BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The expectations for the 2019 LSU baseball team are very high this year and so are the preseason rankings.
The latest poll released by Perfect Game ranks LSU No. 1 in the country, followed by (2) Oregon State, (3) Vanderbilt, (4) UCLA, and (5) Texas Tech.
The Tigers are set for another run at the College World Series, returning five starters, six pitchers, and the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.
Pitcher Eric Walker and shortstop Josh Smith return to the lineup this year after season ending injuries in 2018.
A total of eight SEC teams made the top 25: (1) LSU, (3) Vanderbilt, (9) Florida, (10) Ole Miss, (13) Arkansas, (15) Auburn, (17) Mississippi State, and (22) Georgia.
The Tigers are also ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason poll.
LSU opens the season at The Box against UL-Monroe on Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m.