April 9 Baseball National Rankings, Report

by Bill Franques
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April 9 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record: 20-13 (6-6 in SEC)

Last Week’s Results (2-2)
April 3 (Tue.) – NICHOLLS STATE (W, 10-1)
April 5 (Thu.) – at Texas A&M (W, 4-1)
April 6 (Fri.) – at Texas A&M (L, 2-9)
April 7 (Sat.) – at Texas A&M (L, 1-3)

This Week’s Schedule
April 10 (Tue.) – LOUISIANA TECH, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 13 (Fri.) – TENNESSEE, 7 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 14 (Sat.) – TENNESSEE, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 15 (Sun.) – TENNESSEE, 4 p.m. CT (SEC Network)

Notes on the Tigers
The Tigers are No. 19 in this week’s Baseball America poll and No. 23 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, marking the 123rd consecutive week LSU has appeared in a Top 25 poll … LSU has been ranked every week since the beginning of the 2012 season … LSU is 6-6 in the SEC after last weekend’s series at Texas A&M, and the Tigers are two games out of first place in the Western Division behind Arkansas … sophomore right-hander Zack Hess pitched brilliantly in the Tigers’ win at Texas A&M last Thursday, firing eight shutout innings and limiting the Aggies to four hits with three walks and five strikeouts .. Hess improved to 5-3 on the season and raised his strikeout total to 60, which ranks No. 6 in the SEC … the LSU bullpen’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 29.2 innings on Thursday night when Texas A&M scored one run to avoid a shutout in the Tigers’ 4-1 win … the scoreless inning streak spanned from the March 21 game versus Tulane until the Texas A&M game on April 5 … junior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis enjoyed a productive week, batting .500 (8-for-16) in four games with three doubles, four RBI and two runs .. Duplantis hit .455 (5-for-11) in the Texas A&M series with two doubles, two RBI and two runs … junior catcher Hunter Feduccia batted .364 (4-for-11) last week with one double, three RBI and one run … freshman right-hander AJ Labas improved to 3-1 on the year last Tuesday when he defeated Nicholls State … Labas limited the Colonels to just one run on five hits in five innings with two strikeouts … freshman right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard leads the SEC in ERA (1.34), and he is No. 4 in the league in opponent batting average (.194) … freshman right-hander Devin Fontenot is fourth in the SEC in appearances with 15 … LSU coach Paul Mainieri has 1,396 wins in 36 season as a collegiate head coach, and he is seeking to become just the fourth active NCAA Division I coach to reach 1,400 career wins … the active coaches who have reached the 1,400-win mark are Mike Martin of Florida State, Jim Morris of Miami (Fla.) and Mike Fox of North Carolina … Mainieri is also seeking to become just the 13th coach in the all-time history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach 1,400 wins … Mainieri’s 36-season career record currently stands at 1,396-707-8 (.663), and his record at LSU in 12 seasons is 532-215-3 (.711).

Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1. Florida, 28-6, 1
2. NC State, 25-6, 6
3. Stanford, 23-5, 2
4. Arkansas, 24-9, 9
5. Ole Miss, 27-6, 3
6. Texas Tech, 26-7, 7
7. Clemson, 25-7, 8
8. East Caroilina, 24-7, 11
9. Florida St., 24-9, 4
10. Duke, 27-6, 10
11. Oregon St., 24-6, 5
12. Southern Miss, 22-9, 12
13. Kentucky, 22-10, 13
14. Vanderbilt, 19-13, 14
15. Oklahoma, 23-11, 19
16. Indiana, 22-6, 16
17. Coastal Carolina, 23-11, 18
18. UCLA, 19-8, 20
19. LSU 20-13, 17
20. North Carolina, 21-11, 20
21. Georgia, 23-9, 21
22. Texas A&M, 23-9, 24
23. Auburn, 23-10, 15
24. Texas, 22-12, 24
25. Dallas Baptist, 19-10, 25

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Florida, 28-6, 1
2, NC State, 25-6, 5
3, Stanford, 23-5, 2
4, Ole Miss, 27-6, 3
5, Texas Tech, 26-7, 6
6, Arkansas, 24-9, 8
7, Oregon State, 24-6, 4
8, Clemson, 25-7, 9
9, Kentucky, 22-10, 10
10, Duke, 27-6, 11
11, Indiana, 22-6, 12
12, Florida State, 24-9, 7
13, Oklahoma, 23-11, 16
14, Southern Miss, 22-9, 14
15, Vanderbilt, 19-13, 15
16, East Carolina, 24-7, 17
17, UCLA, 19-8, 21
18, Texas A&M, 23-9, 19
19, Florida Atlantic, 24-8, NR
20, North Carolina, 21-11, NR
21, Auburn, 23-10, 13
22, LSU, 20-13, 18
23, Sam Houston State, 23-8, 24
24, Missouri, 23-9, 20
25, Georgia, 23-9, 25

Dropped Out: Louisville (22), Texas Christian (23).

D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Florida, 28-6, 1
2, Stanford, 23-5, 2
3, Arkansas, 24-9, 5
4, NC State, 25-6, 8
5, Ole Miss, 27-6, 3
6, Texas Tech, 26-7, 7
7, East Carolina, 24-7, 12
8, Kentucky, 22-10, 9
9, Oregon State, 24-6, 4
10, Indiana, 22-6, 10
11, Clemson, 25-7, 11
12, Florida State, 24-9, 6
13, Southern Miss, 22-9, 13
14, Duke, 27-6, 14
15, Vanderbilt, 19-13, 15
16, Oklahoma, 23-11, 20
17, UCLA, 19-8, 21
18, Georgia, 23-9, 16
19, Missouri State, 22-7, 23
20, Wichita State, 22-7, 25
21, North Carolina, 21-11, NR
22, Texas A&M, 23-9, NR
23, LSU, 20-13, 17
24, Coastal Carolina, 23-11, 24
25, Louisiana Tech, 24-10, 22

Dropped out: No. 18 Missouri, No. 19 Auburn

USA Today Coaches Top 25

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, Florida (29), 28-6, 749, 1
2, Stanford (1), 23-5, 673, 2
3, Arkansas, 24-9, 631, 8
4, Ole Miss, 27-6, 618, 3
4, Texas Tech, 26-7, 618, 5
6, NC State, 25-6, 613, 7
7, Oregon State, 24-6, 542, 4
8, Clemson, 25-7, 509, 9
9, East Carolina, 24-7, 461, 13
10, Florida State, 24-9, 454, 6
11, Kentucky, 22-10, 444, 10
12, Duke, 27-6, 412, 12
13, Indiana, 22-6, 367, 11
14, UCLA, 19-8, 353, 18
15, Southern Miss, 22-9, 323, 14
16, Vanderbilt, 19-13, 273, 16
17, Oklahoma, 23-11, 266, 23
18, Georgia, 23-9, 208, 17
19, Texas A&M, 23-9, 189, 19
20, Wichita State, 22-7, 149, 25
21, Coastal Carolina, 23-11, 129, 24
22, North Carolina, 21-11, 122, NR
23, Auburn, 23-10, 111, 15
24, LSU, 20-13, 102, 20
25, Missouri State, 22-7, 101, NR

Schools Dropped Out
No. 21 Louisville, No. 22 Missouri.

Others Receiving Votes
Missouri 76; Texas 48; Louisiana Tech 36; Louisville 34; Florida Atlantic 27; Tennessee Tech 15; Dallas Baptist 15; UNLV 13; Michigan 12; Georgia Tech 10; San Francisco 6; Creighton 6; Central Florida 5; Minnesota 4; Northeastern 3; Mercer 3; College of Charleston 3; Texas Christian 3; South Carolina 2; Alabama 2; Arizona 2; St. John’s 2; Iowa 1; North Carolina Greensboro 1; Connecticut 1; Nevada 1; Florida Gulf Coast 1; Sam Houston State 1.