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Balls and Strikes: LSU 16, Boston College 2

Senior catcher Kade Scivicque hit two HRs on Saturday. (Patrick Dennis)

Senior catcher Kade Scivicque hit two HRs on Saturday. (Patrick Dennis)

General Info

  • Coverage: Game Story, Notebook
  • Twitter:  @DellengerAdv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On Deck: vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • In The Hole: vs. Princeton, 7:00 p.m. Friday

STRIKES

  • Fireworks At Alex Box: If you wanted extra-base hits, then Alex Box Stadium was the place to be on Saturday afternoon. Two triples by Andrew Stevenson, two home runs by Kade Scivicque and a solo shot by Alex Bregman all contributed to a 16-run contest for the Tigers. Eight of the nine LSU starters registered a hit.
  • Godfrey Rebounds – This time around, LSU freshman starter Jake Godfrey had a little defense behind him. The rookie right-hander only went 3.2 innings in his debut, but he was able to finish five today, allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out one. He picked up his first career win.
  • Stellar Stevenson – LSU junior center fielder had a game to remember, and he didn’t even participate in the second half of it. He had two triples and scored twice, and he also made a stellar running grab in center field with two runners in scoring position in a 4-0 game.
  • Newman Makes Debut – Hunter Newman hadn’t touched a mound in a game for the Tigers since 2013. That changed on Saturday afternoon against Boston College, where he tossed 0.2 innings of scoreless baseball and recorded a strikeout.
  • A Day For Firsts - Newman made his first appearance, but he wasn’t the only one to have a “first” on Saturday. Senior right-hander Brady Domangue made his first appearance of the season, and in the bottom of the eighth, freshmen Grayson Byrd, Mike Papierski and Bryce Jordan all picked up their first career hits.

BALLS

  •  Bomb Off Bouman- In Bouman’s only appearance of the 2015 season, he surrendered four hits and three earned runs in an inning of work. On Saturday against Boston College, Eagles’ junior right fielder Chris Shaw took him deep, hitting the Diamond Deck in right field.

Pregame: LSU vs. Boston College (G3)

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 (5-1) vs. Boston College (2-4)
  • When: 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU freshman RHP Jake Godfrey (0-0, 2.45) vs. Boston College senior LHP Nick Poore (0-0, 5.06)
  • TV: None
  • Internet streaming options: SEC Network-plus, which is accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @Dellenger Adv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On deck: vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • In the hole: vs. Princeton, 7 p.m. Friday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • A series sweep would be a huge boost to an LSU team that lost to Nicholls State just a few days ago. Even coach Paul Mainieri said after Friday night’s game that, record-wise, LSU’s loss to Nicholls would be easier to accept with sweeps over Kansas and Boston College. The Tigers would be through the first full week of the season with a 6-1 record. That’s not terrible seeing as that Kansas was one of the better season-opening opponents LSU has faced under Mainieri.

    Alex Bregman went 2-for-8 in the doubleheader Friday. (HILARY SCHEINUK )

    Alex Bregman went 2-for-8 in the doubleheader Friday. (HILARY SCHEINUK )

What To Watch

  • Godfrey: Godfrey’s first outing last week wasn’t the best. He was chased in the fourth inning, but it’s tough to evaluate his pitching in that game as LSU had a host of errors. The Tigers seem pretty solid with their No. 1 and No. 2 starters – Alex Lange and Jared Poché – but is Godfrey good enough to be the No. 3 guy? We already saw Doug Norman struggle in last week’s midweek game.
  • Bregman: Shortstop Alex Bregman has started the season batting .240 with just two RBIs through the first six games. Coaches moved him from the No. 2 to the No. 3 spot for Friday’s DH. He went 2-for-8 and showed frustration after a walk and a strikeout. LSU needs Bregman to drive in runs.  His two RBIs are the lowest of any starter outside of Kramer Robertson.

Know Your Opponent

  • Nick Poore is making his first start since 2013. He served as only a reliever last season, entering in 14 games and finishing 2014 with a 5.60 ERA.

Lineups

LSU

  1. Jared Foster, LF
  2. Mark Laird, RF
  3. Alex Bregman, SS
  4. Chris Chinea, DH
  5. Conner Hale, 1B
  6. Kade Scivicque, C
  7. Andrew Stevenson, CF
  8. Danny Zardon, 3B
  9. Kramer Robertson, 2B

Boston College

  1. Gabriel Hernandez, CF
  2. Blake Butera, 2B
  3. Joe Cronin, 3B
  4. Chris Shaw, RF
  5. Michael Strem, 1B
  6. Logan Hoggarth, LF
  7. Johnny Adams, SS
  8. Nick Sciortino, C
  9. Jake Palomaki, DH

Balls and Strikes: LSU 7, Boston College 4

Jared Foster had two hits from the leadoff spot on Friday night, including a triple and an RBI double. (Angela Major)

Jared Foster had two hits from the leadoff spot on Friday night, including a triple and an RBI double. (Angela Major)

General Info

  • Coverage: Game Story
  • Twitter:  @DellengerAdv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On Deck: vs. Boston College, 3:00 p.m. Saturday
  • In The Hole: vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

STRIKES

  • Foster On Fire - It’s safe to say LSU senior outfielder Jared Foster is feeling comfortable at the plate. After collecting a total seven hits all of last season, he has picked up four so far through two starts. After going 2-for-4 last Saturday against Kansas, he picked up another two hits on Friday evening against Boston College. Foster had a triple to lead off the bottom of the first inning, and he added an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.
  • Speedy Stevenson – Junior center fielder Andrew Stevenson had no intentions of slowing down on Friday night. In the bottom of the second inning, Stevenson hit an infield single to the pitcher. He proceeded to steal both second and third, and later scored on a Bryce Jordan sac fly. Stevenson just beat out a throw to home on a second Jordan sac fly in the bottom of the sixth.
  • Bryce Jordan Makes Impact - While his brother, Beau, may have played in the Tigers first game of the day, it was Bryce’s time to shine in Game 2. He performed well as LSU’s designated hitter, tying the Tigers’ record for the most sacrifice flies in a game (2).
  • Cartwright Under Control - LSU sophomore right-hander Alden Cartwright was stellar in both contests on Friday. In Game 1, he pitched one perfect inning. In Game 2, he gave up one hit, but he picked up a K and pitched another scoreless inning.

BALLS

  •  Alex Lange’s Wild Outing - For four innings, LSU freshman right-hander Alex Lange cruised. And then the fifth inning struck. After a wild pitch escaped catcher Michael Papierski and allowed a strikeout victim to reach first, Boston College began a rally. The Eagles brought four runs across in the inning, including one via a bases-loaded walk. Lange had nine strikeouts, but he tossed four wild pitches and allowed four earned runs.

Pregame: LSU vs. Boston College (G2)

LSU freshman RHP Alex Lange will take the mound in Game 2 against Boston College. (Angela Major)

LSU freshman RHP Alex Lange will take the mound in Game 2 against Boston College. (Angela Major)

General Info

  • What: LSU (4-1) vs. Boston College (2-3)
  • When: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU freshman RHP Alex Lange (1-0, 0.00) vs. Boston College junior RHP Jeff Burke (0-0, 9.00)
  • TV: None
  • Internet streaming options: SEC Network-plus, which is accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @Dellenger Adv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On deck: vs. Boston College, 3 p.m. Saturday
  • In the hole: vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Links To Know

  1. Danny Zardon leads LSU to bounce-back win against Boston College in Game 1 of a DH
  2. Balls and Strikes: LSU 8, Boston College 3

What’s At Stake

  • After an offensive outburst in Game 1 gave LSU the 8-3 victory over Boston College, the Tigers can take the series with freshman starter Alex Lange on the hill.

What To Watch

  • Alex Lange’s Second Outing: In his first career start against Kansas, Alex Lange was nearly perfect, striking out seven in five scoreless innings. The question for Friday night against Boston College is simple: can he carry that momentum into his second start of the season?
  • Infield Es: LSU has combined for 10 errors in three games. That’s the most errors in consecutive games that the Tigers have had since  April 2008. In the first game of the series against the Eagles, sophomore southpaw Jared Poche’ made two errors in the first two innings, resulting in an early deficit for the Tigers. The Tigers will look to get back on track in Game 2.
  • New Leadoff: Senior left fielder Jared Foster will get the start in the leadoff position in Friday’s second game. Foster went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored last Saturday against Kansas.

Know Your Opponent

  • The Eagles will bring junior right-hander Jeff Burke to the mound. Burke has made one start this season, going four innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits. He also had four strikeouts and two walks.

Lineups

LSU

  1. Jared Foster, LF
  2. Mark Laird, RF
  3. Alex Bregman, SS
  4. Chris Chinea, 1B
  5. Conner Hale, 2B
  6. Andrew Stevenson, CF
  7. Danny Zardon, 3B
  8. Bryce Jordan, DH
  9. Michael Papierski, C

Boston College

  1. Gabriel Hernandez, CF
  2. Blake Butera, 2B
  3. Joe Cronin, 3B
  4. Chris Shaw, RF
  5. Michael Strem, 1B
  6. Logan Hoggarth, LF
  7. Johnny Adams, SS
  8. Stephen Sauter, C
  9. Jake Palomaki, DH

Balls and Strikes: LSU 8, Boston College 3

LSU third baseman Danny Zardon had a three-hit day on Friday afternoon. (Catherine Threlkeld)

LSU third baseman Danny Zardon had a three-hit day on Friday afternoon. (Catherine Threlkeld)

General Info

  • Coverage: Game Story
  • Twitter:  @DellengerAdv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On Deck: vs. Boston College, 7:00 p.m. Friday
  • In The Hole: vs. Boston College, 3:00 p.m. Saturday

STRIKES

  • Zardon Finds Power Stroke - It took five games, but LSU sophomore third baseman Danny Zardon finally found the extra-base hits he was looking for. In the bottom of the second inning, Zardon roped a double to the right-center gap. Four innings later, he blasted his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the left field wall. He followed that with an RBI double down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh. He had three extra-base hits all of last season.
  • Lockdown Bullpen - LSU’s pen was given a one-run lead when Jared Poche’ left the mound. That’s all it would need. Collin Strall, Zac Person and Alden Cartwright combined to toss 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball, surrendering only two hits.

BALLS

  •  Defensive Woes Continue - Jared Poche’ may have recovered nicely to toss 5.2 innings of three-run ball, but he fell behind early in the top of the first because of a costly throwing error that put two runners in scoring position. He made another throwing error in the top of the second. As a team, LSU has made 10 errors in the past three games.

Pregame: LSU vs. Boston College (G1)

Danny Zardon is a guy to keep an eye on at third base. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Danny Zardon is a guy to keep an eye on at third base. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

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 (3-1) vs. Boston College (2-2)
  • When: 2 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU sophomore LHP Jared Poché (1-0, 0.00) vs. Boston College senior RHP John Gorman (0-0, 5,06)
  • TV: None
  • Internet streaming options: SEC Network-plus, which is accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @Dellenger Adv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On deck: vs. Boston College, 7 p.m. Friday
  • In the hole: vs. Boston College, 3 p.m. Saturday

Links To Know

  1. A day after loss to Nicholls, LSU simulated RISP moments at practice. Tigers changed batting order, approach too
  2. Boston College second baseman makes return to home state; Mainieri concerned with errors; Revolving door in LF

What’s At Stake

  • After a sour loss to Nicholls State, the Tigers have a chance to rebound in the best of ways – with a doubleheader sweep of Boston College on Friday.

What To Watch

  • Clutch Hitting: LSU has shuffled its batting order, moving SS Alex Bregman from the No. 2 hole to the No. 3 spot, and coach Andy Cannizaro is stressing an aggressive style. This all comes after the Tigers struggles with runners in scoring position in the loss to Nicholls. LSU left 17 runners stranded.
  • Infield Es: LSU has combined for eight errors in two games (four in each). That’s the most errors in consecutive games that the Tigers have had since  April 2008. Coach Paul Mainieri is concerned about that issue – even more so than the clutching hitting woes Wednesday. Many of the errors have been at third base and second base, two key positions to keep an eye on.
  • Who’s In Left: Left field has been a revolving door lately. Mainieri has started three different players at the spot. Expect that to continue this weekend. Jake Fraley, Jared Foster, Chris Sciambra and Beau Jordan are all options in left.

Know Your Opponent

  • The Eagles enter the series having split a pair with Xavier, lost to Wofford and beat USC Upstate. BC, 10-20 in the ACC last season, is an experienced team. The Eagles return all but two position starters and two of three starting weekend pitchers from last year. Gorman had a 3.86 ERA last season.

Lineups

LSU

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

Boston College

  • Gabriel Hernandez, CF
  • Blake Butera, 2B
  • Joe Cronin, 3B
  • Chris Shaw, RF
  • Michael Strem, 1B
  • Logan Hoggarth, LF
  • Johnny Adams, SS
  • Nick Sciortino, C
  • Jake Palomaki, DH

Balls And Strikes: Nicholls State 6, LSU 3

General Info

  • Coverage: Game story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On Deck: vs. Boston College, 2 p.m. Friday
  • In The Hole: vs. Boston College, 7 p.m. Friday
Alex Bregman and LSU came up short against Nicholls State. (Angela Major)

Alex Bregman and LSU came up short against Nicholls State. (Angela Major)

BALLS

  • Norman’s Strikes: Freshman RHP Doug Norman’s debut didn’t go well, and it’s because he might have thrown too many strikes, both coach Paul Mainieri and Norman said afterward. He threw too many down the middle, basically. Norman allowed nine hits and four earned runs in his 4.2 innings.
  • In The Clutch: LSU finished the game 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position and started 1-for-11. The Tigers left the bases loaded in the first and second innings. Andrew Stevenson, Conner Hale and Alex Bregman couldn’t deliver at the plate with base-loaded chances early on.
  • Bumbling: LSU had four errors. In two games, the Tigers have had a combined eight errors in the last two games. On Wednesday night, 2B Kramer Robertson, 3B Danny Zardon and LF Chris Sciambra all had Es.

STRIKES

  • Laird’s Hot Bat: Mark Laird, LSU’s leadoff hitter, had a second straight three-hit performance. He began the season 0-for-4 through the first two games before the recent streak, something the Tigers desperately need at the leadoff spot. He finished 3-for-6 on Wednesday.
  • Three For Three: Each Parker Bugg, Alden Cartwright and Zac Person faced three batters. They retired all nine, striking out a combined six hitters (Cartwright had three Ks). In all, LSU’s bullpen allowed just three hits and a run in 4.1 innings.

Pregame: LSU vs. Nicholls State

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 (3-0) vs. Nicholls State (2-1)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: Nicholls senior RHP Ryan Deemes (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 0 BB, 2 SO) vs. LSU freshman RHP Doug Norman (first college appearance)
  • TV: None
  • Internet streaming options: SEC Network-plus, which is accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @Dellenger Adv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On deck: vs. Boston College, 2 p.m. Friday
  • In the hole: vs. Boston College, 7 p.m. Friday

Links To Know

  1. Another #LSU freshman pitcher makes his debut. Doug Norman “going to do my own thing” vs. Nicholls
  2. Mark Laird, #LSU improving on base paths; Weekend rotation set; Jordan shakes off error

What’s At Stake

Doug Norman.

Doug Norman.

  • Doug Norman might have the most at stake than anyone or any team in this one. The rookie has an opportunity in his debut to remain in the competition to claim a weekend starting spot. With Jake Godfrey’s struggles last weekend, Norman can continue to hang around with a good showing against the Colonels.

What To Watch

  • Fielding: The last time the Tigers took the field they committed four errors. Paul Mainieri tinkered with his lineup in that series finale against Kansas, moving Conner Hale from first to second base and starting Bryce Jordan (third), Mike Papierski (catcher) and Chris Chinea (first). Hale committed two errors and Jordan had one. Shortstop Alex Bregman had another.
  • The mound: We mentioned what Norman has at stake above. You’ll wanna watch this rookie. He’s got a hitch in his throwing motion, something that’s an advantage for the South Carolina native. His best pitch is a changeup, but he’s another one of LSU’s freshman hurlers who can throw a 90-plus mph fastball.
  • Brrrr: It’s expected to be in the high 40 degrees at first pitch and could drop near 40 by the ninth inning. The Tigers played in some chilly temperatures in Friday’s season opener, but this is the first real cold test of the year.

Know Your Opponent

  • Nicholls is coming off of the program’s first 30-plus win season since 1993. The Colonels led the nation in double plays and had a Southland Conference leading 2.59 ERA. So they’re no slouch. They finished last season with an RPI of 132, one of the better RPI of a non-major conference opponent LSU will face this season.

Lineups

LSU

  • Mark Laird, RF
  • Alex Bregman, SS
  • Conner Hale, 1B
  • Chris Chinea, DH
  • Chris Sciambra, LF
  • Andrew Stevenson, CF
  • Kade Scivicque, C
  • Danny Zardon, 3B
  • Kramer Robertson, 2B

Kansas

  • Justin Holt, CF
  • Darius Knight, LF
  • Christian Correa, C
  • Seth Stevens, 1B
  • Marc Frazier, DH
  • Kyle Reese, 3B
  • Tanner Vandevere, 2B
  • Alex Shermer, RF
  • Joey Morales, SS

Poll Speak Monday

LSU moved up one spot in the Perfect Game poll this week. (Hilary Scheinuk)

LSU moved up one spot in the Perfect Game poll this week. (Hilary Scheinuk)

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

LSU mostly stayed put in the polls, but the Tigers did move up one spot in the Perfect Game rankings. Click on the links below to check out the full rankings.

(previous week’s ranking)

RHP Alex Lange named SEC Freshman of the Week

LSU freshman RHP Alex Lange earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. (Angela Major)

LSU freshman RHP Alex Lange earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. (Angela Major)

It only took one start for LSU freshman Alex Lange to gain recognition.

Lange was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday following his stellar weekend debut against Kansas.

He held the Jayhawks to a mere two hits in five scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking one. The Lee’s Summit, Missouri, native threw 71 pitches on Saturday, 45 for strikes.

The rookie right-hander did not allow a Kansas baserunner to reach third base as his arsenal of pitches, including a 95 mph fastball, smothered the Jayhawks’ bats.