HOOVER, Alabama — The pregame blog will post a few hours before first pitch of each ballgame. Lineups will be added at the bottom when they’re made available. Check back for any additional updates.
- When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
- Where: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
- Rankings: No. 5 seed LSU is ranked as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 10. No. 4 seed Florida is ranked as high as No. 1 and as low as No. 3
- Projected Starters: LSU Fr. RHP Caleb Gilbert (4-3, 5.11 ERA) vs. Florida So. LHP Scott Moss (2-0, 2.20 ERA)
- TV: SEC Network
- Streaming: Available online at ESPN3.com
- Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates; 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
- Pre- and postgame coverage: blogs.theadvocate.com/linedrives;theadvocate.com/sports
- In-game Updates: @Chandler_Rome, @RabalaisAdv
- ‘Can’t be more excited’: In a ‘surreal’ scenario, hometown pitcher Caleb Gilbert starts for LSU in its SEC tournament semifinal
- LSU baseball notebook: Former slugger Todd Walker’s jersey will be retired in 2017
- Scott Rabalais: Given this youthful LSU baseball team, this may be coach Paul Mainieri’s best work yet
What to Watch
Hometown Hurler: Caleb Gilbert assured reporters Friday that pitching in his hometown, 1.4 miles from his high school, wouldn’t overwhelm him. He displays inordinate poise for a 19-year-old and his teammates hail him as the most intelligent person on the team, but even Paul Mainieri said he’d be a bit nervous once he took the mound.
“If he’s not,” Mainieri joked, “he’s probably not breathing.”
Gilbert faced this Florida lineup last week and, after a rough first inning that was marked by a one-out walk, he mowed through the Gators in 4.1 innings. Getting ahead in the count to set up the wipeout slider will be key for the former closer. And, of course, managing his emotions.
Who’s on Third? Chris Reid fell ill during the eighth inning of Thursday’s 6-2 win against Mississippi State. Mainieri pulled him for Trey Dawson and Reid didn’t join the team during its off-day activities yesterday. Mainieri said he hoped Reid’s illness was just a “24-hour thing” and he’d be ready to play today. Reid’s been one of LSU’s most patient hitters in the middle of its order, taking at-bats deep into the count and running pitch counts up. He possesses an uncanny ability to spoil bad pitches and his pitch selection is among the best on a team that, as it is, does not strike out. Missing him could give the Tigers a big hole to fill in their lineup.
Reid was a full participant in LSU’s batting practice at Hoover High School before the game and was in the Tigers’ starting lineup, which is listed below.
- Antoine Duplantis (RF)
- Jake Fraley (CF)
- Kramer Robertson (SS)
- Bryce Jordan (DH)
- Chris Reid (3B)
- Beau Jordan (LF)
- Greg Deichmann (1B)
- Mike Papierski (C)
- Cole Freeman (2B)
Caleb Gilbert (RHP)