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.
- What: LSU (38-14-1, 15-11-1) vs. Auburn (28-26, 10-18)
- When: 6 p.m. Thursday
- Where: Samford Stadium
- Starting pitchers: LSU Jr. RHP Aaron Nola (8-1, 1.43 ERA) vs. AU Sr. LHP Michael O’Neal (3-5, 3.82 ERA)
- TV: None
- In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
- On deck: vs. Auburn, 1 p.m. Saturday, Samford Stadium
- In the hole: SEC tournament (Tuesday or Wednesday)
- Links to know: Tigers put on another offensive show in 10-0 win Thursday; Postgame blog
What’s At Stake (Scenarios!)
We’ve put aside our normal What’s At Stake post to give you scenarios left on how LSU can win the SEC West or/get a top four seed in the SEC tournament. The Tigers must sweep Auburn now to win the SEC West since Ole Miss opener with a win at Texas A&M…
If LSU wins the next two games and sweeps Auburn, Tigers win the West IF:
- Mississippi State loses at least one of its final two games at Alabama.
- AND Ole Miss loses the final two games at Texas A&M.
If LSU wins the next two games and sweeps Auburn, Tigers get a top 4 seed IF:
- South Carolina (at Vanderbilt), Ole Miss (at Texas A&M) and Mississippi State (at Alabama) DO NOT ALL sweep their series.
If LSU splits the final two games with Auburn, Tigers get a top 4 seed IF:
- Alabama wins the last two games of the series against Mississippi State.
What To Watch
- Nola: LSU’s ace will take the mound for Game 2, trying to secure a key series victory. He’s coming off of a pair stunning performance against Alabama and Texas A&M. He allowed eight hits in 17.1 innings of those last two games. This will be his last regular season start.
- Hits keep coming: LSU has had 38 hits and scored 37 runs in the last 15 innings. That’s probably some kind of school record. The Tigers blew away Auburn’s No. 1 pitcher Thursday. It took just two innings to chase Dillon Ortman. Coach Paul Mainieri says the Tigers are riding the wave of confidence after that 27-0 win over Northwestern State.
Know Your Opponent
- O’Neal isn’t overpowering. He’s allowed 71 hits in 68.1 innings and has thrown 27 strikeouts while issuing 27 walks. He’s a junior college guy who was AU’s most consistent starter last season. That hasn’t been the case this year.
- Mark Laird, RF
- Alex Bregman, SS
- Chris Chinea, DH
- Sean McMullen, LF
- Danny Zardon, 1B
- Conner Hale, 2B
- Tyler Moore, C
- Christian Ibarra, 3B
- Andrew Stevenson, CF
- Anfernee Grier, RF
- Damon Haecker, SS
- Damek Tomscha, 3B
- Blake Austin, 1B
- Ryan Tella, CF
- Jordan Ebert, LF
- Sam Gillikin, DH
- Blake Logan, C
- Dan Glevenyak, 2B