March 18 Baseball National Rankings, Report

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March 18 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record: 15-5
SEC: 3-0

Last Week’s Results (4-1)
March 12 (Tue.) – at Northwestern State (L, 1-3)
March 13 (Wed.) – TEXAS SOUTHERN (W, 16-5)
March 16 (Sat.) – KENTUCKY (W, 2-1)
March 16 (Sat.) – KENTUCKY (W, 16-4)
March 17 (Sun.) – KENTUCKY (W, 7-2)

This Week’s Schedule
March 20 (Wed.) – NICHOLLS, 6:30 p.m. CT (SECN+)
March 22 (Fri.) – at Georgia, 6 p.m. CT (SECN+)
March 23 (Sat.) – at Georgia, 12 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
March 24 (Sun.) – at Georgia, 11 a.m. CT (SEC Network)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won four of five games last week, including a three-game sweep of Kentucky to start Southeastern Conference action … the LSU pitching staff posted a 2.10 ERA in the Kentucky series, limiting the Wildcats to seven runs with 34 strikeouts in 30 innings of work … in Saturday’s doubleheader of UK – which included a 12-inning victory in Game 1 — the Tigers used just four pitchers over a total of 21 innings, as Zack Hess, Devin Fontenot, Cole Henry and Trent Vietmeier contributed to the wins … junior centerfielder Zach Watson enjoyed a phenomenal week, batting .619 (13-for-21) in five games with two doubles, two homers, nine RBI and 11 runs scored … in LSU’s three-game SEC series sweep of Kentucky, Watson hit .615 (8-for-13) with one double, one homer, six RBI and eight runs scored … he scored both of LSU’s runs in a 2-1, 12-inning Game 1 victory over the Wildcats, including the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th … in LSU’s Game 2 win over Kentucky, he tied his career high with four hits, as he was 4-for-4 at the plate with one double, one homer, five RBI and four runs … he was also 4-for-4 in Wednesday’s win over Texas Southern with one homer, one double and three runs scored … Watson raised his team-high cumulative batting average to .403 (31-for-77) with eight doubles, two homers, 18 RBI and 25 runs … sophomore leftfielder Daniel Cabrera hit .450 (9-for-20) in five games last week with two doubles, one triple, four RBI and four runs scored … sophomore right-hander Devin Fontenot recorded a brilliant relief outing to earn the win in Game 1 of the Kentucky series … Fontenot worked the final five innings of the 12-inning game, limiting the Wildcats to no runs on two hits with no walks and five strikeouts … Fontenot is now 3-0 this season with a 1.69 ERA while recording six walks and 18 strikeouts in 16 innings … junior right-hander Matthew Beck earned a relief win in Game 3 of the Kentucky series, blanking the Wildcats over 2.1 innings with no hits, one walk and three strikeouts … Beck is 2-0 this season with a 1.32 ERA while limiting opponents to a .133 batting average … sophomore right-hander Trent Vietmeier fired a career-high six strikeouts and earned his first career save, as he worked the final four innings of Saturday’s Game 2 win over Kentucky … senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis increased his career hits total to 295, just 57 shy of the SEC record of 352 held by former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss (1995-98) … Duplantis collected one triple, one homer, six RBI and five runs in the Tigers’ five games last week.

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. NC State (19-1), 494, 2
2. Mississippi St. (18-2), 493, 5
3. UCLA (14-4), 491, 6
4. Oregon St. (14-3-1), 490, 3
5. Arizona St. (19-0), 488, 9
6. Vanderbilt (15-5), 486, 4
7. LSU (15-5), 484, 10
8. Stanford (12-3), 480, 8
9. Georgia (18-2), 478, 13
10. Arkansas (17-2), 476, 17
11. Coastal Carolina (16-4-1), 474, 11
12. Auburn (18-2), 471, 23
13. Florida (15-7), 468, 16
14. Florida St. (14-4), 466, 1
15. Louisville (16-4), 463, 15
16. North Carolina (16-5), 461, 14
17. Texas (15-7), 458, 20
18. Texas Tech. (12-5), 457, 7
19. Texas A&M (17-5), 456, 21
20. Clemson (14-5), 455, 12
21. East Carolina (15-6), 453, 30
22. UC Santa Barbara (14-3), 451, 25
23. Illinois (13-3), 449, 29
24. UC Irvine (12-4)`, 446, —
25. Oklahoma (16-4), 444, —
26. Baylor (13-5), 442, 27
27. San Diego (14-6), 439, 24
28. Mississippi (14-6), 437, 19
29. Miami, Fla. (15-5), 434, 28
30. Michigan (13-4), 431, —

D1Baseball.com Top 25

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

Dropped Out
South Carolina, 14-6, 22
Tennessee, 17-4, 23
Clemson, 14-5, 24

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, UCLA (19), 14-4, 732, 3
2, Oregon State (1), 14-3-1, 652, 1
2, Stanford (1), 12-3, 652, 4
4, Mississippi State (4), 18-2, 636, 5
5, North Carolina State, 19-1, 581, 12
6, Vanderbilt (1), 15-5, 578, 2
7, Louisville, 16-4, 560, 14
8, Georgia, 18-2, 544, 11
9, Arkansas (1), 17-2, 543, 10
10, Arizona State (4), 19-0, 454, 19
11, LSU, 15-5, 437, 13
12, Auburn, 18-2, 411, 17
13, North Carolina, 16-5, 380, 15
14, Florida, 15-7, 353, 7
15, Texas, 15-7, 339, 18
16, Coastal Carolina, 16-4-1, 326, 16
17, Texas Tech, 12-5, 314, 9
18, Texas A&M, 17-5, 253, 22
19, Florida State, 14-4, 249, 6
20, Mississippi, 14-6, 245, 8
21, East Carolina, 15-6, 126, 24
22, Tennessee, 17-4, 95, 21
23, Clemson, 14-5, 86, 20
24, Michigan, 13-4, 81, 25
25, Oklahoma, 16-4, 80, NR

Schools Dropped Out
No. 23 South Carolina.

Others Receiving Votes
Texas Christian 68; Indiana State 59; UC Irvine 45; UC Santa Barbara 36; Illinois 27; Baylor 22; South Carolina 20; Miami 19; Dallas Baptist 19; Alabama 12; Washington 11; Oregon 7; Oklahoma State 6; MUO 6; Central Florida 3; San Diego 3; Virginia Tech 2; Illinois State 2; West Virginia 1.

Baseball America Top 25

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

Perfect Game Top 25

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

Dropped out: Clemson (24).