March 11 Baseball National Rankings, Report

by Bill Franques
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March 11 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record: 11-4

Last Week’s Results (3-1)
March 6 (Wed.) – HOLY CROSS (W, 9-2)
March 8 (Fri.) – CALIFORNIA (W, 4-3)
March 9 (Sat.) – CALIFORNIA (L, 2-5 – Game 1)
March 9 (Sat.) – CALIFORNIA (W, 5-4 – Game 2)

This Week’s Schedule
March 12 (Tue.) – at Northwestern State, 6 p.m. CT (ESPN+)
March 13 (Wed.) – TEXAS SOUTHERN, 6:30 p.m. CT (SECN+)
March 15 (Fri.) – KENTUCKY, 7 p.m. CT (SECN+)
March 16 (Sat.) – KENTUCKY, 6:30 p.m. CT (SECN+)
March 17 (Sat.) – KENTUCKY, 2 p.m. CT (SECN+)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won three of four games last week, including a 2-1 series victory over the weekend versus California in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field … the Cal series featured two comeback wins for the Tigers, including a two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning by junior shortstop Josh Smith to lift LSU to a 4-3 victory … Smith, who posted a 13-game hit streak from February 16 through March 9, is batting a team-high .415 (22-for-53) on the year with five doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and 18 runs scored … LSU erased an early 4-1 deficit in Game 2 of the Cal series on Saturday, and freshman first baseman Cade Beloso blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning of the seven-inning game to provide the winning 5-4 margin … the dinger was the second of the game for Beloso, who also launched a solo shot and now has four homers this season … for the week, Beloso hit .357 (5-for-14) in four games with two homers, five RBI and three runs scored … sophomore catcher Brock Mathis enjoyed a productive week at the plate, batting .455 (5-for-11) in four games with one double, one triple, two homers, three RBI and three runs scored … sophomore right-hander Devin Fontenot recorded a brilliant relief effort in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader versus California, firing four shutout innings to earn the win … Fontenot limited the Bears to two hits with one walk and three strikeouts, firing 60 pitches and improving his record to 2-0 … Fontenot made three appearances during the week, allowing no runs on two hits in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts … senior third baseman Chris Reid launched his second career homer – a solo shot – in Saturday’s Game 2 win over California – Reid’s first homer came on March 5, 2016, versus Fordham when the Baton Rouge native was a freshman … Reid has played in 11 of LSU’s 15 games (five starts) and is hitting .348 (8-for-23) with three doubles, one homer, six RBI and seven runs scored … senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis has performed brilliantly through the first four weeks of the season, batting .356 (21-for-59) with two doubles, four homers, 24 RBI and 15 runs … Duplantis has 289 career hits, just 63 shy of the SEC record of 352 held by former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss (1995-98).

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. Florida St. (13-1), 494, 1
2. N.C. State (15-0), 493, 5
3. Oregon St. (12-1-1), 491, 3
4. Vanderbilt (13-3), 490, 2
5. Mississippi St. (15-1), 489, 8
6. UCLA (11-3), 485, 6
7. Texas Tech. (11-3), 482, 10
8. Stanford (12-3), 480, 11
9. Arizona St. (15-0), 477, 17
10. LSU (11-4), 476, 9
11. Coastal Carolina (13-3-1), 474, 12
12. Clemson (12-3), 472, 20
13. Georgia (14-2), 469, 15
14. North Carolina (12-4), 467, 4
15. Louisville (11-4), 464, 13
16. Florida (13-5), 463, 14
17. Arkansas (12-2), 462, 16
18. South Carolina (13-3), 459, 19
19. Mississippi (12-3), 457, 18
20. Texas (12-6), 453, 7
21. Texas A&M (15-3), 451, 23
22. Tennessee (15-1), 449, 24
23. Auburn (14-2), 447, 27
24. San Diego (12-4), 446, NR
25. UC Santa Barbara (11-2), 445, NR
26. Alabama (15-2), 443, NR
27. Baylor (10-4), 439, 21
28. Miami, Fla. (12-3), 436, 28
29. Illinois (10-3), 434, 30
30. East Carolina (12-5), 430, NR

NCBWA Division I Poll

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

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (15-2), Arizona (10-6), Dallas Baptist (12-3), Duke (11-5), Illinois (10-3), Indiana State (12-1), Louisiana Tech (10-5), Marshall (9-5), Oklahoma (13-3), Oklahoma State (9-5), Old Dominion (11-3), Portland (13-4), San Diego (12-4), Southern (9-6), Southern Miss (8-5), UC Santa Barbara (11-2), Washington (9-4), William & Mary (12-1).

Dropped out: Duke (25).

Baseball America Top 25

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

USA Today Coaches Poll
March 11, 2019

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, Oregon State (11), 12-1-1, 731, 2
2, Vanderbilt (15), 13-3, 711, 1
3, UCLA (2), 11-3, 648, 4
4, Stanford (1), 12-3, 647, 5
5, Mississippi State, 15-1, 549, 8
6, Florida State, 13-1, 545, 7
7, Florida, 13-5, 531, 6
8, Mississippi, 12-3, 452, 13
9, Texas Tech, 11-3, 451, 12
10, Arkansas, 12-2, 430, 10
11, Georgia, 14-2, 406, 15
12, North Carolina State, 15-0, 403, 17
13, LSU, 11-4, 399, 9
14, Louisville, 11-4, 373, 14
15, North Carolina, 12-4, 343, 3
16, Coastal Carolina, 13-3-1, 299, 16
17, Auburn, 14-2, 281, 18
18, Texas, 12-6, 279, 11
19, Arizona State (2), 15-0, 272, 23
20, Clemson, 12-3, 232, NR
21, Tennessee, 15-1, 223, 21
22, Texas A&M, 15-3, 186, 22
23, South Carolina, 13-3, 147, 24
24, East Carolina, 12-5, 124, 25
25, Michigan, 9-4, 66, 19

Schools Dropped Out
No. 20 Baylor.

Others Receiving Votes
Oklahoma 44; Texas Christian 41; Duke 39; Baylor 38; Miami 27; Dallas Baptist 23; Indiana State 22; Oregon 18; Illinois 16; UC Irvine 15; Alabama 15; UC Santa Barbara 12; Cal State Fullerton 12; Oklahoma State 8; Washington 5; Connecticut 3; Kentucky 3; San Diego 2; New Mexico State 2; New Mexico 1; Sam Houston State 1.

D1Baseball.com Top 25

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

Dropped Out
Michigan, 9-4, 16
Baylor, 10-4, 21

Perfect Game Top 25

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

Dropped out: Michigan (19), Baylor (24).