Pregame: LSU vs. Alabama (Game 3) (CANCELED)

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.

This game was canceled because of rain.

General Info

  • What: LSU (36-14-1, 14-11-1) vs. Alabama (32-19, 14-12)
  • When: 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. LHP Jared Poché (6-3, 2.58) vs. UA RHP Geoffrey Bramblett (4-1, 3.71)
  • TV: CST
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Northwestern State, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Auburn, 6 p.m. Thursday, Alex Box
  • Links to know: Nola pitches Game 1 gem in his last regular season start at Alex Box; Notebook; Postgame blog

What’s At Stake

  • Huge. It’s the one word to describe this game. Both teams are trying to scrap to remain in contention for an SEC West title and an NCAA regional host bid. The loser of this one is likely out of the mix for both with one regular season series left. Another thing on the line: a possible bye to the second day of the SEC Tournament. The top four seeds in the league bypass the single-elimination day Tuesday. LSU entered the game Sunday sixth overall in the SEC.

What To Watch

Jared Poche has allowed just six earned runs in his four previous home SEC starts. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Jared Poche has allowed just six earned runs in his four previous home SEC starts. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Home Poche: Because of Friday night’s rainout, coach Paul Mainieri is pushing Poché to the Sunday start. The freshman has been solid at home on the mound. At the Box in SEC starts, Poché has allowed six earned runs in 27.1 innings pitches, has struck out 19 and walked just six.
  • Bregman’s bat: The star shortstop seemed as if he had pulled himself out of a hitting skid, but it looks to have returned. Bregman hit the ball hard Saturday, but Bama was there to catch what appeared to be a few gaping shots. He was 0 for 8 in Saturday’s DH. He’s one for his last 12.

Know Your Opponent

  • This is only Bramblett’s fourth start of the season. He’s struck out 38 in 34 innings pitched. Bramblett is a true freshman making his first start in an SEC game.

Lineups

LSU

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

Alabama

  • Mikey White, SS
  • Georgie Salem, CF
  • Ben Moore, RF
  • Wade Wass, C
  • Kyle Overstreet, 2B
  • Austen Smith, 1B
  • Casey Hughston, LF
  • Chance Vincent, DH
  • Daniel Cucjen, 3B