LSU Baseball Report – March 22, 2010
Overall Record: 16-3
Last Week: 3-1
March 17 – NICHOLLS STATE (W, 10-3)
March 19 – #13 ARKANSAS (L, 3-6)
March 20 – #13 ARKANSAS (W, 8-7)
March 21 – #13 ARKANSAS (W, 5-1)
Notes on the Tigers
LSU is ranked in the Top 10 in at least one college baseball poll for the 29th consecutive week, a streak that began on May 19, 2008.
The Tigers are No. 4 in both Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Top 30 and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll; Baseball America has LSU No. 7.
LSU’s current RPI according to Boyd’s World is No. 13.
LSU opened defense of its ’09 Southeastern Conference title by winning two of three games over 13th-ranked Arkansas in Alex Box Stadium over the weekend.
The Tigers have now won 14 of its last 15 SEC regular-season series, dating back to April 2008.
The series win was also the Tigers’ sixth straight over Arkansas – the Razorbacks’ last series victory over LSU came in 2004.
Sophomore second baseman Tyler Hanover batted .500 (7-for-14) in LSU’s four games last week with one double, one triple, five runs and two RBI. He was 5-for-10 in the Arkansas series with one double, one triple, one RBI and three runs.
Matt Gaudet hit .385 (5-for-13) last week with two homers, seven RBI and three runs. Gaudet launched one homer, collected four RBI and scored two runs in the Tigers’ series victory Arkansas.
Gaudet, a senior outfielder/designated hitter, leads LSU with seven homers this season and is second on the club with 23 RBI.
Chris Matulis had two strong outings last week, including a victory over No. 13 Arkansas on Sunday.
The sophomore left-hander limited the Razorbacks to one run on five hits in 5.1 innings with four walks and six strikeouts in his first career SEC start. For the week he posted a 2.16 ERA, working 8.1 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with four walks and eight strikeouts.
Matulis is 3-0 this season with a 1.47 ERA, allowing just a .227 opponent batting average in 18.1 innings.
Sophomore right-hander Matty Ott earned his seventh save of the season Saturday versus Arkansas, increasing his career total to 23. He is in second place on the all-time LSU saves list, trailing only Rick Greene, who had 29 saves for the Tigers from 1990-92.
Ott worked two innings to earn the save on Saturday, allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Eight of the last 10 outs Ott has recorded have come via strikeouts.
Jordan Rittiner earned a save in his second career SEC appearance, firing three shutout innings versus Arkansas on Sunday. The freshman left-hander threw 34 pitches and allowed just two hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
LSU’s win last Wednesday over Nicholls State marked the 1,012th career victory for Tigers’ coach Paul Mainieri, who is in his fourth season at LSU and his 28th season overall. The win was a personal milestone for Mainieri, because his father, Demie Mainieri, also won 1,012 games during a 30-season career at Miami-Dade North Community College.
After LSU’s SEC series win over Arkansas last weekend, Paul Mainieri’s career record now stands at 1,014-557-7.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday to face UL-Lafayette at Alex Box Stadium before hitting the road for the first time this year with a weekend series at Tennessee.