Pregame: LSU vs. Florida (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 (20-7-1, 3-4-1 SEC) at Tulane (18-9, 5-3)
  • When: Noon CDT Sunday
  • Where: McKethan Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU RHP Zac Person (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jordan Shafer (0-0, 2.70)
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. McNeese State, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Alex Box
  • Links to know: Tigers bats, Bregman continue struggle in twin bill loss to Florida; Postgame blog

What’s At Stake

Paul Mainieri and his Tigers look to salvage the series Sunday. (Heather McClelland | The Advocate)

Paul Mainieri and his Tigers look to salvage the series Sunday. (Heather McClelland | The Advocate)

  • A blood stopper. A win would at least stop the bleeding. The Tigers have lost three straight for the first time in nearly three years, and they have not been swept in a regular season SEC series since South Carolina did it in 2011. Salvage the series and return to Baton Rouge with something, at least.

What To Watch

  • Person’s debut: Person makes the first start of his LSU career as the Tigers look to find a No. 3 starter. Kyle Bouman is still recovering from a sprained ankle, but even a healthy Bouman can get beat out. Person has the chance to do it. He’s struck out 16 and walked four while allowing nine hits in his 11.2 innings of relief this year.
  • Bregman’s slump: The Tigers shortstop went 0 for 8 in Saturday’s DH and is now 4 for his last 37 at-bats, a skid that spans a whopping 10 games. Coach Paul Mainieri had some brutally honest comments about Bregman after Saturday’s games. The coach continues to wait for him to break through.
  • The order: It’s unclear if Mainieri will keep his top of the batting order the same as it was Saturday. Bregman batted leadoff, Mark Laird second, Kade Scivicque third and Sean McMullen fourth. The coach is trying to find fixes for an offense that’s in a funk.

Know Your Opponent

  • Florida hasn’t gone crazy at the plate either in this series. The Gators have just 11 hits, but they’ve sent two over the fence. Can Person and crew hold them down one more day? Shafer, meanwhile, gets just his second start of the season. He’s allowed 10 hits through 6.2 innings.

Lineups

LSU

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

Florida

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