Pregame: LSU vs. Auburn (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

What’s At Stake

LSU's bats have been hot lately. (Albert Cesare)

LSU’s bats have been hot lately. (Albert Cesare)

  • Very simple: A bye in the single-elimination round of the SEC tournament and a top four finish in the league standings. A win over Auburn will give the Tigers just that. It’s key in getting a bid to host an NCAA regional.

What To Watch

  • Bouman’s big day: Oh man. Talk about pressure. A guy who was in junior college and looking for a major college scholarship offer just 10 months ago will start a game for a top-15 team in the biggest spot of the season so far. Bouman hasn’t started a game in nearly a month. He began the year as a starter, injured his ankle, missed two-plus weeks, struggled upon on his return and has been solid over the last few weeks.
  • The bats – oh gosh – the bats: LSU has put up 48 runs in the last three games, the most in a three-game stretch since 2001. With Jared Poche and Aaron Nola having already pitched this week, the Tigers will likely need a few Saturday. They’ve had 50 hits over the three games – fifty. And 20 went for extra bases.

Know Your Opponent

  • Ortman, Auburn’s No. 1 pitcher, is starting his second game in less than 48 hours. He threw less than 50 pitches in Thursday’s start. He allowed six runs in the 14 batters he faced. He also threw 90-plus pitches last Saturday at Kentucky. So, yes, this will be his third start in a week. Why is AU doing this? They’re low on good arms (No. 2 starter Keegan Thompson is out for the year), and they need to win to get into the SEC tournament.

Lineups

LSU

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

Auburn

  • Anfernee Grier, RF
  • Damon Haecker, SS
  • Jordan Ebert, LF
  • Blake Austin, C
  • Damek Tomscha, 1B
  • Dan Glevenyak, 2B
  • Ryan Tella, CF
  • Sam Gillikin, DH
  • Connor Short, 3B