Pregame: LSU vs. Purdue (Game 3)

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 (13-2) vs. Purdue (1-9)
  • When:  1 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Alex Box
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Jr. LHP Cody Glenn (1-1, 4.80), PU So. RHP Connor Podkul (0-1, 27.00)
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Nicholls State, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Southern, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alex Box
  • Links to know: Tigers rally to beat Purdue; Postgame blog

What’s At Stake

  • LSU hasn’t swept a three-game series against the same opponent yet this season. Granted, the Tigers have only had one other shot – against Yale last weekend. Here’s Shot No. 2. Remember what happened against Yale? Starter Cody Glenn allowed four earned runs and then the relievers had their worst game of the year.

What To Watch

This is a big day for Cody Glenn. (Heather McClelland | The Advocate)

This is a big day for Cody Glenn. (Heather McClelland | The Advocate)

  • Glenn’s final audition: At least one SEC weekend starting spot is up for grabs and until coach Paul Mainieri makes a final decision LSU’s starters are auditioning each time out. This will be Cody Glenn’s last shot – and fourth start – until the starters are set for next weekend’s Vanderbilt series. Freshman Jared Poché would seem to have a spot secured behind ace Aaron Nola. Glenn has struggled in his last two starts and appears to be trailing Kyle Bouman in the battle.
  • The lineup: We saw Mainieri move a few reserves into his lineup Saturday and shuffle the batting order. What’ll it look like Sunday? Mainieri is likely to move Sean McMullen back to the lead-off spot and Kramer Robertson should fall down to the bottom half of the lineup after his four-strikeout performance Saturday.
  • Catcher battle: Kade Scivicque and Chris Chinea continue to battle for the catcher position. Every game is a chance for one to move ahead of the other. Chinea is likely the best defensively, but the gap might be closing. Scivicque has been a threat at the plate. He’s on a five-game hitting streak.

Know Your Opponent

  • Purdue starts Podkul on the mound. He’s had two appearances this season and has given up a combined six runs and walked four. He hasn’t recorded a strikeout. He missed last season with off-season elbow surgery. He had an ERA of 4.84 as a starter in 2012.

Lineups

LSU

  • Sean McMullen, LF
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 2B
  • Kade Scivicque, DH
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Tyler Moore, 1B
  • Chris Chinea, C
  • Danny Zardon, 3B

Purdue

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