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LSU Baseball Report 2-18

  • Overall Record: 3-0

    Last Week's Results
    Feb. 15 (Fri.) - MARYLAND (W, 1-0)
    Feb. 16 (Sat.) - MARYLAND (W, 5-1)
    Feb. 17 (Sun.) - MARYLAND (W, 14-3)

    This Week's Schedule
    Feb. 19 (Tue.) - LAMAR, 6 p.m. CT
    Feb. 21 (Thu.) - BYU, 6:30 p.m. CT
    Feb. 22 (Fri.) - SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA, 7 p.m. (Cox Sports Television)
    Feb. 23 (Sat.) - BYU, 6 p.m. CT

    LSU Nominee for Player of the Week
    Chris Sciambra, OF, So., Baton Rouge, La.
    Sophomore centerfielder Chris Sciambra, who missed the final three months of the 2012 season after suffering a broken bone in his neck, enjoyed a spectacular weekend in his return to the lineup, batting .625 (5-for-8) with one double, two runs scored and one stolen base ... Sciambra, the Tigers' lead-off hitter, also walked four times and recorded a .750 on-base percentage ... Sciambra was 4-for-4 in LSU's win over Maryland on Friday, becoming the first LSU player to go 4-for-4 in the first game of the season since Feb. 22, 2008, when Ryan Schimpf went 4-for-4 against Indiana.

    LSU Nominee for Pitcher of the Week
    Aaron Nola, RHP, So., Baton Rouge, La.
    Sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola was brilliant in Friday's season opener, firing 6.2 shutout innings against the Terrapins, allowing two hits with one walk and nine strikeouts ... the nine Ks was just one shy of Nola's career high of 10 strikeouts set last season in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.

    LSU Nominee for Freshman of the Week
    Alex Bregman, SS, Fr., Albuquerque, N.M.
    Freshman shortstop Alex Bregman batted .455 (5-for-11) in the Maryland series with two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases ... Bregman's third-inning RBI single proved to be the winning run in the Tigers' 1-0 victory over Maryland on Friday ... Bregman was also flawless in the field, committing no errors in 10 chances in his first collegiate series at shortstop.

    Notes on the Tigers
    LSU opened the 2013 season in Alex Box Stadium with a three-game sweep of the Maryland Terrapins ... the sweep marked the sixth time in coach Paul Mainieri's seven seasons at LSU that the Tigers began the year with three straight wins ... Friday's game was played before a paid crowd of 12,373, the largest paid attendance figure in LSU baseball history ... LSU hit .302 in the series, outscoring Maryland, 20-4, and outhitting the Terrapins, 29-20 ... the LSU pitching staff limited Maryland to a .211 batting average in the three games ... Friday's win over Maryland marked LSU's first win by the score of 1-0 since the Tigers blanked Tulane, 1-0, on March 8, 1995 in Alex Box Stadium ... sophomore centerfielder Chris Sciambra, who missed the final three months of the 2012 season after suffering a broken bone in his neck, enjoyed a spectacular weekend in his return to the lineup, batting .625 (5-for-8) with one double, two runs scored and one stolen base ... Sciambra, the Tigers' lead-off hitter, also walked four times and recorded a .750 on-base percentage ... Sciambra was 4-for-4 in LSU's win over Maryland on Friday, becoming the first LSU player to go 4-for-4 in the first game of the season since Feb. 22, 2008, when Ryan Schimpf went 4-for-4 against Indiana ... freshman shortstop Alex Bregman batted .455 (5-for-11) in the Maryland series with two RBI and two runs scored ... Bregman's third-inning RBI single proved to be the winning run in the Tigers' 1-0 victory over Maryland on Friday ... junior second baseman JaCoby Jones launched the Tigers' first homer of the season, a solo blast in the second inning on Sunday ... Jones batted .429 (3-for-7) over the weekend with one homer, two RBI, four runs scored, four walks and a .636 on-base percentage ... junior catcher Ty Ross drove in a team-high four runs over the weekend, including a three-run homer in the fourth inning of Game 3 on Sunday that broke a 2-2 tie and propelled the Tigers to a 14-3 win ... sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola was brilliant in Friday's season opener, firing 6.2 shutout innings against the Terrapins, allowing two hits with one walk and nine strikeouts ... the nine Ks was just one shy of Nola's career high of 10 strikeouts set last season in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional ... junior right-hander Ryan Eades also gave the Tigers a quality start in Game 2 on Saturday, limiting Maryland to no runs on six hits in 6.1 innings with one walk and six strikeouts.

    Baseball America Top 25
    Rk. Team, W-L, Prev.
    1. North Carolina, 2-0, 1
    2. Vanderbilt, 2-1, 2
    3. Arkansas, 2-1, 3
    4. Louisville, 2-1, 4
    5. Mississippi State, 4-0, 5
    6. Oregon State, 3-0, 6
    7. South Carolina, 2-1, 7
    8. Mississippi, 3-0, 13
    9. LSU, 3-0, 10
    10. North Carolina State, 0-1, 8
    11. Kentucky, 2-0, 11
    12. UCLA, 2-1, 12
    13. Rice, 2-1, 18
    14. Oregon, 3-0, 15
    15. Stanford, 1-2, 9
    16. Georgia Tech, 3-0, 16
    17. Florida, 2-1, 17
    18. Oklahoma, 4-0, 19
    19. Florida State, 3-0, 20
    20. Cal State Fullerton, 4-0, 22
    21. Southern Mississippi, 3-0, 23
    22. Texas Christian, 0-3, 14
    23. Arizona, 4-0, 24
    24. Virginia Tech, 4-0, NR
    25. UC Irvine, 3-0, NR
    Dropped out: New Mexico (No. 21); San Diego (No. 25)
    Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Div. I Poll
    (As of Feb. 18, 2013)

    Rank School (Record) Points Previous
    1. North Carolina (2-0) 495 2
    2. Arkansas (2-1) 493 1
    3. Vanderbilt (2-1) 492 3
    4. LSU (3-0) 489 4
    5. Oregon (3-0) 486 6
    6. UCLA (2-1) 484 5
    7. South Carolina (2-1) 481 7
    8. Kentucky (2-0) 478 8
    9. Oregon St. (3-0) 475 10
    10. Rice (2-1) 472 20
    11. Stanford (1-2) 471 9
    12. Mississippi St. (4-0) 468 13
    13. N.C. State (0-1) 467 11
    14. Oklahoma (4-0) 465 14
    15. Arizona (3-0) 462 18
    16. Mississippi (3-0) 460 25
    17. Georgia Tech. (3-0) 457 17
    18. Florida St. (3-0) 455 19
    19. Cal. St. Fullerton (4-0) 454 23
    20. Miami, Fla. (3-0) 451 28
    21. U.C. Irvine (3-0) 449 30
    22. San Diego St. (3-0) 446 -
    23. Arizona St. (2-1) 444 16
    24. Florida (2-1) 442 24
    25. Texas (2-1) 440 21
    26. Louisville (2-1) 438 22
    27. Texas A&M (2-1) 435 26
    28. Clemson (2-1) 433 27
    29. Virginia (2-0) 432 35
    30. Southern Miss. (3-0) 429 36

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  • Great stuff! It was a good start to the year for LSU Baseball. Just an incredible weekend all around. Really excited about this baseball team and look forward to seeing them continue to gain momentum moving forward!

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  • Bats finally came alive on Sunday. Excited about this team. Ran into the whole Maryland team and staff at Sullivan's on Saturday night. They couldn't say enough about the facilities and playing at the Box.