2012 LSU Baseball at Alex Box Stadium
Photo by:Hilary Scheinuk, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
LSU Baseball Report; Tigers Ranked No. 1
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Published: April 16, 2012, 12:00 PM (CT)
Updated: April 16, 2012, 02:30 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU is ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll released Monday. The Tigers (30-7) have won 13 of their last 14 games, including the last six in a row, and are tied for first place in the SEC standings with No. 2 Kentucky.

LSU and Kentucky meet in Lexington, Ky. this weekend in a three-game league series beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday in Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The 2012 club becomes the third LSU team to be ranked No. 1 during the six-season tenure of coach Paul Mainieri. The 2009 team, which won the national championship, was ranked No. 1 in seven different weeks. The 2010 Fighting Tiger squad held a No. 1 ranking for three weeks.

"We're certainly very proud of the No. 1 ranking," Mainieri said. "It brings a lot of notoriety, but it also brings a lot of responsibility. We are not going to ask our players to do anything more that what they've been doing. We want them to continue to play relaxed and aggressive, and have fun. It's a great honor, but it's most important to be No. 1 at the end of the year."

LSU's next game is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when the Tigers play host to Lamar in Alex Box Stadium.

Overall Record:  30-7
SEC:  11-4 (first place in SEC)

Last Week's Results (5-0)
April 10 (Tue.) - ALCORN STATE (W, 7-2)
April 11 (Wed.) - vs. Southern Mississippi (W, 8-3)
April 13 (Fri.) - ALABAMA (W, 10-2)
April 14 (Sat.) - ALABAMA (W, 7-1)
April 15 (Sun.) - ALABAMA (W, 5-1)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU has won 13 of its last 14 games and six in a row after last weekend's SEC sweep of Alabama in Alex Box Stadium ... the Tigers have outscored the opposition, 45-16, during the six-game win streak and are batting .290 in that span with 10 doubles, two triples, four homers and nine steals ... the LSU pitching staff has a 2.17 ERA over the past six games, and opponents are hitting just .186 against the Tigers during the win streak ... the Tigers' pitching staff limited Alabama to just four run on 13 hits in last weekend's three-game series, and the Crimson Tide had just two extra-base hits ... LSU lowered its cumulative ERA to 2.96, which is second in the SEC ... junior centerfielder Arby Fields helped lead LSU to a perfect 5-0 record last week, batting .444 (8-for-18) with one double, five RBI, five runs scored, two stolen bases and a .476 on-base percentage ... Fields batted .500 (6-for-12) in LSU's three-game sweep of Alabama with one double, three RBI, three runs and a .636 on-base percentage ... he also made nine put outs in center field, including a fantastic running catch in the left-center field gap on Friday that prevented two Alabama runs from scoring with LSU holding a 3-2 lead in the third inning ... sophomore right-hander Ryan Eades pitched brilliantly in Saturday's win over Alabama, limiting the Crimson Tide to only two hits in 7.1 innings ... Eades fired 116 pitches in the outing, allowing just one run with four walks and five strikeouts ... he gave up just two singles, one in the fourth inning and one in the seventh ... Eades improved to 5-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.51, the best among LSU's starting pitchers ... freshman right-hander Aaron Nola recorded two wins last week, including a victory over Alabama Sunday ... Nola fired five innings against the Crimson Tide, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and five strikeouts ... he completed the outing by retiring eight consecutive Crimson Tide hitters ... Nola also picked up a win on Wednesday with an inning of work against Southern Mississippi ... Nola is 5-1 on the year with a 3.15 ERA in 45.2 innings - he has recorded just four walks with 46 strikeouts, and opponents are batting only .208 against him ... sophomore right-hander Kevin Gausman improved to 6-1 on the year with an excellent outing Friday against Alabama, as he allowed two runs on six hits in eight innings with two walks and seven strikeouts ... Gausman is No. 2 in the SEC this season with 77 strikeouts, and opponents are batting just .216 against him ... junior outfielder Raph Rhymes, the SEC's leading hitter with a .476 average, batted .600 (6-for-10) in the Alabama series with one double, three RBI and three runs ... sophomore catcher Ty Ross hit .333 (4-for-12) in the series with one double, his first career triple, three RBI and two runs ... senior shortstop Austin Nola collected six RBI in the series, with four of them coming on a grand slam in Friday's 10-2 victory ... the grand slam was the second of Nola's career - he also hit one on April 10, 2011 at Arkansas ... LSU committed just one error in the Alabama series - the Tigers have a .978 cumulative fielding percentage (No. 2 in the SEC) and have played nearly half of their games (18 out of 37) without making an error.

Baseball America Top 25

Rk. Team, W-L, Last Week, Prev.
1. Florida State, 29-7, 2-2, 1
2. Texas A&M, 28-8, 2-2, 2
3. Kentucky, 32-5, 2-2, 3
4. LSU, 30-7, 5-0, 5
5. Florida, 28-8, 3-1, 7
6. Baylor, 30-7, 5-0, 8
7. Rice, 27-11, 4-0, 9
8. Oregon, 24-10, 4-1, 16
9. South Carolina, 27-10, 4-1, 10
10. North Carolina, 27-9, 4-0, 14
11. UCLA, 24-8, 3-1, 17
12. Cal State Fullerton, 23-12, 2-2, 12
13. Arizona, 24-11, 1-2, 4
14. Stanford, 22-9, 3-2, 6
15. Central Florida, 30-8, 4-1, 15
16. Purdue, 28-5, 4-0, 19
17. Arkansas, 25-10, 1-3, 11
18. Miami, 25-11, 1-3, 13
19. San Diego, 29-8, 4-0, 20
20. Arizona State, 23-13, 4-1, 21
21. NC State, 24-10, 3-1, 22
22. Mississippi, 24-12, 3-2, 18
23. Texas, 20-13, 3-1, 23
24. Sam Houston State, 25-10, 2-1, 24
25. New Mexico State, 27-10, 2-1, 25

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Div. I Poll
 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous
1. LSU (30-7) 497 3
2. Kentucky (32-5) 496 1
3. Baylor (30-7) 495 5
4. Florida (28-8) 492 4
5. Florida St. (29-7) 490 2
6. Oregon (24-10) 487 10
7. UCLA (24-8) 486 11
8. Arizona (24-11) 479 8
9. Texas A&M (28-8) 477 6
10. North Carolina (27-9) 474 12
11. Rice (27-11) 472 13
12. Central Florida (30-8) 469 15
13. South Carolina (27-10) 467 18
14. Cal. St. Fullerton (23-12) 466 14
15. Miami, Fla. (25-11) 464 7
16. Arkansas (25-10) 463 9
17. San Diego (29-8) 461 19
18. N.C. State (24-10) 460 17
19. Stanford (22-9) 458 16
20. Sam Houston St. (25-10) 456 20
21. Arizona St. (23-13) 454 24
22. Purdue (28-5) 453 22
23. Texas (20-13) 451 25
24. Mississippi (24-12) 449 21
25. New Mexico St. (27-10) 448 23
26. Oklahoma (22-14) 446 -
27. Louisville (25-11) 439 26
28. Texas Christian (20-13) 436 -
29. Missouri St. (27-10) 434 -
30. Oregon St. (23-11) 430 -

 

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