LSU plays host to Northwestern St. on Tuesday
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
LSU Baseball Report, Rankings - May 12
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Published: May 12, 2014, 01:45 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

Overall Record: 36-14-1
SEC: 14-11-1

Last Week’s Results
May 10 (Sat., Game 1) – ALABAMA (W, 2-0)
May 10 (Sat., Game 2) – ALABAMA (L, 1-5)

This Week’s Schedule
May 13 (Tue.) – NORTHWESTERN STATE, 6:30 p.m. CT (Cox Sports Television/Jumbo Sports Network)
May 15 (Thu.) – at Auburn, 6 p.m. CT
May 16 (Fri.) – at Auburn, 6 p.m. CT
May 17 (Sat.) – at Auburn, 1 p.m. CT (Fox Sports Net)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU is ranked No. 10 in the USA Today poll released on Monday - LSU has now appeared in the Top 10 of a major college baseball poll for 48 consecutive weeks … LSU’s win on Saturday over Alabama clinched for the Tigers a berth in the 2014 SEC Tournament … LSU plays at Auburn this weekend to conclude the regular season, and the Tigers in contention to claim their third consecutive SEC Western Division title and their fifth in seven years … the Tigers are in third place in the West entering the final week of conference play, trailing first-place Ole Miss by two games and second-place Mississippi State by one game … LSU has won three straight Western Division titles on two occasions – 1992-93-94 and 1996-97-98 … junior right-hander Aaron Nola fired a four-hit shutout Saturday in leading LSU to a 2-0 win over 19th-ranked Alabama … Nola limited the Crimson Tide to just four singles while recording no walks and nine strikeouts … the shutout was the first for an LSU pitcher since June 7, 2013 when Nola blanked Oklahoma in the NCAA Super Regional … Nola increased his career strikeouts total on Saturday to 322, as he moved into fourth place on the all-time LSU strikeouts list … Nola improved to 8-1 this season and he lowered his ERA to 1.43 … he has an SEC-leading 111 strikeouts this season, and opponents are hitting just .169 against him … Nola’s shutout gave the LSU staff 14 shutouts this season, the most in the nation … LSU has exceeded the previous school record of 10 shutouts that was set during the 1996 national championship season … freshman first baseman Danny Zardon made just his second SEC start on Saturday versus Alabama, and he responded by delivering a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning of LSU’s 2-0 win over the Crimson Tide … Zardon is hitting .385 (5-for-13) in SEC games this season … two LSU players – senior outfielder/DH Sean McMullen and senior pitcher Nate Fury – will receive their bachelor’s degrees from the university this week … McMullen, an SEC Academic Honor Roll member, has earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with concentration in human movement science and pre-physical therapy … McMullen, who has a 3.7 GPA, is the LSU athletic department nominee for the Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete Award … Fury, also a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, has earned a bachelor of science degree in sports administration with concentration in sport commerce and a minor in business administration.

Baseball America Top 25

Team W-L Last Week Previous Ranking
1. Virginia 41-9 4-0 1
2. Oregon State 38-8 4-0 2
3. Louisiana-Lafayette 46-7 3-0 3
4. Florida State 39-12 3-1 4
5. Washington 36-11 4-0 6
6. Cal Poly 41-10 3-1 7
7. Miami 38-14 4-0 8
8. Florida 34-18 1-3 4
9. Indiana 35-12 3-0 9
10. Louisville 40-12 3-1 10
11. Mississippi 37-15 2-1 11
12. Oklahoma State 35-13 4-0 13
13. Texas Christian 36-14 2-1 12
14. Rice 34-16 3-1 14
15. LSU 36-14 1-1 15
16. Houston 39-13 4-0 16
17. South Carolina 39-13 4-0 17
18. Vanderbilt 38-14 2-2 18
19. Alabama 32-19 2-1 19
20. Mississippi State 33-19 2-1 21
21. Liberty 38-11 3-1 22
22. Kansas 33-21 3-1 NR
23. Pepperdine 34-14 2-2 NR
24. UC Irvine 34-16 2-2 23
25. Texas 34-15 0-0 25

Dropped Out: Texas A&M (20), Mercer (24).
 

 

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