From LSU Athletics
BATON ROUGE, LA - LSU is No. 5 in the final Baseball America magazine rankings released Thursday, marking the Tigers' fourth Top 10 finish in the past six seasons and their second Top 5 finish in the past five years.
LSU was also No. 5 in the Perfect Game rankings and No. 7 in the Collegiate Baseball poll released earlier this week.
The 2013 Tigers tied the SEC record for single-season victories with a 57-11 overall mark, and LSU established a school record with 23 regular-season conference wins.
The Tigers captured the SEC Western Division and SEC Tournament titles, and LSU earned the No. 4 National Seed entering the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers won NCAA Regional and NCAA Super Regional championships and advanced to the College World Series, marking
LSU's third CWS appearance in six seasons.
For the first time in school history, LSU produced three first-team All-Americans in one season – senior first baseman Mason Katz, sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola and freshman shortstop Alex Bregman. Nola was voted SEC Pitcher of the Year and Bregman SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri was a finalist for the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year award, and a school-record nine Tigers were selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
UCLA captured its first national championship and finished the season atop Baseball America's Top 25 rankings. The Bruins ranked No. 12 in the preseason, ranked 10th heading into the NCAA tournament and made a 10-0 run through the postseason, allowing just 14 runs in those 10 games.
National runners-up Mississippi State finished ranked No. 2, leading a group of three Southeastern Conference teams in the top 10, and five in the Top 25. The Atlantic Coast Conference also landed five teams in the final rankings, led by No. 3 North Carolina.