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LSU Baseball Report, May 14 Rankings
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Published: May 14, 2012, 04:16 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

Overall Record:  39-13
SEC:  17-10 (SEC Western Division Champions)

Last Week's Results
May 11 (Fri.) - VANDERBILT (W, 2-1)
May 12 (Sat.) - VANDERBILT (L, 3-6)
May 13 (Sun.) - VANDERBILT (L, 4-5 in 10 innings)

This Week's Schedule
May 15 (Tue.) - NICHOLLS STATE, 6:30 p.m. CT
May 17 (Thu.) - at South Carolina, 7 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
May 18 (Fri.) - at South Carolina, 7 p.m. ET (Cox Sports Television)
May 19 (Sat.) - at South Carolina, 1 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU has clinched at least a tie for the 2012 SEC Western Division title, marking the Tigers' third division crown in the past five seasons under coach Paul Mainieri ... Mainieri also directed LSU to division championships in 2008 and 2009 ... LSU has won 16 Western Division titles in its history, including five in the past 10 seasons ... LSU enters the final regular-season weekend at South Carolina just one game behind Kentucky and a half-game behind South Carolina in the overall SEC standings ... LSU is seeking the 15th overall league championship in school history and its second in the past four seasons ... the Tigers have already clinched at least a #2 seed in next week's SEC Tournament as the Western Division champion ... LSU is 14-5 in one-run games this season, and the Tigers are 11-4 in SEC games decided by one run ... sophomore right-hander Kevin Gausman recorded a brilliant outing against Vanderbilt on Friday, firing a complete-game five-hitter in a 2-1 LSU victory ... Gausman limited the Commodores to one run on five hits (all singles) in nine innings with one walk and 11 strikeouts ... he threw 123 pitches and recorded the first complete game by an LSU pitcher since May 13, 2011 when Gausman blanked Tennessee in Alex Box Stadium ... Gausman improved to 8-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.95 in 91.2 innings of work ... Gausman leads the SEC in strikeouts with 112 and he has limited opponents to a .235 batting average ... junior leftfielder Raph Rhymes continues to lead the nation in batting average, hitting .478 (87-for-182) on the year with 11 doubles, three homers and 47 RBI ... Rhymes is hitting .600 (39-for-65) this season with runners in scoring position, he's batting .469 (45-for-96) in SEC games ... LSU will be without starting catcher Ty Ross for approximately two weeks after Ross underwent an appendectomy on Saturday afternoon, prior to Game 2 of the series with Vanderbilt ... Ross is LSU's third-leading hitter with a .305 average, and he's thrown out 16 runners attempting to steal this season ... senior third baseman Tyler Hanover has 260 career hits and needs nine more to move into the Top 10 in LSU annals... Hanover also has 32 sacrifice bunts in his career, just one behind Michael Hollander (2005-08) on the LSU career list ... senior shortstop Austin Nola has 47 career doubles and needs three more to move into the Top 10 of the LSU lifetime doubles list.

Baseball America Top 25

Rk. Team, W-L, Last Week, Prev.
1. Florida State, 40-10, 1-3, 1
2. South Carolina, 38-13, 2-1, 4
3. Florida, 38-14, 3-1, 6
4. Kentucky, 41-11, 4-0, 7
5. Rice, 36-14, 3-1, 5
6. Oregon, 37-14, 3-0, 9
7. Baylor, 39-11, 1-3, 2
8. Cal State Fullerton, 32-15, 2-1, 8
9. LSU, 39-13, 1-2, 3
10. Texas A&M, 37-14, 3-0, 10
11. UCLA, 35-13, 4-0, 11
12. North Carolina, 38-13, 4-0, 12
13. North Carolina State, 36-13, 3-1, 13
14. Arizona, 33-15, 3-0, 14
15. Purdue, 39-10, 4-1, 15
16. Central Florida, 40-12, 3-1, 16
17. Stanford, 32-14, 3-0, 17
18. Arizona State, 32-17, 3-0, 19
19. Virginia, 34-15, 3-1, 21
20. Texas Christian, 32-16, 3-0, 24
21. San Diego, 38-13, 2-2, 18
22. Louisville, 35-17, 2-2, 22
23. Oregon State, 32-17, 2-2, 23
24. Appalachian State, 36-12, 2-1, NR
25. Mississippi, 34-18, 3-0, NR

Dropped out: Arkansas (20), Mississippi State (25).

 

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