Pregame: LSU vs. TAMU (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

Alden Cartwright gets the start in his third straight rubber match. (HILARY SCHEINUK | the Advocate)

Alden Cartwright gets the start in his third straight rubber match. (HILARY SCHEINUK | the Advocate)

What’s At Stake

  • For the purpose of winning the SEC West and possibly claiming a national seed, the Tigers really need a win Sunday. Is it do or die? No. But it’s tough to see LSU winning the West and claiming one of the top eight national seeds by dropping any of the final three SEC series. Heading into what’s sure to be a key series against one-time West leader Alabama, the Tigers need to beat A&M on the road.

What To Watch

  • The pen: LSU’s bullpen has struggled over the first two games of the series. The Tigers will likely need them more than ever in Sunday’s game. After all, the Tigers don’t have a solid No. 3 starter, and they’ll likely piecemeal the game with a host of pitchers. LSU will be down two relief pitchers after Parker Bugg and Hunter Devall got the case of the “sore shoulders.” Joe Broussard and Zac Person, on Friday, and Kurt McCune, on Saturday, struggled on the mound.
  • Bregman and the bats: Alex Bregman struggled to an 0-for-4 finish in Saturday’s game, and just three Tigers had hits against A&M’s No. 1 pitcher, Daniel Mengden. With LSU’s pitching situation, Bregman and the bats will need to do more Sunday.

Know Your Opponent

  • LSU has won its last two rubber matches, but the Tigers might get their toughest test on Sunday against Long, who’s 5-1 in SEC starts.

Lineups

LSU

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

Texas A&M

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