Arkansas, LSU Attendance Leaders
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Arkansas and LSU did not win the Southeastern Conference baseball championship or make it to the College World Series this year.
They did win fans, however.
Arkansas led the SEC in attendance, drawing a school-record 146,902 fans for 28 home games. That's an average of 5,246.5 fans per game.
LSU was second in the league in attendance with 141,199 fans at 36 home games. That's an average of 3,922.2 per game, down from LSU's average of 4,724 last season.
LSU led the SEC in ticket sales with 270,300, down from last year's total of 284,328 for the same number of home games. The 2004 total is the third-highest in LSU history.
The LSU record for baseball ticket sales, set in 2003, is 291,676.
Arkansas sold a school-record 200,378 tickets, which ranked second in the conference.
When the NCAA announces attendance rankings after the season, LSU figures to lead the nation for the 10th year in a row because the NCAA counts ticket sales as attendance. The SEC, which has the same policy, last week released ticket-sales figures listing LSU as the conference champion in ``paid attendance.''
Not all schools announce separate totals for ticket sales and attendance at home games, as do LSU and Arkansas.
Arkansas made it to the College World Series last season after winning the SEC Western Division and tying with Georgia for the overall SEC championship. LSU, Georgia and South Carolina also represented the conference at the CWS last year.
LSU tied Ole Miss for first place in the SEC West this season and was 0-2 in the SEC tournament, where it was the No. 2 seed by virtue of its regular-season series victory over Ole Miss. Arkansas had a disappointing SEC record and was swept out of the conference tournament.
Neither LSU nor Arkansas advanced past the regionals of the NCAA tournament.