May 21 Baseball National Rankings, Report

by Bill Franques
SEC Tournament Bracket +0
May 21 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record: 39-17
SEC: 21-9 (SEC regular-season champion)

Last Week’s Results (4-0)
May 16 (Tue.) – NORTHWESTERN STATE (W, 9-3)
May 18 (Thu.) -– at Mississippi State (W, 3-1)
May 19 (Fri.) – at Mississippi State (W, 11-5)
May 20 (Sat.) – at Mississippi State (W, 11-7)

This Week’s Schedule – SEC Tournament (Hoover, Ala.)
May 24 (Wed.) – vs. Missouri or Texas A&M, 1 p.m. CT

May 25 (Thu.) if LSU wins Wednesday – vs. Vanderbilt, South Carolina or Kentucky, 4:30 p.m. CT
May 25 (Thu.) if LSU loses Wednesday – vs. Vanderbilt, South Carolina or Kentucky, 9:30 a.m. CT

Remainder of SEC Tournament schedule TBD

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won its 17th Southeastern Conference championship Saturday night with an 11-7 victory over Mississippi State at Dudy Noble Field … LSU, which claimed the SEC Western Division championship on Friday night with a win over MSU, will share the overall title with SEC Eastern Division champion Florida … the SEC title is the fourth for LSU in the past nine seasons under coach Paul Mainieri … the Tigers, who won 11 of their final 12 SEC games, improved to 39-17 overall and 21-9 in conference play, marking LSU’s 11th 20-win season in SEC games, the most 20-win seasons in league history … LSU has now won 21 of its last 27 SEC road series, dating back to the 2012 season … junior right-hander Alex Lange turned in a brilliant effort on Thursday, defeating ninth-ranked Mississippi State by working seven innings and allowing just one run on six hits with 11 strikeouts … Lange’s victory in Game 1 of the series sparked LSU’s three-game sweep of Mississippi State, and the Tigers earned a share of the 2017 SEC regular-season championship … he allowed a solo homer to the MSU lead-off hitter in the bottom of the first inning, but then recorded 21 outs without allowing another run … Lange increased his season strikeouts total to 111, which leads the SEC, and his career strikeouts total to 367, which ranks No. 3 all-time at LSU … senior shortstop Kramer Robertson batted .526 (10-for-19) in the Tigers’ four wins last week, and he helped lead LSU to a three-game sweep of Mississippi State and a share of the 2017 SEC regular-season championship … Robertson, LSU’s lead-off hitter, recorded two doubles, one triple, one homer, three RBI, eight runs and a .591 on- base percentage … Robertson batted .429 (6-for-14) in the Mississippi State series with one triple, two RBI, five runs and a .529 on-base percentage … Robertson has been instrumental in LSU’s late-season surge, batting a team-best .367 (22-for-60) in the Tigers’ last 14 games (12 wins) with three doubles, one triple, two homers, eight RBI, 20 runs and a .435 on-base percentage … freshman right-hander Zack Hess made two appearances in LSU’s three-game sweep of Mississippi State, working a combined 4.2 shutout innings with two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts … he earned the save in LSU’s Game 2 victory, which clinched the SEC Western Division title for the Tigers … Hess fired 3.2 innings in Game 2, allowing two hits with one walk and six strikeouts … Hess entered the game in the sixth inning with one out and the tying run on deck, and he fired consecutive strikeouts to retire lead-off hitter Ryan Gridley and SEC batting leader Brent Rooker to end the inning … he then began the seventh inning with consecutive strikeouts of MSU No. 3 hitter Jake Mangum and clean-up hitter Cody Brown … Gridley, Rooker and Mangum all entered the game in the Top 10 in the SEC in base hits … Hess worked the eighth inning in Game 1 of the series, retiring all three batters he faced with two strikeouts to hold a 3-1 LSU lead.

 

Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1. Oregon State, 45-4, 1
2. North Carolina, 44-11, 3
3. Texas Tech, 42-13, 4
4. Florida, 40-15, 5
5. Louisville, 46-9, 2
6. TCU, 39-14, 6
7. Long Beach State, 35-16, 7
8. LSU, 39-17, 10
9. Stanford, 37-14, 9
10. Kentucky, 38-18, 8
11. Virginia, 41-13, 12
12. Wake Forest, 38-17, 15
13. Arkansas, 39-15, 16
14. Cal State Fullerton, 33-19, 13
15. Southern Miss, 44-12, 18
16. Arizona, 36-17, 17
17. Clemson, 39-17, 14
18. Mississippi State, 34-22, 11
19. Michigan, 42-13, 19
20. Auburn, 34-22, 24
21. St. John’s, 40-9, 21
22. Nebraska, 34-18, 22
23. UCF, 38-18, NR
24. Oklahoma, 34-20, 20
25. Houston, 36-19, NR

Dropped out: Texas A&M (23), South Florida (25)

 

D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Oregon State, 45-4, 1
2, North Carolina, 44-11, 3
3, Texas Tech, 42-13, 4
4, Florida, 40-15, 5
5, Louisville, 46-9, 2
6, TCU, 39-14, 7
7, LSU, 39-17, 10
8, Kentucky, 38-18, 6
9, Long Beach State, 35-16, 9
10, Stanford, 37-14, 11
11, Southern Miss, 44-12, 15
12, Virginia, 41-13, 12
13, Arkansas, 39-15, 17
14, Wake Forest, 38-17, 19
15, Arizona, 36-17, 18
16, Michigan, 42-13, 16
17, CS Fullerton, 33-19, 14
18, Clemson, 39-17, 13
19, Mississippi State, 34-22, 8
20, St. John’s, 40-9, 20
21, Nebraska, 34-18, 23
22, Missouri State, 37-15, 22
23, Oklahoma, 34-20, 21
24, UCF, 38-18, NR
25, Houston, 36-19, NR

Dropped Out
24, Texas A&M, 36-20
25, Old Dominion, 36-19