WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/LSU picked first by Perfect Game; Rutschman, Abel named to preseason All-America squad


Oregon State, the defending NCAA champion, is ranked second for 2019 by Perfect Game.

LSU is No. 1. The Tigers lost to OSU in last year's Corvallis regional.

Vanderbilt, UCLA and Texas Tech are ranked 3-5.

The rest of the top 10, in order, consists of North Carolina, Stanford, Louisville, Florida and Mississippi.

No other Pac-12 teams are in the top 25.

Perfect Game also has tabbed Beavers catcher Adley Rutschman and pitcher Kevin Abel as preseason first-team All-Americans, with pitcher Bryce Fehmel named to the second team and reliever Jake Mulholland chosen for the third team.

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