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Balls and Strikes: LSU 6, Tulane 0

Conner Hale picked up three hits in Tuesday night's victory against Tulane. (Angela Major)

Conner Hale picked up three hits in Tuesday night’s victory against Tulane. (Angela Major)

General Info

  • Coverage: Game Story
  • Twitter:   @DellengerAdv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On Deck: vs. Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. Friday
  • In The Hole: at Georgia, 7:00 p.m. Saturday

STRIKES

  • Chinea’s Day: Junior first baseman Chris Chinea made one thing very clear on Tuesday evening – he isn’t going to be fazed at the plate after taking a 93 mph fastball to the chin on Saturday. The Miami, Florida, native collected two hits against Tulane, including a 417-foot bomb over the left-center field wall. It was Chinea’s sixth home run of the season.
  • Fantastic Freshmen: For rookie right-hander Austin Bain, Tuesday evening’s outing against Tulane may have just been a warmup for the weekend, but that didn’t stop him from dominating the Green Wave. Bain tossed two innings of scoreless baseball, allowing only one hit. Two innings later, freshman right-hander Jake Godfrey took the hill and arguably gave his best performance yet. The New Lenox, Illinois, native pitched two perfect innings, recording three strikeouts in the process. Rookie Doug Norman wasn’t too shabby in the top of the seventh, either, retiring three of four hitters in the frame.
  • Making It Hale: LSU’s offense wasn’t electric against Tulane, but senior third baseman Conner Hale still found a way to have a productive day at the plate. With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Hale laced an RBI double to left field to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, he added to his RBI total by lacing a two-run single to right field to give LSU the 6-0 lead. He had three hits total on the evening.

BALLS

  • Scivicque’s Streak Ends: It was a good ride for LSU senior catcher Kade Scivicque. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. Entering the night on a 23-game hitting streak, Scivicque went 0-for-3 at the plate before being replaced by freshman Michael Papierski in the top of the eighth.
  • Bregman’s Error: For the first time in his LSU career, junior shortstop Alex Bregman has made three errors in three consecutive games. With two outs in the top of the third inning, Bregman fielded a ball and threw high to first base, pulling Chinea off the bag. The miscue was Bregman’s fifth error in his last seven games.

Pregame: LSU vs. Tulane

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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.

General Info

  • What: LSU (34-6) vs. Tulane (24-15)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Austin Bain (0-1, 3.29 ERA) vs. TU Jr. RHP Patrick Duester (4-3, 1.85 ERA)
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On deck: vs. Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPNU)
  • In the hole: vs. Texas A&M, 7 p.m. Friday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • Who wants to head into the biggest regular season series at Alex Box Stadium having lost to Tulane at home? Not coach Paul Mainieri and his Tigers. No. 1 LSU hosts No. 2 Texas A&M in the first 1-2 matchup in Baton Rouge in at least 10 years starting Thursday. The Tigers won’t need to lessen the sizzle of the clash with a loss to the Green Wave.
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Chris Chinea will wear this guard if he plays Tuesday.

What To Watch

  • Bullpen work: LSU used just two relievers in the two-game weekend series at Georgia – Parker Bugg and Hunter Newman. Mainieri will tune up the group in the game against Tulane, possibly throwing upwards of seven relief pitchers.
  • Bregman’s rebound: Alex Bregman had, possibly, the single worst day of his career in Saturday’s doubleheader at Georgia. He struck out three times and committed two errors. He entered that day with eight Ks and three errors on the season.
  • Faceguarded Chinea: Chris Chinea could play tonight against Tulane while wearing a guard that protects the left side of his face as he continues to recover from taking a 93 mph fastball to his chin area. The guard won’t affect him, Chinea said. He had planned to play Sunday before the series finale against Georgia was rained out.

Know Your Opponent: 

  • Tulane has an RPI of 44, and the Green Wave just took a series from nationally ranked Central Florida last week. LSU tagged Patrick Duester for six hits and four earned runs in 3.1 innings the last time these two teams met – a 13-7 LSU win March 24.

Lineups

LSU

  • Chris Sciambra, DH
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 3B
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Jared Foster, 2B

Tulane

  • Stephen Alemais, SS
  • Jake Rogers, C
  • Lex Kaplan, RF
  • Hunter Williams, DH
  • Tyler Wilson, 1B
  • John Gandolfo, CF
  • Hunter Hope, 3B
  • Jake Willsey, 2B
  • Richard Carthon, LF

LSU, Aggies series nearly completely sold out

(HILARY SCHEINUK)

(HILARY SCHEINUK)

Did you want a seat for LSU’s games against Texas A&M this week? You’re – almost – out of luck.

Two of the three games are hard sellouts, meaning there isn’t a single seat available, and the series opener Thursday has just a handful of tickets remaining.

LSU and Texas A&M have a combined record of 69-11 and are tied for first place at 12-5 in the Southeastern Conference. In many polls, the Tigers and Aggies are No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation.

As of 3 p.m., there were just five outfield tickets available to the Thursday game. You can purchase tickets here.

LSU is selling standing room-only tickets for the three games. The school has sold 600 standing room-only tickets for the three-game series. It’s unclear how many of those tickets the school will distribute.

Alex Box seats 10,326, excluding standing room-only sections, and the school often times announces ticket sales in excess of 11,000.

LSU sold 9,200 season tickets this season. The school reserves about 300-500 seats for students and about 300-500 seats for individual game tickets. The other 200-300 seats are reserved for the families of players and coaches and the visiting team, which gets about 75 tickets per game.

Poll Speak Monday

Georgia and LSU were rained out Sunday.

Georgia and LSU were rained out Sunday.

Each Monday, you can track the Tigers in the polls as the rankings are released. 

LSU went 3-0 this week with a two-game sweep at Georgia and an 11-2 win over Lamar. 

Polls

RPI

(previous week’s ranking)

On Deck

  • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: vs. Tulane (Alex Box)
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: vs. Texas A&M (Alex Box)
  • Friday, 7 p.m.: vs. Texas A&M (Alex Box)
  • Saturday, 1 p.m.: vs. Texas A&M (Alex Box)

Around The SEC

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Around The SEC brings you results and standings after each weekend of SEC baseball action. Series winners are in bold. Series sweepers are initalicized-bold.

  • Auburn vs. Ole Miss
  • LSU at Georgia
  • Florida at Mississippi State
  • Kentucky vs. Tennessee
  • South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt
  • Missouri vs. Alabama
  • Arkansas at Texas A&M

Series Of The Week

  • Arkansas at Texas A&M:  The Hogs handed the Aggies their first series loss of the season and did it in College Station with a wild two-out rally in Game 2 of the series. They scored five runs two outs in a resumed second game and then won the rubber match 8-2.

SEC Standings (click to enlarge)

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Upcoming Schedule

  • Georgia at Auburn*
  • Texas A&M at LSU*
  • South Carolina at Tennessee
  • Kentucky at Florida
  • Alabama at Ole Miss
  • Missouri at Vanderbilt
  • Mississippi State at Arkansas

*Thursday-Saturday series

Pregame: LSU vs. Georgia (G3)

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.

ATHENS, GEORGIA – The LSU-Georgia series finale has been rained out.

  • Of the news variety: LSU first baseman Chris Chinea did not suffer a broken jaw after taking a 93 mph fastball to the chin during Saturday’s second game. He needed four stitches. Read more here. Chinea has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game. He’ll sport this face guard if he does play:

General Info

  • What: LSU (34-6, 12-5) vs. Georgia (20-20. 6-11)
  • When: Noon Sunday
  • Where: Foley Field, Athens, Georgia
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Austin Bain (0-1, 3.29 ERA) vs. UGA TBA
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Tulane, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • In the hole: vs. Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • A road series sweep in the SEC is a rare thing, and LSU can do it twice in three weekends Sunday. The Tigers might need one to keep pace with Texas A&M, which is one and a half games ahead of LSU in the standings.

What To Watch

Zac Person hasn't pitched yet this weekend. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Zac Person hasn’t pitched yet this weekend. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

  • The bullpen: LSU is just about as fresh as could be in the bullpen. Zac Person, Jesse Stallings, Jake Godfrey, Doug Norman and Alden Cartwright have one thing in common. They haven’t pitched against Georgia. LSU used just two relievers on Saturday in two games – Parker Bugg and Hunter Newman.
  • Bregman rebound: SS Alex Bregman had maybe his worst day of his LSU career Saturday. He struck out three times and committed errors on two fairly routine plays in the doubleheader. He had hits first two-K game of the season in the series opener Saturday. He’ll have a shot Sunday – well, maybe (see below) – to make up for it.
  • Rainy forecast: There is a 90 percent chance of, not just rain, but thunderstorms on Sunday in Athens. Storms are expected to start in the wee hours and last through early evening. The SEC travel curfew prevents a game from starting after 4 p.m., and a game can’t restart, if stopped, after 6.

Lineups

LSU

  • Chris Sciambra, DH
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 3B
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Jared Foster, 2B

Georgia

  • Nick King, SS
  • Keegan McGovern, LF
  • Stephen Wrenn, CF
  • Daniel Nichols, 1B
  • Zack Bowers, C
  • Jared Walsh, DH
  • DJ Smith, RF
  • Mitchell Webb, 3B
  • Trey Logan, 2B

Pregame: LSU vs. Georgia (G1, G2)

Foley Field on Saturday morning was drier than it was Friday night.

Foley Field on Saturday morning was drier than it was Friday night.

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.

ATHENS, GEORGIA –

Jared Poche makes his first start in the No. 2 role this season. (JOHN OUBRE)

Jared Poche makes his first start in the No. 2 role this season. (JOHN OUBRE)

General Info

  • What: LSU (32-6, 10-5) vs. Georgia (20-18, 6-9)
  • When: Noon Saturday (Game 2 about 45 minutes after completion of Game 1)
  • Where: Foley Field, Athens, Georgia
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Alex Lange (6-0, 1.39 ERA) vs. UGA Jr. RHP Sean McLaughlin (3-2, 5.13 ERA);  LSU So. LHP Jared Poché (6-1, 3.11 ERA) vs. UGA Jr. LHP Ryan Lawlor (4-4, 2.96 ERA)
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: at Georgia, 1 p.m. Saturday
  • In the hole: at Georgia, Noon, Sunday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • The goal for LSU and coach Paul Mainieri is to get to 19 or 20 SEC wins. That would all but assure the Tigers, 10-5 in the SEC right now, a top 8 national seed. The series at Georgia begins the second half of the SEC schedule (five three-game series). Among those five (vs. Missouri and Texas A&M and at UGA, South Carolina and Mississippi State), the series at Georgia might be the most sweep-able one.

What To Watch

  • Alex Lange at No. 1: The SEC’s leader in ERA gets his first chance at starting on the mound as the Tigers start a weekend series. Maybe more important – that elbow of his. He didn’t pitch last weekend against Auburn because of “elbow tightness,” something coaches say isn’t serious. He’s on a pitch count of about 80 pitches Saturday. He said Friday night that his arm feels “great.”
  • Scivicque’s streak: Seems as if we mention this each Pregame, but catcher Kade Scivicque – if you haven’t heard – is on a 21-game hitting streak. That’s the most for anyone at LSU in two years. Can he keep it up? He’ll have a good shot to do it. LSU is facing a pitcher with a 5.13 ERA to start the DH.
  • Double down: LSU has swept its two doubleheaders already this season (vs. Boston College and Princeton), but this one is more important than those two combined. It’s a an SEC series and the two squads might not be able to get in Game 3 because of thunderstorms Sunday.

Know Your Opponent

  • Georgia has an RPI of 98 and has won just one of nine home SEC games this season, but has taken series on the road against Tennessee (a sweep) and South Carolina. Georgia’s No. 1 starter, Robert Tyler, is out with a forearm injury.

Lineups

LSU

  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 3B
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Chris Sciambra, DH
  • Jared Foster, 2B

Georgia

  • Nick King, SS
  • Keegan McGovern, LF
  • Stephen Wrenn, CF
  • Daniel Nichols, 1B
  • Zack Bowers, C
  • Jared Walsh, DH
  • Trevor Kieboom, 3B
  • Skyler Weber, RF
  • Mike Bell, 2B

Pregame: LSU vs. Georgia (G1)

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.

ATHENS, GEORGIA – Friday’s game was postponed and the two will play a Saturday doubleheader.

General Info

  • What: LSU (32-6, 10-5) vs. Georgia (20-18, 6-9)
  • When: 6 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Foley Field, Athens, Georgia
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Alex Lange (6-0, 1.39 ERA) vs. UGA Jr. RHP Sean McLaughlin (3-2, 5.13 ERA)
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: at Georgia, 1 p.m. Saturday
  • In the hole: at Georgia, Noon, Sunday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • The goal for LSU and coach Paul Mainieri is to get to 19 or 20 SEC wins. That would all but assure the Tigers, 10-5 in the SEC right now, a top 8 national seed. The series at Georgia begins the second half of the SEC schedule (five three-game series). Among those five (vs. Missouri and Texas A&M and at UGA, South Carolina and Mississippi State), the series at Georgia might be the most sweep-able one.

What To Watch

Alex Lange gets the No. 1 nod this weekend. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Alex Lange gets the No. 1 nod this weekend. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

  • Alex Lange at No. 1: The SEC’s leader in ERA gets his first chance at starting on the mound as the Tigers start a weekend series. Maybe more important – that elbow of his. He didn’t pitch last weekend against Auburn because of “elbow tightness,” something coaches say isn’t serious. He’s on a pitch count of about 80 pitches Friday night.
  • Poché closing: Jared Poché has never closed a game or relieved, period, in his career. Sounds like he could get his first chance to do that Friday night in a possible closing role. That gives Mainieri another solid arm to pitch over the weekend and saves a reliever to pitcher later in the weekend.
  • Scivicque’s streak: Seems as if we mention this each Pregame, but catcher Kade Scivicque – if you haven’t heard – is on a 21-game hitting streak. That’s the most for anyone at LSU in two years. Can he keep it up? He’ll have a good shot to do it. LSU is facing a pitcher with a 5.13 ERA.

Know Your Opponent

  • Georgia has an RPI of 98 and has won just one of nine home SEC games this season, but has taken series on the road against Tennessee (a sweep) and South Carolina. Georgia’s No. 1 starter, Robert Tyler, is out with a forearm injury. Sean McLaughlin has allowed a 27 earned runs this season in seven starts.

Balls and Strikes: LSU 11, Lamar 2

Collin Strall recorded a strikeout and picked up a base hit in LSU's 11-2 win against Lamar.

Collin Strall recorded a strikeout and picked up a base hit in LSU’s 11-2 win against Lamar.

General Info

  • Coverage: Game Story
  • Twitter:   @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On Deck: at Georgia, 6:00 p.m. Friday
  • In The Hole: at Georgia, 1:00 p.m. Saturday

STRIKES

  • First-Inning Fireworks: LSU senior second baseman Jared Foster stepped to the plate with no outs in the bottom of the first inning. He was the No. 8 hitter in Paul Mainieri’s lineup. The first seven Tigers in the batting order either picked up a base hit or drew a walk, leading to six runs right out of the gate for LSU. That would prove to be more than enough in the 11-2 rout.
  • Left Field Landing: “Left Field Landing,” the name given to the left field bleachers in Alex Box stadium, took a bit of a beating on Wednesday evening. LSU junior shortstop Alex Bregman and junior first baseman Chris Chinea both bombed homers over the left field wall, their eighth and fifth dingers on the season, respectively.
  • Bouman’s Best: Quality starts have been few and far between for LSU senior southpaw Kyle Bouman (1-1). That being said, he put on his best performance of the season on Wednesday night against Lamar. The Ferguson, Missouri, native tossed five innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and one earned run while striking out three. He also picked up his first victory of the season.
  • STILL Streaking: LSU senior catcher Kade Scivicque didn’t waste any time extending his hitting streak to 21 games on Wednesday evening. He laced an RBI double down the right field line in the bottom of the first inning to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
  • Strall Singles: LSU pitchers are still batting 1.000 in 2015. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Strall laced an RBI single off the third baseman’s glove. Here’s the frozen rope.
  • Mound For May: Freshman walk-on Ryan May saw a little time on the mound in Wednesday’s victory, recording two outs. He even made an impressive play on a hard comebacker to the mound, which he snagged with his glove before firing to first base.

BALLS

  • Two Stumbles: LSU played an almost perfect game… with the exception of two errors. Foster made his first error in 16 games in the top of the first inning after failing to handle a ground ball to his right. Freshman right fielder Beau Jordan also dropped a ball in the top of the ninth, giving him his first career error.

Pregame: LSU vs. Lamar

LSU's bats will look to heat up against a poor Lamar pitching staff on Wednesday.

LSU’s bats will look to heat up against a poor Lamar pitching staff on Wednesday.

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.

General Info

  • What: LSU (31-6) vs. Lamar (17-18)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU, Sr. LHP Kyle Bouman (0-1, 7.53) vs. Lamar, Jr. RHP Billy Love (0-0, 2.25)
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv@BarrecaAdvocate
  • On deck: at Georgia, 6:00 p.m. Friday
  • In the hole: at Georgia, 1:00 p.m. Saturday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • After a successful weekend against Auburn in Alex Box Stadium, LSU moved back into the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s poll. That could change quickly with an upset loss against Lamar. The Cardinals are currently ranked No. 228 in Division I in RPI.

What To Watch

  • Bouman’s Momentum: For LSU senior southpaw Kyle Bouman, any positive pitching performance is one to build off of. In his last start against the University of New Orleans, the Ferguson, Missouri, native tossed 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs while recording three strikeouts. He’ll look to have a better outing on Wednesday against Lamar as he looks to lower his 7.53 ERA.
  • Bats On Track: LSU may have pulled out a series win against Auburn over the weekend, but it certainly didn’t come easily. Paul Mainieri’s club scored 10 runs over the three-game span, collecting only 20 total hits – the lowest hit total for the squad during a three-game series in 2015. That being said, Wednesday’s contest against Lamar could be the perfect cure for the Tigers’ bats. The Cardinals have had their pitching problems this season, accumulating a 4.07 team ERA. Lamar has allowed 157 runs in 302.2 innings pitched in 2015.
  • Still Streaking: Kade Scivicque just keeps on hitting. Despite the low hit totals for the Tigers this past weekend, the senior catcher still collected a base knock in all three contests, extending his hitting streak to 20 games. He’ll look to make that 21 if he plays against Lamar on Wednesday.

Know Your Opponent

  • Lamar junior right-hander Billy Love hasn’t gotten too much action on the mound this season, tossing only four innings in two relief appearances. Of the 12 batters he has faced this year, he has struck out four while allowing two walks and an earned run. He has yet to allow a hit in 2015.

Lineups

LSU

  1. Jake Fraley, LF
  2. Mark Laird, RF
  3. Alex Bregman, SS
  4. Conner Hale, 3B
  5. Kade Scivicque, DH
  6. Andrew Stevenson, CF
  7. Chris Chinea, 1B
  8. Jared Foster, 2B
  9. Michael Papierski, C

Lamar

  1. Stijn van der Meer, SS
  2. Reed Seeley, 3B
  3. CJ Moore, RF
  4. Kevin Santana, LF
  5. Kyle Markum, DH
  6. Jake Nash, 1B
  7. Mason Salazar, 2B
  8. Brendan Satran, CG
  9. Justin Eckols, C