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LSU Tiger Baseball ranked Pre-Season #1

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  1. Pokes-WalkingBoss

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    No. 1 LSU is in the preseason Top 10 for the eighth straight season.
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    LSU Ranked No. 1 in Baseball Preseason Poll
    December 18, 2018, 10:21 AM (CT) Updated: December 18, 2018, 11:28 AM (CT)
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    Bill Franques
    Communications Sr. Associate

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU is ranked No. 1 in the 2019 Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll released Tuesday, marking the eighth straight season the Tigers will begin the year among the Top 10 teams in the nation.

    The top ranking represents LSU’s first appearance at No. 1 in a preseason poll since 2009, when the Tigers claimed their sixth national championship. LSU has now earned a No. 1 ranking at some point during the season on seven different occasions in an 11-season span (2009-19).

    “You know baseball season is getting close when Collegiate Baseball Newspaper comes out with their first poll. I believe we’re 58 days away from Opening Day,” said coach Paul Mainieri, entering his 13th season at LSU. “Just the thought of it being so close gets my blood pumping. I know our wonderful fans are as excited as I am about a new season and the possibilities of what it might bring.

    “Being ranked No. 1 is always something in which I take a great deal of pride. There are 300 Division I baseball playing schools across the country and to think someone believes you are the best team in the land is inspiring.”

    The 2019 Tigers return six position players who have filled everyday starting roles, including outfielders Antoine Duplantis, Zach Watson and Daniel Cabrera, and infielders Josh Smith, Brandt Broussard and Hal Hughes.

    The pitching staff features junior right-hander Zack Hess, the Tigers’ No. 1 weekend starter in 2018, and sophomore right-hander Eric Walker, a 2017 Freshman All-American who was sidelined last season due to Tommy John surgery.

    The staff is bolstered by the return of sophomore 2018 Freshman All-American right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard, and the bullpen features a corps of outstanding right-handed relievers, including senior Caleb Gilbert, juniors Todd Peterson and Matthew Beck, and sophomore Devin Fontenot.

    “I have a sense that we have something special brewing with this team,” Mainieri said. “Of course, having Hess, Watson, and Duplantis delay their pro careers for one more run at Omaha is very important. Getting Smith and Walker back this year after virtually missing all of last season due to injuries is vital to us, plus having other veterans like Cabrera, Peterson, Beck, Hilliard, Gilbert, Hughes, Broussard, and Fontenot providing the leadership that is so desperately needed.”

    The Tigers’ talented 16-man recruiting class – rated No. 1 in the nation in September – is composed of nine pitchers and seven position players, and it contains seven players that have been chosen in an MLB Draft – outfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo, catcher Saul Garza, left-handed pitcher Easton McMurray, right-handed pitcher Landon Marceaux, right-handed pitcher Cole Henry, right-handed pitcher Jaden Hill and first baseman/outfielder CJ Willis.

    Other new players to watch include infielders Drew Bianco, Gavin Dugas and Cade Beloso, catcher Brock Mathis and right-handed pitchers Riggs Threadgill and Chase Costello.

    “To have such a tremendously talented new class of guys gives me a lot of confidence in this group,” Mainieri said. “Being around them also makes you aware that they carry themselves with a significant level of maturity and belief in themselves.”

    LSU completed its fall practice session in November, and the team will begin preseason workouts on January 25. The Tigers open the 2019 season at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 15, versus Louisiana-Monroe in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

    LSU is one of three Southeastern Conference teams appearing in the Collegiate Baseball 2019 preseason Top 10, along with No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 6 Florida.

    Other SEC squads appearing in the Top 40 are No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 13 Georgia, No. 23 Auburn, No. 25 Arkansas, No. 27 Mississippi State and No. 29 Texas A&M.

    LSU’s non-conference opponents appearing in the poll are No. 14 Texas and No. 38 Louisiana-Lafayette. The Tigers will play a total of 25 regular-season games against teams appearing in the Collegiate Baseball Top 40.

    “I know that it’s simply subjective at this point, and we’d certainly rather be No. 1 at the end of the season,” Mainieri explained. “However, this honor does create a huge amount of motivation for our players and staff as we prepare for the season. And I hope it gets our fans fired up, too. The way I look at it is that being ranked No. 1 at any point of the season is better than not being ranked No. 1.”

    2019 Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

    Rank, Team (2018 Record), Points
    1. LSU (39-27), 496
    2. Vanderbilt (35-27), 495
    3. UCLA (38-21), 494
    4. Texas Tech. (45-20), 491
    5. Stanford (46-12), 488
    6. Florida (49-21), 487
    7. Oregon St. (55-12-1), 485
    8. North Carolina (44-20), 482
    9. Louisville (45-19), 480
    10. Florida St. (43-19), 479
    11. Mississippi (48-17), 476
    12. Coastal Carolina (43-19), 473
    13. Georgia (39-21), 471
    14. Texas (42-23), 468
    15. Clemson (47-16), 467
    16. Oklahoma St. (31-26-1), 464
    17. Georgia Tech. (31-21), 462
    18. Cal. St. Fullerton (36-25), 460
    19. Texas Christian (33-23), 457
    20. Duke (45-18), 453
    21. Baylor (37-21), 450
    22. NC State (42-18), 446
    23. Auburn (43-23), 445
    24. Missouri St. (40-17), 442
    25. Arkansas (48-21), 439
    26. Arizona (34-22), 437
    27. Mississippi St. (39-29), 434
    28. Minnesota (44-15), 430
    29. Texas A&M (40-22), 428
    30. Southern Miss (44-18), 427
    31. Oregon (26-29), 422
    32. Connecticut (37-22-1), 419
    33. Miami (Fla.) (28-26), 417
    34. Illinois (33-20), 411
    35. East Carolina (44-18), 409
    36. Arizona St. (23-32), 405
    37. Stetson (48-13), 403
    38. Louisiana-Lafayette (34-25), 399
    39. Michigan (33-21), 396
    40. Sam Houston St. (39-20), 393

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  2. Tortilla Launcher

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    SEC top 2, dayum.

    B12 pretty stacked as well.
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  3. Hillbillyzombie

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    Damn didn't think we were going to be that bad this year. I thought they would be at least top 30
  4. Gohogs14

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    I feel like Duplantis has been at LSU for 8 years
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  5. CB3UK

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    UK brought in 24 new faces this season....18 freshman and 6 JUCOs. So we have plenty of new talent but who knows what we're going to see. A few seniors and juniors left, but this looks to be a transition year towards the next 3 seasons. Not going to underestimate Coach Ming, he's worked wonders in his two seasons here.
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    We're 16th we're 16th we're 16th wooooo

    Also fuck our coach. I'm 100% serious too.
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    Opening day is one month away...
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    D1Baseball top 25:

    1 Vanderbilt
    2 LSU
    3 Texas Tech
    4 Louisville
    5 UCLA
    6 Florida
    7 North Carolina
    8 Oregon State
    9 Georgia
    10 Ole Miss
    11 East Carolina
    12 Stanford
    13 Florida State
    14 Mississippi State
    15 Baylor
    16 Arkansas
    17 Michigan
    18 Oklahoma State
    19 TCU
    20 Wake Forest
    21 Coastal Carolina
    22 Auburn
    23 Texas
    24 Clemson
    25 Cal State Fullerton

    Perfect Game top 25:

    1 Louisiana State
    2 Oregon State
    3 Vanderbilt
    4 UCLA
    5 Texas Tech
    6 North Carolina
    7 Stanford
    8 Louisville
    9 Florida
    10 Mississippi
    11 East Carolina
    12 Baylor
    13 Arkansas
    14 Florida State
    15 Auburn
    16 Texas Christian
    17 Mississippi State
    18 Oklahoma State
    19 Michigan
    20 Connecticut
    21 NC State
    22 Georgia
    23 UC Irvine
    24 Clemson
    25 Coastal Carolina

    Perfect game preseason All-Americans:

    First Team:

    C Adley Rutschman Oregon State
    1B Andrew Vaughn California
    2B Chase Strumpf UCLA
    3B Josh Jung Texas Tech
    SS Bryson Stott UNLV
    OF Matt Wallner Southern Miss
    OF Bryant Packard East Carolina
    OF Heston Kjerstad Arkansas
    DH Spencer Torkelson Arizona State
    UT Tristin English Georgia Tech

    SP Andre Pallante UC Irvine
    SP Kyle Brnovich Elon
    SP Kevin Abel Oregon State
    SP Mason Feole Connecticut
    SP Drew Parrish Florida State
    RP Jack Little Stanford
    RP Parker Caracci Mississippi
    UT Tristin English Georgia Tech

    Second Team:

    C Shea Langeliers Baylor
    1B Michael Busch North Carolina
    MIF Will Wilson NC State
    MIF Will Holland Auburn
    3B Casey Martin Arkansas
    OF Matt Gorski Indiana
    OF Kameron Misner Missouri
    OF Quin Cotton Grand Canyon
    DH Kevin Strohschein Tennessee Tech
    UT Kevin Milam Saint Mary's

    SP Bryce Fehmel Oregon State
    SP Sean Mooney St. John's
    SP Mitchell Senger Stetson
    SP George Kirby Elon
    SP Patrick Fredrickson Minnesota
    RP Max Meyer Minnesota
    RP Matt Cronin Arkansas
    UT Kevin Milam Saint Mary's

    Third Team:

    C Patrick Bailey NC State
    1B Michael Toglia UCLA
    MIF Braden Shewmake Texas A&M
    MIF Logan Davidson Clemson
    3B Nick Quintana Arizona
    OF Dominic Fletcher Arkansas
    OF Wil Dalton Florida
    OF Jake Mangum Mississippi State
    DH Logan Wyatt Louisville
    UT Matt Lloyd Indiana

    SP Nick Bennett Louisville
    SP Noah Song Navy
    SP Cody Bradford Baylor
    SP Drake Fellows Vanderbilt
    SP Graeme Stinson Duke
    RP Jake Mulholland Oregon State
    RP Chris Mauloni Jacksonville
    UT Matt Lloyd Indiana
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