LSU is No. 7 in the annual Collegiate Baseball magazine recruiting rankings released on Tuesday, marking the fourth time in five years the Tigers are in the Top 10 of the survey. LSU was No. 1 in 2007 and 2010 and No. 3 in 2009.
The 14-man LSU recruiting class includes eight pitchers and six position players. Five of the players were selected in the 2011 MLB Draft and elected to enroll at LSU instead of beginning their pro careers.
“This is a dynamic class that should make a tremendous impact upon our program,” sixth-year LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “The challenge is to sign the best players in the country that will come to school, and we’re very excited about the young men that have joined our team.”
The newcomers and returning LSU players have been engaged in individual workouts since late August. LSU begins its six-week fall practice period at 1 p.m. Sunday in Alex Box Stadium. The 2012 season opens on Feb. 17 when the Tigers host Air Force.
South Carolina is No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball survey, followed by Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Southern California, Miami (Fla.), LSU, Florida, Oregon State and Stanford.
TIGERS DEFEAT OKLAHOMA 2-1: Senior Taryne Boudreau scored her third goal of the season and junior Natalie Ieyoub added the game winner in LSU’s 2-1 victory over Oklahoma on Monday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
The victory extended LSU’s unbeaten streak this season to five. The Tigers (5-3-1) are also unbeaten in five matches all-time against the Sooners (5-5) at 4-0-1 in the series.
“I thought it was one of the best all-around performances we’ve had in the past two years,” LSU coach Brian Lee said. “We controlled possession, created a number of chances and put a couple away to go along with a fine defensive performance. This was a quality opponent we played tonight, so it should help prepare us for the tough matches we know we have coming up in SEC play.”
“It’s a huge win for us as we go into conference play. We can see everything coming together, and hopefully we can keep winning games,” Boudreau said.
The Tigers begin SEC play as they host the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Friday night with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
FALL PRACTICE BEGINS: The LSU gymnastics team officially opened preparations for the 2012 season with its first full practice of the fall semester Tuesday inside the gymnastics practice area in the Carl Maddox Field House.
The team wasted no time jumping into an intense workout on the first day after working out eight hours a week for the past several weeks with assistant strength and conditioning coordinator Earl Chevalier.
“We hit the ground running today as we already started working on routines,” coach D-D Breaux said. “We feel we are a much stronger and deeper team, and the level of fitness and enthusiasm along with our goals and aspirations is high.
“Right now, each practice is a series of preparations with small targets, working toward our first intrasquad and then moving into our second and third intrasquads right before final exams in December.”
The Tigers continue practice Wednesday as they work toward the first intrasquad meet Oct. 14 in the practice gym.
LSU returns nine letter-winners from last season’s team that competed at the NCAA Athens Regional, including 2009 All-America Ashley Lee and 2011 All-America Kaleigh Dickson as well as All-SEC sophomore Sarie Morrison.