Pregame: LSU vs. Texas Southern

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.

General Info

  • What: LSU (6-0) vs. Texas Southern (2-5)
  • When: 5 p.m. Sunday (originally scheduled for 3 p.m.)
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU LHP Jared Poché (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 0 BB, 6 SO), TSU RHP Devin Kanorik (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 3 BB, 3 SO)
  • Twitter follow: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, , 6 :30 Tuesday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Yale, 7 p.m. Friday, Alex Box
  • Links to know: Tigers clobber Toledo on Saturday to move to 6-0

What’s At Stake

  • Poché’s turn: Texas Southern might be the worst team LSU has played yet, so we overlook the team What’s At Stake and turn to an individual. Poché is competing with Kyle Bouman for an SEC weekend starting spot. He needs a good showing against a bad team. Bouman so far this season in two starts: 11 innings pitched, 10 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts.
Will Conner Hale bat cleanup for LSU on Sunday? (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

Will Conner Hale bat cleanup for LSU on Sunday and how will he do at second? (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

What To Watch

  • Hale at second: The battle at second base between Conner Hale and Kramer Robertson has never been more real. Hale, coach Paul Mainieri said, will get the start Sunday. Robertson started Saturday and went 3 for 5 with a double, while making a nice defensive play and helping turn a double play. Robertson is 3 for 7 on the season and Hale is 8 for 18. Any small defensive lapse or an off-day at the plate could make this competition even hotter.
  • Who’s at first: Kade Scivicque got a crack at first base instead of Chris Chinea on Saturday. He took advantage. Scivicque went 3 for 4 and made a great scoop to cap a double play. He’s battling with Chinea and Tyler Moore for the catcher spot, but whoever doesn’t play catcher among the group will play first.
  • Cleaning it up: This has been a sore spot for the Tigers so far. LSU has used five different players at the No. 4 spot in the batting lineup. They’ve gone a combined 5 for 26 with four RBIs and a walk. That’s a batting average of .192. Those who have had a crack at the cleanup gig: Jared Foster, Conner Hale, Christian Ibarra, Chris Chinea and a pinch-hit spot from Dakota Dean. Hale seemed like the guy, especially after a 3-for-5 outing at Southeastern, but then he went 0 for 4 on Friday.

Know Your Opponent

  • As previously mentioned, Texas Southern isn’t a great squad and might be the worst team LSU’s played so far. The Tigers finished with a .500 record in SWAC play last year and lost to Virginia Tech 8-2. LSU beat Tech 9-0 Friday.

Lineups

LSU

  • Chris Sciambra, LF
  • Danny Zardon, DH
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 2B
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Jared Foster, RF
  • Jake Fraley CF

Texas Southern

  • Marquis Webb, CF
  • Samuel Terry, LF
  • Zach Howell, RF
  • Jerry Ford II, DH
  • Robert Garza, SS
  • Chris DeLeon, 2B
  • Andrew Garza, C
  • Tyler Edwards, 1B
  • Sayvon O’Neal, 3B