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LSU Baseball Report – April 10, 2023
Overall Record: 26-5 (7-4 in SEC)

National Rankings:

D1 No. 1 (Last Week: No. 1)

Baseball America: No. 1 (No. 1)

Perfect Game: No. 1 (No. 1)

Current SEC Baseball Standings

Last Week’s Results (2-1)
April 4 (Tue.) – NICHOLLS (W, 12-2 – 7 innings)
April 6 (Thu.) – at South Carolina (L, 5-13)
April 7 (Fri.) – at South Carolina (W, 8-7)
April 8 (Sat.) – at South Carolina (canceled, inclement weather)

This Week’s Schedule
April 11 (Tue.) – at Tulane, 6 p.m. CT (ESPN +)
April 13 (Thu.) – KENTUCKY, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
April 14 (Fri.) – KENTUCKY, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 15 (Sat.) – KENTUCKY, 1 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

Tigers Update
·LSU won two of its three games last week, including an SEC two-game series split at No. 3 South Carolina … LSU’s 26-5 record is its best through 31 games since 2015, when the Tigers were also 26-5.

·LSU, which has been ranked No. 1 all season by all of the college baseball polls, enters this week at or near the top of several NCAA statistical categories … the Tigers are No. 1 in the nation in shutouts pitched (7) … LSU is No. 2 in the nation in on-base percentage (.450), runs scored (321), scoring average (10.4 runs per game) and strikeouts pitched per nine innings (12.0) … the Tigers are No. 3 nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (6.49), No. 4 in slugging percentage (.586) and WHIP (1.16), and No. 5 in batting average (.328).

·LSU centerfielder Dylan Crews is No. 1 in the nation in batting average (.510), on-base percentage (.645) and in runs scored (53); he is No. 4 in slugging percentage (.882) … third baseman Tommy White is No. 1 in the nation in RBI per game (1.82) and No. 2 in total RBI (51) … right-hander Paul Skenes leads the nation in strikeouts (91), strikeouts per nine innings (17.30), hits allowed per nine innings (3.99) and WHIP (0.61) … Skenes is No. 2 in the nation in ERA (1.14) and No. 5 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (11.38).

Hitting Notes
·Graduate second baseman Gavin Dugas batted .444 (4-for-9) in LSU’s three games last week with one double, one triple, one homer and seven RBI … he also walked twice and was hit by a pitch, posting a .538 on-base percentage … in Friday’s win at third-ranked South Carolina, Dugas launched a two-out grand slam in the top of the eighth inning, erasing a 7-3 deficit and tying the game at 7-7 … LSU went on to score the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and secure an 8-7 victory … the grand slam was the third of Dugas’ career – he hit two grand slams in 2021 – and it marked his 10th home run this season … in LSU’s win over Nicholls on Tuesday, Dugas was 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBI.

·Shortstop Jordan Thompson hit .500 (3-for-6) in two games at South Carolina with two homers, five RBI and three runs scored … designated hitter Cade Beloso batted .429 (3-for-7) at South Carolina with one homer, three RBI and three runs scored … Beloso provided the game-winning hit in the top of the ninth inning on Friday, when he broke a 7-7 tie with an RBI single and lifted LSU to an 8-7 victory.

Pitching Notes
·Freshman right-hander Gavin Guidry posted the first two pitching wins of his collegiate career last week, as he recorded relief victories over Nicholls and third-ranked South Carolina … he recorded a combined 3.0 scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and six strikeouts … in Friday’s win over the Gamecocks, Guidry pitched the final 1.2 innings, limiting South Carolina to no runs on one hit with one walk and three strikeouts … he entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with one out and the score tied 7-7, and he retired two straight batters to end the inning; after LSU took an 8-7 lead in the top of the ninth, Guidry blanked the Gamecocks in the bottom of the frame by striking out the side to end the game … Guidry earned the win over Nicholls on Tuesday night by pitching 1.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts … he entered the game in the top of the third inning with two runners on and LSU trailing 1-0, and he recorded a strikeout to end the inning … he then blanked Nicholls in the fourth inning, firing two more strikeouts.
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sportjunkie6914 months
Hilarius that the 6th place team in the SEC is No. 1 in all the polls.
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Bucky_B14 months
I dont understand. where are you getting your info? from current SEC standings? if so, have your top 5 teams played as weak of a schedule as those teams? LSU has played the toughest teams in the SEC so far. and we have come out shining. when the season is over and all teams have played their whole SEC sched, i will revisit this post and we cam talk.
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TigerKing1914 months
All the teams ahead of us have yet to play the tough part of their schedule. Meanwhile LSU has went through the gauntlet and has yet to lose a series. We'll take care of Kentucky this weekend and Vandy still has Florida, USCe, Kentucky and Tennessee. USCe still has Vandy,Florida,Tennessee and Kentucky. Florida also plays those teams minus Tennessee.
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CanebreakCajun14 months
The guys doing these rankings, know about scheduling than you.
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lsucoonass14 months
Yet this is still not good enough for many posters on here
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wesman2114 months
So as of right now, still #1 in four of the five polls with one poll yet to be released, right?
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