Pregame: LSU vs. Arkansas (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’s At Stake

  • A second straight SEC series sweep. LSU has a shot to win an eighth straight game and surge, maybe, into the SEC lead two weeks after being in 11th place.

What To Watch

Can Kyle Bouman be LSU's No. 3 starter? (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Can Kyle Bouman be LSU’s No. 3 starter? (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Bouman’s time: Kyle Bouman has a shot to establish himself as LSU’s No. 3 starter. Bouman is nearly a month removed from that badly sprained ankle so there’s no excuses. If there’s one thing LSU needs, it’s a reliable third starting pitcher. The  junior college transfer from Missouri gets a chance to slide into that role.
  • Sunday bats: The Tigers know Aaron Nola and Jared Poche won’t be on the mound Sunday. And that means runs probably need to be scored. LSU hopes Bouman can give the Tigers at least 3-4 innings. The bullpen will piecemeal the rest. LSU had 20 hits and scored 17 runs in a Sunday win over Mississippi State last weekend. Can that be replicated? Or can they even get to half of those totals?

Know Your Opponent

  • Chris Oliver isn’t your normal No. 3 starter. He’s Arkansas’ best pro prospect, coach Paul Mainieri said. The coach expects a slew of pro scouts to be on hand to watch him hurl. The hard-throwing righty had his best outing of his career last week in a 7-0 win over South Carolina. He struck out 10 and allowed four hits in the game.

Lineups

LSU

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

Arkansas

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