2008 LSU Tigers baseball team

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2008 LSU Tigers baseball
Louisiana State University (block logo).svg
SEC West Champions
SEC Tournament Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference West
Ranking
Coaches #6 final ranking
2008 record 49-19-1 (18-11-1 SEC)
Head coach Paul Mainieri
Hitting coach Cliff Godwin
Pitching coach Terry Rooney
Home stadium Alex Box Stadium
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Southeastern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Eastern
Georgia x 20 9   .690     45 25   .643
Florida 17 13   .567     34 24   .586
Kentucky 16 14   .533     44 19   .698
Vanderbilt 15 14   .517     41 22   .651
South Carolina 15 15   .500     40 23   .635
Tennessee 12 18   .400     27 29   .482
Western
LSU x 18 11   .621     49 19   .721
Alabama 16 14   .533     35 28   .556
Ole Miss 15 15   .500     39 26   .600
Arkansas 14 15   .483     34 24   .586
Auburn 11 19   .367     28 28   .500
Mississippi State 9 21   .300     23 33   .411
x – Division champion
‡ – 2008 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament champion
As of June 30, 2008[1]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll

The 2008 LSU Tigers baseball team represented Louisiana State University in the NCAA Division I baseball season of 2008. This was the final year for the team in the original Alex Box Stadium.[2] A new stadium was built during the season and opened on opening day of the 2009 season.

The team was coached by Paul Mainieri who was in his second season at LSU. In his first year at LSU, Mainieri's team posted a 29-26-1 record and failed to make the SEC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament.

In a dramatic turnaround, Mainieri led the Tigers to an unexpected appearance in the 2008 College World Series.

Pre-Season[edit]

In September 2007, Collegiate Baseball newspaper ranked LSU's recruiting class as the top ranked class in the nation. LSU's recruiting class included 9 players that were drafted by Major League Baseball clubs, eight High School All-Americans and three first team junior college All-Americans among the 19 players the Tigers brought in.[3] Baseball America ranked LSU's recruiting as the #2 ranked class in the nation, behind San Diego.[4]

In February 2008, the SEC baseball coaches picked LSU to finish 5th (out 6 teams) in the SEC Western Division in the 17th annual preseason SEC coaches poll.[5]

Also, starting pitcher Jared Bradford was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason third-team All-America squad.[6] Bradford was also named to the watchlist for the 2008 Brooks Wallace Award, which is presented to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player in conjunction with the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual induction festivities.[7]

During the offseason, former LSU baseball head coach Jack Lamabe died. Lamabe coached the Tigers for five season from 1979 until 1983.[8]

Regular season[edit]

LSU entered the regular season ranked #30 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and #34 in the NCBWA poll. They dropped from the ranking after the first weekend of play which saw the team win 2 out of 3 games against Indiana. The Tigers then rebounded and went on a 9-game winning streak before losing the last two games before Southeastern Conference play began.

LSU fans packed Alex Box Stadium during the 2008 NCAA Tournament Baton Rouge Regional. This was the 18th and final Regional hosted at the park. A brand new stadium will open next year.

In its first conference series of the year, LSU traveled to Knoxville, TN to face the Tennessee Volunteers. The Tigers were swept 3 games to none but were competitive in all games. LSU then defeated their rival Tulane in a midweek game at home before playing host to the Arkansas Razorbacks in another conference series. The Tigers won the series 2 games to 1.

After splitting two midweek games, including a tough loss to the University of New Orleans, LSU headed to Gainesville, FL for a conference series again Florida. The Tigers lost the first two games of the series but salvaged the last one and rode a 4-game winning streak until finally losing to Alabama in game two of their series. But the Tigers won the third game of the series and improved to a 5-7 record in SEC games.

Next on the schedule was rival Ole Miss. The Tigers lost the first game 2-1 in a close matchup and then proceeded to lose the next game as well. LSU managed an 8-2 win on Sunday to avoid the sweep.

After a midweek game against Nicholls State, the Tigers traveled to Maestri Field for their second of three games again the University of New Orleans. New Orleans again pulled away late and won the game by a score of 6-5.

LSU freshman DJ LeMahieu

Georgia then came into Alex Box Stadium for a conference series. At the time Georgia led the SEC and would eventually go on to be the SEC champions. The Tigers played the Bulldogs tough but Georgia managed to win the first two games. In the Sunday game, LSU blew a lead and allowed Georgia to tie the game and send it into extra innings. After 12 innings of play the travel curfew rule came into effect and a tie was declared.

After the Georgia debacle the Tigers had a 6-11-1 conference record and looked to be on the outside looking in for the SEC Baseball Tournament.

The Tigers were able to turn things around, however, as they began a winning streak that they rode all the way to the end of the regular season and into the postseason.

They started the streak in New Orleans against bitter rival Tulane. They then continued it into their conference series again South Carolina, who was at that time a top-10 team. LSU managed an improbable sweep against the Gamecocks and then moved on to a series against Kentucky in Cliff Hagan Stadium. At that time the Wildcats had only lost 2 games all season in their home stadium. The Tigers again pulled off the improbably sweep and they were now sitting at 12-11-1 in conference, the first time all season that they had been over .500 in conference games.

Mississippi State came into Alex Box Stadium for the final 3 regular season games ever to be held in that stadium. The fans showed up in droves to see the Tigers sweep their third straight conference foe and send "the Box" out in style.

LSU freshman Leon Landry

Next up for the Tigers was their final regular season game against the University of New Orleans in the annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic at Zephyr Field in Metairie, LA. New Orleans had already won the previous two meeting and they were riding a 13 game win streak coming in to this one. It was the longest winning streak in college baseball. LSU's streak was in second place at 12 games. It looked like New Orleans might extend their winning streak but the Tigers pulled ahead late in the game and won it.

Their final 3 regular season games came against a slumping Auburn team in Auburn, AL. LSU swept their 4th straight conference series and finished the regular season with a 39-16-1 record and an 18-11-1 conference record. Georgia won the outright SEC title but LSU was able to win the SEC West division title. The Tigers headed into the SEC Baseball Tournament as the #2 seed in to tournament.

SEC Tournament[edit]

The Tigers entered the 2008 SEC Baseball Tournament on a NCAA-best 16-game winning streak. In Game 1 of the tournament, LSU faced South Carolina, a team they had swept earlier in the season. The Gamecocks took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the 9th inning but LSU rallied to tie the game and take it into extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th inning, LSU's Blake Dean hit a walk-off home run to end the game at a score of 5-4.

In their second game of the SEC Tournament, LSU defeated defending tournament champion Vanderbilt by a score of 8-2. The Tigers extended their winning streak to 18 games and earned a day off before having to play their next game.

In LSU's third game in the tournament they faced Alabama. The Crimson Tide took an early lead but the Tigers came back to tie the game at six runs and then LSU's Blake Dean padded his tournament MVP resume by hitting a grand slam to break the tie. The Tigers went on to win the game by a score of 12-8 and moved onto the championship game.

The Tigers faced Ole Miss in the championship game, and like many of their games this season, they fell behind early only to rally back to win the game. LSU won the game by a score of 8-2 and claimed the SEC Tournament title for the first time since the 2000 season.

NCAA Tournament: Regionals[edit]

LSU opened the 2008 NCAA Tournament with a 12-1 victory against Texas Southern.

On Sunday May 25 it was announced that LSU was selected as a host site for the 2008 NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in the history of the program and for the first time since the 2005 season. When the full NCAA Tournament bracket was released the next day, LSU was awarded the #7 national seed in the tournament, guaranteeing them home field advantage throughout the Super Regionals as long as they won the Regional round. It was the third time LSU earned a national seed since the advent of them in 1999. In 2000 the Tigers were the #2 national seed and went on to win the College World Series. In 2003, LSU again earned the #2 national seed. They made the College World Series that year but went 0-2 and were eliminated quickly.

In the Baton Rouge Regional, LSU was designated the #1 seed, Southern Mississippi earned the #2 seed, the University of New Orleans, who beat LSU two out of three times during the regular season, earned the #3 seed and Texas Southern earned the #4 seed.

LSU opened the Regional against Texas Southern in an afternoon game on Friday, May 30. LSU grabbed a quick lead in the 1st inning and cruised to a 12-1 victory. The Tigers then awaited the results of the night game between New Orleans and Southern Mississippi to find out who their next opponent would be.

Southern Mississippi beat New Orleans and moved on to face LSU in the night game on Saturday. The Tigers defeated the Golden Eagles by a score of 13-4 to advance to the championship round of the Regional.

Southern Mississippi climbed back through the losers bracket to make the championship round and face LSU again. But the Tigers again put the Golden Eagles away by winning 11-4 and moving on to the Super Regionals. The win brought LSU's winning streak to 23 consecutive games and set a new SEC record. The previous record was 22 games set by South Carolina in 2000.

NCAA Tournament: Super Regionals[edit]

UC-Irvine won the Lincoln, NE regional and moved on to the Super Regional to face LSU in Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. UC-Irvine won the first game 11-5 based on a strong performance by their ace pitcher, Scott Gorgen. The Anteaters looked to be on their way to a second straight trip to the College World Series as they took a lead into the 9th inning of game 2, however the Tigers fought back and won the game in comeback fashion by a score of 9-7. LSU wasted no time in game 3 cruising to a 6-0 lead with three consecutive home runs in the 1st inning and eventually winning the game 21-7. The Tigers celebrated the school's 14th trip to the College World Series in what was the last game in the 70-year history of Alex Box Stadium.

NCAA Tournament: College World Series[edit]

Prior to the start of the CWS, LSU's pitching coach, Terry Rooney, was named the new head coach of the University of Central Florida baseball team. Rooney stayed with LSU until the end of the CWS.[9]

LSU faced North Carolina in the first game of the 2008 College World Series. The Tar Heels defeated the Tigers by a score of 8-4, giving LSU its 5th consecutive CWS loss and sending them to the losers bracket. The Tigers faced the Rice Owls next and looked to be headed home with an 0-2 CWS record again after trailing by a score of 5-0, however, in typical Tiger fashion, LSU rallied in the bottom of the 9th inning and won the game on a 3-run double by All-American Blake Dean.

The Tigers then had to face North Carolina again, who had lost to Fresno State. The game started on June 19 but was delayed by weather and completed on June 20. The game went into the top of the 9th inning tied 3-3 but a grand slam home run, the first in the College World Series since 2001, gave North Carolina a 7-3 lead. LSU was unable to rally in the bottom of the 9th, and their season was ended.

Roster[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Name Title First Season at LSU Alma Mater
Paul Mainieri[10] Head Coach 2007 Florida International University (1980)
Terry Rooney[11] Associate Head Coach 2007 Radford University (1996)
Cliff Godwin[12] Assistant Coach 2007 East Carolina University (2000)
Javi Sanchez[13] Volunteer Assistant Coach 2008 University of Notre Dame (2004)
Will Davis[14] Director of Baseball Operations 2007 Louisiana State University (2007)

Players[edit]

Players Position Bats/Throws
Buzzy Haydel INF R/R
Jared Mitchell OF L/L
Chad Jones OF L/L
Derek Helenihi INF R/R
Leon Landry OF L/R
Michael Hollander INF/P R/R
Rene Escobar INF/OF R/R
Matt Clark INF L/R
Ryan Byrd P R/L
Ryan Verdugo P L/L
Austin Ross P L/R
Jordan Brown P R/R
Sean Ochinko C R/R
Ryan Schimpf OF L/R
DJ LeMahieu INF R/R
Nicholas Pontiff OF R/R
Jason Lewis C R/R
Johnny Dishon OF/C R/R
Daniel Bradshaw P R/R
Kyle Beerbohm P L/L
Jared Bradford P R/R
Taylor Davis INF/P R/R
Louis Coleman P S/R
Anthony Ranaudo P R/R
Chris McGhee INF/OF R/R
Micah Gibbs C S/R
Blake Dean OF L/L
Matt Gaudet INF R/R
Blake Martin P L/L
Jordan Nicholson P R/R
Nolan Cain P R/R
Shane Ardoin P L/L
Paul Bertuccini P R/R
Taylor Martin P R/R
Cody Reine OF L/R
Ben Alsup P R/R
Stuart Peterson C R/R
Kevin Farnsworth C R/R

Schedule/Results[edit]

2008 LSU Tigers baseball Game Log
Post-Season
SEC Baseball Tournament
# Date Opponent Score Site/Stadium Win Loss Save Attendance Overall Record SECT Record
57[68] May 21 South Carolina 5-4 Regions Park Bradford (10-4) Farotto (0-1) 6,027 40-16-1 1-0
58[69] May 22 Vanderbilt 8-2 Regions Park Martin (5-3) Cotham (7-5) 6,853 41-16-1 2-0
59[70] May 24 Alabama 12-8 Regions Park Ranaudo (1-0) Graham (6-2) 12,324 42-16-1 3-0
60[71] May 25 Ole Miss 8-2 Regions Park Coleman (6-0) Baker (3-5) 11,123 43-16-1 4-0
NCAA Tournament: Regionals
# Date Opponent Score Site/Stadium Win Loss Save Attendance Overall Record NCAAT Record
61[72] May 30 Texas Southern 12-1 Alex Box Stadium Brown (4-0) Moreno (2-5) Ross (3) 7,671 44-16-1 1-0
62[73] May 31 Southern Mississippi 13-4 Alex Box Stadium Verdugo (9-2) McInnis (6-3) 8,012 45-16-1 2-0
63[74] June 1 Southern Mississippi 11-4 Alex Box Stadium Bertuccini (2-0) Leach (2-4) Bradford (5) 7,870 46-16-1 3-0
NCAA Tournament: Super Regionals
# Date Opponent Score Site/Stadium Win Loss Save Attendance Overall Record NCAAT Record
64[75] June 7 UC-Irvine 5-11 Alex Box Stadium Gorgen (12-3) Verdugo (9-3) 8,023 46-17-1 3-1
65[76] June 8 UC-Irvine 9-7 Alex Box Stadium Coleman (7-0) Pettis (4-3) 8,029 47-17-1 4-1
66[77] June 9 UC-Irvine 21-7 Alex Box Stadium Brown (5-0) Stowell (8-3) 8,348 48-17-1 5-1
College World Series
# Date Opponent Score Site/Stadium Win Loss Save Attendance Overall Record NCAAT Record
67[78] June 15 North Carolina 4-8 Rosenblatt Stadium White (11-3) Verdugo (9-4) Wooten (5) 22,239 48-18-1 5-2
68[79] June 17 Rice 6-5 Rosenblatt Stadium Coleman (8-0) St.Clair (10-3) 19,103 49-18-1 6-2
69[80] 19/June 20 North Carolina 7-3 Rosenblatt Stadium White (12-3) Coleman (8-1) 30,422 49-19-1 6-3

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre-
season
Feb.
25
Mar.
3
Mar.
10
Mar.
17
Mar.
24
Mar.
31
Apr.
7
Apr.
14
Apr.
21
Apr.
28
May
5
May
12
May
19
May
26
June
3
June
10
Final
Poll
USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll (Top 25) NR[81] -- NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 22 21 13 7 -- -- 6[82]
Baseball America (Top 25) NR[83] NR[84] NR[85] NR[86] NR[87] NR[88] NR[89] NR[90] NR[91] NR[92] NR[93] 22[94] 16[95] 10[96] 5[97] 5[98] 4[99] 6[100]
Collegiate Baseball (Top 30) 30[101] NR[102] NR[103] NR[104] NR[105] NR[106] NR[107] NR[108] NR[109] NR[110] NR[111] 23[112] 16[113] 8[114] 2[115] 2[116] 2[117] 6[118]
NCBWA (Top 30)^ 34[119] NR[120] NR[121] NR[122] NR[123] NR[124] NR[125] NR[126] NR[127] NR[128] NR[129] 27[130] 24[131] 16[132] 11[133] 7[134] 5[135] 6[136]
Rivals.com (Top 25)[137] NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 21 16 15 6 -- -- 6
NR = Not Ranked
  • ^ The NCBWA ranked 35 teams in their preseason poll but only 30 teams during the season.

Awards and honors[edit]

Player Award/Honor
Jared Bradford SEC Pitcher of the Week (April 28 - May 5)[138]
LSWA Pitcher of the Week (April 28 - May 5)[139]
SEC All-Defensive Team[140]
Matt Clark LSWA Player of the Week (February 26 - March 3)[141]
LSWA Player of the Week (May 12 - May 19)[142]
SEC All-Tournament Team - 1B[143]
Blake Dean LSWA Player of the Week (April 21 - April 28)[144]
SEC All-Tournament Team - DH & MVP[143]
Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (May 20 - May 26)[115]
Baseball America First-Team All-American[145]
Micah Gibbs SEC All-Freshman Team[140]
Baseball America First Team Freshman All-American[146]
Michael Hollander SEC Baseball Community Service Team[147]
Blake Martin LSWA Pitcher of the Week (April 21 - April 28)[148]
SEC All-Tournament Team - P[143]
Austin Ross LSWA Pitcher of the Week (March 31 - April 7)[149]
Ryan Schimpf SEC Player of the Week (May 6 - May 12)[150]
LSWA Player of the Week (May 6 - May 12)[151]
SEC All-Tournament Team - 2B[143]
Ryan Verdugo SEC Pitcher of the Week (February 26 - March 3)[152]

LSU Tigers in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

The following members of the 2008 LSU Tigers baseball team were drafted in the 2008 MLB Draft.

Player Position Round Overall MLB Team
Ryan Verdugo LHP 9th 267 San Francisco Giants
Matt Clark 1B 12th 375 San Diego Padres
Louis Coleman RHP 14th 421 Washington Nationals
Blake Martin LHP 17th 516 Minnesota Twins
Jared Bradford RHP 18th 545 St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Hollander 3B 20th 603 Texas Rangers
Jordan Brown RHP 39th 1181 Chicago Cubs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 2008". boydsworld.com. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ Baseball to Open Final Season at Alex Box Stadium
  3. ^ LOUISIANA STATE WINS NCAA DIVISION I RECRUITING TITLE
  4. ^ Baseball Recruiting Class Rated No. 2 by Baseball America
  5. ^ Baseball Picked to Finish Fifth in SEC West
  6. ^ Baseball's Bradford Named to Preseason All-America Team
  7. ^ Baseball's Bradford Named to Wallace Watch List
  8. ^ Former Baseball Coach Jack Lamabe Dies, 71
  9. ^ Rooney to be named UCF baseball coach
  10. ^ Paul Mainieri Bio @ LSUSports.net
  11. ^ Terry Rooney Bio @ LSUSports.net
  12. ^ Cliff Godwin Bio @ LSUSports.net
  13. ^ Javi Sanchez Bio @ LSUSports.net
  14. ^ Will Davis Bio @ LSUSports.net
  15. ^ Baseball Opens Season With 7-1 Win Over Hoosiers
  16. ^ Brown, Baseball Hold Off Hoosiers, 5-4
  17. ^ Indiana Rallies to Salvage Final Game of Baseball Series
  18. ^ Pitchers Pace Tigers Past Southern, 6-1
  19. ^ Baseball Too Much for Delta Devils, 9-1
  20. ^ LeMahieu, Clark Hit First HR's in 10-1 Win Over Duquesne
  21. ^ Baseball Scores Most Runs in Seven Years, Wins 22-11
  22. ^ Mainieri Wins No. 900; Baseball Completes Sweep, 12-2
  23. ^ Hollander's Two-RBI Double Gives Baseball Sixth-Straight
  24. ^ Mainieri Finding 'Answers'; Baseball Powers by MSU, 12-1
  25. ^ Baseball Takes Game 1 From Stetson, 9-3; Game 2 Underway
  26. ^ Baseball Takes DH From Stetson, 9-3 and 6-5
  27. ^ Stetson Wins Baseball Series Finale, 7-2
  28. ^ LeBlanc, SLU Handcuff Baseball Tigers, 6-3
  29. ^ Baseball Rally Comes Up Short in SEC Opener, 6-5
  30. ^ a b Baseball Swept by Tennessee in DH, 7-3
  31. ^ Five-Run Sixth Ends Baseball's Five-Game Slide
  32. ^ Gaudet Hits 11th-Inning HR, Tigers Earn First SEC Win, 8-7
  33. ^ Arkansas Squares Baseball Series With Comeback, 14-13
  34. ^ Baseball Takes Game 3, Series From Arkansas, 4-2
  35. ^ Coleman Pitches Tigers Past Northwestern State, 10-3
  36. ^ UNO Rallies to Catch Baseball Tigers, 8-6
  37. ^ Big Inning Lifts Florida Past Baseball Tigers, 8-5
  38. ^ Florida Clinches Baseball Series, 7-1
  39. ^ Bradford, Homers Give Baseball Victory at Florida, 6-3
  40. ^ Ross, Baseball Overtake Southern, 8-3
  41. ^ After Delay, Baseball Shuts Out Centenary, 6-0
  42. ^ a b Baseball Shuts Out Bama, 3-0; Loses Game 2 in 11, 6-5
  43. ^ Baseball Scores Five Unanswered to Win Series, 9-7
  44. ^ Schmipf's Slam Powers Baseball Past Southern Miss, 8-4
  45. ^ Baseball Loses Close Game at No. 18 Ole Miss, 2-1
  46. ^ Pomeranz Pitches No. 18 Ole Miss to Baseball Win, 7-1
  47. ^ Verdugo, Gibbs Help Baseball Salvage Series Finale, 8-2
  48. ^ Davis Lifts Baseball to 11-2 Win Over Nicholls State
  49. ^ Three-Run Eighth Lifts UNO to Baseball Win, 6-5
  50. ^ Baseball Rally Comes Up Short Against No. 13 Georgia, 6-3
  51. ^ Baseball Makes Big Comeback, Falls in Ninth, 9-8
  52. ^ Baseball Settles for 12-Inning Tie with Bulldogs, 10-10
  53. ^ Baseball Rallies to Beat Longtime Rival Tulane, 8-4
  54. ^ Tigers Hurl One-Hitter, Shutout McNeese State, 6-0
  55. ^ Baseball Surges Past South Carolina, 11-3
  56. ^ Baseball Mounts Huge Comeback to Stun USC, 11-10
  57. ^ Baseball Completes Sweep of Highly Ranked USC, 6-3
  58. ^ Five-Run Fifth Keeps Baseball Streak Alive, 5-3
  59. ^ a b Baseball Runs Winning Streak to Eight, Sweeps DH
  60. ^ Baseball Completes Sweep of UK, 9-8; Leads SEC West
  61. ^ Packed House Watches Baseball Pound MSU, 15-6
  62. ^ Tigers Blast Four HR's; Extend Streak to 11
  63. ^ Baseball Celebrates Final Game at Alex Box; Wins 12th-Straight
  64. ^ Baseball Wins Longest Game in 12 Years, 7-6 Over UNO
  65. ^ LSU Takes First Battle of Tigers, 6-4; Win 14th-Straight Game
  66. ^ The West is Won! Baseball Wins 15th-Straight, 15-6
  67. ^ Sweet 16: Baseball Wraps Regular Season, 11-7
  68. ^ Dean, Clark Star in Baseball's Latest Heart-Stopper, 5-4
  69. ^ Big Innings Move Baseball into SEC Tournament Driver's Seat
  70. ^ Dean's Slam Propels Baseball into SEC Title Game, 12-8
  71. ^ Baseball Brings Home SEC Gold, 8-2; Will Host Regional
  72. ^ Baseball Handles TSU, 12-1; Advances to Face Southern Miss
  73. ^ Baseball Earns Spot in NCAA Regional Final, 13-4
  74. ^ Baseball Sweeps NCAA Regional; Hosts UC Irvine Next
  75. ^ UC Irvine Takes Game 1 of NCAA Super Regional, 11-5
  76. ^ A Comeback for the Ages: Super Regional Knotted After Thriller
  77. ^ Goodbye Alex Box! Hello Omaha, LSU's Coming Back
  78. ^ White Pitches UNC Past LSU in Series Opener, 8-4
  79. ^ Dean's 3-RBI Double Gives Tigers Amazing CWS Comeback
  80. ^ Remarkable Baseball Season Ends on UNC Slam, 7-3
  81. ^ Arizona State opens season atop baseball coaches' poll
  82. ^ USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches' baseball poll
  83. ^ Baseball America Preseason Top 25
  84. ^ College Top 25: Feb. 25
  85. ^ College Top 25: Mar. 3
  86. ^ College Top 25: March 10
  87. ^ College Top 25: March 17
  88. ^ College Top 25: March 24
  89. ^ College Top 25: March 31
  90. ^ College Top 25: April 7
  91. ^ College Top 25: April 14
  92. ^ More Honors For Miami
  93. ^ Aggies Keep Climbing
  94. ^ College Top 25: May 5
  95. ^ College Top 25: May 12
  96. ^ College Top 25: May 19
  97. ^ College Top 25: May 26
  98. ^ College Top 25: June 3
  99. ^ College Top 25: June 10
  100. ^ College Top 25: June 30
  101. ^ Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll
  102. ^ NCAA Div. I Poll (As of Feb. 25, 2008)
  103. ^ ARIZONA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  104. ^ ARIZONA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  105. ^ ARIZONA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  106. ^ ARIZONA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  107. ^ ARIZONA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  108. ^ FLORIDA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  109. ^ FLORIDA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  110. ^ MIAMI, FLA. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  111. ^ MIAMI, FLA. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  112. ^ MIAMI, FLA. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  113. ^ MIAMI, FLA. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  114. ^ NORTH CAROLINA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  115. ^ a b MIAMI, FLA. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  116. ^ MIAMI, FLA. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  117. ^ MIAMI, FLA. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  118. ^ FRESNO ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
  119. ^ 2008 PRESEASON NCBWA POLL
  120. ^ ARIZONA STATE TOPS NCBWA POLL
  121. ^ ARIZONA STATE TOPS NCBWA POLL
  122. ^ ARIZONA STATE TOPS NCBWA POLL
  123. ^ ARIZONA STATE TOPS NCBWA POLL
  124. ^ ARIZONA STATE TOPS NCBWA POLL
  125. ^ ARIZONA STATE TOPS NCBWA POLL
  126. ^ MIAMI TOPS NCBWA POLL
  127. ^ MIAMI TOPS NCBWA POLL
  128. ^ MIAMI TOPS NCBWA POLL
  129. ^ MIAMI TOPS NCBWA POLL
  130. ^ MIAMI TOPS NCBWA POLL
  131. ^ MIAMI TOPS NCBWA POLL
  132. ^ NORTH CAROLINA TOPS NCBWA POLL
  133. ^ MIAMI TOPS NCBWA POLL
  134. ^ MIAMI TOPS NCBWA POLL
  135. ^ MIAMI TOPS NCBWA POLL
  136. ^ FRESNO STATE TOPS FINAL NCBWA POLL
  137. ^ Rivals.com Top 25
  138. ^ Bradford Earns SEC Baseball Player of the Week Honor
  139. ^ LSWA Names Bradford Pitcher of the Week
  140. ^ a b SEC Announces Annual Baseball Honors
  141. ^ Clark Earns LSWA Player of the Week Honor
  142. ^ Clark Named LSWA Baseball Player of the Week
  143. ^ a b c d LSU Wins 2008 SEC Baseball Tournament
  144. ^ Dean, Martin Named LSWA Baseball Players of the Week
  145. ^ 2008 First-Team College All-Americans
  146. ^ 2008 Freshman All-American Team
  147. ^ Hollander Named to SEC Baseball Community Service Team
  148. ^ Dean, Martin Named LSWA Baseball Players of the Week
  149. ^ Ross Named LSWA Pitcher of the Week
  150. ^ Baseball Continues Climb in Polls; Schimpf Honored
  151. ^ Schimpf Named LSWA Player of the Week
  152. ^ Verdugo Named SEC Pitcher of the Week

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