LSU's Austin Bain
Gus Stark

March 5 Baseball Report, Rankings

Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

Overall Record: 8-4

Last Week’s Results (4-1)
February 27 (Tue.) – GRAMBLING (W, 10-3)
February 28 (Wed.) – at Southeastern Louisiana (L, 4-5)
March 2 (Fri.) – TOLEDO (W, 8-1)
March 3 (Sat.) – SACRED HEART (W, 7-0)
March 4 (Sun.) – SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (W, 4-2)

This Week’s Schedule
March 6 (Tue.) – SOUTHERN, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
March 7 (Wed.) – at Louisiana-Lafayette, 6 p.m. CT (Cox Sports Television)
March 9 (Fri.) – HAWAII, 7 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
March 10 (Sat.) – HAWAII, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
March 11 (Sun.) – HAWAII, 2 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won four of five games last week, and the Tigers are No. 13 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, marking the 118th consecutive week the Tigers have appeared in the poll … LSU has been ranked every week since the beginning of the 2012 season … sophomore right-hander Zack Hess fired a career-high 13 strikeouts on Friday to lead LSU to a victory over Toledo … Hess worked seven innings, allowing one run on six hits with no walks while throwing 109 pitches … his 13 strikeouts marked the most by an LSU pitcher since March 28, 2015, when Alex Lange recorded 13 Ks versus Kentucky … Hess, who defeated Texas last weekend while posting 10 strikeouts, has recorded 25 strikeouts in 15.1 innings this season … junior right-hander Caleb Gilbert defeated Sacred Heart on Saturday with a brilliant outing, firing 7.2 shutout innings with four hits, no walks and a career-high seven strikeouts … freshman right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard earned two wins and fired eight scoreless innings in two relief appearances last week versus Grambling and Southeastern Louisiana … he allowed a combined no runs on four hits in eight innings with one walk and eight strikeouts … Hilliard defeated Grambling on Tuesday with four shutout innings, allowing just three hits with no walks and four strikeouts … he fired four scoreless innings in Sunday’s win over Southeastern Louisiana, allowing just one hit with one walk and four strikeouts … Hilliard has not allowed a run this season in 12 innings, posting a 3-0 record and a 0.00 ERA with seven hits allowed, five walks and 11 strikeouts … as a staff, LSU pitchers allowed just 11 runs on 30 hits in five games last week, recording a 2.25 ERA and a .196 opponent batting average … sophomore third baseman Jake Slaughter hit .421 (8-for-19) in five games last week with one homer, six RBI and four runs scored … senior outfielder/DH Beau Jordan also hit .421 (8-for-19) with one double, one triple, one homer, three RBI and five runs … Jordan’s triple in Saturday’s game against Sacred Heart was the first triple of his four-year career … junior outfielder Antoine Duplantis batted .389 (7-for-18) last week with one homer, four RBI, five runs and one stolen base … Duplantis is the only LSU player to have reached base safely in all 12 of the Tigers’ games this season … junior second baseman Brandt Broussard and junior catcher Hunter Feduccia are riding current hit streaks of 10 and nine games, respectively.

Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1. Florida, 12-1, 1
2. Oregon State, 12-0, 2
3. Florida State, 11-0, 3
4. Stanford, 11-1, 4
5. Texas Tech, 13-0, 5
6. Arkansas, 9-3, 6
7. TCU, 7-3, 7
8. Kentucky, 11-1, 8
9. Texas A&M, 11-1, 9
10. Clemson, 10-1, 10
11. UCLA, 9-2, 11
12. Ole Miss, 10-1, 12
13. North Carolina, 7-5, 13
14. Virginia, 8-4, 14
15. Southern Miss, 8-3, 15
16. LSU, 8-4, 16
17. Texas, 8-4, 17
18. Indiana, 9-2, 20
19. Louisville, 11-0, 19
20. Auburn, 12-0, 25
21. Vanderbilt, 10-3, 18
22. St. John’s, 8-1, 22
23. UCF, 8-3, 23
24. Coastal Carolina, 10-3, 21
25. San Diego State, 8-3, NR

Dropping Out: South Alabama (21), Connecticut (24).

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Florida, 12-1, 1
2, Oregon State, 12-0, 2
3, Texas Tech, 13-0, 4
4, TCU, 7-3, 3
5, Florida State, 11-0, 5
6, Kentucky, 11-1, 6
7, Stanford, 11-1, 7
8, Ole Miss, 10-1, 8
9, Arkansas, 9-3, 9
10, NC State, 10-2, 10
11, Louisville, 11-0, 11
12, Texas A&M, 11-1, 12
13, UCLA, 9-2, 13
14, LSU, 8-4, 14
15, Indiana, 9-2, 15
16, Clemson, 10-1, 16
17, Southern Miss, 8-3, 18
18, Auburn, 12-0, NR
19, Vanderbilt, 10-3, 17
20, North Carolina, 7-5, 21
21, Texas, 8-4, 23
22, Duke, 9-2, 25
23, St. John's, 8-1, NR
24, Sam Houston State, 7-4, 20
25, Oklahoma, 6-6, 24

Dropped Out: Houston (19), Miami (22).

D1Baseball.com Top 25

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

Dropped Out
15. South Alabama, 7-6
24. Houston, 5-5

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. Oregon St. (12-0), 496, 1
2. Florida (12-1), 495, 2
3. Florida St. (11-0), 493, 3
4. Texas Tech. (13-0), 491, 4
5. Kentucky (11-1), 488, 6
6. Clemson (10-1), 485, 7
7. Stanford (11-1), 482, 8
8. Louisville (11-0), 479, 10
9. Auburn (12-0), 475, 18
10. Vanderbilt (10-3), 472, 5
11. UCLA (9-2), 470, 9
12. Indiana (9-2), 468, 22
13. LSU (8-4), 465, 14
14. TCU (7-3), 463, 12
15. Arkansas (9-3), 461, 15
16. Texas A&M (11-1), 459, 17
17. NC State (10-2), 456, 16
18. Stetson (9-1), 454, 19
19. Mississippi (10-1), 452, 20
20. St. John’s (8-1), 449, 21
21. Coastal Carolina (10-3), 446, NR
22. Wichita St. (8-1), 444, NR
23. Nevada-Las Vegas (11-1), 441, NR
24. Southern Mississippi (8-3), 438, 25
25. Illinois (6-3), 436, NR
26. Dallas Baptist (6-4), 432, 24
27. Virginia (8-4), 429, 26
28. Texas (8-4), 426, 27
29. Missouri St. (6-3), 424, 28
30. Georgia Tech. (8-3), 421, NR

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