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Postgame: LSU 13, Southern Miss 5

Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

  • BoxClick here
  • CoverageGame story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • In the hole: vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford

The Studs

Andrew Stevenson slides into home plate. (Matthew Hinton | The Advocate)

Andrew Stevenson slides into home plate. (Matthew Hinton | The Advocate)

  • Andrew Stevenson, LSU CF: Stevenson had a career-high four hits. He went 4 for 4 with a walk, drove in two runs and scored one. He had a goal Tuesday night to keep the ball down, below a whipping wind. Three of his four hits were groundballs.
  • Christian Ibarra, LSU 3B: Ibarra drove in a career-high four runs and made the best defensive play of the night, charging a short grounder and slinging it to first in time. He went 2 for 3.
  • Parker Bugg, LSU RHP: Bugg looked the best of any of the seven LSU hurlers who threw Tuesday. He pitched two innings and allowed just one hit.

The Duds

  • Nate Fury, LSU RHP: Fury had a rough third inning. He faced seven batters and recorded just one out, allowing four hits and walking two. He walked in a run.

The Turning Point

  • LSU’s four-run fourth extended the Tigers’ lead to 10-5. In that frame, LSU had four hits and walked once. Ibarra had a two-run double in the inning to propel LSU to the victory.

The Quote

  • “It was a fun game. Now it’s time to turn our attention to Ole Miss.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri

Pregame: LSU vs. Southern Miss

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: LSU (27-9-1) vs. Southern Miss (21-16)
  • When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Zephyr Field, Metairie
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Alden Cartwright (1-0, 1.23) vs. USM So. RHP Cody Carroll (2-0, 2.88)
  • TV: CST
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Ole Miss 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oxford-University Stadium
  • In the hole: vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford
  • Links to know: Mainieri wants fresh arms for Ole Miss, will start Cartwright Tuesday

What’s At Stake

Alden Cartwright gets his first start Tuesday. (HILARY SCHEINUK |  The Advocate)

Alden Cartwright gets his first start Tuesday. (HILARY SCHEINUK |
The Advocate)

  • Coach Paul Mainieri compared this week to the one in which LSU played Tulane in New Orleans (and lost) and then went and got swept at Florida. The Tigers begin this “challenging” week with Southern Miss in Metarie before taking off for a Thursday-Saturday series at Ole Miss.  What better way to begin the week than with a W over the Golden Eagles?

What To Watch

  • Bullpen use: Mainieri wants fresh arms for the series against Ole Miss. “It’s a big series,” he said. That means avoiding the exhaustion of any one arm in the game against Southern Miss.
  • Lineup changes: Mainieri said several starters are “nicked up” and will likely rest Tuesday. He would not say who or what the injuries are but said they’re “nothing serious.” Who gets a shot to start and who rests?
  • Finding No. 3: Every pitcher – aside from Aaron Nola and Jared Poche – who steps on the mound to pitch is, in a way, auditioning to be the Tigers’ No. 3 starter. The most likely options seem to be Parker Bugg and Zac Person, but who else will add their name to the mix?

Know Your Opponent

  • Carroll has allowed 26 hits in 25 innings. He’s started five games, striking our 20 and walking 10. Southern Miss’ RPI is 46. The Golden Eagles have won all five of their Conference-USA series and beat SEC-leading Alabama once. They dropped series against Missouri and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Lineups

LSU

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

Southern Miss

  • Breck Kline, CF
  • Michael Sterling, SS
  • Tim Lynch, 3B
  • Matt Durst, 1B
  • Bradley Roney, DH
  • Dylan Burdeaux, LF
  • Austin Roussel, C
  • Mason Robbins, RF
  • Nick Dawson, 2B

Poll Speak Monday

Mark Laird's walk-off single Saturday helped the Tigers go 3-1 last week. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Mark Laird’s walk-off single Saturday helped the Tigers go 3-1 last week. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Each Monday, you can track the Tigers in the polls as the rankings are released. Click on the poll name to be taken to the full rankings.

LSU’s record last week: 3-1

Postgame: Arkansas 10, LSU 4

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Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

  • Box: Click here
  • Coverage: Game story; Notebook
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Southern Miss, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Zephyr Field, Metarie
  • In the hole: vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m. ESPNU, Oxford-University Stadium, Oxford

The Studs

  • Blake Baxendale, Arkansas DH: Baxendale drove in a career-high five RBIs. Four of them came off of his first-inning grand slam that easily flew the wall in left field.
  • Eric Fisher, Arkansas 1B: Fisher had his third home run in the three-game series. He had one in each game. On Sunday, he smacked a two-run bomb off Brady Domangue. He went 2 for 4 at the plate.

The Duds

  • Kyle Bouman, LSU LHP: Bouman had a nightmare of a first inning. He allowed a double, single and walked the next batter to load the bases before Baxendale had that grand slam to left field. Bouman was yanked after the first.

    Brady Domangue struggled in his three batters faced. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

    Brady Domangue struggled in his three batters faced. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Brady Domangue, LSU RHP: Domangue faced just three batters. He allowed a home run, a one-run double and an RBI sac-fly, putting LSU into a 9-2 hole.

The Turning Point

  • Arkansas’ grand slam? Nah. The real turning point took place in the fifth, when the Tigers fell into that 9-2 hole after Glenn and Domangue’s rough stretches.

The Quote

  • “It’s demoralizing when you’re right out of the gate down 4-0.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri

Pregame: LSU vs. Arkansas (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

  • A second straight SEC series sweep. LSU has a shot to win an eighth straight game and surge, maybe, into the SEC lead two weeks after being in 11th place.

What To Watch

Can Kyle Bouman be LSU's No. 3 starter? (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Can Kyle Bouman be LSU’s No. 3 starter? (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Bouman’s time: Kyle Bouman has a shot to establish himself as LSU’s No. 3 starter. Bouman is nearly a month removed from that badly sprained ankle so there’s no excuses. If there’s one thing LSU needs, it’s a reliable third starting pitcher. The  junior college transfer from Missouri gets a chance to slide into that role.
  • Sunday bats: The Tigers know Aaron Nola and Jared Poche won’t be on the mound Sunday. And that means runs probably need to be scored. LSU hopes Bouman can give the Tigers at least 3-4 innings. The bullpen will piecemeal the rest. LSU had 20 hits and scored 17 runs in a Sunday win over Mississippi State last weekend. Can that be replicated? Or can they even get to half of those totals?

Know Your Opponent

  • Chris Oliver isn’t your normal No. 3 starter. He’s Arkansas’ best pro prospect, coach Paul Mainieri said. The coach expects a slew of pro scouts to be on hand to watch him hurl. The hard-throwing righty had his best outing of his career last week in a 7-0 win over South Carolina. He struck out 10 and allowed four hits in the game.

Lineups

LSU

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

Arkansas

  • Tyler Spoon, CF
  • Andrew Benintendi, RF
  • Joe Serrano, LF
  • Brian Anderson, 2B
  • Blake Baxendale, DH
  • Eric Fisher, 1B
  • Bobby Wernes, 3B
  • Jake Wise, C
  • Michael Bernal, SS

Postgame: LSU 5, Arkansas 4

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Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

  • BoxClick here
  • Coverage: Game story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Arkansas, 1 p.m. Sunday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Southern Miss, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Zephyr Field, Metarie

The Studs

Mark Laird mid-swing of his ninth-inning walk-off single. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Mark Laird mid-swing of his ninth-inning walk-off single. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

  • Mark Laird, LSU RF: Laird was 0 for 10 before he smacked a walk-off, RBI single to left field. He took a high fastball the opposite direction for his first game-winning hit since he was a senior in high school two years ago.
  • Joe Broussard, LSU RHP: Broussard, for a second straight game, showed he can be clutch in late-inning situations. He retired two of the three batters he faced to close out the ninth (the other was an intentional walk). He got his first decision, claiming the win. He got his eighth save in a 5-3 win Friday night.
  • Andrew Stevenson, LSU CF: Stevenson scored a run after walking in the fourth inning. He also went 2 for 2 at the plate and his sac-bunt in the ninth inning moved Jake Fraley in scoring position, setting up Laird’s game-winner.

The Duds

  • Michael Gunn, Arkansas LHP: Gunn entered the game to start the ninth inning having not allowed an earned run this season. He seemed to be just off with his fastball, missing high. He walked Chinea and allowed that game-winning single from Laird on another high pitch.

The Turning Point

  • Chris Chinea led of the ninth inning by walking. That was the undoing for Gunn and the Razorbacks. It turned the game, indeed,

The Quote

  • “It was a thing of beauty.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri on Mark Laird’s game-winning single

Pregame: LSU vs. Arkansas (Game 2)

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: LSU (26-8-1, 7-5-1) vs. Arkansas (21-14, 6-7)
  • When: noon Saturday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. LHP Jared Poché (6-2, 2.25) vs. UA Jr. LHP Jalen Beeks (5-2, 1.05)
  • TV: ESPN2
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Arkansas, 1 p.m. Sunday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Southern Miss, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Metarie, La., Zephyr Field
  • Links to know: Behind Nola’s 13 strikeouts, Tigers win sixth straight; Postgame blog

What’s At Stake

  • In the jumbled conference standings, LSU could actually lead the SEC West if it beats Arkansas on Saturday. More important, the Tigers will have a second straight series win.

What To Watch

Jared Poche is 2-0 in SEC starts at home. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Jared Poche has been successful in home starts. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Poche at home: Poche, the true freshman from Lutcher, has been impressive in his previous two home SEC starts. He’s allowed six hits and two runs, while striking out 12 and walking four in 14.2 innings against Georgia and Mississippi State.
  • Where are the hits: LSU has had just five hits in each of the last two games. They’ve been timely pops, yes. But the Tigers bats might need to do more as the weekend stretches on. There’ll be no Aaron Nola on the mound the rest of the weekend.

Know Your Opponent

  • Beeks has allowed just six earned runs in 51 innings pitches. He was named one of three SEC Pitchers of the Week last week after he beat South Carolina, throwing a complete-game four-hitter. Beeks did not allow an earned run in Arkansas’ 4-1 win over the Gamecocks.

Lineups

LSU

  • Sean McMullen, LF
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Kade Scivicque, DH
  • Christian Ibarra, 3B
  • Conner Hale, 1B
  • Chris Chinea, C
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Kramer Robertson, 2B

Arkansas

  • Tyler Spoon, CF
  • Andrew Benintendi, RF
  • Joe Serrano, LF
  • Brian Anderson, 2B
  •  Blake Baxendale, DH
  • Jake Wise, C
  • Bobby Wernes, 3B
  • Eric Fisher, 1B
  • Michael Bernal, SS

Postgame: LSU 5, Arkansas 3

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Postgame will be posted a few hours after each game during this baseball season. 

General Info

  • Box: Click here
  • Coverage: Game story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Arkansas, noon Saturday, Alex Box
  • In the hole: vs. Arkansas, 1 p.m. Sunday, Alex Box

The Studs

  • Aaron Nola, LSU RHP: Nola had 13 strikeouts, a career-high, and allowed just four hits in a full seven innings on the mound. He moved to 7-1 on the season, and his ERA, despite allowing two runs, is still below 1 (0.70).
  • Joe Broussard, LSU RHP: Broussard walked his first batter. And then the guy retired the final five of the game. He threw nine strikes in a 10-pitch ninth inning, striking out two. He got his eighth save.
  • Sean McMullen, LSU LF: McMullen hit his fourth homer, doubling his 2013 total. He also walked to start LSU’s at-bat, the fifth straight game in which he reached base in the first inning.
Joe Broussard got his eighth save Friday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Joe Broussard got his eighth save Friday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

The Duds

  • Michael Bernal, Arkansas SS: Bernal made two errors in the first two innings. He botched a double play ball and then whiffed on a hard grounder from Christian Ibarra.

The Turning Point

  • The game came down to the wire, but when Joe Broussard retired the final two in the eighth inning to strand a pair, it felt as if LSU had a tight grip on the W. Broussard then retired the side in the ninth for the save.

The Quote

  • “This is the SEC. Teams don’t lay down and die in the SEC.” – coach Paul Mainieri on Arkansas’ late rally

Pregame: LSU vs. Arkansas (Game 1)

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 At Stake

  • LSU hasn’t lost at home in SEC play, and Aaron Nola is undefeated at home on the mound. The streaks are on the line tonight against a solid Arkansas team. More important: The Tigers have won five straight games after their four-game skid.

What To Watch

  • The ace: Nola is doing record things. He’s allowed just three runs and 27 hits in 57 innings pitched. He has struck out 71 and walked just 11 batters. His ERA of 0.47 is currently the second best in LSU history and the best in more than 40 years.

    Sean McMullen has 12 doubles this season. (Heather McClelland | The Advocate)

    Sean McMullen has 12 doubles this season. (Heather McClelland | The Advocate)

  • McMullen’s streak: Sean McMullen has started LSU’s at-bat by reaching base the last four games. Can the lead-off man keep up the streak? It’s an impressive one. Overall, McMullen has help drive LSU’s offense. He has 12 doubles, six more than any other player, and 22 RBIs, second-most on the team.
  • More Moore: Tyler Moore has been somewhat hot at the plate. He was the only Tiger to have more than one hit Wednesday in a win over Lamar, and he’s had a hit in five of his last six starts. Mainieri’s most potent lineup might be Moore at first and Conner Hale at second, leaving out Kramer Robertson. Will we see more Moore this weekend and, maybe, tonight?

Know Your Opponent

  • Killian is hittable. He’s allowed 33 hits in 40 innings. He’s 1-3 in SEC games. Arkansas dropped a three-game series to South Alabama, but the Hogs are the only team win a series over Alabama, and they won two of three from South Carolina last week.

Lineups

LSU

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

Arkansas

  • Tyler Spoon, CF
  • Andrew Benintendi, RF
  • Joe Serrano, LF
  • Brian Anderson, 2B
  • Krisjon Wilkerson, DH
  • Eric Fisher, 1B
  • Bobby Wernes, 3B
  • Jake Wise, C
  • Michael Bernal, SS