Pregame: LSU vs. Sacred Heart

Kramer Robertson has some serious range. (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

Kramer Robertson has some serious range. (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

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 (9-2) vs. Sacred Heart (2-1)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Jr. RHP Brady Domangue (0-0, 10.12 ERA), Sacred Heart — Sr. RHP Robbie Maguire (1-4 with a 4.66 ERA in 2012)
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: at Northwestern State, 3 p.m. Thursday, Natchitoches, La.
  • In the hole: vs. Purdue, 7 p.m. Friday, Alex Box
  • Links to know: After postponed game, busy week lies ahead for Tigers

What At Stake

  • Stopping the skid, right? LSU has lost two of the last four games. The Tigers have two losses nine games earlier than last season. That’s to be expected with an inexperienced group, but a second straight loss would seem to create doubts about this team’s future. The Tigers haven’t lost three of five regular season non-conference games since March 2009.

What To Watch

  • Domangue’s resurrection: Coach Paul Mainieri really likes Brady Domangue and he’s giving the former LSU-Eunice star a chance to prove his skills as a starter. Domangue struggled in his first two relief appearances this season, but his last one was solid. Domangue, with a good outing against Sacred Heart, can throw his hat into the ring for a weekend starting gig, the coach said.
  • Kramer’s play: Mainieri said Monday that second baseman Kramer Robertson’s play dictates, in a way, his everyday starting group. The coach wants to keep Robertson in the lineup and Hale at first base. That gives him several options at DH (Kade Scivicque and Tyler Moore) and a trio of folks at catcher (Scivicque, Moore and Chris Chinea). And it gives him a speedy, play-making second baseman. If Robertson begins to slip (the freshman can be erratic)? Well, things change.

Know Your Opponent

  • The Pioneers took two of three from Tulane earlier this week and came within a win of advancing to an NCAA regional last season. They’re picked to finish second in the Northeast Conference, where they finished last year.

Lineups

LSU

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

Sacred Heart

  • Ted Shaw, 2B
  • Jayson Sullivan, RF
  • Zack Short, SS
  • Dan Perez, DH
  • Derick Horn, C
  • Keaton Flint, CF
  • Victor Sorrento, 1B
  • Jesus Medina, 3B
  • Kenny Byram, LF