Pregame: LSU vs. Purdue (Game 2)

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 (12-2) vs. Purdue (1-8)
  • When:  6:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Alex Box
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Jr. LHP Kyle Bouman (3-0, 1.00), PU So. RHP Gavin Downs (1-1, 1.72)
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Purdue, 1 p.m. Sunday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Nicholls State, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alex Box
  • Links to know: Nola, Bregman and LSU blank PurduePostgame blog (with video)

What’s At Stake

  • After Friday’s rout, there leaves little doubt that Purdue is a struggling group. LSU will be expected to sweep this weekend series.
Kyle Bouman is throwing for an SEC weekend starting gig Saturday. (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

Kyle Bouman is throwing for an SEC weekend starting gig Saturday. (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

What To Watch

  • Bouman’s start: This is it. Kyle Bouman has a final shot to get into the SEC weekend starting rotation. It would appear that freshman Jared Poché has one of the two weekend spots behind ace Aaron Nola secured, though nothing is certain. Cody Glenn is the other hurler in the mix, and he gets the nod against Purdue on Sunday. Bouman, numbers wise, has produced better in his three starts than Glenn. Can he make it four?
  • Laird in the lineup: Right fielder Mark Laird bounced a foul ball off his foot during batting practice before Thursday’s win at Northwestern State. He sat out Friday but he’s expected to return for Saturday’s game.
  • Fraley’s push: True freshman Jake Fraley has taken advantage of his minimal opportunities in the lineup. Is he making a push to get into the every day mix? Fraley is 4 of 7 (.571) and is one of just two LSU players who has hit for the cycle, joining Sean McMullen. Again, Fraley’s done this all in seven plate appearances. He’s driven in seven runs.

Know Your Opponent

  • Purdue starter Jordan Minch entered with a 6.61 ERA Friday night but actually performed admirably. He allowed seven runs, yes, but outside of Alex Bregman’s three-run homer, the guy held LSU somewhat in check. Saturday’s starter, Downs, had a 1.72 ERA. The Boilermakes showed some signs of life. They got just two hits off Aaron Nola in eight innings, but were able to get a single off each Joe Broussard and Parker Bugg in the ninth.

Lineups

LSU

  • Kramer Robertson, 2B
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Sean McMullen, DH
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Tyler Moore, 1B
  • Chris Sciambra, LF

Purdue

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