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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

Postgame: Houston 5, LSU 4 (11 innings)

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General Info

The Hits

  • Kyle Survance, UH RF: Survance had three hits and drove in the eventual game-winning run with a line-drive single to shallow left field.  He had a single in the eighth, scoring the third run of Houston’s four-run inning.
  • Caleb Barker, UH C: Barker hit the two-run game-tying shot in that eighth inning. His smack off of Nate Fury was sent into short center, and tied it at 4.

    Alex Bregman went 4 for 5 Sunday. (Gerald Herbert | The Advocate)

    Alex Bregman went 4 for 5 Sunday. (Gerald Herbert | The Advocate)

  • Alex Bregman, LSU SS: Bregman went 4 for 5 with two RBIs. He had hits in his first four at-bats, including a pair of doubles (one a pop fly UH couldn’t catch).  He also made some spectacular plays in the field.
  • Kyle Bouman, LSU LHP: Bouman allowed two hits through the first six innings. He threw pitches over the plate, allowing his defense to make some incredible plays in the field. He retired 17 of 21 batters at one point.

The Misses

  • Kurt McCune, LSU RHP: McCune got rocked in the eighth inning. He allowed three singles, four runs and was called for obstructing a runner’s path down the first base line. He was credited for all four of Houston’s runs in its four-run rally in the eighth.

The Turning Point

  • Houston’s four-run eighth inning turned momentum. The Cougars won it in the 11th with three singles.

The Quote

  • “I’m getting the ball tomorrow night, and I can promise you we’re going to win that game.” – freshman RHP Alden Cartwright

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

  • Houston beat Southeastern Louisiana 9-5, eliminating the Lions. The Cougars and Tigers will have a rematch at 7:35 p.m. Sunday night in the regional final. The Tigers have a shot to win the regional and advance to a third straight NCAA super regional. All they need is a victory against a team that’ll be playing a fourth game in about 48 hours. An LSU loss will send the regional to an elimination game at 7 p.m. Monday.

What To Watch

Kyle Bouman will start Sunday night in the regional final. (Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

Kyle Bouman will start Sunday night in the regional final. (Patrick Dennis | The Advocate)

  • Bouman’s big day: Just a year ago, Bouman was in junior college awaiting a scholarship off. Now he’s pitching in a regional final? “It’s awesome,” he said Saturday night. After an ankle sprain and some rough mid-season outings, Bouman has pitched splendid lately. He’s allowed just six hits and two earned runs in his last two starts, a combined 11 innings.
  • Power or D: Coach Paul Mainieri chose the latter in the game against Houston on Saturday night, starting web-gem crazed Kramer Robertson and sitting big bat Kade Scivicque. It paid off. Robertson made a host of defensive plays and drew a key walk, scoring a run.
  • Sitting around: LSU has the advantage of having not played a game earlier in the day – like Houston did. But the Tigers have been sitting around waiting for SELA/Houston to end. The game included a one-hour rain delay.

Know Your Opponent

  • Houston will be starting a second game in a matter of about five hours and a fourth in about 48 hours. The Cougars started ace Aaron Garza against Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday afternoon. He threw 78 pitches in six innings, allowing 10 hits and two runs. UH has used nine pitchers over the three games. Just three have thrown more than 40 pitches.

Lineups

LSU

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

Houston

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

Postgame: LSU 5, Houston 1

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

General Info

  • Box: Click here
  • CoverageGame story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Houston or Southeastern Louisiana, 7 p.m. Sunday

The Hits

  • Conner Hale, LSU 1B: Hale had RBI singles in his first two at-bats. He made up for a whiff on a hit-and-run by hitting a line drive single to drive in a run a few moments later.

    Conner Hale had two RBIs on Saturday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

    Conner Hale had two RBIs on Saturday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Alex Bregman, LSU SS: Bregman had several great defensive plays, but the best came with the bases loaded and two outs. He dove for a ball in foul territory, catching it to end the inning. He went 1 for 3 at the plate, driving in a run in a two-run seventh.
  • Aaron Nola, LSU RHP: Nola struck out seven through 7.1 innings, retiring 17 of his final 18 batters in a masterful performance. He wiggled out of that bases-loaded jam in the second – with help from Bregman’s catch.  Nola allowed one hit outside of that second inning. He allowed three in that frame.

The Turning Point

  • LSU added two runs in the seventh inning for a four-run cushion. That’s a comfortable lead with Nola hurling. The Tigers had RBI singles from Mark Laird and Bregman in the frame. Christian Ibarra singled to lead off the inning, and Kramer Robertson walked.

The Quote

  • “Players know clearly once the NCAA tournament starts, you’re five wins away from Omaha. We’re basically counting them off now. That’s two down and three to go.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri

Pregame: LSU vs. Houston

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

  • The winner of this game has the clear advantage. The victor advances to Sunday night’s game. Win that one and win the regional. Lose and you get another shot Monday. So what happens if you lose Saturday night? You must win three straight elimination games to win the regional. You’ll have to turn around and play Sunday afternoon, Sunday night and Monday.

What To Watch

Aaron Nola will start Saturday. He won't be carrying a bucket. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Aaron Nola will start Saturday. He won’t be carrying a bucket. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

  • Ace: LSU saved Nola, its ace, for a game against a tough Houston team. The Tigers have lost just one game in which Nola started. He’s started 15 games. The guy has a 1.49 ERA, and LSU can’t afford to waste his start. The Tigers have to win.
  • More of Moore: Tyler Moore has been on a tear. Over the last nine games – all LSU wins – Moore is batting .484 with 20 RBIs. He drove in the game-tying run Friday night in the seventh inning, and he’ll almost certainly get the start Saturday. He’s Nola’s personal catcher.
  • That D: LSU’s defense had another error-less game this year on Friday afternoon. It was the 22nd game in which the Tigers D has not committed an error. They’ll need them Saturday. LSU will face a stud pitcher for Houston. Runs will be at a premium. In a low-scoring, tight game, one miscue can cost you the game.

Know Your Opponent

  • Houston used four pitchers Friday, but none of them included its two two hurlers: Jake Lemoine and Aaron Garza. Garza or Lemoine will likely get the nod. They’re two right-handed pitcher who both have ERAs under 2.70.

Lineups

LSU

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

Houston

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

Postgame: LSU 8, Southeastern Louisiana 4

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

General Info

  • Box: Click here
  • CoverageGame story
  • Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. TBA, NCAA regional, 2 or 7 p.m. Saturday, Alex Box Stadium
  • More videos: LSU players

The Hits

Tyler Moore drove in the game-tying run Friday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

Tyler Moore drove in the game-tying run Friday. (HILARY SCHEINUK | The Advocate)

  • Tyler Moore, LSU 1B: Moore continued his hot streak. He went 3 for 4 with an RBI. He’s batting .484 and has 20 RBIs in the last nine games, all LSU wins. He drove in the tying run with a blooping single in the seventh.
  • Mark Laird, LSU RF: Laird went 3 for 5 and scored two runs. He beat out a chopping single up the middle in LSU’s four-run eighth inning, a frame that blew up this one.
  • Sean McMullen, LSU DH: McMullen went just 1 for 4, but his one was a biggie. His two-run home run in the eighth inning gave the Tigers an 8-4 lead.

The Misses

  • Jam Fisher, Southeastern C: Fisher committed a costly error that led to a four-run eighth inning for LSU. Christian Ibarra hit a short one-out chopper in front of the plate, and Fisher threw wide of first base. All four of the Tigers’ runs in that inning were unearned.

The Turning Point

  • This is easy: The above error. It sparked LSU’s four-run eighth inning. The Tigers won by four.

The Quote

  • “The legends, the lore of LSU baseball, and the great moments … our players love that stuff. They want to make their own.” – LSU coach Paul Mainieri on the comeback win

Pregame: LSU vs. Southeastern Louisiana (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

  • The first two games of these four-team regionals are critical. Win the first two and a team must win just one more (of a possible two games) to win the regional. Lose the first game and a team must win four straight. Lose the second game and a team must win three straight. It’s imperative that LSU not waste a start from its No. 2 pitcher. The Tigers need to win to set up Aaron Nola’s outing Saturday night. None of the 32 teams last year that lost the first game of a regional won it.

What To Watch

Jared Poche will start Friday afternoon against Southeastern Louisiana. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Jared Poche will start Friday afternoon against Southeastern Louisiana. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

  • First-timer: Poche, a freshman from Lutcher, has passed tougher tests this season than Southeastern Louisiana. He shut down Vanderbilt at the SEC tournament, for instance. But Poche is a first-timer when it comes to NCAA postseason games. Alex Box is expected to be packed for an all-important regional opener. The pressure couldn’t be much higher on the young guy.
  • The bats: LSU’s hot bats cooled a bit against Florida in the SEC tournament title game. Still, the Tigers hit a few balls hard and had enough hits – six – to win the game. Against Southeastern Louisiana’s ace, how will LSU’s offense fair? The Tigers have 110 hits in the last eight games, the most in an eight-game stretch since 2010.
  • Better start: In the first two games of last season’s regional, LSU allowed 12 runs and 19 hits. The Tigers made five errors in a Saturday win over Sam Houston State, and Alex Bregman and Raph Rhymes collided while chasing a foul ball in Game 1 Friday. Coach Paul Mainieri is hoping a disastrous start to last year’s regional won’t appear this weekend.

Know Your Opponent

  • Cutura is a solid No. 1 pitcher and one Mainieri calls “SEC caliber.” He’s struck out 95 and walked just 19. Southeastern finished fifth in the Southland Conference regular season but ran through the league tournament to claim the automatic bid. The Lions have won six straight games.

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

Southeastern Louisiana

  • Jacob Seward, CF
  • Jameson Fisher, C
  • Andrew Godbold, RF
  • Brett Hoffman, 3B
  • Daniel Midyett, DH
  • Sam Roberson, 1B
  • Kennon Menard, SS
  • Kyle Cedotal, LF
  • Jacob Williams, 2B