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

  • It’s the old cliche: win or go home. The Tigers have been pushed to an elimination game at home in a regional for a 23rd time in program history. They’re 19-3 in the previous 22 home regional elimination games, and they’ve never lost a home regional after winning the first two games. It would be a record low, basically, if the Tigers can’t win this one.

What To Watch

Alden Cartwright made a promise on Sunday night. Can he and LSU back it up?(Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

Alden Cartwright made a promise on Sunday night. Can he and LSU back it up?(Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

  • The promise: Cartwright delivered what many consider bulletin board material (hey, another cliche) on Sunday night, promising that the Tigers would win Monday’s elimination game. Can he help deliver the promise? Cartwright is expected to get the nod on the mound.
  • Pen position: So who’s fresh for LSU in the bullpen after three games in three days? Everyone except closer Joe Broussard, likely. LSU hasn’t used five pitchers this weekend: Cartwright, Hunter Devall, Parker Bugg, Henri Faucheux and Brady Domangue. It has used the following pitchers (for X amount of pitches): Aaron Nola (104), Jared Poche (78), Kyle Bouman (64) Broussard (58), Nate Fury (33), Zac Person (28) and Kurt McCune (15). Expect a lot of Cartwright, Bugg and McCune on Monday in crunch time.

    Paul Mainieri and son Tommy watch pregame warmups Monday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

    Paul Mainieri and son Tommy watch pregame warmups Monday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Bregman’s magic: The LSU shortstop is batting over .400 during the Tigers’ last 11 games. He went 4 for 5 on Sunday night, and that wasn’t the most impressive thing. He made a number of incredible defensive plays, owning his territory.

Know Your Opponent

  • Houston is starting freshman RHP Andrew Lantrip (6-0, 1.55). He has the fifth-most start on the Cougars team. Lantrip started Friday’s win over Bryant, hurling 41 pitches over two innings. He allowed five hits and one run. In all this weekend, Houston has used 10 pitchers. LSU has used seven.

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

Houston

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