Pregame: LSU vs. Florida (DH)

Perry Field at McKethan Stadium is a wet one.

Perry Field at McKethan Stadium is a wet one.

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 (20-5-1, 3-2-1 SEC) at Tulane (16-9, 3-3)
  • When: 3 p.m. Saturday; Game 2 to begin 45 minutes after Game 1 completion
  • Where: McKethan Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
  • Starting pitchers: Game 1 – LSU Jr. RHP Aaron Nola (5-0, 0.22) vs. UF So. RHP Eric Hanhold (3-2, 3.18); Game 2- LSU Fr. LHP Jared Poché (5-1, 1.91) vs. UF Fr. RHP Logan Shore (1-1, 1.15)
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: at Florida, noon Sunday, McKethan Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
  • In the hole: vs. McNeese State, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alex Box
  • Links to know: Tigers-Gators series opener postponed, DH Saturday

What’s At Stake

  • This may be a cliche, but the Tigers need a win after two frustrating games in which their offensive funk reared its head. LSU tied with Georgia on Sunday and lost at Tulane on Tuesday, scoring two runs in each game. Players have bottled up frustration from the two outings. They’ll look to release it this weekend.

What To Watch

  • Ending the slump: A sweep Saturday will work, but a pair of 8-run, 12-hit wins would help wash away the recent hitting woes this team has experienced. Four everyday starters are hitting .200 or below over the previous eight games. Everybody’s waiting for this two-week slump to come to an end.
  • Going deep: This seems to be in this category each week, but LSU really needs Aaron Nola to go deep into the game. Why? To save relief pitching for Sunday. The Tigers are out of a Game 3 starter with pitcher Kyle Bouman suffering from a sprained ankle. He might be healthy enough to pitch, but it’s been a while since he’s thrown live. Either way, LSU will need a stock of fresh pitchers come Sunday. That means Nola going deep in Game 1.

    McKethan Stadium was hit with rain hard Friday night.

    McKethan Stadium was hit with rain hard Friday night.

  • The rain: There is a 60-70 percent chance of rain Saturday. That includes severe thunderstorms, hail and damaging winds. The Tigers and Gators were rained out Friday night and it might happen again Saturday. This isn’t the first unusual weekend series for LSU this year. LSU and Vandy had a Saturday DH two weeks ago because of Sunday’s forecast, rain shortened the Tigers’ 4-1 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette earlier this year and Georgia-LSU tied in Sunday’s series finale last weekend when UGA had a bolt for a flight.

Know Your Opponent

  • Hanhold is expected to get the Game 1 nod. In the first two SEC series, he’s started Game 2. Shore, the Friday starter against Arkansas and Texas A&M, will now start Game 2. The Gators split their two SEC series, have confounding losses to Illinois and Florida Gulf Coast but have beaten Florida State twice.

Game 1 lineups

LSU

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

Florida

  • Casey Turgeon, 2B
  • Richie Martin, SS
  • Harrison Bader, CF
  • Taylor Gushue, C
  • Braden Mattson, 1B
  • Justin Shafer, LF
  • John Sternagel, 3B
  • Peter Alonso, DH
  • Buddy Reed, RF

Game 2 lineups

LSU

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

Florida

  • Casey Turgeon, 2B
  • Richie Martin, SS
  • Harrison Bader, CF
  • Taylor Gushue, C
  • Braden Mattson, 1B
  • Justin Shafer, LF
  • John Sternagel, 3B
  • Peter Alonso, DH
  • Ryan Larson, LF