LSU starts preseason practice at 3:15 p.m. Friday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
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LSU No. 9 in USA Today Baseball Preseason Poll

Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU is ranked No. 9 in the 2018 USA Today preseason poll released Thursday, marking its second Top 10 ranking to start the season. The Tigers are ranked No. 10 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll that was released in December. 

This will be the seventh straight season in which the Tigers begin the year among the Top 10 teams in the nation. 

LSU, the 2017 College World Series national runners-up, has earned an NCAA-record six straight NCAA Tournament National Seeds (2012-17).

LSU is one of five Southeastern Conference teams appearing in the 2018 USA Today preseason Top 10, along with No. 1 Florida, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 10 Vanderbilt. 

Other SEC squads appearing in the Top 25 are No. 11 Texas A&M,  No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 19 Ole Miss.

LSU’s non-conference opponents appearing in the poll are No. 20 Texas and No. 23 South Alabama. The Tigers will play a total of 19 regular-season games against teams appearing in the USA Today Top 25.

The Tigers will begin preseason workouts on Friday, and LSU opens the 2018 season at 7 p.m. CT on February 16 versus Notre Dame in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

USA TODAY TOP 25 COACHES POLL 

Rank School (2017 record)

1. Florida (52-19)

2. Oregon State (56-6)

3. Texas Tech (45-17)

4. TCU (50-18)

5. Florida State (46-23)

6. Arkansas (45-19)

7. North Carolina (49-14)

8. Kentucky (43-23)

9. LSU (52-20)

10. Vanderbilt (36-25-1)

11. (Tie) Texas A&M (41-23)

11. (Tie) Cal State Fullerton (39-24)

13. Louisville (53-12)

14. UCLA (30-27)

15. Mississippi State (40-27)

16. Stanford (42-16)

17. Dallas Baptist (42-21)

18. Virginia (43-16)

19. Mississippi (32-25)

20. Texas (39-24)

21. Clemson (42-21)

22. Houston (42-21)

23. South Alabama (40-21)

24. Miami (Fla.) (32-27)

25. North Carolina State (36-25)

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