By the numbers: LSU-Arkansas

June, 19, 2009
Here are a few notes off LSU's 14-5 win over Arkansas in their College World Series matchup (compiled by the NCAA).

• With LSU's win today, it guarantees that there will be a first top-eight national seed to win an NCAA title since Rice in 2003 (No. 1 Texas and No. 5 Arizona State are in the Bracket 2 championship). LSU was the No. 3 national seed.

• LSU will bid to become the first Bracket One winner to win a CWS since Miami (Fla.) in 1999. The last team from the SEC to win a national title was LSU's 2000 team. It is also the third time in five years that a SEC team has advanced to the CWS Championship series.

• The 13 pitchers used (eight by Arkansas, five by LSU) ties the CWS single game record. Nebraska (seven) and Clemson (six) also combined to throw 13 pitchers on June 14, 2002.

With today's win, LSU advances to the CWS Championship series finals for the first time since the CWS Championship series began in 2003. The Tigers are 5-0 when playing for a national title in program history. LSU has never played either Arizona State or Texas for a national title.

• LSU (8-0) remains perfect in this year's NCAA tournament. No team has gone undefeated in the NCAA tournament since the CWS Championship series was established in 2003. The last team to go undefeated in the NCAA tournament was Miami in 2001.

• LSU went 3-0 in four of its previous five national title seasons (2000, 1997, 1996, and 1991).

• Anthony Ranaudo now has an SEC-leading 154 strikeouts on the season to rank sixth on LSU's single-season list. It is the most strikeouts by a Tiger since Kurt Ainsworth fanned 157 hitters in 1999. That also marked the last time a Tiger pitcher led the SEC in strikeouts.

• LSU is hitting .351 and averaging nine runs per game in eight NCAA tournament games and is hitting .368 and averaging 10.7 runs per game in the CWS.



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