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Postgame: LSU 2, Ole Miss 0

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Video: Alden Cartwright discusses his four-inning outing.

Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

  • Box: Click here
  • CoverageGame story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Tulane, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alex Box Stadium
  • In the hole: vs. Tennessee, 7 p.m. Friday, Alex Box

The Studs

  • Alden Cartwright, LSU RHP: The freshman out of Runnels went a season-high four innings on the mound. He retired his first 10 batters, striking out 10 and displaying some pressure-packed poise in the fourth. He left two stranded when he induced a double play to end the frame. “The kid is fearless,” coach Paul Mainieri said.

    Conner Hale celebrates his solo home run Saturday.

    Conner Hale celebrates his solo home run Saturday.

  • Conner Hale, LSU 2B: Hale smashed a home run over the left field wall to give the Tigers a two-run cushion heading into the final two innings. In two starts against Ole Miss this week, Hale went 5 for 8, breaking out of a skid. He was 2 for his last 21 at-bats in SEC games.
  • Kurt McCune, LSU RHP: McCune got his second save of the series against the Rebels. He allowed one hit and walked one in the ninth on Saturday, but stranded two on board after inducing a groundout to end the game.

The Turning Point

  • This one wasn’t over until McCune retired pinch hitter Holt Perdzock to end the game in the ninth and strand Austin Anderson and Sikes Orvis at first and second.

The Quote

  • “This was a win for the human spirit.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri

Pregame: LSU vs. Ole Miss (Game 3)

Pregame will be posted a few hours before each game this baseball season. About an hour before first pitch, lineups will be added to the bottom of this post. Return after the game for our Postgame blog with video.

OXFORD – Alden Cartwright will start on the mound for LSU.

Cartwright, a freshman and Runnels High grad, is making just his second start this season. It’s his second start this week, too.

Cartwright got the nod in the win over Southern Miss. He pitched a perfect first inning before giving up a home run and single in the second.

General Info

What’s At Stake

  • In what many believe is a series between the top two teams in the SEC, LSU has a shot to win it and maintain their top-3 place in the league standings. More so, the Tigers can prove they can win a series finale. They’ve won one of five and tied once.

What To Watch

(HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

(HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Cartwright’s nod: The freshman from Runnels gets the start on the mound against Ole Miss. Aaron Nola started on the mound as a freshman in a rubber match against Ole Miss two years ago. He and LSU got the win. Cartwright, though, is making just his second ever start. He started in a win over Southern Miss on Tuesday, pitching a perfect first before allowing a homer in the second. Cartwright has struck out 16 and walked just three in 16.2 innings this season.
  • The bats: The Tigers left 19 runners stranded in the first 18 innings against Ole Miss. That’s rough. LSU must started bringing runs home. It’s a good time to start Saturday, when there’s no Nola or Poche on the mound.
  • The pen: Cartwright is likely to work just two to three innings giving way to a bullpen that’s been up and down. It’ll be on their shoulders. Zac Person, Parker Bugg and Kyle Bouman will all probably see time on the mound.

Know Your Opponent

  • Smith is the only member of Ole Miss’ starting rotation who was a part of it last year. Smith, of Lake Charles, isn’t a strikeout guy, and he’s allowed 52 hits in 54.2 innings.

Lineups

LSU

  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Sean McMullen, DH
  • Tyler Moore, 1B
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Conner Hale, 2B
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B

Ole Miss

  • Braxton Lee, LF
  • Auston Bousfield, CF
  • Austin Anderson, 3B
  • Will Allen, C
  • Sikes Orvis, 1B
  • J.B. Woodman, DH
  • Will Jamison, RF
  • Preston Orverby, 2B
  • Errol Robinson, SS

Postgame: Ole Miss 5, LSU 1

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Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

  • Box: Click here
  • Coverage: Game story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Ole Miss, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • In the hole: vs. Tulane, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alex Box Stadium

The Studs

  • Christian Trent, Ole Miss LHP: Trent scattered seven hits through seven innings and struck out five, stifling an LSU lineup to remain undefeated on the mound this season. He’s a former LSU signee who spent a year in Baton Rouge. “I had some pregame nerves, but that’s just normal,” he said afterward.
  • Auston Bousfield, Ole Miss CF: The guy was 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs and scored a run. His solo shot off Cody Glenn easily cleared the left field wall.

The Duds

Christian Ibarra had a rough night Friday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Christian Ibarra had a rough night Friday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Christian Ibarra, LSU 3B: Ibarra had a throwing error, went 0 for 4 and left three men on base. He struck out twice Friday. Ibarra’s throwing error resulted in two runs being scored.

The Turning Point

  • The Rebels got two runs in a rocky fourth inning for the Tigers. Poche allowed a hit, walked two and Ibarra made his error. Mark Laird also dropped a flyball in foul territory that would have ended the rally.

The Quote

  • “It’s tough to come back from a deficit of four runs in the SEC. We dug ourselves into a hole that we just didn’t get out of tonight. It’s just one of those nights.” – LSU senior Sean McMullen

Pregame: LSU vs. Ole Miss (Game 2)

Pregame will be posted a few hours before each game this baseball season. About an hour before first pitch, lineups will be added to the bottom of this post. Return after the game for our Postgame blog with video.

OXFORD - LSU coach Paul Mainieri has overhauled his starting lineup for Friday’s game against Ole Miss (scan to the bottom to see full lineups).

Jared Foster, in left, and Danny Zardon, at second, are getting starting nods, and Kade Scivicque is getting the start at first base.

Zardon, a freshman, hasn’t started a game since March 12 and has not started an SEC game this season. Foster has started twice in SEC games, last starting on March 23.

Scivicque is getting just his fourth start at first base this season. He’s played first just five times this season overall.

Kramer Robertson and Conner Hale, the normal starting right side of LSU’s infield, will begin the game on the bench.

General Info

  • What: LSU (29-9-1, 9-6-1) vs. Ole Miss (29-10, 9-7)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Jared Poché (6-2, 2.54) vs. OM So. LHP Christian Trent (4-0, 2.44)
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Ole Miss, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • In the hole: vs. Tulane, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • Links to knowTigers outlast Ole Miss for 4-3 win in 13-inning affair; Postgame blog

What’s At Stake

  • The Tigers can win a third straight SEC series and really surge into contention for a conference championship with a victory Friday night over the Rebels. Coach Paul Mainieri earlier this week called this a “critical series.” It comes at the midway point of the 10-series SEC season.

What To Watch

  • Ex-Tiger: Ole Miss pitcher Christian Trent signed with LSU and spent a year in Baton Rouge using his redshirt before leaving for “off the field” issues. He’ll pitch against the Tigers for the first time since his departure.

    Jared Poche gets his third SEC road start. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

    Jared Poche gets his third SEC road start. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Freshman on the road: Jared Poche has had a rough go at it on the road. He’s got an ERA below 2 in three SEC starts at home. His road SEC ERA (in two starts) is above 7. How will he handle what will likely be the rowdiest road environment he’s ever pitched in?
  • Who’s at catcher: Tyler Moore got a crack at catching Thursday night. He went 1 for 4 at the plate, but struggled in throws to second base. Most of them skidded to second and at least two of the throws bounded into the outfield. One of them resulted in an Ole Miss run.

Know Your Opponent

  • Trent, a Madisonville native and St. Paul’s High grad, has struck out 49 batters and walked eight, but he’s allowed 46 hits in 59 innings. He’s undefeated on the mound at 4-0.

Lineups

LSU

  • Sean McMullen, DH
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Kade Scivicque, 1B
  • Chris Chinea, C
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Jared Foster, LF
  • Danny Zardon, 2B

Ole Miss

  • Braxton Lee, LF
  • Auston Bousfield, CF
  • Austin Anderson, 3B
  • Will Allen, C
  • Brantley Bell, DH
  • Sikes Orvis, 1B
  • Preston Overby, 2B
  • Errol Robinson, SS
  • J.B. Woodman, RF

Postgame: LSU 4, Ole Miss 3 (13 innings)

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Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

  • Box: Click here
  • Coverage: Game story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • In the hole: vs. Ole Miss, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford

The Studs

Conner Hale had three hits Thursday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Conner Hale had three hits Thursday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Aaron Nola, LSU RHP: Nola allowed a homer and another run and eight hits, but he also struck out seven and threw a season-high 121 pitches. “He pitched his heart out,” Mainieri said.
  • Conner Hale, LSU 1B: Hale went 3 for 5. He had a single to lead off the 11th and scored. He had a two-out double in the 13th and scored the eventual winning run.
  • Jake Fraley, LSU LF: Fraley, a pinch hitter, drove in the run in the 11th inning, against proving clutch. The freshman’s RBI single drove in Hale to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.

The Duds

  • Errol Robinson, Ole Miss SS: Robinson committed the error that scored the eventual winning run. Danny Zardon’s hard-hit grounder went right between his leg, skidding out to the outfield and scoring Hale from second base.

The Turning Point

  • See above (that error).

The Quote

  • “Today we didn’t get the big hit, didn’t make the big pitch and didn’t make the play in the field.” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco

Pregame: LSU vs. Ole Miss (Game 1)

Swazye Field on Wednesday evening just before LSU's practice.

Swazye Field on Wednesday evening just before LSU’s practice.

Pregame will be posted a few hours before each game this baseball season. About an hour before first pitch, lineups will be added to the bottom of this post. Return after the game for our Postgame blog with video.

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General Info

What’s At Stake

  • If there’s one certainty with this LSU team it’s that the Tigers must win with Nola on the mound. They were swept the only time they didn’t. Nola holds the key to winning series: win the first game with him starting and split the next two. In the SEC’s biggest series of the week, Nola will be in the spotlight in the opener, pitching in front of an ESPNU audience.

What To Watch

  • The environment: Veteran LSU players have informed the youth about the rowdy setting at Oxford-University Stadium. More than 2,000 students squeeze into the cement stands beyond right field and next to the opponent’s bullpen. They heckle and even throw things, players say. When Ole Miss hits a home run, the group throws their beer into the air, creating a “beer shower,” Mainieri called it.
  • Moore gets nod: Tyler Moore has seldom, if ever, caught for Nola this season. He’s expected to catch Thursday, Mainieri said. Of LSU’s three catchers, he struggles the most with throwing out runners at second. But his bat’s been hot lately.
  • Saving the pen: This feels like a weekly thing, but the Tigers need Nola to go deep to save the bullpen. LSU doesn’t have a solid No. 3 starter and will likely piecemeal Saturday’s series finale with relievers. They need them to be fresh.

Know Your Opponent

  • Ellis hasn’t allowed an earned run in five of his nine starts this season. Primarily a reliever the last two years, he’s moved into a rotation, anchoring a weekend group of starters that’s a combined 16-2. The Rebels were swept by Alabama, but swept Missouri and Auburn and won the series at Mississippi State.

Lineups

LSU

  • Sean McMullen, LF
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Kade Scivicque, DH
  • Tyler Moore, C
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Conner Hale, 2B
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Kramer Robertson, 2B

Ole Miss

  • Braxton Lee, LF
  • Auston Bousfield, CF
  • Austin Anderson, 3B
  • Will Allen, C
  • Sikes Orvis, 1B
  • J.B. Woodman, DH
  • Will Jamison, RF
  • Preston Overby, 2B
  • Errol Robinson, SS

Postgame: LSU 13, Southern Miss 5

Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

  • BoxClick here
  • CoverageGame story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • In the hole: vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford

The Studs

Andrew Stevenson slides into home plate. (Matthew Hinton | The Advocate)

Andrew Stevenson slides into home plate. (Matthew Hinton | The Advocate)

  • Andrew Stevenson, LSU CF: Stevenson had a career-high four hits. He went 4 for 4 with a walk, drove in two runs and scored one. He had a goal Tuesday night to keep the ball down, below a whipping wind. Three of his four hits were groundballs.
  • Christian Ibarra, LSU 3B: Ibarra drove in a career-high four runs and made the best defensive play of the night, charging a short grounder and slinging it to first in time. He went 2 for 3.
  • Parker Bugg, LSU RHP: Bugg looked the best of any of the seven LSU hurlers who threw Tuesday. He pitched two innings and allowed just one hit.

The Duds

  • Nate Fury, LSU RHP: Fury had a rough third inning. He faced seven batters and recorded just one out, allowing four hits and walking two. He walked in a run.

The Turning Point

  • LSU’s four-run fourth extended the Tigers’ lead to 10-5. In that frame, LSU had four hits and walked once. Ibarra had a two-run double in the inning to propel LSU to the victory.

The Quote

  • “It was a fun game. Now it’s time to turn our attention to Ole Miss.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri

Pregame: LSU vs. Southern Miss

Pregame will be posted a few hours before each game this baseball season. About an hour before first pitch, lineups will be added to the bottom of this post. Return after the game for our Postgame blog with video.

General Info

  • What: LSU (27-9-1) vs. Southern Miss (21-16)
  • When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Alden Cartwright (1-0, 1.23) vs. USM So. RHP Cody Carroll (2-0, 2.88)
  • TV: CST
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Ole Miss 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oxford-University Stadium
  • In the hole: vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • Links to know: Mainieri wants fresh arms for Ole Miss, will start Cartwright Tuesday

What’s At Stake

Alden Cartwright gets his first start Tuesday. (HILARY SCHEINUK |  The Advocate)

Alden Cartwright gets his first start Tuesday. (HILARY SCHEINUK |
The Advocate)

  • Coach Paul Mainieri compared this week to the one in which LSU played Tulane in New Orleans (and lost) and then went and got swept at Florida. The Tigers begin this “challenging” week with Southern Miss in Metarie before taking off for a Thursday-Saturday series at Ole Miss.  What better way to begin the week than with a W over the Golden Eagles?

What To Watch

  • Bullpen use: Mainieri wants fresh arms for the series against Ole Miss. “It’s a big series,” he said. That means avoiding the exhaustion of any one arm in the game against Southern Miss.
  • Lineup changes: Mainieri said several starters are “nicked up” and will likely rest Tuesday. He would not say who or what the injuries are but said they’re “nothing serious.” Who gets a shot to start and who rests?
  • Finding No. 3: Every pitcher – aside from Aaron Nola and Jared Poche – who steps on the mound to pitch is, in a way, auditioning to be the Tigers’ No. 3 starter. The most likely options seem to be Parker Bugg and Zac Person, but who else will add their name to the mix?

Know Your Opponent

  • Carroll has allowed 26 hits in 25 innings. He’s started five games, striking our 20 and walking 10. Southern Miss’ RPI is 46. The Golden Eagles have won all five of their Conference-USA series and beat SEC-leading Alabama once. They dropped series against Missouri and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Lineups

LSU

  • Sean McMullen, DH
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Conner Hale, 1B
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Kramer Robertson, 2B

Southern Miss

  • Breck Kline, CF
  • Michael Sterling, SS
  • Tim Lynch, 3B
  • Matt Durst, 1B
  • Bradley Roney, DH
  • Dylan Burdeaux, LF
  • Austin Roussel, C
  • Mason Robbins, RF
  • Nick Dawson, 2B

Poll Speak Monday

Mark Laird's walk-off single Saturday helped the Tigers go 3-1 last week. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Mark Laird’s walk-off single Saturday helped the Tigers go 3-1 last week. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Each Monday, you can track the Tigers in the polls as the rankings are released. Click on the poll name to be taken to the full rankings.

LSU’s record last week: 3-1

Postgame: Arkansas 10, LSU 4

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Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

  • Box: Click here
  • Coverage: Game story; Notebook
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Southern Miss, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Zephyr Field, Metarie
  • In the hole: vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. ESPNU, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford

The Studs

  • Blake Baxendale, Arkansas DH: Baxendale drove in a career-high five RBIs. Four of them came off of his first-inning grand slam that easily flew the wall in left field.
  • Eric Fisher, Arkansas 1B: Fisher had his third home run in the three-game series. He had one in each game. On Sunday, he smacked a two-run bomb off Brady Domangue. He went 2 for 4 at the plate.

The Duds

  • Kyle Bouman, LSU LHP: Bouman had a nightmare of a first inning. He allowed a double, single and walked the next batter to load the bases before Baxendale had that grand slam to left field. Bouman was yanked after the first.

    Brady Domangue struggled in his three batters faced. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

    Brady Domangue struggled in his three batters faced. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Brady Domangue, LSU RHP: Domangue faced just three batters. He allowed a home run, a one-run double and an RBI sac-fly, putting LSU into a 9-2 hole.

The Turning Point

  • Arkansas’ grand slam? Nah. The real turning point took place in the fifth, when the Tigers fell into that 9-2 hole after Glenn and Domangue’s rough stretches.

The Quote

  • “It’s demoralizing when you’re right out of the gate down 4-0.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri