April 8 Baseball National Rankings, Report

by Bill Franques
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April 8 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record: 23-10
SEC: 8-4

Last Week’s Results (4-1)
April 2 (Tue.) – GRAMBLING (W, 9-0)
April 3 (Wed.) – SOUTH ALABAMA (W, 2-0)
April 5 (Fri.) – No. 9 TEXAS A&M (W, 2-1)
April 6 (Sat.) – No. 9 TEXAS A&M (L, 4-6)
April 6 (Sat.) – No. 9 TEXAS A&M (W, 9-3)

This Week’s Schedule
April 9 (Tue.) – at Southern, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPN+)
April 12 (Fri.) – at Missouri, 6:30 p.m. CT (SECN+)
April 13 (Sat.) – at Missouri, 5 p.m. CT (SECN+)
April 14 (Sun.) – at Missouri, 12 p.m. CT (SEC Network)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU is 8-4 in the Southeastern Conference after posting a 2-1 series win last weekend over ninth-ranked Texas A&M in Baton Rouge … the Tigers are tied with Arkansas and Ole Miss for first place in the SEC Western Division, and LSU is just one game behind Georgia (9-3) in the overall league standings … over the past three weekends, LSU has played No. 5 Georgia, No. 2 Mississippi State and No. 9 Texas A&M, winning five of the nine games and posting series wins over Mississippi State and Texas A&M … LSU has won six of its past seven games overall, posting a 2.00 team ERA in 63 innings … junior shortstop Josh Smith led LSU to a series win over ninth-ranked Texas A&M, batting .500 (6-for-12) in three games with one double, two homers, three RBI and four runs scored … with the score tied 1-1 in the eighth inning of Game 1 Friday night, Smith launched a solo homer that proved to be the game-winning blow in LSU’s 2-1 victory … Smith added a two-run blast in the eighth inning of Game 3 on Saturday night to cap the series victory for the Tigers … for the entire five-game week, Smith helped lead LSU to four wins, batting .471 (8-for-17) with one double, three homers, six RBI and five runs scored … he is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .359 (42-for-117) on the year with eight doubles, five homers, 19 RBI and 38 runs scored … freshman right-hander Cole Henry defeated ninth-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday in Baton Rouge with a superb effort, limiting the Aggies to two runs on six hits – all singles — in a career-long eight innings with no walks and a career-best nine strikeouts … Henry threw 96 pitches in the outing, allowing two runs in the first inning before firing seven straight shutout frames … he retired 10 consecutive Aggie batters to complete his outing; the streak spanned from the final out of the fifth inning through the end of the eighth inning … Henry has won three of his four SEC starts, recording 32 strikeouts in 25.1 innings while limiting league opponents to a .202 batting average … senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis has 309 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. 5 on the LSU career hits list, and he is just sixth LSU player to collect 300 career hits … he is one hit shy of tying former LSU All-American Todd Walker (1992-94) for fourth place on the all-time LSU hits chart.

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, UCLA (29), 23-6, 767, 1
2, Georgia (1), 27-6, 688, 7
3, Oregon State, 23-6-1, 680, 6
4, NC State (1), 29-4, 663, 3
5, Stanford, 20-5, 657, 2
6, Mississippi State, 27-6, 594, 8
7, Vanderbilt, 24-8, 588, 4
8, LSU, 23-10, 491, 12
9, Arizona State, 26-4, 477, 5
10, Arkansas, 24-8, 469, 9
11, East Carolina, 24-7, 447, 16
12, Texas A&M, 25-8-1, 415, 11
13, Texas Tech, 21-9, 366, 14
14, Louisville, 24-8, 359, 10
15, Ole Miss, 23-10, 340, 18
16, Clemson, 24-8, 304, 19
17, Texas, 21-13, 250, 17
18, North Carolina, 23-9, 242, 13
19, Auburn, 23-9, 231, 15
20, UC Irvine, 21-5, 222, 22
21, UC Santa Barbara, 23-5, 179, 24
22, Georgia Tech, 22-10, 155, NR
23, Texas Christian, 20-10, 128, 25
24, Baylor, 22-8, 83, NR
25, Coastal Carolina, 22-11-1, 77, 20

Schools Dropped Out
No. 21 Florida, No. 23 Oklahoma.

Others Receiving Votes
Oklahoma 35; Florida 27; Tennessee 25; Michigan 22; Indiana State 15; Virginia Commonwealth 12; Brigham Young 11; West Virginia 8; Florida State 6; Liberty 6; Oklahoma State 5; Sam Houston State 5; Nebraska 4; Missouri 4; Evansville 4; Connecticut 4; Dallas Baptist 3; Creighton 3; MUO 1; Illinois 1.

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. UCLA (23-6), 495, 3
2. NC State (29-4), 493, 1
3. Stanford (20-5), 491, 4
4. Georgia (27-6), 488, 7
5. Oregon St. (23-6-1), 486, 6
6. Vanderbilt (24-8), 485, 5
7. Arkansas (24-8), 483, 8
8. LSU (23-10), 481, 9
9. Arizona St. (26-4), 479, 2
10. Mississippi St. (27-6), 478, 10
11. East Carolina (24-7), 475, 12
12. Texas A&M (25-8-1), 473, 11
13. Clemson (24-8), 470, 13
14. UC Santa Barbara (23-5), 466, 19
15. UC Irvine (21-5), 465, 21
16. Ole Miss (23-10), 462, NR
17. Baylor (22-8), 460, 22
18. Georgia Tech (22-10), 457, 27
19. Texas Tech (21-9), 454, 15
20. Louisville (24-8), 452, 16
21. North Carolina (23-9), 450, 17
22. TCU (20-10), 447, 25
23. Auburn (23-9), 445, 14
24. Florida Atlantic (23-9), 442, 30
25. Coastal Carolina (22-11-1), 440, 18
26. Texas (21-13), 439, 26
27. Michigan (22-8), 436, NR
28. Central Michigan (23-8), 433, NR
29. Sam Houston St. (20-9), 431, NR
30. Southern Miss (20-9), 428, NR

Perfect Game Top 25

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

Dropped out: Florida (18).
Also considered: Michigan, Baylor, Florida Atlantic.

D1Baseball.com Top 25

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

Dropped Out
Florida, 21-13, 21
Connecticut, 19-12, 22

Baseball America Top 25

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

NCBWA Top 25

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