LSU's Bryce Jordan (right) hit a grand slam on Friday night.
Steve Franz

Feb. 19 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

Overall Record: 1-2

Last Week’s Results (1-2)
February 16 (Fri.) – NOTRE DAME (W, 7-6)
February 17 (Sat.) – NOTRE DAME (L, 5-10)
February 18 (Sun.) – NOTRE DAME (L, 3-11)

This Week’s Schedule
February 21 (Wed.) – NEW ORLEANS, 6:30 p.m. CT (Free Audio | SEC Network+ | Tickets)
February 23 (Fri.) – TEXAS, 7 p.m. CT ( Free Audio | SEC Network+ | Tickets)
February 24 (Sat.) – TEXAS, 6:30 p.m. CT ( Free Audio | SEC Network+ | Tickets)
February 25 (Sun.) – TEXAS, 2 p.m. CT ( Free Audio | SEC Network+ | Tickets)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU defeated Notre Dame, 7-6, in the 2018 season opener on Friday, overcoming a 6-0 deficit entering the sixth inning … the Tigers erased their largest deficit to win a game since April 8, 2017, when they overcame a seven-run deficit to win at Arkansas … LSU overcame its largest deficit in a season-opening game to win since at least 1966, and LSU earned its 10th win when trailing by 6+ runs through 5.5 innings since 1972 … junior catcher Bryce Jordan hit his first career grand slam in the sixth inning of the Tigers’ win on Friday versus Notre Dame … the grand slam was the first by an LSU player since April 13, 2017, when Greg Deichmann hit one versus Ole Miss at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field … the grand slam was also Jordan’s first hit since the 2016 season, since he had to miss the entire 2017 season due to a knee injury … Bryce Jordan’s twin brother, Beau Jordan, was LSU’s leading hitter in the Notre Dame series, batting .500 (4-for-8) with two doubles, two homers, two RBI and four runs scored … Beau Jordan, a senior, now has 10 career home runs … sophomore shortstop Josh Smith provided the game-winning hit in Friday’s win over Notre Dame, a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning that erased a 6-4 deficit and gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead … the dinger was the sixth homer of Smith’s career … senior right-hander Austin Bain was the winning pitcher on Friday versus Notre Dame, as he blanked the Irish over the final two innings, allowing no hits, one walk and four strikeouts … Bain, a senior, also collected his first career collegiate hit in his first career plate appearance, as he singled sharply as a pinch hitter in Sunday’s contest against Notre Dame … sophomore right-hander Matthew Beck preceded Bain as a reliever in Friday’s game, and he delivered a superb performance, shutting out the Irish for 2.2 innings with one hit, no walks and a career-high five strikeouts … freshman right-hander Trent Vietmeier enjoyed an impressive collegiate debut, working 3.2 scoreless innings in Saturday’s game versus the Irish with two hits, no walks and four strikeouts … the paid attendance figure of 12,844 for Friday night’s LSU-Notre Dame contest was the largest in LSU Baseball history, and the paid attendance figure of 12,223 on Saturday was the sixth-largest in program annals.

Baseball America Top 25

Team, Last Week, Previous
1. Florida, 3-0, 1
2. Oregon State, 3-0, 2
3. Florida State, 3-0, 3
4. Arkansas, 3-0, 4
5. Texas Tech, 4-0, 5
6. North Carolina| 2-1, 6
7. TCU, 2-1, 7
8. Kentucky, 4-0, 8
9. Stanford, 3-0, 9
10. Texas A&M, 3-0, 10
11. Clemson, 3-0, 12
12. UCLA, 3-0, 13
13. Cal State Fullerton, 0-3, 11
14. Texas, 2-1, 14
15. Virginia, 2-1, 15
16. Mississippi, 3-0, 16
17. Southern Miss, 3-0, 21
18. Vanderbilt, 2-1, 18
19. Louisville, 3-0, 19
20. Indiana, 2-1, 20
21. South Alabama, 3-1, 24
22. LSU, 1-2, 17
23. St. John’s, 3-0, 25
24. UCF, 1-2, 22
25. Connecticut, 2-1, NR

Dropping Out: Mississippi State (23).


D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Florida, 3-0, 1
2, Oregon State, 3-0, 2
3, Texas Tech, 4-0, 3
4, Arkansas, 3-0, 4
5, Florida State, 3-0, 5
6, North Carolina, 2-1, 6
7, TCU, 2-1, 7
8, Kentucky, 4-0, 8
9, Ole Miss, 3-0, 9
10, Texas A&M, 3-0, 10
11, UCLA, 3-0, 11
12, Stanford, 3-0, 13
13, Vanderbilt, 2-1, 14
14, Louisville, 3-0, 15
15, Southern Miss, 3-0, NR
16, Dallas Baptist, 3-0, 18
17, Virginia, 2-1, 19
18, South Alabama, 3-1, 20
19, Texas, 2-1, 21
20, Indiana, 2-1, 23
21, Mississippi State, 0-3, 12
22, Cal State Fullerton, 0-3, 17
23, LSU, 1-2, 16
24, Houston, 2-1, 24
25, Clemson, 3-0, NR

Dropped out: No. 22 West Virginia, No. 25 Duke.

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