Pregame: LSU vs. Georgia (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 with video.

General Info

  • What: LSU (20-4, 3-2) vs. Georgia (14-10, 1-4)
  • When: noon Sunday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU RHP Kurt McCune (0-0, 4.50), UGA LHP Patrick Boling (2-2, 3.33)
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: at Tulane, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Turchin Field
  • In the hole: at Florida, 6:30 p.m. Friday, McKethan Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
  • Links to know: Behind Poche’s gem, Tigers clinch series; Notebook: McMullen quickly learns UGA ace

What’s At Stake

  • We’ll let coach Paul Mainieri take it from here: “Championships can be won on Sundays.” Mainieri said his team must “finish the job” and get the sweep of the Bulldogs.

What To Watch

Kurt McCune makes start No. 1 of his 2014 season. (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

Kurt McCune makes start No. 1 of his 2014 season. (Catherine Threlkeld | The Advocate)

  • McCune’s 2014 starting debut: McCune hasn’t started a game yet this season. He’s been used as a middle reliever. He started his LSU career as a weekend starter, though, and has 24 starts in his first three seasons in Baton Rouge. So far this year, he’s pitched eight innings, allowed seven hits, four runs and struck out eight.
  • Relief: McCune is not likely to go past the third or fourth inning. Mainieri suggested earlier this week that he’ll likely treat Sunday’s game as a midweek contest, using several relievers. He has plenty of them left after using just three total relief pitchers in the two wins over Georgia.

Know Your Opponent

  • Boling doesn’t have great stats. He’s allowed 27 hits in 24.1 innings pitched and has allowed nine earned runs. He’s struck out 13 and walked nine. Like McCune, he’s a senior.

Lineups

LSU

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

Georgia

  • Nelson Ward, SS
  • Conor Welton, LF
  • Hunter Cole, 3B
  • JAred Walsh, 1B
  • Daniel Nichols, DH
  • Stephen Wrenn, CF
  • Brandon Stephens, C
  • Skyler Weber, RF
  • Cody McCance, 2B