Pregame: LSU vs. Arkansas (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: LSU (26-8-1, 7-5-1) vs. Arkansas (21-14, 6-7)
  • When: noon Saturday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. LHP Jared Poché (6-2, 2.25) vs. UA Jr. LHP Jalen Beeks (5-2, 1.05)
  • TV: ESPN2
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Arkansas, 1 p.m. Sunday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Southern Miss, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Metarie, La., Zephyr Field
  • Links to know: Behind Nola’s 13 strikeouts, Tigers win sixth straight; Postgame blog

What’s At Stake

  • In the jumbled conference standings, LSU could actually lead the SEC West if it beats Arkansas on Saturday. More important, the Tigers will have a second straight series win.

What To Watch

Jared Poche is 2-0 in SEC starts at home. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Jared Poche has been successful in home starts. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Poche at home: Poche, the true freshman from Lutcher, has been impressive in his previous two home SEC starts. He’s allowed six hits and two runs, while striking out 12 and walking four in 14.2 innings against Georgia and Mississippi State.
  • Where are the hits: LSU has had just five hits in each of the last two games. They’ve been timely pops, yes. But the Tigers bats might need to do more as the weekend stretches on. There’ll be no Aaron Nola on the mound the rest of the weekend.

Know Your Opponent

  • Beeks has allowed just six earned runs in 51 innings pitches. He was named one of three SEC Pitchers of the Week last week after he beat South Carolina, throwing a complete-game four-hitter. Beeks did not allow an earned run in Arkansas’ 4-1 win over the Gamecocks.

Lineups

LSU

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

Arkansas

  • Tyler Spoon, CF
  • Andrew Benintendi, RF
  • Joe Serrano, LF
  • Brian Anderson, 2B
  •  Blake Baxendale, DH
  • Jake Wise, C
  • Bobby Wernes, 3B
  • Eric Fisher, 1B
  • Michael Bernal, SS