Pregame: LSU vs. TAMU (Game 1)

Blue Bell Park an hour before first pitch Friday night.

Blue Bell Park an hour before first pitch Friday night.

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

Where to watch

The CBS Sports Network isn’t available locally on Cox. Here are the outlets where it can be seen:

  • Eatel Ch. 152/825
  • Charter Ch. 303/813
  • AT&T U-Verse Ch. 643/1643
  • Dish Network Ch. 158
  • DirecTV Ch. 221

What’s at stake

  • The goal is in sight and attainable: a national seed. To do it, LSU must win the final three series of the season. That begins Friday against Texas A&M. Fridays are all-important for this squad. Can’t waste a game with ace pitcher Aaron Nola on the mound, especially when the Tigers don’t have a solid No. 3 starter.

What To Watch

Aaron Nola is hoping to rebound from last week's rough outing. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Aaron Nola is hoping to rebound from last week’s rough outing. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Nola: The junior righty takes the mound for the first time since his shortest and rockiest start of the 2014 season. Nola allowed five earned runs, eight hits and walked four in the win over Tennessee last Friday. He said earlier this week he was “anxious” to get back on the mound.
  • Kramer or Kade: Coach Paul Mainieri has a tough decision in the three games this weekend. Who gets left out of the starting lineup: catcher/1B Kade Scivicque or 2B Kramer Robertson? The Tigers will face three straight righty starters against A&M. That means Tyler Moore, a lefty bat, is likely in the line, and 1B/2B Conner Hale will remain in the starting group. That leaves a spot at first or second (Hale can slide to second if Scivicque plays first) for two players. Mainieri has to decide if he’ll go with defense (Robertson) or power (Scivicque).
  • Moore more: Tyler Moore has hit the ball well lately – he had a two-run homer in the comeback over Alcorn State. He’ll catch for Nola on Friday and will probably be left in the lineup all weekend. He’s a guy who can improve his status as an everyday starter with three solid games at the plate and behind it.

Know Your Opponent

  • The Aggies’ best pitcher, Daniel Mengden, will start Saturday against Poché, the freshman from Lutcher. Nola gets Ray, who has thrown 47 innings and has allowed 52 hits. He’s struck out 41 and walked 21.

Lineups

LSU

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

Texas A&M

  • Blake Allemand, 3B
  • Patrick McLendon, DH
  • Cole Lankford, 1B
  • Nick Banks, RF
  • Ryne Birk, 2B
  • Troy Stein, C
  • Logan Taylor, SS
  • Jace Statum, LF
  • Krey Bratsen, CF