LSU goes for series win

LSU coach Paul Mainieri tweaked his lineup Sunday in the wake of the seventh-ranked Tigers being shut out a day earlier by Appalachian State.

Mason Katz and Raph Rhymes swapped positions in the batting order as Katz moved up to No. 3 and Rhymes dropped to No. 4.

JaCoby Jones returned to the lineup in center field after being given the day off Saturday. Jackson Slaid, who has struck out five times in seven at bats this weekend, was dropped from sixth to seventh in the lineup.

The Tigers are facing a left-hander in Rob Marcello (1-0, 0.00).

Here are the full lineups for the game that begins at 11 a.m.:

Appalachian State (3-2)

Hector Crespo — 2b

Preston Troutman — LF

Will Callaway — SS

Daniel Kassouf — DH

Tyler Tewell — RF

Jeremy Dowdy — C

Tyler Zupcic — CF

Noah Holmes — 3b

Trey Holmes — 1B

Rob Marcello — P

LSU (5-1)

Tyler Hanover — 3b

Casey Yocom — 2b

Mason Katz — 1b

Raph Rhymes — RF

Austin Nola — SS

Jackson Slaid — LF

Ty Ross — C

Jared Foster — DH

Kurt McCune — P

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Lineups for LSU-Appalachian St.

Here are the starting lineups for the LSU-Appalachian State game Friday night at Alex Box Stadium. First pitch is 7 p.m.

Appalachian State (2-1)

Hector Crespo — 2b

Preston Troutman — LF

Will Callaway — SS

Daniel Kassouf — DH

Tyler Tewell — RF

Jeremy Dowdy — C

Trey Holmes — 1b

Zach Briggs — 3b

Tyler Zupcic — CF

Seth Grant — P

LSU (4-0)

Tyler Hanover — 3b

Casey Yocom — 2b

Raph Rhymes — LF

Mason Katz — RF

Jackson Slaid — DH

JaCoby Jones — CF

Austin Nola — SS

Ty Ross — C

Grant Dozar — 1b

Kevin Gausman — P

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AF-Alcorn ppd., LSU still at 6:30 p.m.

Rain has forced changes to the rest of the weekend baseball schedule at Alex Box Stadium.

The game between Air Force and Alcorn State that was scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday was postponed until 10 a.m. Sunday.

As of early Saturday afternoon, the LSU-Alcorn State game was still scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The startimg time for the LSU-Air Force game scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday is now scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday.

On Friday, Alcorn State defeated Air Force 7-5 and LSU beat Air Force 10-2.

LSU, Air Force ready to start season

A little more than one hour before LSU’s season opener against Air Force on Friday night the Tigers were forced to make a lineup change.

Alex Edward, who was scheduled to start in right field, pulled a hamstring during batting practice and was a late scratch. Raph Rhymes moved from left to right to replace Edward, Jackson Slaid moved from designated hitter to left, and Jordy Snikeris was inserted into the lineup as the DH.

Kevin Gausman will be the starting pitcher for LSU, opposing the Falcons’ Ben Bertelson.

Here are the starting lineups:


Tyler Hanover (3B)

Casey Yocom (2B)

Raph Rhymes (RF)

Mason Katz (1B)

Jackson Slaid (LF)

JaCoby Jones (CF)

Austin Nola (SS)

Tyler Ross (C)

Jordy Snikeris (DH)

Air Force

Taylor Ausbun (RF)

Patrick Lobo (DH)

Garrett Customs (LF)

Alex Bast (CF)

Adam Hill (1B)

Noah Pierce (3B)

Matthew Roberts (SS)

Brian Sicher (C)

Blair Roberts (2B)

Earlier in the day, Alcorn State rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat Air Force 7-5. Those teams are scheduled to meet again at 11 a.m. Saturday, and LSU and Alcorn State are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The skies remain cloudy over Alex Box Stadium, but the rains have held off.

For further updates, follow me on Twitter (@LesEast).


SEC coaches pick LSU 2nd in West

The Southeastern Conference baseball coaches picked LSU to finish second in the Western Division behind Arkansas in their 21st annual preseason poll released Monday.

The 12 league coaches picked Florida to win the Eastern Division and capture its third consecutive conference championship.

Arkansas received 64 of a possible 66 points. LSU came in second with 58 points and Alabama third with 38. 

Florida received all 66 points in the Eastern Division. South Carolina, the two-time defending National Champions, was second with 56, and Georgia finished third with 42.

Points were compiled on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.

LSU begins the season against Air Force at 7 p.m. Friday in Alex Box Stadium. Conference plays begins March 16.

The SEC Tournament will be played at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., May 22-27.

Here is the coaches poll.

Eastern Division

Ranking Team                      Points     2011 SEC record/finish

1              Florida                    66            22-8 /T-1st

2              S. Carolina             56            22-8 /T-1st        

3              Georgia                  42            16-14 /4th

4              Vanderbilt              40            22-8/T-1st

5              Kentucky               25            8-22 /5th

6              Tennessee             18            7-23 /6th

Western Division

Ranking Team                      Points     2011 SEC record/finish

1              Arkansas               64            15-15 /1st

2              LSU                        58           13-17 /T-5th

3              Alabama                                38            14-16 /T-2nd    

4              Ole Miss                34            13-17 /T-5th

5              Miss. State            33            14-16 /T-2nd    

6              Auburn                  20            14-16 /T-2nd

SEC Champion: Florida


18 LSU games to be televised

LSU announced Wednesday that 18 of the Tigers regular-season baseball games will be televised in 2012 by national and regional networks.

The broadcasts are part of the 15-year Southeastern Conference contract with ESPN that also includes ESPN2, ESPNU,, Fox Sports Net, SportSouth, Cox Sports Television (CST)and Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS).

Including postseason games in the SEC Tournament and NCAA Regional, LSU has appeared on TV 146 times during Paul Mainieri’s five-year tenure as head coach.

In order to view the entire 2012 SEC Baseball TV Schedule, visit

Here is LSU’s 2012 regular-season TV schedule. More of LSU’s games may be added to the TV schedule because SEC schools are free to negotiate individual deals with networks in their respective regions:

2012 LSU Baseball Television Schedule

(all times Central)


11 (Sun.) NOTRE DAME 3 p.m. Cox Sports Television
16 (Fri.) MISSISSIPPI STATE 7 p.m. Cox Sports Television
17 (Sat.) MISSISSIPPI STATE 6 p.m. Comcast Sports Southeast
30 (Fri.) ARKANSAS 7 p.m. Comcast Sports Southeast
31 (Sat.) ARKANSAS 7 p.m. ESPNU

1 (Sun.) ARKANSAS 1 p.m. Cox Sports Television
5 (Thu.) at Florida 6:30 p.m. ESPNU
14 (Sat.) ALABAMA 6:30 p.m. Cox Sports Television
15 (Sun.) ALABAMA 12 p.m. ESPN2
25 (Wed.) SOUTHEASTERN LA. 6:30 p.m. Cox Sports Television
27 (Fri.) GEORGIA 7 p.m. Cox Sports Television
28 (Sat.) GEORGIA 6:30 p.m. Comcast Sports Southeast
29 (Sun.) GEORGIA 1 p.m. ESPN2

1 (Tue.) TULANE 6:30 p.m. Cox Sports Television
5 (Sat.) at Ole Miss 2 p.m. SportSouth
11 (Fri.) VANDERBILT 7 p.m. Cox Sports Television
12 (Sat.) VANDERBILT 7 p.m. SportSouth
13 (Sun.) VANDERBILT 1 p.m. SportSouth