LSU opens the 2017 season on Feb. 17 vs. Air Force. Published: October 12, 2016, 03:00 PM (CT) by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2016 LSU baseball recruiting class is rated No. 4 in the nation in the annual Baseball America magazine recruiting rankings. Ole Miss is No. 1 in the Baseball America recruiting poll, followed by North Carolina, Florida, LSU, TCU, Stanford, Arizona State, Florida State, Washington and Arizona. LSU’s class was ranked No. 7 last month by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. The 13-man recruiting class includes seven pitchers and six position players. The new Tigers are participating with the veteran players in fall workouts and scrimmages, which began on September 25 and continue through November 6. LSU will enter the 2017 season as the only team to earn an NCAA Tournament National Seed in the each of the past five years, and the Tigers are only the second squad in NCAA history to secure five consecutive National Seeds. The 2017 season opens on February 17 when the Tigers play host to Air Force in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.