2018 LSU Tigers baseball team

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2018 LSU Tigers baseball
LSU Athletics logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
2018 record39–27 (15–15 SEC)
Head coachPaul Mainieri (12th season)
Hitting coachMicah Gibbs (2nd season)
Pitching coachAlan Dunn (7th season)
Home stadiumAlex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Southeastern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East Division
No. 3 Florida  x‍‍y 20 10   .667     49 21   .700
No. 20 Georgia  ‍‍‍y 18 12   .600     39 21   .650
No. 12 South Carolina ‍‍‍y 17 13   .567     37 26   .587
No. 16 Vanderbilt  ‍‍‍y 16 14   .533     35 27   .565
Kentucky  ‍‍‍ 13 17   .433     34 22   .607
Missouri  ‍‍‍ 12 18   .400     34 22   .607
Tennessee  ‍‍‍ 12 18   .400     29 27   .518
West Division
No. 19 Ole Miss  x‍‍y 18 12   .600     48 18   .727
No. 2 Arkansas  x‍‍‍y 18 12   .600     48 21   .696
No. 15 Auburn  ‍‍‍y 15 15   .500     43 23   .652
LSU  ‍‍‍y 15 15   .500     39 27   .591
No. 4 Mississippi State  ‍‍‍y 15 15   .500     39 29   .574
Texas A&M  ‍‍‍y 13 17   .433     40 22   .645
Alabama  ‍‍‍ 8 22   .267     27 29   .482
x – Division champion
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 2018 LSU Tigers baseball team represents Louisiana State University (LSU) during the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Tigers play their home games at Alex Box Stadium as a member of the Southeastern Conference. They are led by head coach Paul Mainieri, in his 12th season at LSU.

Previous Season[edit]

In 2017, the Tigers won the SEC's Western Division with a record of 52–20–0, 21–9–0 in conference play. They qualified for the 2017 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament and defeated Arkansas in the final, 4–2. They qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament as the SEC champion, and were selected as the No. 4 overall national seed. The Tigers were selected as hosts of the Baton Rouge regional, which included Rice, Southeastern Louisiana, and Texas Southern. The Tigers swept through the Regional, defeating Texas Southern, 15–7, Southeastern 11–6, and Rice 5–0 advancing to the Super Regional where they hosted conference rival Mississippi State. After a 4–3 comeback victory in which they trailed 3–0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, LSU beat the Bulldogs 14–4 the following night to advance to their 18th World Series. The Tigers defeated Florida State in their opening game 5–4, but then fell to overall number one seed Oregon State 13–1 placing them on the brink of elimination. The Tigers once again beat Florida State 7–4 to earn the right to face Oregon State once again, needing to win twice. LSU advanced to the finals winning 3–1 then 6–1 eliminating the Beavers. In the championship, LSU faced conference rival Florida. The Tigers lost a close Game 1 4–3 then were defeated 6–1 the following night to finish national runners-up, while the Gators earned their first national championship.

Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

2018 LSU Tigers roster
 

Pitchers

  • 10 – Eric Walker – Sophomore
  • 18 – Austin Bain – Senior
  • 21 – Nick Storz – Freshman
  • 26 – AJ Labas – Freshman
  • 27 – Matthew Beck – Sophomore
  • 28 – Devin Fontenot – Freshman
  • 29 – Nick Bush – Sophomore
  • 30 – Trent Vietmeier – Freshman
  • 32 – Taylor Petersen – Junior
  • 35 – Clay Moffitt – Junior
  • 37 – Will Reese – Sophomore
  • 38 – Zach Hess – Sophomore
  • 40 – John Kodros – Freshman
  • 41 – Caleb Gilbert – Junior
  • 43 – Todd Peterson – Sophomore
  • 47 – Brandon Nowak – Junior
  • 49 – Cam Sanders – Junior
  • 52 – Ma'Khail Hilliard – Freshman
 

Catchers

  • 7 – Hunter Feduccia – Junior
  • 20 – Braden Doughty – Freshman

Infielders

  • 3 – Hal Hughes – Freshman
  • 4 – Josh Smith – Sophomore
  • 5 – Jake Slaughter – Sophomore
  • 13 – Nick Coomes – Senior
  • 16 – Brandt Broussard – Junior
  • 17 – Chris Reid – Junior
  • 25 – Bryce Jordan – Junior
 

Outfielders

  • 2 – Daniel Cabrera – Freshman
  • 8 – Antoine Duplantis – Junior
  • 9 – Zach WatsonSophomore
  • 23 – Nick Webre – Freshman
  • 24 – Beau Jordan – Senior
 

Reference:[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
LSU
Alma Mater
Paul Mainieri Head Coach 12 Florida International University (1980)
Alan Dunn Associate Head Coach 7 University of Alabama at Birmingham (1991)
Nolan Cain Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 5 Louisiana State University (2009)
Micah Gibbs Director of Player Development 3 Louisiana State University (2010)
Sean Ochinko Volunteer Coach/Hitting Coach 1 Louisiana State University (2017)
Travis Roy Strength & Conditioning Coordinator 3 Louisiana State University (2012)
Nate Fury Strength & Conditioning Coordinator 2 Louisiana State University (2014)
Leon Landry Undergraduate Assistant Coach 1 Louisiana State University (2010)
Jamie Tutko Video Coordinator 2 Saint Leo University (2011)

Reference:[2]

Schedule[edit]

Legend
  LSU win
  LSU loss
Bold LSU team member
2018 LSU Tigers Game Log
Regular Season (33–23)
Postseason (6–4)
NCAA Tournament: Corvallis Regional
Date Opponent Rank Stadium
Site
Score Win Loss Save Attendance Overall Record Regional Record
June 1 vs. (3) San Diego State (2) Goss Stadium
Corvallis, OR
6–4 Fontenot (3–0) Erickson (5–4) Peterson (6) 3,589 38–25 1–0
June 2 at No. 1 (1) Oregon State (2) Goss Stadium 1–14 Heimlich (15–1) Hess (7–6) None 4,009 38–26 1–1
June 3 (1) vs. (4) Northwestern State (2) Goss Stadium 9–5 Beck (4–1) Vasquez (6–2) None 3,533 39–26 2–1
June 3 (2) at No. 1 (1) Oregon State (2) Goss Stadium 0–12 Abel (4–1) Fontenot (3–1) None 3,915 39–27 2–2

All rankings from Collegiate Baseball.

Reference:[5]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Final 
Coaches'[6] 9 9* 9* 18 19 20 21 20 24 21 RV NR RV RV NR RV  
Baseball America[7] 17 22 16 16 17 18 21 17 19 18 NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Collegiate Baseball^[8] 10 15 14 13 16 15 19 21 23 18 NR NR NR 28 NR NR  
NCBWA[9] 11 21 18 19 19 20 21 20 22 19 RV RV RV RV NR RV

^ Collegiate Baseball ranks 40 teams in their preseason poll, but only ranks 30 teams weekly during the season.
NCBWA ranks 35 teams in their preseason poll, but only ranks 30 teams weekly during the season.
* New poll was not released for this week so for comparison purposes the previous week's ranking is inserted in this week's slot.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "LSU Baseball - 2018 Roster". LSU Tigers. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Baseball Coaching Staff". LSU Tigers. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Franques, Bill (March 24, 2018). "Game 2 Suspended: LSU at Vanderbilt to Resume Sunday". lsusports.net. LSU Tigers, Louisiana State University. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Apple, Daniel (May 26, 2018). "Florida Falls to LSU in SEC Tournament". floridagators.com. University Athletic Assoc., Inc., Fox Sports Sun, IMG College. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Baseball - 2018 Schedule". LSU Tigers. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Baseball Coaches Poll
  7. ^ Baseball America College: Top 25
  8. ^ NCAA DIV I Baseball Polls-Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
  9. ^ NCBWA Division I poll