March 22 Baseball National Rankings, Report

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March 22 Baseball National Rankings, Report

Overall Record: 16-5 (1-2 SEC) 

Last Week’s Results (2-2) 
March 16 (Tue.) – SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (W, 10-7)
March 19 (Fri.) – MISSISSIPPI STATE (L, 1-6)
March 20 (Sat.) – MISSISSIPPI STATE (L, 0-3)
March 21 (Sun.) – MISSISSIPPI STATE (W, 8-3)

This Week’s Schedule
March 23 (Tue.) – at Tulane, 6 p.m. CT (ESPN+ – subscription required)
March 26 (Fri.) – at Tennessee, 5:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)
March 27 (Sat.) – at Tennessee, 5 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)
March 28 (Sun.) – at Tennessee, 12 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU junior right-hander Landon Marceaux increased his consecutive innings streak without allowing an earned run to 31.1 on Saturday versus Mississippi State … Marceaux allowed one unearned run on two hits in seven innings against the Bulldogs with three walks and three strikeouts … Marceaux’s streak is among the best in LSU history – Greg Smith threw 28.2 straight scoreless innings (no earned or unearned runs) in 2005; Jared Poche’ fired 32 straight scoreless innings in 2017; Ben McDonald recorded 44.2 consecutive scoreless innings in 1989; and Aaron Nola pitched 54 straight innings without allowing an earned run beginning in 2013 and ending during the 2014 season … Marceaux last allowed an earned run on March 7, 2020, versus UMass Lowell … this season, Marceaux is 2-1 with a 0.00 ERA in 30 innings, and he’s recorded six walks and 35 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .140 batting average … LSU is No. 1 in the SEC with 37 homers on the year; the Tigers defeated second-ranked Mississippi State on the strength of a pair of dingers – a solo shot by leftfielder Gavin Dugas broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning, and designated hitter Brody Drost’s two-run blast in the seventh extended the Tigers’ lead to 6-2 … LSU is No. 3 in the SEC in runs scored (164), No. 3 in RBI (152), No. 4 in base hits (204) and No. 4 in total bases (360) … junior right-hander AJ Labas earned the win on Sunday over Mississippi State, limiting the Bulldogs to two runs on four hits in six innings with one walk and three strikeouts … LSU’s three weekend starting pitchers – Jaden Hill, Landon Marceaux and AJ Labas – combined to work 20.1 innings in the Mississippi State series, allowing eight earned runs (3.54 ERA) on 15 hits with six walks and eight strikeouts … junior right-hander Devin Fontenot earned his second save on Sunday against Mississippi State, working a perfect 1.2 innings to preserve LSU’s victory … Fontenot entered the game in the eighth inning with LSU leading 6-3 and runners on first and second with one out, and he promptly retired the next two Mississippi State hitter on flyouts … Fontenot also pitched a perfect relief inning against Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night, recording two strikeouts … freshman right-hander Ty Floyd enjoyed an impressive SEC debut on Sunday versus Mississippi State, striking out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning and the first batter in the eighth inning … the seating capacity limit at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium increased from 25 percent to 50 percent last weekend, and the paid crowd of 5,031 on Saturday was the Tigers’ largest attendance figure of the season.

Collegiate Baseball Top 30
March 22, 2021

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. Vanderbilt (15-3), 496, 2
2. Florida (16-5), 494, 3
3. Mississippi (16-4), 493, 4
4. Texas Tech. (16-4), 491, 5
5. Arkansas (14-3), 487, 1
6. Mississippi St. (16-4), 485, 6
7. Louisville (14-5), 483, 11
8. East Carolina (16-3), 481, 8
9. Texas (14-6), 478, 14
10. Michigan (9-2), 475, 13
11. UCLA (12-6), 472, 15
12. Georgia (14-5), 470, 7
13. Oklahoma St. (12-5-1), 467, 9
14. LSU (16-5), 463, 10
15. Oregon (10-4), 461, 19
16. Arizona St. (12-5), 460, 12
17. North Carolina (12-6), 457, 17
18. Pittsburgh (11-4), 455, 28
19. Georgia Tech. (11-6), 452, 20
20. Oregon St. (13-4), 449, 22
21. Notre Dame (9-3), 447, 23
22. Southern Illinois (17-1), 445, 27
23. Arizona (13-6), 443, 21
24. Alabama (15-5), 442, 24
25. Florida St. (10-6), 439, NR
26. Stanford (12-3), 437, NR
27. Tennessee (17-4), 435, 29
28. Indiana (9-2), 433, 30
29. San Diego (13-4), 430, NR
30. Hawaii (11-3), 427, NR

USA Today Coaches Poll
March 22, 2021

Rank, Team (First-Place Vote), Record, Points, Previous
1, Vanderbilt (22), 15-3, 787, 2
2, Arkansas (6), 14-3, 750, 1
3, Ole Miss (1), 16-4, 707, 4
4, Mississippi State, 16-4, 705, 3
5, Florida (2), 16-5, 656, 5
6, Texas Tech (1), 16-4, 647, 6
7, Louisville, 14-5, 582, 7
8, East Carolina, 16-3, 550, 9
9, Tennessee, 17-4, 498, 10
10, Texas, 14-6, 462, 12
11, UCLA, 12-6, 434, 13
12, Texas Christian, 13-7, 365, 16
13, Georgia Tech, 11-6, 360, 14
14, Notre Dame, 9-3, 313, 18
15, Oregon, 10-4, 287, 19
16, LSU, 16-5, 262, 15
17, Oklahoma State, 12-5, 248, 11
18, Pittsburgh, 11-4, 236, NR
19, Michigan, 9-2, 199, 24
20, Oregon State, 13-4, 196, 20
21, Florida State, 10-6, 186, NR
22, Miami, 9-7, 160, 8
23, South Carolina, 12-6, 118, 17
24, Alabama, 15-5, 109, 24
25, North Carolina, 12-6, 108, NR

Dropped Out
No. 21 Arizona; No. 22 UC Santa Barbara; No. 23 Arizona State.

Others Receiving Votes
Southern Illinois 58; Louisiana Tech 58; Arizona 58; UC Santa Barbara 55; Stanford 48; Georgia 46; Arizona State 32; Boston College 17; USC Upstate 16; Southern Miss 15; Coastal Carolina 15; Virginia 10; Kentucky 9; San Diego 7; Indiana State 5; Virginia Tech 4; San Diego State 4; Indiana 4; Liberty 3; Ball State 3; Wichita St. 2; UNC Wilmington 2; Washington State 1; Texas A&M 1; Oklahoma 1; Dallas Baptist 1.

List of Voters
The USA TODAY Sports board of coaches is made up of 32 coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. The board for the 2021 season: John Anderson, Minnesota; Todd Asalon, Northern Kentucky; Ray Birmingham, New Mexico; Jordan Bischel, Central Michigan; Andrew Checketts, UC-Santa Barbara; Reggie Christiansen, Sacramento State; Craig Cozart, High Point; Barry Davis, Rider; Bill Decker, Harvard; Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross; Jeff Forehand, Lipscomb; Nino Giarratano, San Francisco; Billy Godwin, UNC-Greensboro; Scott Googins, Cincinnati; Brian Green, Washington State; Danny Hall, Georgia Tech; Ben Hall, North Carolina A&T; Fritz Hamburg, Saint Joseph’s; Mike Hampton, St. John’s; Charlie Hickey, Central Connecticut State; Josh Holliday, Oklahoma State; Randy Hood, UNC-Wilmington; Omar Johnson, Jackson State; Sean Lyons, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville; Scott Malone, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; John McCormack, Florida Atlantic; Andy Pascoe, Western Illinois; Jim Penders, Connecticut; Tommy Raffo, Arkansas State; Brian Schmack, Valparaiso; Matt Senk, Stony Brook; Butch Thompson, Auburn.

Perfect Game Top 25
March 22, 2021

Rank, Team, Overall, Previous
1, Vanderbilt, 15-3, 2
2, Mississippi State, 16-4, 3
3, Arkansas, 14-3, 1
4, Florida, 16-5, 4
5, Ole Miss, 16-4, 5
6, Louisville, 14-5, 7
7, Texas Tech, 16-4, 8
8, East Carolina, 16-3, 9
9, Indiana, 9-2, 10
10, Texas, 14-6, 15
11, Michigan, 9-2, 16
12, Oregon, 10-4, 17
13, Notre Dame, 9-3, 18
14, Tennessee, 16-4, 19
15, UCLA, 11-6, 20
16, Pittsburgh, 11-4, NR
17, LSU, 16-5, 13
18, Florida State, 10-6, NR
19, TCU, 13-7, 23
20, Georgia Tech, 11-6, 14
21, Louisiana Tech, 13-5, NR
22, North Carolina, 12-6, 22
23, Indiana State, 11-6, NR
24, Miami, 9-7, 6
25, Arizona, 13-6, 12

D1Baseball.com Top 25
March 22, 2021

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Vanderbilt, 15-3, 2
2, Arkansas, 14-3, 1
3, Mississippi State, 16-4, 3
4, Ole Miss, 16-4, 4
5, Florida, 16-5, 5
6, Texas Tech, 16-4, 7
7, Louisville, 14-5, 8
8, East Carolina, 16-3, 9
9, Texas, 14-6, 10
10, UCLA, 12-6, 11
11, Georgia Tech, 11-6, 12
12, Tennessee, 17-4, 13
13, TCU, 13-7, 15
14, Notre Dame, 9-3, 17
15, Pittsburgh, 11-4, 18
16, Oregon, 10-4, 20
17, Florida State, 10-6, NR
18, Michigan, 9-2, 22
19, Miami, 9-7, 6
20, Oklahoma State, 12-5-1, 14
21, Oregon State, 13-4, 23
22, LSU, 16-5, 19
23, Louisiana Tech, 13-5, NR
24, North Carolina, 12-6, NR
25, South Carolina, 12-6, 16

Dropped Out
UC Santa Barbara, 11-7, 21
Boston College, 11-7, 24
Virginia Tech, 10-8, 25