Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:51 PM by LSU Sports Information
LSU is No. 9 in the final Baseball America magazine rankings released Tuesday, marking the Tigers' third Top 10 finish in the past five seasons.
The 2012 Tigers posted a 47-18 record and won the Southeastern Conference championship, LSU's second SEC title in the past four seasons. The Tigers were the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, winning a Regional in Alex Box Stadium before playing host to a Super Regional.
LSU was 7-2 on the year against three SEC teams that advanced to the College World Series - Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina. The Tigers won two of three games at Florida and at South Carolina when both the Gators and Gamecocks were ranked No. 1 in at least one national poll.
LSU swept three games from Arkansas in Alex Box Stadium when the Razorbacks were rated No. 3 in the country.
The 2012 Tigers also were undefeated in midweek non-conference games for the first time in school history, and LSU captured its third SEC Western Division title in the past five seasons.
Arizona completed a perfect 10-0 run through the NCAA Tournament to win its first national title since 1986 and finish atop Baseball America's final Top 25 rankings. The Wildcats were ranked No. 5 in the preseason and never dropped below No. 14, where they sat for two weeks in May. They entered the NCAA tournament with a No. 13 ranking, then caught fire in the postseason. The Wildcats last topped Baseball America's rankings on March 10, 2008.
National runners-up South Carolina ends the season at No. 2, a jump of five spots from the end of the regular season. Florida, which entered the season and the postseason ranked No. 1, fell to No. 3 after an 0-2 showing in the College World Series.