14. Miami, 3-0, 3-0, 18
15. Texas Christian, 1-1, 1-1, 15
16. Clemson, 2-1, 2-1, 16
17. Vanderbilt, 0-3, 0-3, 10
18. Florida State, 3-0, 3-0, 20
19. Central Florida, 3-0, 3-0, 21
20. Mississippi, 1-1, 1-1, 22
21. Oregon State, 3-1, 3-1, 23
22. UCLA, 1-2, 1-2, 14
23. Oklahoma, 1-2, 1-2, 19
24. Louisville, 2-1, 2-1, 24
25. Baylor, 3-0, 3-0, NR

Dropped out: Cal State Fullerton (25).

Collegiate Baseball Top 30
 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous
1. Florida (2-1) 495   1
2. South Carolina (3-0) 494   2
3. Stanford (3-0) 493   3
4. Texas A&M (3-0) 490   6
5. Rice (3-0) 487   7
6. North Carolina (2-1) 485   4
7. Texas (2-1) 482   5
8. Arkansas (3-0) 480   8
9. LSU (3-0) 479 12
10. Georgia Tech. (3-1) 477   9
11. Florida St. (3-0) 475 13
12. Miami, Fla. (3-0) 473 14
13. Arizona St. (3-0) 471 17
14. Georgia (3-0) 468 18
15. Texas Christian (1-1) 467 10
16. Louisville (2-1) 464 15
17. Oklahoma (1-2) 461 16
18. St. John's (1-2) 458 11
19. Cal. St. Fullerton (1-2) 457 21
20. California (3-0) 454 22
21. Oregon St. (3-1) 449 24
22. Arizona (2-1) 447 20
23. Stetson (3-0) 444 26
24. Oregon (2-1) 442 27
25. Clemson (2-1) 439 25
26. Baylor (3-0) 437 28
27. U.C. Irvine (3-0) 436 29
28. Southern Miss. (2-1) 433 30
29. Coll. of Charleston (3-0) 429 -
30. Georgia Southern (3-0) 426 -

2012 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (FEB. 20)
 
Rk. School, Conference, Record, Week, Pvs.
1. Florida, Southeastern, 2-1, 2-1, 1
2. South Carolina, Southeastern, 3-0, 3-0, 2
3. Stanford, Pac-12, 3-0, 3-0, 4
4. Texas A&M, Big 12, 3-0, 3-0, 5
5. Arkansas, Southeastern, 3-0, 3-0, 6
6. North Carolina, Atlantic Coast, 2-1, 2-1, 3
7. Rice, Conference USA, 3-0, 3-0, 8
8. Florida State, Atlantic Coast, 3-0, 3-0, 10
9. Texas, Big 12, 2-1, 2-1, 7
10. LSU, Southeastern, 3-0, 3-0, 12
11. Georgia Tech, Atlantic Coast, 3-1, 3-1, 9
12. Arizona State, Pac-12, 3-0, 3-0, 15
13. Miami, Atlantic Coast, 3-0, 3-0, 16
14. TCU, Mountain West, 1-1, 1-1, 13
15. Clemson, Atlantic Coast, 2-1, 2-1, 17
16. Vanderbilt, Southeastern, 0-3, 0-3, 11
17. Georgia, Southeastern, 3-0, 3-0, 21
18. Arizona, Pac-12, 2-1, 2-1, 18
19. Cal State Fullerton, Big West, 1-2, 1-2, 19
20. Oregon State, Pac-12, 3-1, 3-1, 22
21. UC Irvine, Big West, 3-0, 3-0, 24
22. Oklahoma, Big 12, 1-2, 1-2, 14
23. California, Pac-12, 3-0, 3-0, 26
24. UCF, Conference USA, 3-0, 3-0, 28
25. Louisville, Big East, 2-1, 2-1, 25
26. Virginia, Atlantic Coast, 1-1-1, 1-1-1, 23
27. UCLA, Pac-12, 1-2, 1-2, 20
28. Ole Miss, Southeastern, 1-1, 1-1, 30
29. Baylor, Big 12, 3-0, 3-0, -
30. Southern Miss, Conference USA, 2-1, 2-1, 29

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (0-3), Belmont (2-1), Boston College (3-0), Cal Poly (3-0), Charlotte (3-0), College of Charleston (3-0), Connecticut (1-2), Creighton (3-0), Dallas Baptist (3-0), East Carolina (3-0), Florida Atlantic (3-0), FIU (0-3), Fresno State (3-1), Georgia Southern (3-0), Georgia State (3-1), Gonzaga (3-0), Kent State (2-1), Liberty (4-0), Maryland (2-1), Mississippi State (2-1), Oregon (2-1), Purdue (3-0), Sam Houston State (2-1), Santa Clara (3-0), USF (3-0), USC (3-0), St. John's (1-2), Stetson (3-0), Stony Brook (0-0), Texas State (1-1), Tulane (4-0), UNC Wilmington (2-1).

Dropped out: St. John's (27).

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