March 9 Baseball National Rankings, Report

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March 9 Baseball National Rankings, Report

LSU Baseball Report – March 9, 2020
Overall Record:  11-5 
 
Last Week’s Results (4-0) 
March 3 (Tue.) – SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (W, 6-3)
March 6 (Fri.) – UMASS LOWELL (W, 11-2)
March 7 (Sat.) – UMASS LOWELL (W, 12-2)
March 8 (Sun.) – UMASS LOWELL (W, 6-4)

This Week’s Schedule
March 11 (Wed.) – SOUTH ALABAMA, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
March 13 (Fri.) – at Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
March 14 (Sat.) – at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
March 15 (Sun.) – at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
 
Notes on the Tigers
LSU won all four of its games last week, with a victory Southeastern Louisiana and a three-game sweep of UMass Lowell … coach Paul Mainieri earned his 600th win at LSU when the Tigers defeated UMass Lowell on Friday night … Mainieri became just the 12th coach in SEC baseball history to win 600 games at a league school …  he has 1,466 victories in his 38-season collegiate career, and he is No. 2 on NCAA Division I Active Coaches wins list, trailing only Mike Fox of North Carolina … Mainieri now has 602 wins in his 14-season LSU tenure after the Tigers completed the sweep over the weekend of UMass Lowell … LSU ranks No. 6 in the SEC this week in team ERA at 2.47 and No. 3 in opponent batting average at .188 … sophomore centerfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo batted .571 (8-for-14) last week, leading LSU to four straight wins … he scored six runs while collecting two doubles, one triple and four RBI … DiGiacomo also walked twice, stole two bases in two attempts and posted a .625 on-base percentage … he raised his cumulative batting average from .261 to .382 in the four-game span … in the Tigers’ three-game series sweep of UMass Lowell last weekend, DiGiacomo was 7-for-11 with two doubles, one triple, five runs, three RBI and two steals … he tied his single-game high for hits on Friday night, going 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI … sophomore designated hitter Gavin Dugas launched a pair of two-run homers on Sunday to lift the Tigers to a 6-4 win over UMass Lowell … the second dinger came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and broke a 4-4 tie while providing the game-winning runs … the effort marked Dugas’ first career multi-homer game, and his four RBI also marked a career best … freshman shortstop Collier Cranford batted .500 (5-for-10) in the Tigers’ four games last week with one double, four runs and five RBI … Cranford has also played outstanding defense this season, as he has not committed an error in 37 chances … freshman second baseman Cade Doughty hit .429 (6-for-14) last week with one homer, six RBI and three runs … junior rightfielder Daniel Cabrera hit .385 (5-for-13) last week with one double, five RBI and three runs … junior right-hander Devin Fontenot pitched four scoreless innings over two relief appearances during the week, earning a save versus Southeastern Louisiana and a win over UMass Lowell … Fontenot allowed no hits with two walks and nine strikeouts, reducing his cumulative ERA for the season to 1.00 … sophomore right-hander Jaden Hill fired four perfect innings with three strikeouts on Saturday to earn a save versus UMass Lowell … Hill has allowed just one hit in 11.2 innings this season while recording 17 strikeouts …  opponents are batting .028 (1-for-36) against Hill this season.

Baseball America Top 25
March 9, 2020

Rank, Team
1. Florida
2. Texas Tech
3. Georgia
4. UCLA
5. Miami (Fla.)
6. Louisville
7. Arizona St.
8. Ole Miss
9. Oklahoma
10. Duke
11. Vanderbilt
12. Long Beach St.
13. Mississippi St.
14. Arkansas
15. UCF
16. Pepperdine
17. Virginia
18. NC State
19. Florida St.
20. LSU
21. Dallas Baptist
22. Clemson
23. Tennessee
24. East Carolina
25. Michigan

D1Baseball.com Top 25
March 9, 2020

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Florida, 16-0, 1
2, Louisville, 11-4, 3
3, Georgia, 14-2, 4
4, Texas Tech, 16-1, 5
5, UCLA, 13-2, 6
6, Vanderbilt, 12-5, 2
7, Miami, 11-4, 7
8, Ole Miss, 14-1, 9
9, Arizona State, 13-4, 10
10, Duke, 12-3, 12
11, NC State, 13-2, 8
12, UCF, 15-2, 14
13, Oklahoma, 13-4, 15
14, Arkansas, 9-5, 13
15, Florida State, 10-5, 11
16, Long Beach State, 10-5, 17
17, Mississippi State, 10-4, 18
18, Auburn, 13-3, 19
19, LSU, 11-5, 21
20, Tulane, 13-2, 23
21, Pepperdine, 12-3, 24
22, Dallas Baptist, 11-4, 25
23, UC Santa Barbara, 13-2, NR
24, Clemson, 12-3, NR
25, Virginia, 12-4, NR

Dropped Out:
Michigan, 8-7, 16
Tennessee, 14-2, 20
TCU, 11-4, 22
 

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. Florida (16-0), 496, 2
2. Texas Tech. (16-1), 495, 3
3. UCLA (13-2), 493, 1
4. Georgia (14-2), 489, 4
5. Louisville (11-4), 487, 6
6. Mississippi (14-1), 484, 8
7. Vanderbilt (12-5), 481, 5
8. Arizona St. (13-4), 478, 10
9. Miami, Fla. (11-4), 475, 9
10. Mississippi St. (10-4), 472, 12
11. NC State (13-2), 469, 7
12. UCF (15-2), 466, 15
13. Auburn (13-3), 464, 17
14. Duke (12-3), 462, 26
15. Arkansas (9-5), 460, 13
16. Florida St. (10-5), 457, 14
17. Texas (13-3), 455, 19
18. Texas A&M (14-3), 453, 20
19. LSU (11-5), 451, 22
20. Alabama (15-1), 449, 23
21. Pepperdine (12-3), 448, 24
22. Tennessee (14-2), 446, 16
23. Virginia (12-4), 444, NR
24. Notre Dame (10-2), 443, NR
25. Clemson (12-3), 440, 27
26. UC Santa Barbara (13-2), 439, 30
27. Long Beach St. (10-5), 437, 21
28. Oklahoma (13-4), 434, 28
29. Tulane (13-2), 431, 29
30. Wichita St. (13-2), 428, NR

2020 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MARCH 9)

Rk. School, Record, Previous
1. Florida, 16-0, 1
2. Texas Tech, 16-1, 2
3. Georgia, 14-2, 3
4. UCLA, 13-2, 5
5. Louisville, 11-4, 6
6. Vanderbilt, 12-5, 4
7. Miami (FL), 11-4, 8
8. Ole Miss, 14-1, 10
9. Arizona State, 13-4, 9
10. N.C. State, 13-2, 7
11. Duke, 12-3, 12
12. Oklahoma, 13-4, 15
13. Mississippi State, 10-4, 13
14. UCF, 15-2, 19
15. Auburn, 13-3, 18
16. Arkansas, 9-5, 11
17. Florida State, 10-5, 14
18. LSU, 11-5, 21
19. East Carolina, 12-3, 22
20. Texas A&M, 14-3, 23
21. Tennessee, 14-2, 16
22. Dallas Baptist, 11-4, 25
23. Long Beach State, 10-5, 24
24. Alabama, 15-1, 26
25. Clemson, 12-3, 27
26. Pepperdine, 12-3, 30
27. Michigan, 8-7, 17
28. Tulane, 13-2, RV
29. TCU, 11-4, 20
30. Texas, 13-3, 28

Dropped out: 
Georgia Tech (29).

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): 
Alabama State (13-3), Arizona (10-5), Baylor (10-5), Belmont (13-3), Cal State Northridge (10-5), Coastal Carolina (10-5), College of Charleston (11-2), Davidson (12-3), East Tennessee State (12-2), Eastern Kentucky (11-2), Georgia Tech (10-5), Hawaii (8-6), Indiana (8-5), New Mexico (12-4), New Mexico State (12-4), Notre Dame (10-2), Oklahoma State (10-5), Old Dominion (12-2), San Diego (11-4), Santa Clara (12-5), Southern Miss (11-4), Texas-Arlington (12-3), UC Irvine (8-7), UC Santa Barbara (13-2), Virginia (12-4), Washington (9-6), West Virginia (10-5), Wichita State (13-2), Wofford (13-3), Wright State (5-9

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, Florida (28), 16-0, 771, 1
2, Georgia, 14-2, 699, 3
3, Texas Tech (1), 16-1, 683, 4
4, UCLA (1), 13-2, 645, 2
5, Ole Miss, 14-1, 601, 8
6, Louisville, 11-4, 597, 6
7, Vanderbilt, 12-5, 536, 5
8, Miami, 11-4, 531, 9
9, NC State, 13-2, 499, 7
10, Arizona State, 13-4, 435, 13
11, Duke, 12-3, 431, 12
12, Central Florida, 15-2, 403, 15
13, Oklahoma (1), 13-4, 360, 16
14, Auburn, 13-3, 290, 17
15, Arkansas, 9-5, 272, 10
16, Florida State, 10-5, 240, 14
17, Mississippi State, 10-4, 200, 19
18, Long Beach State, 10-5, 195, 21
19, LSU, 11-5, 184, 22
20, Tennessee, 14-2, 164, 11
21, Alabama, 15-1, 156, 25
22, Texas, 13-3, 154, 22
23, Texas A&M, 14-3, 147, 24
24, Pepperdine, 12-3, 134, NR
25, Clemson, 12-3, 119, NR

Dropped Out:
No. 18 Texas Christian; No. 20 Michigan.

Others Receiving Votes: 
Tulane 105; Texas Christian 88; Dallas Baptist 87; UC Santa Barbara 82; Virginia 77; East Carolina 40; Michigan 39; Oklahoma State 27; Georgia Tech 21; Baylor 10; Wichita St. 6; Santa Clara 6; San Diego 6; Notre Dame 6; Belmont 5; Samford 4; Hawaii 4; Texas-Arlington 3; San Diego State 3; Ohio State 3; New Mexico 2; Navy 2; Wake Forest 1; Old Dominion 1; New Mexico State 1.