LSU tumbles in national baseball rankings after suffering sweep at Texas

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It is no surprise but LSU is no longer No. 1 in national college baseball rankings after suffering a three-game sweep at Texas over the weekend.

The Tigers were unbeaten heading to Austin but left there 8-3 on the young season.

LSU will look to rebound at home with a midweek against against Holy Cross and a weekend series versus Cal.

Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1. Vanderbilt, 9-2, 1
2. UCLA, 9-2, 3
3. North Carolina, 11-1, 4
4. Stanford, 9-2, 7
5. Florida, 9-4, 5
6. Florida State, 10-0, 6
7. Oregon State, 10-1, 10
8. Mississippi State, 10-1, 9
9. Texas, 10-3, 19
10. LSU, 8-3, 2
11. Texas Tech, 6-3, 8
12. Ole Miss, 8-2, 13
13. Louisville, 8-3, 12
14. East Carolina, 8-4, 11
15. Georgia, 9-2, 15
16. Arkansas, 9-1, 17
17. Auburn, 9-2, 18
18. Michigan, 8-1, 20
19. Coastal Carolina, 10-2, 21
20. South Carolina, 9-2, NR
21. Clemson, 8-3, 14
22. Duke, 9-2, 22
23. NC State, 11-0, NR
24. UC Irvine, 7-3, 25
25. Baylor, 9-2, 16

D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Overall Record, Previous Rank
1, Vanderbilt, 9-2, 1
2, UCLA, 9-2, 4
3, North Carolina, 11-1, 5
4, Oregon State, 10-1, 6
5, Florida, 9-4, 7
6, Stanford, 9-2, 11
7, Mississippi State, 10-1, 12
8, Louisville, 8-3, 8
9, Georgia, 9-2, 9
10, Ole Miss, 8-2, 10
11, Florida State, 10-0, 13
12, Texas, 10-3, 22
13, LSU, 8-3, 2
14, Texas Tech, 6-3, 3
15, Arkansas, 9-1, 16
16, Michigan, 8-1, 17
17, Coastal Carolina, 10-2, 20
18, East Carolina, 8-4, 14
19, Auburn, 9-2, 21
20, Texas A&M, 11-2, NR
21, Baylor, 9-2, 15
22, NC State, 11-0, NR
23, TCU, 6-4, 18
24, South Carolina, 9-2, NR
25, Tennessee, 12-0, NR

Dropped Out
Oklahoma State, Clemson, Cal State Fullerton, Illinois

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Oregon State, 10-1, 2
2, Vanderbilt, 9-2, 3
3, UCLA, 9-2, 4
4, North Carolina, 11-1, 6
5, Stanford, 9-2, 7
6, Mississippi State, 10-1, 17
7, Texas, 10-3, NR
8, Florida, 9-4, 8
9, Ole Miss, 8-2, 10
10, Louisville, 8-3, 11
11, Texas Tech, 6-3, 5
12, Arkansas, 9-1, 13
13, Florida State, 10-0, 14
14, LSU, 8-3, 1
15, Auburn, 9-2, 15
16, East Carolina, 8-4, 9
17, NC State, 11-0, 18
18, Texas A&M, 11-2, NR
19, Michigan, 8-1, 19
20, TCU, 6-4, 16
21, Coastal Carolina, 10-2, 25
22, Georgia, 9-2, 22
23, UC Irvine, 7-3, 23
24, Baylor, 9-2, 12
25, Connecticut, 5-5, 21

Dropped out: Oklahoma State (20), Clemson (24).

LSU Baseball Report – March 4, 2019
Overall Record: 8-3

Last Week’s Results (1-4)
Feb. 27 (Wed.) – SOUTHERN (W, 17-4)
March 1 (Fri.) – at #19 Texas (L, 8-1)
March 2 (Sat.) – at #19 Texas, (L, 8-4)
March 3 (Sun.) – at #19 Texas, (L, 7-6)

This Week’s Schedule
March 6 (Wed.) – HOLY CROSS, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)
March 8 (Fri.) – CALIFORNIA, 7 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)
March 9 (Sat.) – CALIFORNIA, 3 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)
March 10 (Sun.) – CALIFORNIA, 12 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU is currently 8-3 on the season … sophomore right-hander Eric Walker made his first start since 2017 Wednesday versus Southern, and he blanked the Jaguars in two innings and struck out three … Walker returned to the mound Sunday against Texas and allowed three runs on four hits, walked one and struck out one in four innings of work … In the same game, freshman Cole Henry entered out of the bullpen and threw 3.1 innings and allowed one run on three hits, walked one and struck out a career-high four batters … Sophomore Ma’Khail Hilliard was brilliant in his two appearances on the week, working three shutout innings, allowing one hit, walking two and striking out four … Junior outfielder Zach Watson batted .471 (8-for-17) in four games last week with three doubles, three RBIs and five runs scored … Two of his doubles were in the contest against Southern, and he ripped one in the opening game of the Texas series before scoring … Senior infielder Chris Reid batted .400 (4-for-10) last week with two doubles, three RBIs and four runs … Reid earned his first start of the season Sunday after going 2-for-2 at the plate with one run Saturday afternoon, and he followed with a 1-for-4 day with one walk and one run scored Sunday.

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