Pregame: LSU vs. Houston

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

  • The winner of this game has the clear advantage. The victor advances to Sunday night’s game. Win that one and win the regional. Lose and you get another shot Monday. So what happens if you lose Saturday night? You must win three straight elimination games to win the regional. You’ll have to turn around and play Sunday afternoon, Sunday night and Monday.

What To Watch

Aaron Nola will start Saturday. He won't be carrying a bucket. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Aaron Nola will start Saturday. He won’t be carrying a bucket. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

  • Ace: LSU saved Nola, its ace, for a game against a tough Houston team. The Tigers have lost just one game in which Nola started. He’s started 15 games. The guy has a 1.49 ERA, and LSU can’t afford to waste his start. The Tigers have to win.
  • More of Moore: Tyler Moore has been on a tear. Over the last nine games – all LSU wins – Moore is batting .484 with 20 RBIs. He drove in the game-tying run Friday night in the seventh inning, and he’ll almost certainly get the start Saturday. He’s Nola’s personal catcher.
  • That D: LSU’s defense had another error-less game this year on Friday afternoon. It was the 22nd game in which the Tigers D has not committed an error. They’ll need them Saturday. LSU will face a stud pitcher for Houston. Runs will be at a premium. In a low-scoring, tight game, one miscue can cost you the game.

Know Your Opponent

  • Houston used four pitchers Friday, but none of them included its two two hurlers: Jake Lemoine and Aaron Garza. Garza or Lemoine will likely get the nod. They’re two right-handed pitcher who both have ERAs under 2.70.

Lineups

LSU

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

Houston

  • Kyle Survance, RF
  • Josh Vidales, 2B
  • Casey Grayson, 1B
  • Justin Montemayor, DH
  • Connor Hollis, 3B
  • Frankie Ratcliff, SS
  • Michael Pyeatt, LF
  • Caleb Barker, C
  • Landon Appling, CF