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LSU Baseball moves up to No. 9 after series win over Florida

LSU’s Cole Henry
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Overall Record: 26-15
SEC: 11-7

Last Week’s Results
April 16 (Tue.) – vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (L, 5-6)
April 18 (Thu.) – FLORIDA (L, 9-16)
April 19 (Fri.) – FLORIDA (W, 13-1)
April 20 (Sat.) – FLORIDA (W, 11-2)

This Week’s Schedule
April 23 (Tue.) – LAMAR, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 26 (Fri.) – at Alabama, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 27 (Sat.) – at Alabama, 2 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 28 (Sun.) – at Alabama, 1 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU is 11-7 in the Southeastern Conference, and the Tigers are one game behind first-place Arkansas in the SEC Western Division and two games behind Georgia in the overall league standings … LSU posted a series win over Florida last weekend, batting .368 (43-for-117) in three games with 33 runs, eight doubles, two triples and four homers … senior outfielder Antoine Duplantis led LSU to a series win over Florida, batting .563 (9-for-16) in three games with seven RBI, three runs and a .563 on-base percentage … he was 4-for-5 with an RBI in Thursday night’s game against the Gators, and he helped clinch the series win on Saturday with a 3-for-5, four-RBI effort …. he increased his season RBI total to 44, which leads the team and ranks No. 5 in the SEC … for the entire four-game week, Duplantis hit .474 (9-for-19) … he increased his career hits total to 321, and he is fourth on the all-time LSU hits list … Duplantis is chasing the LSU career hits record, which is 352 set by first baseman Eddy Furniss (1995-98) … freshman right-hander Cole Henry defeated Florida on Friday night in Baton Rouge with a superb effort, limiting the Gators to one run on four hits in 5.1 innings with no walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts … his strikeouts total was the most by an LSU pitcher in an SEC game since March 28, 2015, when Alex Lange recorded 13 Ks against Kentucky … Henry’s 12 Ks also represented the most by an LSU freshman since the aforementioned Lange outing versus Kentucky in 2015 … Henry’s victory over Florida marked his fourth SEC win this season, and he has recorded a team-high 60 strikeouts in 49.2 innings while limiting opponents to a .228 batting average … junior shortstop Josh Smith batted .538 (7-for-13) in the Florida series with two doubles, one homer, three RBI and eight runs scored … sophomore outfielder Daniel Cabrera batted .429 (6-for-14) against the Gators with one double, one triple, one homer and six RBI … sophomore right-hander Eric Walker posted a win over Florida on Saturday, limiting the Gators to two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings with no walks and five strikeouts … junior right-hander Todd Peterson earned his second save of the season on Friday with an outstanding effort against the Gators, working 3.2 scoreless innings and limiting UF to three hits with no walks and one strikeout.

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, UCLA, 30-7, 1
2, Oregon State, 28-8-1, 3
3, Stanford, 27-6, 4
4, Georgia, 33-8, 5
5, Vanderbilt, 31-9, 6
6, Arkansas, 30-10, 12
7, UC Santa Barbara, 30-5, 9
8, Texas A&M, 29-12-1, 8
9, LSU, 26-15, 10
10, Louisville, 31-9, 13
11, Mississippi State, 32-9, 2
12, East Carolina, 29-10, 15
13, NC State, 31-10, 7
14, North Carolina, 30-11, 14
15, Texas Tech, 25-13, 16
16, Georgia Tech, 27-13, 17
17, Mississippi, 27-14, 11
18, Arizona State, 30-8, 20
19, Auburn, 26-14, 22
20, Tennessee, 30-11, 25
21, UC Irvine, 25-9, 23
22, West Virginia, 24-13, 24
23, Oklahoma State, 25-13, NR
24, Indiana, 27-13, NR
25, Louisiana Tech, 27-12, NR

Dropped out: UConn (18), Texas (19), TCU (21).

D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, UCLA, 30-7, 1
2, Oregon State, 28-8-1, 2
3, Stanford, 27-6, 4
4, Georgia, 33-8, 5
5, Vanderbilt, 31-9, 6
6, Texas A&M, 29-12-1, 7
7, Louisville, 31-9, 8
8, Arkansas, 30-10, 12
9, Mississippi State, 32-9, 3
10, UC Santa Barbara, 30-5, 10
11, Georgia Tech, 27-13, 11
12, East Carolina, 29-10, 13
13, LSU, 26-15, 14
14, NC State, 31-10, 9
15, Arizona State, 30-8, 16
16, North Carolina, 30-11, 17
17, West Virginia, 24-14, 20
18, Texas Tech, 25-13, 22
19, Ole Miss, 27-14, 15
20, Tennessee, 30-11, 25
21, Baylor, 26-12, 18
22, Oklahoma State, 25-13, NR
23, Indiana, 27-13, NR
24, Miami, 27-14, 23
25, Auburn, 26-14, NR

Dropped Out
TCU, 23-15, 19
Missouri, 26-15-1, 21
Clemson, 25-15, 24

Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, UCLA, 30-7, 1
2, Stanford, 27-6, 2
3, Georgia, 33-8, 4
4, Oregon State, 28-8-1, 5
5, Vanderbilt, 31-9, 6
6, Arkansas, 30-10, 10
7, Louisville, 31-9, 7
8, UC Santa Barbara, 30-5, 8
9, Mississippi State, 32-9, 3
10, Texas A&M, 29-12-1, 11
11, East Carolina, 29-10, 12
12, Georgia Tech, 27-13, 13
13, Arizona State, 30-8, 14
14, LSU, 26-15, 15
15, Texas Tech, 25-13, 16
16, NC State, 31-10, 9
17, North Carolina, 30-11, 17
18, West Virginia, 24-13, 25
19, UC Irvine, 25-9, 21
20, Auburn, 26-14, 24
20, Tennessee, 30-11, NR
23, Oklahoma State, 25-13, NR
17, Ole Miss, 27-14, 18
24, Baylor, 26-12, 19
24, Indiana, 27-13, NR

Dropped out: UConn (18), Texas (19), TCU (21).

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
1. UCLA (30-7), 495, 1
2. Stanford (27-6), 493, 2
3. Oregon St. (28-8-1), 490, 4
4. Georgia (33-8), 487, 5
5. Vanderbilt (31-9), 486, 6
6. UC Santa Barbara (30-5), 484, 7
7. Louisville (31-9), 482, 8
8. Arkansas (30-10), 480, 9
9. Mississippi St. (32-9), 478, 3
10. Arizona St. (30-8), 476, 12
11. East Carolina (29-10), 473, 13
12. North Carolina(30-11), 470, 14
13. Texas A&M (29-12-1), 468, 10
14. NC State (31-10), 466, 11
15. LSU (26-15), 464, 15
16. Oklahoma St. (23-15), 461, NR
17. Georgia Tech. (27-13), 458, 19
18. Louisiana Tech (27-12), 456, 21
19. UC Irvine (25-9), 454, 24
20. Texas-Arlington (28-13), 451, 29
21. Texas Tech. (25-13), 449, 23
22. Mississippi (27-14), 448, 17
23. Baylor (26-12), 447, 18
24. Indiana (27-13), 445, NR
25. Duke (24-16), 443, NR
26. Miami, Fla. (27-14), 442, 22
27. Florida St. (24-14), 436, 26
28. Florida Atlantic (27-12), 434, 27
29. Brigham Young (26-10), 427, NR
30. West Virginia (24-14), 425, NR

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, UCLA (28), 30-7, 772, 1
2, Oregon State, 28-8-1, 691, 4
3, Stanford, 27-6, 686, 3
4, Vanderbilt (2), 31-9, 676, 5
5, Georgia (1), 33-8, 672, 6
6, Louisville, 31-9, 606, 7
7, Arkansas, 30-10, 588, 10
8, Mississippi State, 32-9, 517, 2
9, UC Santa Barbara, 30-5, 500, 11
10, Texas A&M, 29-12-1, 458, 9
11, Arizona State, 30-8, 423, 12
12, East Carolina, 29-10, 414, 15
13, Georgia Tech, 27-13, 396, 16
14, North Carolina State, 31-10, 379, 8
15, North Carolina, 30-11, 373, 13
16, LSU, 26-15, 329, 14
17, Texas Tech, 25-13, 261, 18
18, Tennessee, 30-11, 237, 22
19, Mississippi, 27-14, 206, 17
20, West Virginia, 24-14, 176, 24
21, Auburn, 26-14, 129, 23
22, Baylor, 26-12, 110, 19
23, Oklahoma State, 25-13, 104, NR
24, Miami, 27-14, 65, NR
25, Indiana, 27-13, 46, NR

Schools Dropped Out
No. 20 Clemson, No. 21 Texas Christian, No. 25 Texas.

Others Receiving Votes
UC Irvine 39; Creighton 30; Florida State 22; Texas Christian 21; Brigham Young 19; Dallas Baptist 16; Florida Atlantic 14; Indiana State 13; Southern Mississippi 12; Nebraska 9; Coastal Carolina 9; Florida 9; MUO 9; Texas 8; Missouri 6; Clemson 6; Oklahoma 5; Michigan 5; Duke 2; Bryant 2; Louisiana Tech 2; Texas State 1; Connecticut 1; Liberty 1.

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