Rhymes grounds out again, now at .497

LSU left fielder Raph Rhymes went after the first pitch to start the eighth inning and grounded out to second.

Unless there are extra innings, his night will likely end with a 1-for-3 effort and an average of .497 after coming into the game hitting an even .500.

Earlier, Rhymes grounded out to third, hit a sacrifice fly to left and doubled to center, extending his hitting streak to eight games.

LSU holds a precarious 4-3 lead, and is only still in front because of a couple of questionable base-running decisions by the Lions, most recently Brock Hebert getting tagged out at home trying to score when a ball trickled away from Ty Ross.

Rhymes doubles in 5th, average back to .500

LSU left fielder Raph Rhymes got his average back to .500 (71-for-142) in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday night against SLU.

Facing an 0-2 count against new Lions relief pitcher Matt Pittari, Rhymes lobbed a shot into shallow center field. SLU center fielder Harry Slade was charging hard, but his diving attempt wasn’t good enough as the ball kicked away toward right.

Austin Nola and Tyler Moore then flied out, stranding Rhymes at second base. LSU leads 4-1 going to the sixth inning.

So far tonight, Rhymes has a ground out to third (though replays show he beat the throw), a sacrifice fly to left as part of LSU’s four-run third inning and a double.

His current hitting streak is now at eight games. Rhymes also has two nine-game hitting streaks.

More to come …

Rhymes hits sac fly to left in 3rd inning, Tigers take 2-1 lead

Raph Rhymes worked a full count on SLU reliever Tanner Rainey in the bottom of the third inning before lifting a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left.

That easily scored JaCoby Jones from third to tie the score 1-1. Austin Nola followed that with a sharp double down the left field line to score Arby Fields from second. Tyler Moore followed that with a solid two-RBI single to center to give LSU a 4-1 lead going to the fourth.

Rhymes is now 0-for-1 tonight with an RBI, his team-leading 45th of the season. He’s still hitting .496 after grounding out to third in the first inning, though it was a ball that replays showed he beat out.

More updates to come …

Rhymes grounds out in first at bat

LSU left fielder Raph Rhymes grounded out on a high chopper to short in his first at bat Wednesday night against SLU, though replays showed he beat the throw.

Rhymes protested only for a moment then headed back to the dugout, his average now at .496. The call shows how difficult it will be for Rhymes to maintain this pace and try to become the first college hitter since 1991 to bat .500. A bad call knocks you back four points.

The Tigers trail the Lions 1-0 in the bottom of the second.

More updates to come.

LSU, SLU meet at The Box

Scott Rabalais here with you, taking you through tonight’s game between No. 3 LSU (32-9) and Southeastern Louisiana (28-13) at Alex Box Stadium.

We’ll be blogging and tweeting updates during the game, including after each of Raph Rhymes at bats. In case you somehow missed it, Rhymes comes into the game batting .500 for the season, which leads the NCAA by 50 points.

Here are tonight’s lineups

No. 3 LSU Tigers (32-9)

1. 2B JaCoby Jones (.245)

2. CF Arby Fields (.288)

3. RF Mason Katz (.350)

4. LF Raph Rhymes (.500)

5. SS Austin Nola (.301)

6. 1B Tyler Moore (.254)

7. 3B Tyler Hanover (.307)

8. C Ty Ross (.307)

9. DH Grant Dozar (.276)

Starting pitcher – RH Joe Broussard (4-0, 4.15 ERA)

Southeastern Louisiana Lions (28-13)

1. CF Harry Slade (.275)

2. SS Ben Hernandez (.252)

3. 2B Brock Hebert (.401)

4. 1B Jonathan Pace (.375)

5. DH Cody Gougler (.294)

6. LF Ladd Rhodes (.250)

7. C Jacob Fisher (.182)

8. 3B Brett Hoffman (.210)

9. RF Alex Marse (.148)

Starting pitcher – RH Josh Janway (2-2, 2.95 ERA)


Baseball TV change for tonight!!!!

Cox has announced that the LSU-Kentucky baseball game will air on its Ch. 96 (beginning at 5:30 p.m.). … That should reach all who have Cox.

The game will be rebroadcast on Fox College Sports(Cox Cable Ch. 255) beginning at 10 p.m. That was the channel the game was originally set to air live on before this change (but many Cox subscribers do not have this channel).

It seems Saturday will stay the same (on 255), and Sunday there is no television at all.

SEC posts weekend pitching rotations

The pitching rotations for this weekend’s SEC matchups have been posted on the conference website, www.SECSports.com (you must be able to open a PDF to view).

If you just want to check out the LSU-Kentucky matchups, we’ll save you the trouble:

FRIDAY, 5:30 p.m. CST (Fox Sports South, Cox Cable Ch. 255)

LSU – So. RHP Kevin Gausman (6-1, 2.76 ERA)
UK – Jr. LHP Taylor Rogers (4-1, 5.07 ERA)

SATURDAY, 1 p.m. CST (Fox Sports South, Cox Cable Ch. 255)

LSU – So. RHP Ryan Eades (5-1, 2.51 ERA)
UK – Jr. LHP Jerad Grundy (3-1, 4.60 ERA)

SUNDAY, noon CDT (No TV)

LSU – Fr. RHP Aaron Nola (5-1, 3.15 ERA)
UK – So. LHP Corey Littrell (6-0, 1.95 ERA)


TV listings for LSU, Kentucky games

The first two games of this weekend’s baseball showdown between No. 1-ranked LSU and No. 2 Kentucky will be televised on Cox Cable Ch. 255 in the Baton Rouge market.

The games are being shown on Fox Sports South. First pitch Friday is set for 5:30 p.m. CST Friday, with Saturday’s game set to start at 1 p.m.

Sunday’s noon series finale is not scheduled to be televised.

Check back for further updates.


Tigers hold off Alcorn State for 7-2 win

It was tougher than the Tigers hoped it would be, but No. 3-ranked LSU finally pulled away late Tuesday night for a 7-2 victory over Alcorn State before 3,326 fans at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (26-7) has now won nine of its last 10 games going into Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game against Southern Mississippi at Zephyr Field in the annual Wally Pontiff Classic. But this one was a struggle at times against an Alcorn team that is now 7-26 on the season.

Jordy Snikeris hit his first career home run in the second, but the game was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth. LSU led only 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh before Mason Katz gave the Tigers some breathing room, leading off with a homer to right, his sixth.

LSU plated three more runs after that to preserve the win for Joe Broussard (4-0).

Coach Paul Mainieri said again after the game that freshman Aaron Nola will start against USM, but will only pitch one inning. Nola of course missed his scheduled start last weekend at Florida because of arm fatigue.

If all goes well, Nola will start Sunday at The Box against Alabama.

Mainieri also said that outfielder Raph Rhymes, the SEC’s leading hitter at .465, had a symptom-free day Tuesday after suffering a concussion Friday at Florida, but that he is still day-to-day. Rhymes won’t play against USM and remains questionable for this weekend’s Alabama series.

Remember, you can catch the LSU-USM game on Cox Cable Ch. 4 in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette via the Jumbo Sports Network.

LSU-Alcorn State starting lineups

Good evening from Alex Box Stadium.

Scott Rabalais here, pinch hitting for our Les East who has the night off.

I’ll be taking you through tonight’s non-conference game between No. 3-ranked LSU (25-7) and the Alcorn State Braves (7-25).

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:


1. CF Alvin Jackson (.236)

2. LF Joshua Powell (.252)

3. 1B Rodney Warren (.304)

4. RF Eduardo Gonzales (.344)

5. DH Jann Butler (.280)

6. SS Angel Rosa (.326)

7. 3B Antolin Morales (.148)

8. 2B Christian Hickman (.365)

9. C Gabriel Lebron (.222)

Starting pitcher – RH Cedric Pomerlee (0-3, 6.75 ERA)


1. 2B JaCoby Jones (.285)

2. 3B Tyler Hanover (.295)

3. RF Mason Katz (.351)

4. SS Austin Nola (.308)

5. C Ty Ross (.326)

6. 1B Tyler Moore (.333)

7. DH Jordy Snickeris (.412)

8. LF Jared Foster (.239)

9. CF Arby Fields (.192)

Starting pitcher – RH Joe Broussard (3-0, 4.08 ERA)

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said before the game he was going to start Snickeris at catcher, but instead went with Ross. Ross will also catch Wednesday against Southern Miss at Zephyr Field. Mainieri is hoping to save his bullpen tonight and go with as few pitchers as possible, preferably Broussard and Cody Glenn.