Pregame: LSU vs. Tennessee (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’s At Stake

Mark Laird led LSU to a win Friday night over Tennessee, setting up the Tigers for the series win Saturday.

Mark Laird led LSU to a win Friday night over Tennessee, setting up the Tigers for the series win Saturday.

  • A fourth straight SEC series victory. That’s no small feat, especially after the Tigers began the conference season losing two of three series. A win and an Alabama loss will thrust LSU into first place in the SEC West just a month after the Tigers were at the bottom of the division.

What To Watch

  • Poche at home: Poché has been solid at home. In three home SEC starts, he’s allowed a combined four earned runs in 20.1 innings pitched. He’s struck out 15 and walked five in those games. He’s a different guy on the road, but he’ll be in friendly confines Saturday.
  • Against the lefty: Coach Paul Mainieri normally jostles his lineup against lefty pitchers. Will he do it again? The Tigers face, maybe, the Vols’ best pitcher in Cox. Jared Foster normally works into the lineup against left-handed pitchers, but it’ll be tough for Mainieri to pull freshman Jake Fraley, a clutch-hitting rookie from Delaware.
  • Short memories: Second baseman Kramer Robertson tweeted late Friday night that he was “still pumped” about Mark Laird walk-off win and LSU’s comeback victory over the Vols. The Tigers gotta put that behind them, though. It’s tough. LSU overcame deficits of 2-0 and 7-5, getting one run in each the seventh, eighth and ninth to win.

Know Your Opponent

  • Poche will have a test Saturday. Tennessee hitters were able to ding up Aaron Nola and his replacement, Zac Person. But how deflated will UT be after a crushing loss to a top-10 team? Cox is UT’s best pitcher, many believe.

Lineups

LSU

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

Tennessee

  • Will Maddox, 2B
  • A.J. Simcox, SS
  • Christian Stewart, LF
  • Nick Senzel, DH
  • Derek Lance, CF
  • Taylor Smart, 3B
  • David Houser, C
  • Parker Wormsley, 1B
  • Pierce Bily, RF