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College baseball: LSUS remains No. 4 in second NAIA coaches’ poll


By Tanner Craft, LSU Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

LSUS (26-2, 14-1) comes in at No. 4 in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the second consecutive set of rankings, announced by the NAIA on Wednesday.


The Pilots sit with a 26-2 record on the season with an RRAC record of 14-1. They have won 15 games in a row including four straight sweeps in conference play. Over the 15-game win streak, the Pilots have outscored their opponents 183-58 and have a team batting average of .377.

The Pilots have used timely hitting and pitching as the catalyst to their strong start to the season. Over their first 28 games, they have scored 267 runs on 275 hits. They are hitting .337 as a team overall but have upped their average to .355 in conference play. However, a huge part of the Pilots’ success at the plate has been their patience. They have worked 177 walks, good for the most in the nation. The Pilots have also put pressure on their opponents on the bases, leading the nation with 118 steals.

The offense is being led in large part by Nathan Beyer who is hitting .444 with four home runs, and 17 runs batted in. His seven doubles and two triples have helped propel him to the team lead in slugging percentage, a .956 clip. Ryan Major and Austin McNicholas join Beyer in hitting over .400 to this part of the season. Major is hitting .438 while McNicholas is hitting .410. McNicholas leads the team in hits with 41. Zyon Avery and Josh Wunnenberg join Beyer to lead the team in homers with four, while Avery also leads the team with 29 RBIs. 

On the mound, the Pilots have been nothing but spectacular to start the season. They have the best team ERA in the nation, 3.33, and lead the nation with five shutouts. Pilot pitching has held their opponents to just a .223 average, good for second in the nation.

They have been led in large part by Bobby Vath and fellow starter Kevin Miranda. Vath has started eight games, has a 7-0 record, an ERA of 1.60, and has 58 strikeouts in 48 innings. Miranda also sits with a 7-0 record and an ERA of 1.42. He has thrown 44.1 innings and leads the nation with 78 strikeouts, while only allowing three walks.


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