Pregame: LSU vs. Florida (SEC tournament final)

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

Conner Hale and LSU are chasing yet another SEC tournament title. (Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

Conner Hale and LSU are chasing yet another SEC tournament title. (Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

  • LSU is gunning for its 11th league championship. Already, it has the most in the league. This one could be huge in getting to Omaha. LSU has put itself into position for a top eight national seed with a victory. That means a home super regional on the march to the College World Series.

What To Watch

  • On the mound: LSU’s bullpen is fresh. No reliever has thrown more than 19 pitches during the three games in Hoover. The only hurlers who are not available are starters Aaron Nola, Jared Poche and Kyle Bouman. Don’t expect Cartwright to go too long. Coach Paul Mainieri will treat the title game like a Game 3 of a series – he’ll work five to seven hurlers.
  • Hot streaks: A host of LSU players are hitting the ball well. After all, the Tigers have scored 85 runs in seven games, a winning streak that dates back to the history-making 27-0 pounding of Northwestern State. Florida might be playing a fifth game in five days, but the Gators have deep pitching and talented arms.
  • A host: The NCAA is scheduled to release at 8 p.m. the names of the 16 teams who will be hosting NCAA regoinals. LSU, a team on the hosting bubble entering the week, is expected to get a bid to host. The full field is set to be released at 11 a.m. Monday.

Know Your Opponent

  • The Gators are playing their fifth game in five games. They’ve thrown nine pitchers. Eight of them have thrown 32 pitches or more this week.

Lineups

LSU

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

Florida

  • Casey Turgeon, 2B
  • Richie Martin, SS
  • Harrison Bader, CF
  • Taylor Gushue, C
  • Braden Mattson, RF
  • Zack Powers, 1B
  • Peter Alonso, DH
  • Buddy Reed, LF
  • Josh Tobias, 3B