Pregame: LSU vs. Yale

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’s At Stake

  • Rebounding: The Tigers took their first loss of the season Tuesday, a 4-1 ‘L’ to Louisiana-Lafayette. Can they get back on track? No one thought LSU would go undefeated but the defeat was a frustrating one – at home to a smaller in-state school and in a rain-shortened game.

What To Watch

  • Robertson’s response: Second baseman Kramer Robertson gets the starting nod Friday against Yale. His response to a struggling Tuesday night will be on full display under the lights. Robertson had a base-running blunder and botched a grounder against Louisiana-Lafayette. Coach Paul Mainieri is giving the freshman another shot as he determines who’ll be everyday starters for his squad this season.

    Aaron Nola, last time out, didn't allow a hit in his seven innings. (AP)

    Aaron Nola, last time out, didn’t allow a hit in his seven innings. (AP)

  • No-no Nola: Last time ace Aaron Nola pitched he threw a no-no in seven innings before before pulled as part of the coaches’ pitch count plan. Nola hasn’t allowed a run this season in his two starts and has struck out 14 in 13 innings pitched. Yale hit .249 as a team last year.
  • Competitive spots: This might be the last weekend in which Mainieri will shuffle his lineup as he tries to find the solid group of starters he’ll count on come conference play. Performances this weekend are key to winning jobs at catcher, left and right field, first base, DH and second base.

Know Your Opponent

  • Yale went just 10-10 in the Ivy League last season and struggled mightily at the plate (.249, 4 home runs, 233 strikeouts). The Bulldogs, though, return their top five hitters and all of their starting pitching. On Saturday, Yale will start a true freshman, highly rated hurler named Chasen Ford.

Lineups

LSU

  • Sean McMullen, LF
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 2B
  • Kade Scivicque, DH
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Chris Chinea, C
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Kramer Robertson, 2B

Yale

  • Nate Adams, 2B
  • Eric Hsieh, LF
  • Jacob Hunter, 1B
  • Brent Lawson, RF
  • David Toups, DH
  • Green Campbell, CF
  • Richard Slenker, 3B
  • Cale Hanson, SS
  • Robert Baldwin, C