May 8 Baseball National Rankings, Report

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May 8 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record: 32-16
SEC: 15-9

Last Week’s Results (2-1)
May 5 (Fri.) – SOUTH CAROLINA (L, 2-3)
May 6 (Sat.) – SOUTH CAROLINA (W, 5-2)
May 7 (Sun.) – SOUTH CAROLINA (W, 7-6 in 10 innings)

This Week’s Schedule
May 9 (Tue.) – SOUTH ALABAMA, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
May 11 (Thu.) -– AUBURN, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
May 12 (Fri.) – AUBURN, 7 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
May 13 (Sat.) – AUBURN, 12 p.m. CT (SEC Network)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU posted a series victory over South Carolina last weekend, and the Tigers are one game out of first place in both the SEC overall and SEC Western Division standings heading into this week’s series versus Auburn … sophomore leftfielder Antoine Duplantis batted .500 (6-for-12) in LSU’s series victory over South Carolina with one double, two RBI, a .500 on-base percentage, two stolen bases and an outfield assist … Duplantis turned in a brilliant effort in Sunday’s 10-inning victory over South Carolina, going 5-for-6 at the plate with a double and the game-winning RBI, a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning … the outing marked the second time this season Duplantis recorded at least five hits in game; he was 6-for-6 on March 17 versus Georgia … Duplantis also recorded a key defensive play in Sunday’s victory, starting a 7-6-2 putout from left field to the plate to prevent South Carolina from scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning … Duplantis is batting .317 (59-for-186) this season with nine doubles, two triples, one homer, 41 RBI, 37 runs and 14 stolen bases … freshman centerfielder Zach Watson batted .500 (5-for-10) with four RBI, two runs scored and a .583 on-base percentage to help lead LSU to an SEC series victory over South Carolina … Watson was also 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts and he recorded an outfield assist … in LSU’s 10-inning win over South Carolina on Sunday to clinch the series, Watson was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run … his two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning tied the game at 5-5 … he then led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a single and later scored the game-winning run on leftfielder Antoine Duplantis‘ walk-off base hit … Watson was 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run in Saturday’s 5-2 victory over the Gamecocks … Watson is hitting .316 this season with seven doubles, two triples, two homers, 17 RBI, 20 runs and eight stolen bases … senior left-hander Jared Poche’ earned his 35th career victory Saturday versus South Carolina, as he limited the Gamecocks to one run on three hits in seven innings with three strikeouts … Poche’, who is 8-3 this season, is in third place on the all-time LSU wins list, one behind second-place Lane Mestepey (36 wins, 2001-05) and three behind Scott Schultz (38 wins, 1992-95) … junior right-hander Alex Lange recorded five strikeouts in Friday’s outing against South Carolina, increasing his career total to 347 … Lange moved past Aaron Nola (345 Ks, 2012-14) into third place on the all-time LSU strikeouts list; he now trails only second-place Ben McDonald (373 Ks, 1987-89) and first-place Scott Schultz (409 Ks, 1992-95).

Baseball America Top 25

Team, 2017 Record, Previous Rank
1. Oregon State, 38-4, 1
2. Louisville, 42-6, 2
3. North Carolina, 37-9, 3
4. Texas Tech, 39-13, 5
5. TCU, 35-11, 7
6. Mississippi State, 32-17, 9
7. Florida, 35-13, 11
8. Long Beach St., 30-15, 8
9. Kentucky, 32-16, 6
10. Stanford, 30-13, 13
11. Clemson, 35-12, 10
12. Virginia, 36-11, 12
13. Auburn, 32-17, 4
14. Cal State Fullerton, 28-16, 14
15. LSU, 32-16, 15
16. Wake Forest, 32-14, 17
17. Arizona, 31-15, 19
18. Arkansas, 35-13, 18
19. Southern Miss, 37-12, 20
20. Texas A&M, 34-15, 16
21. Michigan, 35-11, 21
22. St. John’s, 34-8, 22
23. USF, 37-10, 24
24. Oklahoma, 32-17, NR
25. Nebraska, 29-16, NR

Dropped out: Maryland (23), Texas (25)

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Oregon State, 38-4, 1
2, Louisville, 42-6, 2
3, North Carolina, 37-9, 3
4, Texas Tech, 39-13, 4
5, Florida, 35-13, 5
6, Virginia, 36-11, 7
7, TCU, 35-11, 10
8, Clemson, 35-12, 9
9, Kentucky, 32-16, 6
10, Long Beach State, 30-15-1, 11
11, LSU, 32-16, 12
12, Stanford, 30-13, 13
13, Mississippi State, 32-17, 14
14, Cal State Fullerton, 28-16, 15
15, Arkansas, 35-13, 16
16, Auburn, 32-17, 8
17, Michigan, 35-11, 17
18, South Florida, 37-10, 18
19, Arizona, 31-15, 21
20, Houston, 30-17, 20
21, Wake Forest, 32-14, 23
22, Southern Miss, 37-12, 24
23, Missouri State, 33-14, 25
24, Texas A&M, 34-15, 19
25, Maryland, 31-15, 22

Also considered: St. John’s, Southeastern Louisiana, Loyola Marymount.
Dropped Out: None.

 

D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Oregon State, 38-4, 1
2, Louisville, 42-6, 2
3, North Carolina, 37-9, 3
4, Texas Tech, 39-13, 6
5, Florida, 35-13, 7
6, TCU, 35-11, 9
7, Mississippi State, 32-17, 11
8, Clemson, 35-12, 8
9, Kentucky, 32-16, 4
10, Long Beach State, 30-15-1, 10
11, LSU, 32-16, 12
12, Stanford, 30-13, 14
13, Virginia, 36-11, 13
14, Auburn, 32-17, 5
15, CS Fullerton, 28-16, 16
16, Michigan, 35-11, 17
17, Arizona, 31-15, 19
18, Arkansas, 35-13, 18
19, Texas A&M, 34-15, 15
20, St. John’s, 34-8, 20
21, Wake Forest, 32-14, 21
22, Southern Miss, 37-12, 22
23, Loyola Marymount, 30-14, 23
24, South Florida, 37-10, 25
25, Old Dominion, 32-14, NR

Dropped Out:
24, Texas, 31-19