Pregame: LSU vs. Purdue (Game 1)

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 (11-2) vs. Purdue (1-7)
  • When:  7 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Alex Box
  • Starting pitchers: LSU RHP Aaron Nola (3-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. PU LHP Jordan Minch (0-3, 6.61)
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Purdue, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Purdue, 1 p.m. Sunday, Alex Box
  • Links to know: LSU beats Northwestern State behind OK outing from Poche

What’s At Stake

  • The Tigers need to start hitting on all cylinders. SEC play is now one week away. LSU opens at consensus top-10 ranked Vanderbilt in Nashville. A drubbing of a lowly Boilermakers team is expected. The Tigers need to deliver.

What To Watch

  • Keeping alive the streak: Ace Aaron Nola hasn’t allowed an earned run since the SEC Tournament last season. That’s 45 straight innings. He’s started this season with 19 straight scoreless innings pitched.
  • Stevenson’s bat: A year after hitting .193, center fielder Andrew Stevenson is batting. 432. He’s hit safely in 11 straight games, something quite baffling after 2013. Can he keep it up?
Kurt McCune and LSU's bullpen has pitched well in the last two games after blowing the lead in a loss to Yale. (Bill Feig | The Advocate)

Kurt McCune and LSU’s bullpen has pitched well in the last two games after blowing the lead in a loss to Yale. (Bill Feig | The Advocate)

  • Saving the pen: This will be the Tigers’ third game in three days and they have games on Saturday and Sunday with Purdue. In all, LSU is in the midst of playing seven games in an eight-day span before traveling to Vandy next weekend. The Tigers used just two relievers in Thursday’s win over NW State. That’s an ideal number as the team needs to save its arms for this stretch. Nola will probably be allowed to go deep Friday.

Know Your Opponent

  • Purdue isn’t good. The Boilermakers have started the season losing seven of eight games. They were beat 20-2 at Tennessee and were swept by Rice and have a loss to Samford. They have a team ERA of 9.14.

Lineups

LSU

  • Sean McMullen, LF
  • Kramer Robertson, 2B
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 1B
  • Kade Scivicque, DH
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Jared Foster, RF
  • Chris Chinea, C

Purdue

  • Cody Strong, 2B
  • Sean McHugh, C
  • Kyle Wood, 1B
  • Conner Hudnall, RF
  • Kyle Upp, DH
  • Kyle Johnson, CF
  • Ted Snidanko, LF
  • Brandon, Krief, SS
  • Steve Maniago, 3B