Pregame: LSU vs. Ole Miss (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.

OXFORD - LSU coach Paul Mainieri has overhauled his starting lineup for Friday’s game against Ole Miss (scan to the bottom to see full lineups).

Jared Foster, in left, and Danny Zardon, at second, are getting starting nods, and Kade Scivicque is getting the start at first base.

Zardon, a freshman, hasn’t started a game since March 12 and has not started an SEC game this season. Foster has started twice in SEC games, last starting on March 23.

Scivicque is getting just his fourth start at first base this season. He’s played first just five times this season overall.

Kramer Robertson and Conner Hale, the normal starting right side of LSU’s infield, will begin the game on the bench.

General Info

  • What: LSU (29-9-1, 9-6-1) vs. Ole Miss (29-10, 9-7)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Jared Poché (6-2, 2.54) vs. OM So. LHP Christian Trent (4-0, 2.44)
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Ole Miss, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • In the hole: vs. Tulane, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • Links to knowTigers outlast Ole Miss for 4-3 win in 13-inning affair; Postgame blog

What’s At Stake

  • The Tigers can win a third straight SEC series and really surge into contention for a conference championship with a victory Friday night over the Rebels. Coach Paul Mainieri earlier this week called this a “critical series.” It comes at the midway point of the 10-series SEC season.

What To Watch

  • Ex-Tiger: Ole Miss pitcher Christian Trent signed with LSU and spent a year in Baton Rouge using his redshirt before leaving for “off the field” issues. He’ll pitch against the Tigers for the first time since his departure.

    Jared Poche gets his third SEC road start. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

    Jared Poche gets his third SEC road start. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Freshman on the road: Jared Poche has had a rough go at it on the road. He’s got an ERA below 2 in three SEC starts at home. His road SEC ERA (in two starts) is above 7. How will he handle what will likely be the rowdiest road environment he’s ever pitched in?
  • Who’s at catcher: Tyler Moore got a crack at catching Thursday night. He went 1 for 4 at the plate, but struggled in throws to second base. Most of them skidded to second and at least two of the throws bounded into the outfield. One of them resulted in an Ole Miss run.

Know Your Opponent

  • Trent, a Madisonville native and St. Paul’s High grad, has struck out 49 batters and walked eight, but he’s allowed 46 hits in 59 innings. He’s undefeated on the mound at 4-0.

Lineups

LSU

  • Sean McMullen, DH
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Kade Scivicque, 1B
  • Chris Chinea, C
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Jared Foster, LF
  • Danny Zardon, 2B

Ole Miss

  • Braxton Lee, LF
  • Auston Bousfield, CF
  • Austin Anderson, 3B
  • Will Allen, C
  • Brantley Bell, DH
  • Sikes Orvis, 1B
  • Preston Overby, 2B
  • Errol Robinson, SS
  • J.B. Woodman, RF