For the fourth time in seven seasons as LSU’s baseball skipper, Paul Mainieri has a No. 1-ranked team.
The Tigers (30-2) reached the apex of the Collegiate Baseball poll, matching feats accomplished by Mainieri’s 2012, 2010 and 2009 teams.
“The No. 1 ranking is wonderful recognition for the accomplishments of our program this year,” Mainieri said in a press release. “But it brings a lot of responsibility. We’re not going to ask our players to change anything; we want them to continue to play with passion and have fun. It’s a great honor, but our goal is to be No. 1 at the end of the year.”
LSU is on a 12-game win streak, including nine straight in Southeastern Conference play, and leads the Western Division by three games over Alabama and Arkansas.
They’re No. 2 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 3 in the Baseball America poll.
The Tigers moved into the top spot of the Collegiate Baseball poll on the heels of outscoring Kentucky, the then-No. 9 team, by 31-6 in a three-game series sweep.
LSU is tied atop the SEC with Vanderbilt at 11-1 in conference play and plays a three-game set at No. 10 Arkansas (23-9, 8-4) this weekend after playing Southern at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wally Pontiff Classic at Zephyr Field. It also will host Southern on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.