March 25 Baseball National Rankings, Report

by Bill Franques
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March 25 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record: 17-7
SEC: 4-2

Last Week’s Results (2-2)
March 20 (Wed.) – NICHOLLS (W, 5-4)
March 22 (Fri.) – at Georgia (W, 1-0)
March 23 (Sat.) – at Georgia (L, 0-2)
March 24 (Sun.) – at Georgia (L, 7-9)

This Week’s Schedule
March 26 (Tue.) – McNEESE STATE, 6:30 p.m. CT (SECN+)
March 28 (Thu.) – at Mississippi State, 6 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
March 29 (Fri.) – at Mississippi State, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
March 30 (Sat.) – at Mississippi State, 2 p.m. CT (SECN+)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU is 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference, just one game behind first-place Arkansas and Texas A&M in the SEC Western Division … Friday night’s win at Georgia gave the Tigers their first 4-0 start in SEC play since 1998 … LSU is 8-1 this season in one-run games, and the Tigers have four walk-off wins, including a 5-4 victory over Nicholls on Wednesday night in Baton Rouge … the win over Nicholls also marked LSU’s eighth come-from-behind victory this season … junior right-hander Zack Hess delivered a superb performance on Friday night, as he posted a dominating win over fifth-ranked Georgia in Athens … Hess blanked the Bulldogs through eight innings, scattering eight hits with no walks and nine strikeouts … Georgia entered the game No. 4 in the SEC with a .296 team batting average … Hess improved to 2-1 on the year and lowered his ERA to 2.97 … in his two SEC starts versus Kentucky and Georgia this season, Hess is 1-0 with a 0.60 ERA, allowing just one earned run on 12 hits in 15 innings with 15 strikeouts … freshman outfielder/DH Giovanni DiGiacomo was LSU’s leading hitter in its four games last week, as he batted .357 (5-for-12) with one RBI and two runs scored … sophomore outfielder Daniel Cabrera drove in five runs last week, including the game-winning, walk-off double in Wednesday night’s victory over Nicholls … freshman right-hander Cole Henry delivered an excellent performance at fifth-ranked Georgia on Saturday, working a career-long 7.1 innings and limiting the Bulldogs to two runs on two hits with one walk and a career-high eight strikeouts … junior right-hander Matthew Beck has pitched 12 straight scoreless innings over his last seven outings, allowing just three hits with 11 strikeouts … junior centerfielder Zach Watson extended his current hitting streak to 10 games over the weekend at Georgia … Watson is LSU’s leading hitter on the year, batting .376 with nine doubles, two homers, 18 RBI and 26 runs … junior shortstop Josh Smith has reached base safely in all 23 games he has played this season … senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis has 298 career hits at LSU and has a chance to become the all-time hits leader in SEC history; former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss is the all-time SEC hits leader with 352 from 1995-98 … Duplantis is No. 6 on the LSU career hits list, and he is seeking to become just sixth LSU player to collect 300 career hits.

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. NC State (23-1), 495, 1
2. UCLA (17-4), 493, 3
3. Arizona St. (22-1), 491, 5
4. Mississippi St. (22-3), 490, 2
5. Vanderbilt (19-5), 487, 6
6. Stanford (15-3), 486, 8
7. Oregon St. (16-4-1), 484, 4
8. Georgia (21-3), 481, 9
9. Arkansas (20-4), 479, 10
10. Coastal Carolina (18-5-1), 476, 11
11. Texas A&M (21-5), 474, 19
12. LSU (17-7), 472, 7
13. Auburn (20-4), 471, 12
14. Texas Tech. (15-5), 468, 18
15. Clemson (18-6), 464, 20
16. East Carolina (18-6), 463, 21
17. UC Santa Barbara (17-3), 460, 22
18. UC Irvine (15-4), 457, 24
19. Florida (16-10), 454, 13
20. Florida St. (17-6), 451, 14
21. Louisville (18-6), 448, 15
22. North Carolina (18-7), 446, 16
23. Illinois (17-4), 445, 21
24. Oklahoma (21-4), 444, 25
25. Baylor (16-6), 441, 26
26. Washington (14-5), 439, NR
27. Southern Miss (15-6), 438, NR
28. TCU (15-7), 436, NR
29. Georgia Tech. (16-8), 434, NR
30. San Diego (17-7), 431, 27

2019 NCBWA Division I Poll

Rank, School, Conference, Record, Previous
1. UCLA, 17-4, 1
2. Stanford, 15-3, 3
3. Mississippi State, 22-3, 2
4. Vanderbilt, 19-5, 5
5. Georgia, 21-3, 6
6. NC State, 23-1, 10
7. Oregon State, 16-4-1, 4
8. Arkansas, 20-4, 8
9. Arizona State, 22-1, 12
t10. Louisville, 18-6, 13
t10. Texas Tech, 15-6, 7
12. Texas A&M, 21-5, 19
13. Auburn, 20-4, 14
14. LSU, 17-7, 9
15. North Carolina, 18-7, 15
16. Coastal Carolina, 18-5-1, 18
17. Texas, 17-10, 11
18. East Carolina, 18-6, 21
19. Florida State, 17-6, 17
20. UC Irvine, 15-4, 23
21. TCU, 15-7, 24
22. Florida, 16-10, 16
23. Oklahoma, 21-4, 26
24. Clemson, 18-6, 25
25. Ole Miss, 17-8, 20
26. Illinois, 17-4, 30
27. UC Santa Barbara, 17-3, 28
28. Tennessee, 20-5, 27
29. Baylor, 16-6, 29
30. Washington, 14-5, RV

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (19-6), Cal State Fullerton (11-10), Connecticut (13-8), Dallas Baptist (18-5), Florida Atlantic (16-8), Georgia Tech (16-8), Indiana (15-8), Indiana State (19-2), Marshall (14-7-1), Miami (FL) (15-9), Michigan (15-7), North Carolina A&T (14-9), Oklahoma State (15-7), Oregon (12-9), Sam Houston State (15-6), San Diego (17-7), South Carolina (16-8), Southern (14-9), Southern Miss (15-6), Virginia Tech (16-8).

Dropped out: Michigan (22).

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, UCLA (20), 17-4, 748, 1
2, Mississippi State (2), 22-3, 672, 4
3, Stanford (1), 15-3, 656, 2
4, NC State (1), 23-1, 645, 5
5, Vanderbilt (4), 19-5, 639, 6
6, Georgia, 21-3, 612, 8
7, Oregon State (1), 16-4-1, 607, 2
8, Arkansas, 20-4, 550, 9
9, Arizona State (2), 22-1, 547, 10
10, Louisville, 18-6, 409, 7
11, Texas A&M, 21-5, 408, 18
12, Auburn, 20-4, 397, 12
13, Texas Tech, 15-6, 358, 17
14, Coastal Carolina, 18-5-1, 341, 16
15, LSU, 17-7, 339, 11
16, Texas, 17-10, 267, 15
17, North Carolina, 18-7, 256, 13
18, East Carolina, 18-6, 230, 21
19, Oklahoma, 21-4, 211, 25
20, Texas Christian, 15-7, 164, NR
21, Florida State, 17-6, 137, 19
22, Mississippi, 17-8, 128, 20
23, Tennessee, 20-5, 113, 22
24, Florida, 16-10, 112, 14
25, UC Irvine, 15-4, 85, NR

Schools Dropped Out
No. 23 Clemson, No. 24 Michigan.

Others Receiving Votes
Illinois 82; Clemson 79; Indiana State 72; UC Santa Barbara 60; Dallas Baptist 38; Washington 30; Baylor 18; MUO 15; Oklahoma State 11; Georgia Tech 9; Michigan 6; East Tennessee State 6; Oregon 5; Alabama 3; Pepperdine 3; Virginia Commonwealth 3; Connecticut 2; Indiana 2.

Perfect Game Top 25

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

Baseball America Top 25

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

D1Baseball.com Top 25

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

Dropped Out
Michigan, 15-7, 24