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- When: 6:00 p.m. Saturday
- Where: Alex Box Stadium
- Rankings: LSU is ranked as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 15. Mississippi State is ranked as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 13.
- Projected Starters: LSU So. RHP Alex Lange (4-2, 4.88 ERA) vs. Mississippi State Jr. RHP Austin Sexton (3-2, 3.96 ERA)
- TV: ESPNU
- Streaming: Accessible on ESPN3.com
- Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates; 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
- Pre- and postgame coverage: blogs.theadvocate.com/linedrives;theadvocate.com/sports
- In-game Updates: @Chandler_Rome
About Last Night
- After three errors and a valiant comeback, LSU loses a sloppy, tension-filled series opener 12-8 to Mississippi State
- ‘I still can’t believe it’: LSU baseball icon Eddy Furniss’ No. 36 retired in emotional ceremony at Alex Box Stadium
What to Watch
Getting Defensive: After 27 innings of error-free baseball during its sweep of Missouri, LSU’s committed four errors in its last 18 innings, not including the passed ball strike three that began Mississippi State’s eighth-inning rally last night. Two of the four were baffling mental lapses — Cole Freeman’s drop of an easy flip on a 6-4-3 double play ball and Mike Papierski overthrowing Jared Poche while tossing the ball back after a pitch. To this point in its SEC schedule, LSU’s played with inordinate poise for such a young team. It can’t afford to stray away from that.
Lange on the Line: Alex Lange will pitch with a series on the line for the second time this SEC season. His first was a 6.1-inning, two-run masterpiece in College Station that ended with his middle infielders hugging him as he exited the mound. LSU won that game, 3-2, and hopes to replicate that feat tonight. As has been detailed endlessly, Lange will need to throw his curveball for strikes early in counts and, more importantly, command his fastball better than he’s been doing.
Sexton’s Start: Austin Sexton was questionable at the beginning of the week with a hamstring injury, but he’ll make his regularly scheduled start tonight. Sexton’s been hit around a bit this season — opponents are batting .283 against him in 52.1 innings — but he’s only allowed 16 extra-base hits.
Championship Coronation: LSU will honor the 1996 national championship team prior to the game. The team memorably defeated Miami 9-8 in the College World Series finals on Warren Morris’ walk-off home run.
- Antoine Duplantis (RF)
- Jake Fraley (CF)
- Jordan Romero (C)
- Greg Deichmann (1B)
- Kramer Robertson (SS)
- Bryce Jordan (DH)
- Chris Reid (3B)
- Brennan Breaux (LF)
- Cole Freeman (2B)
Alex Lange (RHP)
- Jake Magnum (CF)
- Jack Kruger (DH)
- Nathaniel Lowe (1B)
- Reid Humphreys (LF)
- Brent Rooker (RF)
- Elih Marrero (C)
- Gavin Collins (3B)
- Ryan Gridley (SS)
- Hunter Stovall (2B)
Austin Sexton (RHP)