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LSU Baseball Report

For Immediate Release – January 7, 2022

LSU RANKED NO. 4 IN PERFECT GAME PRESEASON TOP 25


BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU is ranked No. 4 in the 2022 Perfect Game preseason Top 25, marking the Tigers second Top 5 appearance in a preseason poll. LSU is No. 3 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason ranking that was released last month.

LSU wrapped up fall practice prior to Thanksgiving, and the Tigers will report back to campus next week to begin preseason workouts. The 2022 season begins on February 18, when LSU plays host to Maine in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU's 2022 roster includes nine position players that started in a significant number of the Tigers’ 63 games last season, including outfielder Dylan Crews, the 2021 Perfect Game National Freshman of the Year; Freshman All-America first baseman Tre’ Morgan; outfielder Gavin Dugas, the 2021 SEC leader in RBI; infielder Cade Doughty, shortstop Jordan Thompson, designated hitter Cade Beloso, catcher Alex Milazzo, outfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo and outfielder/infielder Drew Bianco.

Other players with starting experience include outfielder Brody Drost, infielders Collier Cranford and Will Safford, and catcher Hayden Travinski.

The veterans are joined by several talented newcomers, including impact transfers like infielder Jacob Berry – the 2021 Collegiate Baseball National Freshman of the Year at Arizona – catcher Tyler McManus (Samford) and first baseman/outfielder Brayden Jobert (Delgado CC).

Infielder Jack Merrifield is an accomplished transfer from LSU-Eunice, and a group of skilled true freshmen features outfielders Josh Pearson and Josh Stevenson, and infielders Luke Leto and Brennan Holt.

The LSU pitching staff includes 10 hurlers that recorded innings last season, including graduate right-hander Devin Fontenot, senior right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard and graduate right-hander Trent Vietmeier.

Other returners on the mound include redshirt sophomore left-hander Jacob Hasty, sophomore left-hander Javen Coleman, and sophomore right-handers Ty Floyd, Will Hellmers, Garrett Edwards, Michael Fowler and Blake Money.

Right-hander Eric Reyzelman, a transfer from the University of San Francisco, is expected to impact the staff, as are a pair of transfers from Arizona – right-hander Bryce Collins and left-hander Riley Cooper.

The staff is bolstered by left-hander Trey Shaffer, a graduate transfer from Southeastern Louisiana, JUCO transfer right-handers Paul Gervase and Jason Bollman, and by a gifted crew of true freshmen pitchers that includes right-handers Cale Lansville, Grant Taylor, Grant Fontenot and Samuel Dutton.

LSU is one of seven Southeastern Conference teams appearing in the Perfect Game 2022 preseason Top 25, along with No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 6 Mississippi State, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 10 Ole Miss, No. 21 Tennessee and No. 23 Florida.

Texas, who the Tigers will face on March 5 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, is No. 2 in the Perfect Game ranking.

2022 Perfect Game Preseason Top 25
1. Vanderbilt
2. Texas
3. Stanford
4. LSU
5. Notre Dame
6. Mississippi State
7. North Carolina State
8. TCU
9. Arkansas
10. Mississippi
11. Georgia Tech
12. Texas Tech
13. East Carolina
14. Arizona
15. Florida State
16. Oklahoma State
17. UCLA
18. Miami
19. Oregon
20. UC Irvine
21. Tennessee
22. Nebraska
23. Florida
24. Long Beach State
25. Liberty
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Comments

12 Comments
It just pains me not to see Alabama on that list.
Reply13 days
Four teams from the SEC West in the top ten. Every SEC weekend will be a grind as usual.
Reply14 days
Haters can't blame PM more!
Reply14 days
Oh look! LSU season is coming!
Reply14 days
Can’t wait!
Reply14 days
Expections nationally are a bit too lofty for my liking. We do not have the known pitching for these preseason rankings.
Reply14 days
Wow…so Arizona, after losing its head coach and some big time transfers is #14? Damn…Jay Johnson really built a solid foundation over there I guess.
Reply14 days
It might be they respect Joe.
14 days
Too high for uncertainty of pitching staff. Should be around 11 or 12.
Reply14 days
Don't need too much certainty in the pitching staff when your offense can score 10 runs a game (on paper)
14 days
You haven't watched much CBB if you haven't seen what elite top line pitching can do to a lineup
14 days
They not scoring 10 runs a game against SEC pitching
14 days
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