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Postgame: LSU 6, Tulane 0

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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. Tennessee, 7 p.m. Friday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Alex Box

The Studs

Jake Fraley had three hits Tuesday night and drove in two runs. (Matthew Hinton)

Jake Fraley had three hits Tuesday night and drove in two runs. (Matthew Hinton)

  • Jake Fraley, LSU OF: The freshman had a career-high with three RBIs and three hits. He drove in two runs at a crucial point in the third inning to give LSU a 3-0 lead. Mainieri threw BP to Fraley. “He was locked in,” he said.
  • Mark Laird, LSU RF: Laird extended a hitting streak to five games. He drove in a run and went 2 for 4 with a walk on Tuesday. He had a double, too.
  • Zac Person, LSU LHP: Person entered for starter Kyle Bouman with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth. He retired Jake Rogers to end the inning. “Just throw strikes,” he said of his mindset walking up to the mound.

The Turning Point

  • LSU jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. The Tigers had three hits and a walk in the frame.  Both runs scored on Fraley’s shot through the first-second hole.

The Quote

  • “I honestly believe we’re watching the evolution of, maybe, the next great LSU baseball player.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri on Fraley

Pregame: LSU vs. Tulane

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 (30-10-1) vs. Tulane (15-22)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers:  LSU Jr. LHP Kyle Bouman (3-2, 3.24) vs. TU RHP Sr. RHP Tyler Mapes (4-2, 1.97)
  • TV: CST
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Tennessee, 7 p.m. Friday, Alex Box Stadium
  • In the hole: vs. Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Alex Box Stadium
  • Links to know: Bouman, Tigers seek revenge against Green Wave

What’s At Stake

  • Bouman put it best during interviews Monday: Keep the ball rolling, he said. LSU has won 10 of its last 12 games and has surged back into the top 10 in all of the major college baseball polls. The Tigers don’t need any more ugly non-conference losses if they are to claim a national seed at season’s end. LSU lost to Tulane last month and has defeats to Louisiana-Lafayette and Yale.

What To Watch

  • Bouman’s chance: Bouman gets his first appearance since allowing a first-inning grand slam in a 10-4 loss to Arkansas in that series finale nine days ago. Coach Paul Mainieri says he still has confidence in Bouman. The junior college transfer will not have a pitch count placed on him for Tuesday’s game. It’s a shot for Bouman to show Mainieri he can return to a weekend role.

    Alex Bregman struck out four times in the series win at Ole Miss. (Bruce Newman)

    Alex Bregman struck out four times in the series win at Ole Miss. (Bruce Newman)

  • Bregman: Shortstop Alex Bregman continues to struggle. He went 3 for 13 at Ole Miss, and coach Paul Mainieri moved him down to No. 6 in the batting order. It’s the lowest he’s ever batted in his LSU career. The sophomore is hitting .278, nearly 100 points below what he batted in 2013.

Know Your Opponent

  • Mapes is Tulane’s No. 1 pitcher. He’s struck out 40 and walked eight, but he’s allowed 46 hits in 50.1 innings pitched. Tulane has had a rough go at it since the win over LSU. TU is 2-11 since.

Lineups

LSU

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

Tulane

  • Richard Carthon, LF
  • Jake Rogers, C
  • Garrett Deschamp, SS
  • Andrew Garner, RF
  • Hunter Hope, 3B
  • Lex Kaplan, CF
  • Barry Buchowski, DH
  • Tyler Wilson, 1B
  • Jake Wilsey, 2B

Poll Speak Monday

Conner Hale's solo homer gave LSU a two-run lead in an eventual 2-0 series-clinching win at Ole Miss. (Ignacio Murillo)

Conner Hale’s solo homer gave LSU a two-run lead in an eventual 2-0 series-clinching win at Ole Miss. (Ignacio Murillo)

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: 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