By The Numbers: The digits behind LSU’s two-week slump, the worst in years

LSU baseball is in a slump.

Kade Scivicque is leading LSU's everyday starters in hitting over the past two weeks. He's hitting .275. (John Oubre | The Advocate)

Kade Scivicque is leading LSU’s everyday starters in hitting over the past two weeks. He’s hitting .275. (John Oubre | The Advocate)

The Tigers’ 3-2 loss Tuesday night at Tulane only highlighted what’s been an on-going issue over the last two weeks: They’re struggling to hit the ball.

How much are they struggling? We measure that in this By The Numbers piece. Look for more words about the hitting woes in Friday’s Advocate.

These numbers are based on performances starting with the first game at Vanderbilt. Including Tuesday night’s loss, that’s an eight-game stretch.

The Individuals (the 10 most used fielders)

  • Kade Scivicque: 8 of 29 (.275)
  • Sean McMullen: 9 of 33 (.272)
  • Mark Laird: 7 of 30 (.233)
  • Chris Chinea: 2 of 9 (.222)
  • Andrew Stevenson: 6 of 27 (.222)
  • Conner Hale: 6 of 28 (.214)
  • Christian Ibarra: 4 of 21 (.190)
  • Tyler Moore: 2 of 10 (.200)
  • Alex Bregman: 4 of 29 (.137)
  • Kramer Robertson: 1 of 21 (.047)
  • Hits/At-bats: 49 of 237 (.206)

The TeamĀ (entire team over last eight games)

  • Hits: 53 (6.6 a game)
  • Runs: 29 (3.6 a game)

The History (puttingĀ this eight-game stretch into perspective)

Below are some of the worst hitting stretch’s over a eight-game period of Paul Mainieri’s previous seven years at LSU. You’ll notice something: This current stretch is the second-worst in history:

  • Last year (this is for perspective): 68 hits. Yep. That was the worst eight-game hitting stretch for the 2013 team. That’s 20 hits more than this squad’s current skid.
  • 2012: 61 hits (over final eight games)
  • 2011: 52 hits
  • 2009: 53 hits (scored 41 runs through that stretch)

* When looking at this, please keep the state of baseball in mind. Offensive numbers in the sport have dwindled over the last few years.