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Alden Cartwright, a freshman from Runnels, will get the start Sunday for LSU.
It was an expected move. Cartwright did not pitch in the first two games of the season, and he started in the series finale at Ole Miss, retiring his first 10 batters of the game. He went four innings, a season long, in that game.
Cartwright is making just his third start of the season. All three starts have come in the last two weeks. In 20.2 innings this season, Cartwright has struck out 18 and walked just three. He’s allowed four earned runs.
- What: LSU (32-11-1, 11-8-1) vs. Tennessee (26-15, 8-12)
- When: noon Sunday
- Where: Alex Box Stadium
- Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Alden Cartwright (1-0, 1.74) vs. Sr. RHP Nick Williams (4-4, 3.54)
- TV: CST
- In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
- On deck: vs. Alcorn State, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alex Box Stadium
- In the hole: at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Blue Bell Park
- Links to know: Tennessee rallies late to even series with Tigers; Bregman returning to old form; Postgame blog
What’s At Stake
- In the race for a national seed, the Tigers really can’t afford to drop a series at home. That would likely mean LSU would have to win its last three series, two of them on the road, to claim a top-8 seed and be home for a super regional.
What To Watch
- The mound: Cartwright gets the nod after a solid four-inning outing in a start in the series-clinching win over Ole Miss last weekend. It’s unlikely Cartwright will go much more than three or four innings so the Tigers bullpen – one that got dinged up Saturday – will need to be good.
- UT’s bats: The Vols have 22 hits in two games against LSU. It’s the most hits in back-to-back games against the Tigers this year. Can they finally quiet UT’s hitters?
- Lineup moves: Mainieri is still figuring out his lineup, somewhat. Kade Scivicque, Tyler Moore, Jake Fraley and Sean McMullen are all good bats, but the coach struggles in getting them all in the lineup at the same time. He’d have to pull defensive star Kramer Robertson to do it. Last night, he put Scivicque at first just to get him in the starting group, and the junior bobbled a ball at first, maybe costing LSU a run.
Know Your Opponent
- Williams is the only of three UT starters this weekend who’s been in the rotation all season. In three of six SEC starts, Williams has allowed at least eight hits. In his last outing, at Alabama, Williams gave up 10 hits and eight runs.
- Andrew Stevenson, CF
- Mark Laird, RF
- Alex Bregman, SS
- Sean McMullen, DH
- Jake Fraley, LF
- Tyler Moore, 1B
- Conner Hale, 2B
- Kade Scivicque, C
- Christian Ibarra, 3B
- Will Maddox, 2B
- A.J. Simcox, SS
- Christian Stewart, LF
- Nick Senzel, DH
- Vincent Jackson, CF
- Taylor Smart, 3B
- Nathaniel Maggio, 1B
- Tyler Schultz, C
- Derek Lance, RF