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LSU with five on All-SEC first team, including freshman RHP Alex Lange

Alex Lange made first team Al-SEC. (Angela Major)

Alex Lange made first team Al-SEC. (Angela Major)

Half of LSU’s starting lineup is All-Southeastern Conference, and so is its No. 2 pitcher.

Catcher Kade Scivicque, outfielder Andrew Stevenson, third baseman Conner Hale, shortstop Alex Bregman and freshman starter Alex Lange made the All-SEC first team released Monday.

Paul Mainieri was named SEC Coach of the Year, and Lange is the fifth LSU player to be named SEC Freshman of the Year. It’s the 14th time an LSU coach was named to that honor and the second for Mainieri.

LSU’s five players on the first team is the most of any other team, out-distancing Arkansas’ two. The teams are voted on by league coaches.

First baseman Chris Chinea, and his team-leading 11 home runs, made the second team All-SEC, and Mark Laird, Scivicque, Bregman and Stevenson landed on the All-SEC Defensive Team.

Arkansas’ Andrew Benintendi was named the SEC Player of the Year and Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer is the SEC Pitcher of the Year.

Lange, a Missouri native, grabbed an All-SEC honor in his rookie season. He capped a 10-0 regular season with a nine-strikeout performance in a start at Missouri on Saturday. He’s just one of five LSU freshman pitchers to reach a 10-0 mark. He finished the regular season – 13 starts – with a 2.11 ERA and struck out 91 to 35 walks, helping the Tigers secure a 16th SEC championship in program history.

Bregman, a projected top-10 first round pick in June’s MLB draft, picked up his third All-SEC honor in three years. Bregman, batting .329 with a .977 fielding percentage, made second team last year and first team as a freshman.

Scivicque is batting .363 with five home runs. He’s made the 20-man cut for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s best college catcher, and is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, an award for the top college baseball players.

The speedy Stevenson is known most for his diving web gems in center field, but he’s stolen 22 of 28 bases and is hitting .360. Hale is hitting .363 and has made just six errors in 53 games – most of them at the hot corner.

Paul Mainieri: LSU assistant Will Davis would be “tremendous” for head job at UNO

Will Davis would be a "tremendous" hire at UNO, coach Paul Mainieri said. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Will Davis would be a “tremendous” hire at UNO, coach Paul Mainieri said. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Longtime LSU assistant coach Will Davis would be a “tremendous selection” to take over at UNO, coach Paul Mainieri said Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club luncheon.

UNO coach Ron Maestri is retiring after a two-year second stint with the program. Mainieri is pushing for his eight-year assistant Davis and, also, current UNO and former LSU player Blake Dean to get the open Southland Conference gig.

“I think he’s ready for a head coaching job,” Mainieri said of Davis. “I think he would be a tremendous selection. Another candidate is Blake Dean, who’s on the (UNO) staff. I think there’s two phenomenal candidates right there.”

Davis, a former LSU catcher under Mainieri and former coach Smoke Laval, has served as LSU’s volunteer assistant coach for the last eight seasons after a one-year stint as the team’s director of baseball operations.

“I think he’s an outstanding candidate,” Mainieri said. “Will has been an amazingly loyal, hard-working, competent coach. I’ve watched him grow with each passing year. He possess all of the qualities that it takes to be successful. I hope they give him the strongest consideration. I think he’d do a tremendous job for a school I love dearly.”

Davis has tutored outfielders, catchers and taught base running for the Tigers. He’s coached third base, too. Davis has been instrumental this season in developing former junior college player and current LSU starting catcher Kade Scivicque.

Scivicque made the 20-man cut for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s best college catcher, and is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, an award for the top college baseball player.

Dean, a former All-SEC first baseman for the Tigers, just completed his first season as a full-time assistant coach at UNO. He was a volunteer coach last season and served as an undergraduate assistant at LSU in 2013.

Poll Speak Monday

Austin Bain helped LSU take the series at Carolina.

Austin Bain helped LSU take the series at Carolina.

Each Monday, you can track the Tigers in the polls as the rankings are released. 

LSU went 3-1 last week, beating UNO and taking two of three at South Carolina.

Polls

RPI

(previous week’s ranking)

On Deck

  • Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. vs. Auburn or Kentucky
  • Thursday, after the 4:30 p.m. game (with Wednesday win)
  • Thursday, after the 9:30 a.m. game (with Wednesday loss)

Around The SEC: SEC tournament bracket set

Around The SEC brings you results and standings after each weekend of SEC baseball action. Series winners are in bold. Series sweepers are initalicized-bold.

  • LSU at South Carolina
  • Vanderbilt at Alabama
  • Kentucky at Missouri
  • Tennessee vs. Mississippi State
  • Florida vs. Auburn
  • Arkansas at Georgia
  • Texas A&M at Ole Miss*

* split two games

Final SEC Standings (click to enlarge)

standings

SEC tournament bracket (click to enlarge)

bracket

Pregame: LSU vs. South Carolina (G3)

LSU coach Paul Mainieri, right, and former LSU golfer and PGA pro David Toms talk before Saturday's game. Toms will remain in LSU's dugout for the game after making the 90-minute drive from a PGA tour even in Charlotte, N.C.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri, right, and former LSU golfer and PGA pro David Toms talk before Saturday’s game. Toms will remain in LSU’s dugout for the game after making the 90-minute drive from a PGA tour even in Charlotte, N.C.

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.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – 

General Info

  • What: LSU (45-9, 20-8) vs. South Carolina (32-23, 13-16)
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Carolina Stadium, Columbia, SC
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Alex Lange (9-0, 2.13 ERA) vs. USC  So. RHP Taylow Widener (1-4, 4.03)
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Online: ESPN3.com
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: at SEC Tournament, Wednesday
  • In the hole: at SEC Tournament, Thursday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • The Tigers can win a regular season championship with a victory over South Carolina. It would be the 16th regular season title in school history and the third under coach Paul Mainieri. Here’s the thing – the Tigers can win the SEC title before first pitch. If Vanderbilt loses to Alabama (a 3:30 p.m. start), LSU would win the league no matter of the result Saturday night. If Vandy wins, the Tigers will have to win Saturday night to take the conference crown.

What To Watch

  • Hitting fools: LSU has a combined 30 hits in the first two games in this series (15 in each game). That’s the fourth time this LSU team has had 30 or more hits in back-to-back SEC games this season (twice against Mississippi State, at Arkansas and vs. Ole Miss). They need at least 16 hits tonight to make this their best hitting three-game SEC series of the season.

    Alex Lange will pitch tonight for LSU. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

    Alex Lange will pitch tonight for LSU. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

  • Old Alex: Old Alex Lange re-emerged in his last start last week against Missouri. He shook of a month of so-so starting nods, flashing signs of the freshman LSU fans saw in February and in March. Can he do it twice in a row? And will he get the chance to go far in the game? LSU could win the SEC title if Vanderbilt losses before the Tigers’ game starts.
  • Fresh pen: Everyone in LSU’s bullpen – save Jake Godfrey – is available for Saturday night’s game. That could bode well if Mainieri wants Lange to go only 4-5 innings. LSU’s time at the SEC tournament begins Wednesday. Mainieri might want Lange available for Game 2 on Thursday or, at least, Game 3 on Friday. Godfrey, who pitched Thursday, has some soreness in his shoulder, but everyone else is good to go, including Parker Bugg. He threw just 21 pitches in 1.2 innings Friday night. Mainieri hasn’t used Zac Person, Jesse Stallings and Alden Cartwright. Hunter Newman threw just 16 pitches Thursday.

Know Your Opponent

  • South Carolina is in trouble. The Gamecocks really need a series win over LSU to have a shot at advancing to an NCAA regional. Taylor Widener has 41 strikeouts to 19 walks. He’s made just two other SEC starts, lasing 5 innings and 3.1 innings in those nods.

Lineups

LSU

  • Chris Sciambra, DH
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 3B
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Jared Foster, 2B

South Carolina

  • Gene Cone, CF
  • Max Schrock, 2B
  • Kyle Martin, 1B
  • Elliott Caldwell, RF
  • Alex Destino, DH
  • Hunter Taylor, C
  • DC Arendas, 3B
  • Marcus Mooney, SS
  • Clark Scolamiero, LF

Kade Scivicque reels in more honors; LSU accepting ticket requests for NCAA regionals

Catcher Kade Scivicque, a former junior college player from Maurepas, is a semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Johnny Bench Award.

Kade Scivicque is reeling in the honors. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Kade Scivicque is reeling in the honors. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Freshman pitcher Alex Lange joins Scivicque as one of 33 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, an award given to the nation’s top college baseball player. Scivicque made the 20-man cut for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s best college catcher.

Scivicque, a senior who’s batting .369 and at one point had a 23-game hitting streak, is also one of three LSU players on the watch list for the Golden Spikes Award.

Dick Howser Trophy finalists will be announced June 10. A winner will be announced June 12. The SEC leads the nation with eight semifinalists for the award.

The Johnny Bench Award  finalists will be announced June 2, and a final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series.

NCAA regional tickets

LSU is taking requests from season ticket holders for NCAA postseason at Alex Box Stadium.

The top-ranked Tigers (44-9), most feel, have secured a top eight NCAA national seed, meaning they’ll host a regional and a super regional, if they advance past regionals.

Regional sites are announced at 8 p.m. May 24. NCAA regionals are May 29-June 1. Super regionals are June 5-8.

Season ticket holders may log-on to their online account at www.LSUTIX.net, or call the LSU ticket office at (225)578-2184, or toll free at (800)960-8587 to reserve tickets. At this time, season ticket holders will be paying just a $1 processing fee to use their credit card to reserve tickets. Should LSU be announced as a host site for either the regional or super regional round, the credit card submitted for the reservation will automatically be charged the full ticket price, plus an applicable processing fee.

Regional ticket books are $100 for Suites, Tiger Terrace, and Champion’s Club; $75 for Gold Field box, Gold Grandstand, and Grandstand seating; and $50 for bleachers and standing room only. Super Regional ticket books will be $60 for Suites, Tiger Terrace, and Champion’s Club; $45 for Gold Field Box, Gold Grandstand, and Grandstand seating; and $50 for bleachers and standing room only.

Season ticket holders will have until 5 p.m. on May 25 to submit their reservations for the regional round and until 5 p.m. on June 2 to submit super regional reservations. If available, regional all-session books will go on sale to the general public at 8 a.m. on May 28.

Pregame: LSU vs. South Carolina (G2)

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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.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – 

General Info

  • What: LSU (44-9, 19-8) vs. South Carolina (32-22, 13-15)
  • When: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Carolina Stadium, Columbia, SC
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Austin Bain (1-2, 2.98 ERA) vs. USC Fr. RHP Clarke Schmidt (2-1, 4.61)
  • TV: ESPNU
  • Online: ESPN3.com
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Saturday
  • In the hole: at SEC Tournament, Wednesday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • For LSU, nothing has changed in the race for an SEC West and SEC overall championship. Win on Friday night and the Tigers secure the SEC West crown (or an A&M loss). Win on Friday and have Vanderbilt lose to Alabama and secure the overall championship. Texas A&M and Ole Miss play at 6:30 while Vanderbilt and Bama begin at 7, the same starting time for LSU’s game.

What To Watch

  • Chinea’s sizzling run: There is no hotter hitter on LSU’s team. He carries a 14-game hitting streak into Game 2 on Friday, and he’s had two hits in nine of those games. He has a team-leading 10 home runs and four in the last six games. He hit a homer, double and single in Thursday night’s series opener to increase his average to .380.

    Alex Bregman attempts to rebound from a rough opening game. (ELIOT KAMENITZ)

    Alex Bregman attempts to rebound from a rough opening game. (ELIOT KAMENITZ)

  • Bregman followup: Alex Bregman had one of his worst outings on Thursday. He went 0-for-4, snapping a 17-game hitting streak and he reached via error. Bregman’s 49-game streak of reaching base safely ended (error doesn’t count towards that). The worst part of it all? He hit into a double play with the bases loaded.
  • No. 3 at No. 2: Austin Bain gets moved up into the No. 2 spot for the weekend while LSU gives Alex Lange a full six days of rest. It’s an opportunity for Bain to show Tigers fans that, no, LSU doesn’t have an issue at the No. 3 starting spot. Bain gets his fourth SEC start. Two of the first three have been solid (11 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 12 K). But two weeks ago he lasted just two innings and gave up four hits and two runs while walking two at Mississippi State. Coach Paul Mainieri had the quick hook with him, pulling the guy from the weekend rotation for Kyle Bouman. Bouman recorded one out in his start last week before Bain reclaimed the weekend job with 5.1 innings of spectacular relief.

Know Your Opponent

  • Schmidt, a rookie from Georgia, has allowed nine earned runs in his last two starts. He’s been in and out of the weekend lineup for Carolina. Schmidt’s average SEC start this year has lasted around three innings.

Lineups

LSU

  • Chris Sciambra, DH
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 3B
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Makr Laird, RF
  • Jared Foster, 2B

South Carolina

  • Gene Cone, CF
  • Marcus Mooney, SS
  • Max Schrock, 2B
  • Kyle Martin, 1B
  • Elliott Caldwell, RF
  • Alex Destino, DH
  • Hunter Taylor, C
  • DC Arendas, 3B
  • Clark Scolamiero, LF

Balls And Strikes: South Carolina 10, LSU 7

Chris Chinea was the highlight for LSU on Thursday. (Chris Gillespie)

Chris Chinea was the highlight for LSU on Thursday. (Chris Gillespie)

General Info

  • Coverage: Game story
  • Twitter:  @DellengerAdv
  • On Deck: at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Friday
  • In The Hole: at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Saturday

STRIKES

  • Jared Foster: LSU’s starting second baseman made his return Thursday and started off great. He began 2 for 3 and made three defensive plays in the first three innings – 2 of the difficult kind. His return to the lineup made a difference – despite his groundout into a bases-loaded double play in the seventh.
  • Chris Chinea: This guy is red hot. He’s got a team-leading 14-game hit streak going, and he hit a 10th home run in 27 games Thursday. His average is skyrocketing and is now at .380 after going 4-for-5 in the series opening loss.

BALLS

  • Jared Poché: The sophomore lefty fought through some struggles before limping out of the sixth inning. He allowed four hits in the frame, including a two-out, two-run, game-tying home run. He allowed six runs – tied for his career high and a season high.
  • Jake Godfrey: The freshman faced five batters and retired one. He walked two and allowed a leadoff single in the seventh. He threw 17 balls in his 23 pitches – four in an intentional walk.
  • Andrew Stevenson: Stevenson went 0-for-4 and committed what turned into a one-run error. He struck out twice and lined out in the third inning with a man at second base.

Pregame: LSU vs. South Carolina (G1)

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.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – 

General Info

  • What: LSU (44-8, 19-7) vs. South Carolina (31-22, 12-15)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Carolina Stadium, Columbia, SC
  • Starting pitchers: LSU So. LHP Jared Poché (7-1, 2.87 ERA) vs. USC Jr. LHP Jack Wynkoop (8-4, 2.83 ERA)
  • TV: SEC Network
  • Online: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Friday
  • In the hole: at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Saturday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • How about a regular season SEC championship? That’s not a bad prize for LSU tonight if the Tigers win AND Vanderbilt loses at Alabama. LSU would secure the SEC West title as well.  The Tigers are gunning for a 16th SEC title (third under coach Paul Mainieri) and an 18th SEC West crown.

What To Watch

  • Vanderbilt’s result: The Commodores’ game at Alabama (7 CT) starts an hour after LSU-USC (6 CT) begins. If the Crimson Tide pull the upset and the Tigers take Game 1, there could be a delayed SEC championship celebration from LSU late in the Columbia night.
  • Poché’s rebound: Jared Poché lasted just 3.2 innings in his last start in the series opener against Missouri. He allowed seven hits and three runs in a stay on the mound that was tied for the shortest of his career. The last time he had such an outing – about two months ago at Arkansas – Poché followed with a superb next six starts.

    Jared Foster is back. (HEATHER MCCLELLAND)

    Jared Foster is back. (HEATHER MCCLELLAND)

  • Rusty Foster: Jared Foster is expected to get the start at second base after returning from what was thought to be ineligibility. Foster hasn’t played in nearly two weeks (the series finale at Mississippi State). He’s struggled in his last few games played. He’s 5 for his last 29. His batting average has dropped by 52 points over the last six weeks.

Know Your Opponent

  • The Gamecocks are on the NCAA regional bubble. A series win over top-ranked LSU could be just the nudge to push them into the NCAA field. They’ve los six of nine SEC series this season, but two of the three wins have come against two of the league’s top teams – Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Lineups

LSU

  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 3B
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Jared Foster, 2B
  • Danny Zardon, DH

South Carolina

  • Gene Cone, CF
  • Marcus Mooney, SS
  • Max Schrock, 2B
  • Kyle Martin, 1B
  • Elliott Caldwell, RF
  • Alex Destino, DH
  • Hunter Taylor, C
  • DC Arendas, 3B
  • Clark Scolamiero, LF

Pregame: LSU vs. UNO

Maestri Field three hours before first pitch.

Maestri Field three hours before first pitch.

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.

General Info

  • What: LSU (43-8) vs. UNO (14-36)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Where: Maestri Field, New Orleans
  • Starting pitchers: LSU Jr. LHP Hunter Devall (1-0, 4.00 ERA) vs. UNO Jr. RHP Kevin Kelleher (2-8, 3.80 ERA)
  • TV: CST
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: at South Carolina, 6 p.m.
  • In the hole: at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • UNO has an RPI of 274 out of 301 Division I baseball teams. Most feel LSU is a lock for an NCAA top eight national seed, but a loss to a team with such a bad RPI could affect that.

What To Watch

  • Second base: Every outing for Danny Zardon is an audition for him at second base, where he’s replaced Jared Foster, ruled ineligible for the rest of the season. Zardon committed one error over the weekend and struck out in six of nine at-bats, but he made some nice plays in the field, too.
  • Devall’s debut: It’s not exactly Hunter Devall’s starting debut. He started once two years ago, but the guy has only pitched nine innings this season and hasn’t pitched in an SEC game in nearly two months. Coach Paul Mainieri admitted Monday that he “doesn’t know what to expect” from Devall, who has only once thrown more than 2.2 innings in a game. Don’t expect him to go much more than three innings or so.
  • Streaking Hale and Chinea: Conner Hale hit .538 (7-of-13), had five RBIs and scored five runs in the three-game series against Missouri. He also helped turn two clutch double plays late in the win over Missouri on Sunday. And Chinea? He hit a home run over the final two games of the season and is on a hitting streak of 12 games.

Know Your Opponent

  • The Privateers have lost seven straight games, but they’re throwing one of their best arms. Kelleher leads the team in strikeouts (64) and has just 21 walks.

Lineups

LSU

  • Chris Sciambra, RF
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 3B
  • Kade Scivicque, DH
  • Jake Fraley, LF
  • Chris Chinea, 1B
  • Grayson Byrd, 2B
  • Mike Papierski, C

UNO

  • Ryan Calloway, LF
  • Samuel Capielano, 2B
  • Sam Carriere, SS
  • Hezekiah Randolph, RF
  • Matt Rykaczewki, DH
  • Parker Jones, 1B
  • Jonathan Santana, C
  • Jay Robinson, 3B
  • Chaz Boyer, CF