LSU Baseball Report – April 26, 2010
Overall Record: 32-9
SEC Record: 11-7 (2nd place in SEC West; 4th overall)
LSU defeated Northwestern State 14-3
LSU defeated Northwestern State 8-6
LSU lost to Ole Miss 11-9
LSU lost to Ole Miss 9-8 (11 innings)
LSU lost to Ole Miss 7-6
Notes on the Tigers
LSU is ranked No. 9 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN poll, marking the 34th consecutive week the Tigers are ranked in the Top 10 of a college baseball poll.
The Tigers dropped from No. 8 to No. 15 in the Baseball America Poll and tumbled from No. 6 to No. 17 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.
The Tigers have won 17 of their past 20 SEC series since April 25, 2008. However, Paul Mainieri’s club has dropped two of its last three SEC series – at Auburn and at Ole Miss.
Sophomore second baseman Tyler Hanover hit .500 (10-for-20) in the Tigers’ five games last week with one double, three RBI and four runs scored.
Micah Gibbs batted .444 (8-for-18) last week with two doubles, six RBI and two runs. The junior catcher is LSU’s leading hitter in SEC play, batting .434 (33-for-76) with three doubles, three triples, 11 RBI and 13 runs.
Gibbs also leads the Tigers in all games, hitting .413 (64-for-155) on the year with eight doubles, three triples, five homers, 40 RBI and 64 runs. His .413 cumulative batting average ranks No. 4 in the SEC.
Senior designated hitter Matt Gaudet hit .333 (4-for-12) in the Ole Miss series and launched three homers against the Rebels, increasing his SEC-leading season total to 14 HR.
Mikie Mahtook hit .385 (5-for-13) at Ole Miss with one double, two homers, three RBI and four runs. The sophomore right fielder leads the SEC with 16 doubles on the year, and he his third in the league in stolen bases with 20.
Ben Alsup turned in two brilliant relief outings last week, working nine innings in two appearances and allowing just one run on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
The junior right-hander helped LSU defeat Northwestern State last Wednesday, firing four shutout innings while allowing two hits and recording no walks and three strikeouts. Alsup worked five relief innings at Ole Miss in Game 1 on Saturday, limiting the Rebels to one run on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
LSU ace Anthony Ranaudo (2-1) got roughed up in game one against Ole Miss as the junior right-hander surrendered nine runs (all earned) on nine hits in just 1.2 innings of work.
LSU leads the SEC in triples this season with 23; the next-highest total of 3Bs in the league is 13 by Auburn.
LSU also leads the SEC in walks received with 214; the Tigers are the only team in the league with more than 200 walks on the year.
LSU plays host to UNO on Wednesday and travels to sixth-ranked Florida for a weekend conference series.