LSU Baseball Report: Duplantis earns national, SEC player of week honors

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Greg Deichmann, Antoine Duplantis

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU sophomore outfielder Antoine Duplantis on Monday earned National Player of the Week recognition from Collegiate Baseball magazine, and he was named SEC Player of the Week by the league office.

Duplantis, a native of Lafayette, La., enjoyed a remarkable week, batting .425 (10-for-23) in five games with two doubles, one homer, 14 RBI, seven runs and a .536 on-base percentage. In LSU’s three-game SEC series sweep of Georgia, Duplantis batted .615 (8-for-13) with one double, one homer, 10 RBI, six runs and a .688 on-base percentage.

He set the LSU single-game record for hits on Friday night versus Georgia when he went 6-for-6 at the plate with one double and a career-high seven RBI. In Game 2 of the Georgia series on Saturday, Duplantis launched a solo homer in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie before extending the Tigers’ lead in the fifth to 4-1 with a bases-loaded, two-RBI single on a 3-2 count after fouling off several pitches.

Duplantis is hitting .375 (33-for-88) this season with four doubles, two triples, one homer, 21 runs, eight steals and 28 RBI.

LSU Baseball Report – March 20, 2017
Overall Record: 16-5 SEC: 3-0

Last Week’s Results (4-1)
March 14 (Tue.) – LOUISIANA COLLEGE (W, 13-0)
March 15 (Wed.) – NEW ORLEANS (L, 4-7 – 15 innings)
March 17 (Fri.) – GEORGIA (W, 22-9)
March 18 (Sat.) – GEORGIA (W, 5-1)
March 19 (Sun.) – GEORGIA (W, 7-6)

This Week’s Schedule
March 22 (Wed.) – SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
March 24 (Fri.) – at Florida, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
March 25 (Sat.) – at Florida, 2 p.m. CT (ESPN2)
March 26 (Sun.) – at Florida, 12 p.m. CT (SEC Network)

Notes on the Tigers
The Tigers won four of five games last week, including a three-game sweep of Georgia to open Southeastern Conference play … LSU defeated the Bulldogs, 22-9, on Friday night, and the 22 runs represented the most scored by LSU in an SEC game since the Tigers defeated Arkansas, 27-6, on March 22, 1998, in Baton Rouge … sophomore leftfielder Antoine Duplantis enjoyed a remarkable week, batting .425 (10-for-23) in five games with two doubles, one homer, 14 RBI, seven runs and a .536 on-base percentage … in LSU’s three-game SEC series sweep of Georgia, Duplantis batted .615 (8-for-13) with one double, one homer, 10 RBI, six runs and a .688 on-base percentage … he set the LSU single-game record for hits on Friday night versus UGA when he went 6-for-6 at the plate with one double and a career-high seven RBI … in Game 2 of the Georgia series on Saturday, Duplantis launched a solo homer in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie before extending the Tigers’ lead in the fifth to 4-1 with a bases-loaded, two-RBI single on a 3-2 count after fouling off several pitches … Duplantis is hitting .375 (33-for-88) this season with four doubles, two triples, one homer, 21 runs, eight steals and 28 RBI … senior shortstop Kramer Robertson batted .636 (7-for-11) in the Georgia series with three doubles, two RBI and 10 runs scored … Robertson tied the LSU single-game record for doubles with three in Friday night’s game … senior left-hander Jared Poche’ extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 32 on Saturday before finally giving up his first run this season on a solo homer by Georgia leftfielder Keegan McGovern in the fourth inning … the home run, however, was the only run that Poche’ allowed in his seven-inning outing as he limited the Bulldogs to seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a 5-1 win … Poche’ improved to 5-0 this season and earned his 32nd LSU career win; he is only six wins shy of tying the all-time school record for pitching victories … his streak of 32 straight scoreless innings in one season is the second-longest at LSU, trailing only the 44.2 consecutive scoreless frames fired by Ben McDonald in 1989 … in 36 innings this season, Poche’ has a 0.25 ERA, having allowed just one run while recording four walks and 23 strikeouts … freshman right-hander Eric Walker defeated Georgia in his SEC debut on Sunday by limiting the Bulldogs to three runs on five hits in six innings with no walks and a career-best eight strikeouts … Walker fired a career-high 108 pitches in the outing and helped clinch a three-game series sweep for the Tigers over Georgia … Walker is 3-0 this season with a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings, recording five walks and 30 strikeouts.

INSIDE LSU BASEBALL WITH PAUL MAINIERI PREMIERS TUESDAY NIGHT
LSU Athletics presents the 2017 season debut of Inside LSU Baseball Tuesday night on its Baton Rouge affiliates.

Inside LSU Baseball, presented by Academy Sports and Outdoors, is a weekly 30-minute television program featuring LSU coach Paul Mainieri and host Chris Blair.

The show will air on Tuesdays in Baton Rouge at 10 p.m. CT on WBTR-TV Ch. 19 and at 10:30 p.m. CT on Cox Cable Ch. 4. The show features game highlights, player profiles and in-depth stories on the LSU program.

Inside LSU Baseball can also be seen weekly on Cox Sports Television, and it will be carried on network affiliates in New Orleans, Lafayette, Monroe, Alexandria and Lake Charles. Please check local listings for the time and station in your area.

Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1. Louisville, 19-0, 1
2. Oregon State, 17-1, 4
3. TCU, 14-5, 3
4. LSU, 17-5, 6
5. Cal State Fullerton, 14-5, 7
6. Clemson, 16-4, 9
7. South Carolina, 14-5, 10
8. Texas Tech, 17-4, 11
9. Arizona, 15-4, 12
10. North Carolina, 15-5, 13
11. Ole Miss, 14-6, 18
12. Florida Gulf Coast, 18-3, 21
13. Florida, 13-8, 5
14. Florida State, 14-7, 2
15. UL-Lafayette, 11-6, 14
16. St. John’s, 14-2, 19
17. Stanford, 11-5, 17
18. Missouri, 19-1, NR
19. Virginia, 15-5, 15
20. Baylor, 16-4, 16
21. Oklahoma State, 14-6, 23
22. Washington, 12-6, 25
23. Michigan, 15-4, 24
24. Oklahoma, 21-3, NR
25. East Carolina, 13-7, 8

Dropped out: Coastal Carolina (20), Texas A&M (22)

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Louisville, 19-0, 1
2, Oregon State, 17-1, 4
3, TCU, 14-5, 2
4, South Carolina, 14-5, 7
5, Texas Tech, 17-4, 8
6, LSU, 15-5, 6
7, Clemson, 16-4, 11
8, North Carolina, 15-5, 12
9, Cal State Fullerton, 14-5, 16
10, UL-Lafayette, 11-6, 9
11, Ole Miss, 14-6, 14
12, Florida State, 14-7, 3
13, Stanford, 11-5, 13
14, Florida, 13-8, 5
15, Arizona, 15-4, 17
16, Oklahoma State, 14-6, 18
17, Florida Gulf Coast, 18-3, 22
18, Vanderbilt, 13-8, 15
19, East Carolina, 13-7, 10
20, Houston, 13-5, 24
21, South Florida, 19-1, NR
22, Missouri, 19-1, NR
23, Washington, 12-6, 23
24, Arkansas, 17-4, NR
25, Baylor, 16-4, 19

Dropped Out: Texas A&M (20), Texas (21), Virginia (25).

D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Oregon State, 17-1, 2
2, Louisville, 19-0, 4
3, Texas Tech, 17-4, 6
4, TCU, 14-5, 3
5, LSU, 17-5, 7
6, Cal State Fullerton, 14-5, 10
7, Clemson, 16-4, 13
8, South Carolina, 14-5, 8
9, Arizona, 15-4, 9
10, North Carolina, 15-5, 11
11, Florida, 13-8, 5
12, Stanford, 11-5, 12
13, Florida State, 14-7, 1
14, Ole Miss, 14-6, 16
15, Florida Gulf Coast, 18-3, 22
16, UL-Lafayette, 11-6, 15
17, St. John’s, 14-2, 19
18, Michigan, 15-4, 21
19, Kentucky, 15-6, NR
20, Auburn, 17-4, NR
21, Virginia, 15-5, 14
22, Baylor, 16-4, 20
23, San Diego, 13-4, 25
24, Missouri, 19-1, NR
25, Oklahoma, 21-3, NR

Dropped Out
17, Texas A&M, 14-7
18, East Carolina, 13-7
23, Coastal Carolina, 12-9
24, Vanderbilt, 13-8

Collegiate Baseball Top 30

Rank, Team (Record), Points, Previous
t1. Oregon St. (17-1), 496, 1
t1. Louisville (19-0), 496, 2
3. TCU (14-5), 492, 3
4. Texas Tech. (17-4), 489, 4
5. Missouri (19-1), 486, 23
6. Cal. St. Fullerton (14-5), 483, 21
7. Arizona (15-4), 480, 5
8. LSU (16-5), 479, 7
9. St. John’s (14-2), 478, 9
10. Oklahoma (21-3), 476, 12
11. North Carolina (15-5), 472, 13
12. Clemson (16-4), 470, 14
13. South Carolina (14-5), 468, 16
14. Michigan (15-4), 465, 17
15. Florida Gulf Coast (18-3), 463, 22
16. Auburn (17-5), 461, NR
17. Florida (13-8), 457, 8
18. Florida St. (14-7), 456, 6
19. Baylor (16-4), 453, 10
20. Stanford (11-5), 450, 20
21. Kentucky (15-6), 446, NR
22. Virginia (15-5), 444, 15
23. Ole Miss (14-6), 443, 30
24. Vanderbilt (13-8), 441, 19
25. Southern Miss. (16-4), 438, NR
26. San Diego (13-4), 435, 26
27. UC Irvine (11-6), 434, 25
28. Oregon (13-5), 432, 29
29. Arkansas (17-4), 429, NR
30. Washington (12-6), 426, NR

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