April 1 Baseball National Rankings, Report

by Bill Franques
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April 1 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record: 19-9
SEC: 6-3

Last Week’s Results
March 26 (Tue.) – McNEESE STATE (L, 0-2)
March 28 (Thu.) – at No. 2 Mississippi State (L, 5-6)
March 29 (Fri.) – at No. 2 Mississippi State (W, 10-5)
March 30 (Sat.) – at No. 2 Mississippi State (W, 11-2)

This Week’s Schedule
April 2 (Tue.) – GRAMBLING, 6:30 p.m. CT (SECN+)
April 3 (Wed.) – SOUTH ALABAMA, 6 p.m. CT (SECN+)
April 5 (Fri.) – TEXAS A&M, 7 p.m. CT (SECN+)
April 6 (Sat.) – TEXAS A&M, 7 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
April 7 (Sun.) – TEXAS A&M, 2 p.m. CT (SEC Network)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU is 6-3 in the Southeastern Conference after posting a 2-1 series win last weekend over second-ranked Mississippi State in Starkville … LSU has now won an SEC regular-season series over Mississippi State in 13 of the past 14 seasons … the Tigers are just a half-game behind first-place Texas A&M (6-2-1) in the SEC Western Division standings and just one game behind first-place Georgia (7-2) in the overall league race … LSU hit .303 (33-for-109) in the Mississippi State series with 26 runs, seven doubles and three homers … senior third baseman Chris Reid led LSU to the series victory last weekend in Starkville, batting .750 (6-for-8) with one double, six RBI and four runs scored … Reid also walked three times and was hit by a pitch, recording a .769 on-base percentage in three games … in LSU’s 10-5 win on Friday night, Reid paced the Tigers’ 13-hit attack by going 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored … in the Tigers’ 11-2, series-clinching win over Saturday, Reid provided two RBI with a double and a sacrifice fly, and he scored two runs … he was also 2-for-2 with an RBI in Thursday’s opening game of the series … Reid is batting .370 (10-for-27) in SEC games this season with two doubles and a team-best 11 RBI … sophomore right-hander Eric Walker defeated Mississippi State on Saturday with a superb effort, blanking the Bulldogs in seven innings of work while allowing just four hits with two walks and three strikeouts … Saturday’s game was halted by rain in the top of the fifth inning for one hour, 19 minutes, but Walker returned to the mound after the delay to fire three more scoreless innings … Walker fired a total of 91 pitches in the outing, which was his longest of 2019 after missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery on his elbow … he did not allow an extra-base hit, and only one Mississippi State runner advanced beyond first base … freshman first baseman CJ Willis made his first collegiate start in the Tigers’ lineup and helped lead LSU to the series victory over Mississippi State, batting .375 (3-for-8) with one double, five RBI, three runs and a .455 on base percentage … he provided an RBI double as a pinch hitter in Thursday’s series-opening game, earning the opportunity to start in his first collegiate game in Friday’s Game 2 … Willis responded by driving in three runs in Friday’s win, including an RBI single and a sacrifice fly … he added another RBI in Saturday’s series-clinching win while scoring two runs … freshman right-hander Cole Henry recorded a career-best nine strikeouts in five innings on Friday to earn the Game 2 win at Mississippi State … senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis has 305 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 just sixth LSU player to collect 300 career hits … he batted .583 (7-for-12) last weekend at Mississippi State with two homers, two RBI and six runs scored.

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. NC State (27-2), 495, 1
2. Arizona St. (25-1), 494, 3
3. UCLA (20-5), 491, 2
4. Stanford (18-3), 489, 6
5. Vanderbilt (22-6), 487, 5
6. Oregon St. (19-5-1), 486, 7
7. Georgia (23-5), 483, 8
8. Arkansas (22-6), 481, 9
9. LSU (19-9), 479, 12
10. Mississippi St. (24-5), 478, 4
11. Texas A&M (23-6-1), 474, 11
12. East Carolina (21-6), 471, 16
13. Clemson (22-6), 470, 15
14. Auburn (22-6), 469, 13
15. Texas Tech. (18-7), 468, 14
16. Louisville (22-6), 466, 21
17. North Carolina (22-7), 463, 22
18. Coastal Carolina (20-8-1), 461, 10
19. UC Santa Barbara (19-5), 460, 17
20. Florida (20-10), 458, 19
21. UC Irvine (18-5), 456, 18
22. Baylor (20-7), 454, 25
23. Oklahoma St. (18-8), 451, NR
24. Brigham Young (21-5), 448, NR
25. TCU (17-9), 445, 28
26. Texas (20-11), 443, NR
27. Georgia Tech. (19-9), 441, 29
28. Ball St. (17-9), 438, NR
29. Arkansas St. (19-9), 437, NR
30. Florida Atlantic (19-9), 434, NR

NCBWA Top 25

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

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Dallas Baptist (21-6), Florida Atlantic (19-9), Illinois (17-8), Indiana State (21-4), Marshall (17-10), Miami, Fla. (18-10), Miami (OH) (21-5), Oklahoma (22-7), Oregon (16-10), Southern Miss (17-8), UCF (17-11), Washington (14-9)
Dropped out: Oklahoma (23), Illinois (26), Washington (30).

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, UCLA (20), 20-5, 741, 1
2, Stanford (3), 18-3, 714, 3
3, NC State, 27-2, 675, 4
4, Vanderbilt (2), 22-6, 658, 5
5, Arizona State (5), 25-1, 631, 9
6, Oregon State (1), 19-5-1, 627, 7
7, Georgia, 23-5, 578, 6
8, Mississippi St., 24-5, 541, 2
9, Arkansas, 22-6, 461, 8
10, Louisville, 22-6, 458, 10
11, Texas A&M, 23-6-1, 427, 11
12, LSU, 19-9, 381, 15
13, North Carolina, 22-7, 375, 17
14, Texas Tech, 18-7, 348, 13
15, Auburn, 22-6, 336, 12
16, East Carolina, 21-6, 325, 18
17, Texas, 20-11, 315, 16
18, Mississippi, 20-9, 196, 22
19, Clemson, 22-6, 193, NR
20, Coastal Carolina, 20-8-1, 191, 14
21, Florida, 20-10, 151, 24
22, UC Irvine, 18-5, 115, 25
23, Oklahoma, 22-7, 83, 19
24, UC Santa Barbara, 19-5, 78, NR
25, TCU, 17-9, 64, 20

Schools Dropped Out
No. 21 Florida State, No. 23 Tennessee.

Others Receiving Votes
Oklahoma State 62; Connecticut 57; Tennessee 53; Dallas Baptist 48; Florida State 36; Georgia Tech 36; Baylor 32; Indiana State 30; Brigham Young 23; Michigan 17; Washington 10; Sam Houston State 2; Illinois 2; Liberty 1; Florida Atlantic 1; SDST 1; Texas State 1; East Tennessee State 1.

D1 Baseball Top 25

Rank, Team, Overall, Previous Rank
1, UCLA, 20-5, 1
2, Stanford, 18-3, 3
3, NC State, 27-2, 5
4, Georgia, 23-5, 4
5, Vanderbilt, 22-6, 6
6, Oregon State, 19-5-1, 7
7, Arizona State, 25-1, 9
8, Mississippi State, 24-5, 2
9, Texas A&M, 23-6-1, 10
10, Louisville, 22-6, 11
11, East Carolina, 21-6, 14
12, Texas, 20-11, 13
13, LSU, 19-9, 17
14, Arkansas, 22-6, 8
15, Auburn, 22-6, 15
16, North Carolina, 22-7, 16
17, Texas Tech, 18-7, 18
18, Ole Miss, 20-9, 24
19, Coastal Carolina, 20-8-1, 12
20, UC Irvine, 18-5, 21
21, Florida, 20-10, 23
22, Connecticut, 17-9, NR
23, Clemson, 22-6, NR
24, Oklahoma State, 18-8, NR
25, TCU, 17-9, 19

Dropped Out
Florida State, 18-9, 20
Oklahoma, 22-7, 22
Illinois, 17-8, 25

Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1. UCLA, 20-5, 1
2. Stanford, 18-3, 3
3. Vanderbilt, 22-6, 4
4. NC State, 27-2, 5
5. Mississippi St., 24-5, 2
6. Georgia, 23-5, 6
7. Oregon St., 19-5-1, 8
8. Texas, 20-11, 7
9. North Carolina, 22-7, 9
10. Arizona St., 25-1, 14
11. Texas Tech, 18-7, 11
12. Arkansas, 22-6, 10
13. East Carolina, 21-6, 13
14. Texas A&M, 23-6-1, 12
15. LSU, 19-9, 17
16. Florida, 20-10, 15
17. Louisville, 22-6, 16
18. Auburn, 22-6, 18
19. UC Irvine, 18-5, 19
20. Ole Miss, 20-9, 22
21. Clemson, 22-6, 24
22. UConn, 17-9, NR
23. Oklahoma St., 18-8, NR
24. UC Santa Barbara, 19-5, NR
25. Coastal Carolina, 20-8-1, 20

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, UCLA, 20-5, 1
2, Stanford, 18-3, 3
3, Oregon State, 19-5-1, 4
4, Vanderbilt, 22-6, 5
5, NC State, 27-2, 6
6, Mississippi State, 24-5, 2
7, Georgia, 23-5, 7
8, Arizona State, 25-1, 17
9, North Carolina, 22-7, 9
10, Auburn, 22-6, 10
11, Texas A&M, 23-6-1, 11
12, Louisville, 22-6, 12
13, East Carolina, 21-6, 13
14, Texas, 20-11, 14
15, Texas Tech, 18-7, 15
16, LSU, 19-9, 16
17, Arkansas, 22-6, 8
18, Florida, 20-10, 20
19, Mississippi, 20-9, 21
20, UC Irvine, 18-5, 23
21, Connecticut, 17-9, 24
22, UC Santa Barbara, 19-5, NR
23, Coastal Carolina, 20-8-1, 18
24, Clemson, 22-6, NR
25, TCU, 17-9, 19

Dropped out: Florida State (22), Oklahoma (25).