Feb. 25 Baseball National Rankings, Report

by Alissa Cavaretta
LSU 4, Bryant 3 LSU 17, Bryant 8 LSU 13, Bryant 6 LSU 6, SLU 5 Next: Tues., 6 p.m. v. USA +0
Feb. 25 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record:  7-0
 
Last Week’s Results (4-0)
Feb. 19 (Tue.) – SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (W, 6-5)
Feb. 22 (Fri.) – BRYANT (W, 13-6)
Feb. 23 (Sat.) – BRYANT (W, 17-8)
Feb. 24 (Sun.) – BRYANT (W, 4-3)
 
This Week’s Schedule
Feb. 26 (Tue.) – SOUTH ALABAMA, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
Feb. 27 (Wed.) – SOUTHERN, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)
March 1 (Fri.) – at #19 Texas, 6:30 p.m. CT (Longhorn Network)
March 2 (Sat.) – at #19 Texas, 3:30 p.m. CT (Longhorn Network)
March 3 (Sun.) – at #19 Texas, 1 p.m. CT (Longhorn Network)
 
Notes on the Tigers
Top-ranked LSU is off to a 7-0 start to the 2019 season after defeating Southeastern Louisiana in a mid-week contest and sweeping the Bryant Bulldogs in three games over the weekend … It is the fifth time under head coach Paul Mainieri that the Tigers are a perfect 7-0 (2009, ’10, ’11, ’14, ’19), which is the most 7-0 starts in LSU baseball history … Senior outfielder Antoine Duplantis led the Tiger offense batting .412 in the week (7-for-17) with one double, one home run, eight RBI and six runs scored … In Saturday’s 17-8 win against Bryant, Duplantis blasted a three-run homer to put the Tigers up 11-1 in the in the bottom of the fourth inning … It was Duplantis’ third home run of the season, which is a career high … Duplantis now has 280 career hits, 72 shy of matching former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss (1995-98) as the all-time SEC hits leader with 352 … Junior Josh Smith continued his torrid start over the week and currently is tied for first in the SEC with 12 hits on the year … The shortstop batted .400 (6-for-15) during the week with one double, two RBIs and six runs … For the season he is batting a team-high .519 (14-for-27) and has hit safely in all seven of LSU’s games this season … As a team, LSU leads the conference with a .341 batting average … Junior right-hander Zack Hess was phenomenal in his Friday start against Bryant, limiting the Bulldogs to one run on four hits, walking two and striking out a season-high six batters in five innings of work … Freshman Jaden Hill continued his solid start to the season, pitching five innings in Sunday’s game against Bryant … The right-hander allowed one run on two hits, walked two and struck out three while holding opponents to a .111 batting average … Todd Peterson earned his second win of the season and improved to 2-0 on the year after firing the final 1.1 innings versus Southeastern Louisiana Tuesday night … The right-handed junior also pitched the final six outs against Bryant Sunday and struck out one batter to earn his first save of the season.

NCBWA Division I Poll

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1. LSU, 7-0, 1
2. Vanderbilt, 5-1, 2
3. Oregon State, 8-0, 5
4. UCLA, 6-1, 3
5. North Carolina, 7-0, 7
6. Texas Tech, 5-1, 6
7. Georgia, 6-0, 10
8. Florida State, 7-0, 9
9. Florida, 5-3, 4
10. Stanford, 6-1, 12
11. Mississippi State, 6-1, 15
12. Baylor, 7-0, 13
13. Arkansas, 5-1, 14
14. Louisville, 5-2, 8
15. East Carolina, 5-2, 11
16. Clemson, 6-1, 17
17. Ole Miss, 4-2, 16
18. Michigan, 6-0, 21
19. Coastal Carolina, 7-1, 19
20. Texas, 6-2, 20
21. Oklahoma State, 5-2, 23
22. Auburn, 6-2, 22
23. TCU, 5-2, 18
24. Cal State Fullerton, 4-2, 24
25. Duke, 6-1, 25
26. Arizona State, 7-0, NR
27. Tennessee, 7-0, NR
28. Illinois, 6-0, NR
29. NC State, 7-0, NR
30. UC Irvine, 5-2, 29

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama State (5-1), Arizona (6-2), California Baptist (9-0), Connecticut (3-3), Coppin State (5-2), Creighton (5-1), Dallas Baptist (5-2), FIU (3-3), Fresno State (5-1), Indiana State (6-0), Louisiana Tech (5-2), Loyola Marymount (4-3), Miami (FL) (5-2), Mississippi Valley State (0-0), New Mexico State (7-1), North Carolina A&T (5-1), North Dakota State (1-6), Oklahoma (6-1), Oregon (4-2), Richmond (5-0), Sam Houston State (5-1), San Diego State (5-2), South Alabama (4-2), South Carolina (6-1), Southern Miss (4-2), Texas A&M (7-1), Troy (4-3), Tulane (6-2), UNCG (3-1), Virginia Tech (5-0), Wake Forest (3-4), Washington (3-2), William & Mary (4-1).
Dropped out: Southern Miss (26), Wake Forest (27), UC Irvine (28), Arizona (30).

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. LSU (7-0), 494, 1
2. Vanderbilt (5-1), 492, 2
3. UCLA (6-1), 490, 3
4. Texas Tech. (5-1), 488, 4
5. Oregon St. (8-0), 485, 7
6. North Carolina (7-0), 484, 8
7. Florida St. (7-0), 482, 9
8. Stanford (6-1), 480, 5
9. Georgia (6-0), 475, 11
10. NC State (7-0), 472, 22
11. Coastal Carolina (7-1), 471, 10
12. Louisville (5-2), 468, 12
13. Florida (5-3), 466, 6
14. Baylor (7-0), 464, 21
15. Clemson (6-1), 462, 15
16. Mississippi St. (6-1), 460, 25
17. Ole Miss (4-2), 458, 13
18. Texas (6-2), 457, 14
19. TCU (5-2), 455, 16
20. Cal St. Fullerton (4-2), 453, 17
21. Duke (6-1), 451, 20
22. Arkansas (5-1), 448, 23
23. Texas A&M (7-1), 445, 28
24. Arizona St. (7-0), 442, NR
25. Michigan (6-0), 440, NR
26. Illinois (6-0), 438, NR
27. Sam Houston St. (5-1), 435, NR
28. Oklahoma St. (5-2), 433, 18
29. Auburn (6-2), 431, 26
30. South Carolina (6-1), 429, NR

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, LSU, 7-0, 1
2, Oregon State, 8-0, 2
3, Vanderbilt, 5-1, 3
4, UCLA, 6-1, 4
5, Texas Tech, 5-1, 5
6, North Carolina, 7-0, 6
7, Stanford, 6-1, 7
8, Florida, 5-3, 8
9, East Carolina, 5-2, 9
10, Mississippi, 4-2, 10
11, Louisville, 5-2, 11
12, Baylor, 7-0, 12
13, Arkansas, 5-1, 13
14, Florida State, 7-0, 14
15, Auburn, 6-2, 15
16, TCU, 5-2, 16
17, Mississippi State, 6-1, 17
18, NC State, 7-0, 21
19, Michigan, 6-0, 19
20, Oklahoma State, 5-2, 20
21, Connecticut, 3-3, 18
22, Georgia, 6-0, 22
23, UC Irvine, 5-2, 23
24, Clemson, 6-1, 24
25, Coastal Carolina, 7-1, 25

Dropped out: None.

Baseball America Top 25
Feb. 25, 2019

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Vanderbilt, 5-1, 1
2, LSU, 7-0, 2
3, UCLA, 6-1, 3
4, North Carolina, 7-0, 5
5, Florida, 5-3, 4
6, Florida State, 7-0, 6
7, Stanford, 6-1, 7
8, Texas Tech, 5-1, 8
9, Mississippi State, 6-1, 9
10, Oregon State, 6-0, 10
11, East Carolina, 5-2, 11
12, Louisville, 5-2, 12
13, Ole Miss, 4-2, 13
14, Clemson, 6-1, 14
15, Georgia, 6-0, 15
16, Baylor, 7-0, 16
17, Arkansas, 5-1, 17
18, Auburn, 6-2, 18
19, Texas, 6-2, 19
20, Michigan, 6-0, 20
21, Coastal Carolina, 7-1, 23
22, Duke, 6-1, 22
23, Southern Miss, 4-2, 21
24, TCU, 5-2, 24
25, UC Irvine, 5-2, 25

D1Baseball.com Top 25
Feb. 25, 2019

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Vanderbilt, 5-1, 1
2, LSU, 7-0, 2
3, Texas Tech, 5-1, 3
4, UCLA, 6-1, 4
5, North Carolina, 7-0, 6
6, Oregon State, 8-0, 7
7, Florida, 5-3, 5
8, Louisville, 5-2, 8
9, Georgia, 6-0, 9
10, Ole Miss, 4-2, 10
11, Stanford, 6-1, 12
12, Mississippi State, 6-1, 14
13, Florida State, 7-0, 13
14, East Carolina, 5-2, 11
15, Baylor, 7-0, 15
16, Arkansas, 5-1, 16
17, Michigan, 6-0, 17
18, TCU, 5-2, 18
19, Oklahoma State, 5-2, 19
20, Coastal Carolina, 7-1, 21
21, Auburn, 6-2, 22
22, Texas, 6-2, 23
23, Clemson, 6-1, 24
24, Cal State Fullerton, 4-2, 25
25, Illinois, 6-0, NR

Dropped Out: Wake Forest, 3-3, 20