Pregame: LSU vs. Georgia (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 with video.

General Info

What’s At Stake

  • A series win in the SEC. With Friday night’s 4-0 win, LSU can secure its first league series victory of the season with a W on Saturday. The Tigers don’t want to wait and do this Sunday. LSU starter Kyle Bouman is doubtful, and the Sunday pitching situation is somewhat icky.
Jared Poche will start Saturday night. (Heather McClelland | The Advocate)

Jared Poche will start Saturday night. (Heather McClelland | The Advocate)

What To Watch

  • Rebounding: Jared Poché’s SEC debut at Vanderbilt last weekend didn’t go as planned, but it wasn’t all together bad. He walked five, one intentionally, through 4.1 innings. He’ll get the nod on a Saturday night in front of a packed Alex Box. How will he respond?
  • Bregman’s slump: Alex Bregman tweeted Friday night, “Can’t enjoy the highs without the lows.” Bregman is 4 for his last 26 at-bats. He left the bases loaded in the fourth inning Friday with a flyout.
  • Small-ball-tastic: LSU manufactured runs well Friday, using three sac-bunts to eventually score three runs. But Aaron Nola’s not on the mound Saturday. Extra-base hits and a swing-away mentality might be more fitting.

Know Your Opponent

  • Robert Tyler was drafted in the 28th round last year, and coach Paul Mainieri said he had the best arm of any Georgia high school pitcher last season. Basically, he’s the Poche of Georgia. Tyler has struck out 17 and walked just five in 25.1 innings pitched.

Lineups

LSU

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

Georgia

  • Stephen Wrenn, CF
  • Nelson Ward, SS
  • Hunter Cole, 3B
  • Zack Bowers, DH
  • Jared Walsh, 1B
  • Jess Posey, 2B
  • Brandon Stephens, C
  • Connor Welton, LF
  • Heath Holder, RF