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LSU, ULL meet at 6 p.m. in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE — No. 4 LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette are in the midst of pregame warmups for their game at 6 p.m. Tursday at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.

This is the Tigers’ first game in Lafayette since a 7-0 loss to the Ragin’s Cajuns in 2002.

Here are the starting lineups:

LSU (6-1)

1. Chris Sciambra — CF

2. Mark Laird — RF

3. Alex Bregman — SS

4. Raph Rhymes — LF

5. Mason Katz — 1B

6. JaCoby Jones — 2B

7 — Alex Edward — DH

8. Ty Ross — C

9. Christian Ibarra — 3B

SP — LH Cody Glenn (0-0, 0.00)

ULL (7-1)

1. Dex Kjerstad — LF

2. Seth Harrison — RF

3. Michael Strentz — C

4. Jace Conrad — 2B

5. Dylan Butler — DH

6. Chase Compton — 1B

7. Sam Carriere — 3B

8. Ryan Wilson — CF

9. Blake Trahan — SS

SP — LH Cody Smith (0-0, 0.00)

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Wacky weekend ends on high note

The second weekend of the season didn’t go as planned for LSU. First the Friday night game againstSoutheastern Louisianawas suspended due to severe weather and wasn’t completed until Sunday afternoon. Then the No. 3 Tigers played poorly in a 9-4 loss to BYU on Saturday.

When all was said and done LSU had won two out of three to improve to 6-1. The loss Saturday was ugly, but the 13-1 victory against SLU in Sunday’s resumption mitigated that.

Some observations from week No. 2:

–The breakout performances by Raph Rhymes and Mason Katz on Sunday were inevitable and figured to come sooner rather than later. They showed that when those two are hitting, the Tigers have a more productive lineup than they did a year ago. But it remains to be seen who, if anyone, is going to pick up the slack when one or both of those two go through the inevitable lulls. The starts by Chris Sciambra and JaCoby Jones are encouraging, but the one by Ty Ross isn’t.

–Freshman OF Mark Laird made great strides from the first week to the second. He had a total of eight hits over the weekend after having just two before that.

–Sean McMullen didn’t get into a game over the weekend, not even Sunday when coach Paul Mainieri emptied the bench and played every other position player. Stay tuned.

–The Tigers’ next game – at Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday – figures to be more revealing than typical mid-week game especially in February. It’s the team’s first road game of the young season and will come in a hostile environment. It will be useful to see how the first-year players respond.

–It will also be useful to see how left-hander Cody Glenn handles the environment as well. Glenn pitched very well in his first start against Lamar, giving up one run in five innings.

–Tuesday’s game also will bring the season debut of right-handed reliever Nick Rumbelow, who has been sidelined because of a muscle strain in his side. Rumbelow is a key member of the bullpen and if he proves to be another dependable veteran to complement Joey Bourgeois and Chris Cotton, Mainieri won’t have lean as much on newcomers.

–Speaking of the necomers, the bullpen came back to earth after a strong start to the weekend. Nate Fury, Hunter Devall and Will LaMarche all had uneven performances after good debuts. It’s still a ways until Southeastern Conference play starts March 15, but between now and then a couple of newcomers need to demonstrate that they can be counted on.

–By the time SEC play starts, either Glenn or Brent Bonvillain, who has had two solid starts, will move to the bullpen.

 

 

 

LSU, SLU ready to resume

LSU and Southeastern Louisiana will take the field with the same lineups they had when their game was suspended due to severe weather Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

The scoreless game will resume at 1 p.m. Sunday. It will be the bottom of the first and Tigers first baseman Mason Katz will be batting against Lions left-hander Jordan Hymel with a 1-1 count. Runners are on first and third.

Here are the lineups:

SLU (5-1)

1. Corey Bryan — CF

2. Jesse Buratt – 3B

3. Harry Slade — RF

4. Aaron Haag — 1B

5. Jameson Fisher — DH

6. Gabe Woods — 2B

7. Ben Hernandez — SS

8. Sam Roberson — C

9. Ladd Rhodes — LF

SP — LH Jordan Hymel

LSU (5-1)

1. Chris Sciambra — CF

2. Mark Laird — RF

3. Alex Bregman — SS

4. Raph Rhymes — LF

5. Mason Katz — 1B

6. JaCoby Jones — 2B

7. Alex Edward — DH

8. Ty Ross — C

9. Christian Ibarra — 3B

SP — RH Ryan Eades

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LSU set to face BYU at 6 p.m.

The skies have cleared and the weather should not be an issue for the first time in three days as No. 3 LSU plays BYU at 6 p.m. Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers improved to 5-0 when they beat the Cougars 6-5 Thursday in a game that was played in the wake of afternoon showers and under threatening skies. LSU’s game against Southeastern Louisiana was suspended due to severe with no score in the bottom of the first Friday night. That gave will be resumed at 1 p.m. Sunday with the Tigers having runners on first and third with two outs and Mason Katz facing a 1-1 count.

The Lions defeated BYU for the second consecutive day, 3-2, Saturday afternoon. BYU is 2-5.

Here are the starting lineups for the LSU-BYU game:

BYU (2-5)

1. Jacob Hannemann — LF

2. Hayden Nielsen — SS

3. Adam Law — 3B

4. Jaycob Brugman — CF

5. Brock Whitney — 1B

6. Kelton Caldwell — RF

7. Bret Lopez — DH

8. Dakota Hernandez — C

9. Brennon Anderson — 2B

SP — LH Mark Anderson (0-0, 4.50)

LSU (5-0)

1. Chris Sciambra — CF

2. Mark Laird — RF

3. Alex Bregman — SS

4. Raph Rhymes — LF

5. Mason Katz — 1B

6. JaCoby Jones — 2B

7. Alex Edward — DH

8. Ty Ross — C

9. Christian Ibarra — 3B

SP — LH Brent Bonvillain (0-0, 2.25)

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LSU takes on SLU at 7 p.m. Friday

No. 3 LSU will seek its sixth consecutive victory to start the season when it plays Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

SLU improved to 4-1 when it defeated BYU 4-1 Friday afternoon at The Box.

Here are the starting lineups for the SLU-LSU game:

SLU (4-1)

1. Corey Bryan — CF

2. Jesse Buratt — 3B

3. Harry Slade — RF

4. Aaron Haag — 1B

5. Jameson Fisher — DH

6. Gabe Woods — 2B

7. Ben Hernandez — SS

8. Sam Roberson — C

9. Ladd Rhodes — LF

SP — LH Jordan Hymel

LSU (5-0)

1. Chris Sciambra — CF

2. Mark Laird — RF

3. Alex Bregman — SS

4. Raph Rhymes — LF

5. Mason Katz — 1B

6. JaCoby Jones — 2B

7. Alex Edward — DH

8. Ty Ross — C

9. Christian Ibarra — 3B

SP — RH Ryan Eades

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LSU, BYU on schedule for 6:30 start

It looks as though No. 3 LSU and BYU will be able to play baseball as scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Alex Box Stadium despite rain.

The tarp has been coveriung the infield and the grounds crew is sweeping standing water off of it in anticipation of taking it off the field. Tha rain has stopped and though the skies are threatening, the forecast calls for a break from the rain.

Both teams have posted their lineups in anticipation of starting on time. Here they are:

BYU (2-2)

1. Jacob Hannemann — LF

2. Hayden Nielsen — SS

3. Adam Law — 3B

4. Jaycob Brugman — CF

5. Brock Whitney — 1B

6. Kelton Caldwell — RF

7. Dakota Hernandez — C

8. Nate Favero — DH

9. Brennon Anderson — 2B

SP — RH Desmond Poulson

LSU (4-0)

1. Chris Sciambra — CF

2. Mark Laird — RF

3. Alex Bregman — SS

4. Raph Rhymes — LF

5. Mason Katz — 1B

6. JaCoby Jones — 2B

7. Tyler Moore — DH

8. Ty Ross — C

9. Christian Ibarra — 3B

SP — RH Aaron Nola

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