Pregame: LSU vs. Houston (NCAA regional)

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

  • Houston beat Southeastern Louisiana 9-5, eliminating the Lions. The Cougars and Tigers will have a rematch at 7:35 p.m. Sunday night in the regional final. The Tigers have a shot to win the regional and advance to a third straight NCAA super regional. All they need is a victory against a team that’ll be playing a fourth game in about 48 hours. An LSU loss will send the regional to an elimination game at 7 p.m. Monday.

What To Watch

Kyle Bouman will start Sunday night in the regional final. (Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

Kyle Bouman will start Sunday night in the regional final. (Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

  • Bouman’s big day: Just a year ago, Bouman was in junior college awaiting a scholarship off. Now he’s pitching in a regional final? “It’s awesome,” he said Saturday night. After an ankle sprain and some rough mid-season outings, Bouman has pitched splendid lately. He’s allowed just six hits and two earned runs in his last two starts, a combined 11 innings.
  • Power or D: Coach Paul Mainieri chose the latter in the game against Houston on Saturday night, starting web-gem crazed Kramer Robertson and sitting big bat Kade Scivicque. It paid off. Robertson made a host of defensive plays and drew a key walk, scoring a run.
  • Sitting around: LSU has the advantage of having not played a game earlier in the day – like Houston did. But the Tigers have been sitting around waiting for SELA/Houston to end. The game included a one-hour rain delay.

Know Your Opponent

  • Houston will be starting a second game in a matter of about five hours and a fourth in about 48 hours. The Cougars started ace Aaron Garza against Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday afternoon. He threw 78 pitches in six innings, allowing 10 hits and two runs. UH has used nine pitchers over the three games. Just three have thrown more than 40 pitches.

Lineups

LSU

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

Houston

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