LSU baseball finishes No. 7

Steve Franz

LSU was No. 7 in the final Collegiate Baseball magazine rankings released last week, marking the Tigers' fourth top-10 finish in the past six seasons.

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 is ranked No. 1 in the final Collegiate Baseball top 30 poll after winning its first national baseball championship with an 8-0 victory over Mississippi State at the College World Series last Tuesday.