LSU will try to avoid what would be its first Southeastern Conference series loss when it plays South Carolina at 2 p.m. Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.
The Gamecocks scored two ninth-inning runs to win 4-2 Saturday after the Tigers won the series opener 5-2 on Friday. LSU has won three SEC series and swept three others. This is just the second time it has gone into Sunday not having already clinched a series. The Tigers won at Arkansas two Sundays ago to secure that series.
Junior right-hander Kurt McCune replaces sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn as the Sunday starter and makes his first start against an SEC opponent this season.
Andrew Stevenson has replaced Mark Laird in center field and will bat ninth. Right fielder Jared Foster moves from the ninth spot to replace Laird in the second spot.
Laird has had two defensive lapses in the first two games of the series. On Friday night he made ill-advised attempt to make a diving catch of a line drive that turned into an RBI triple when the ball skipped past him. On Saturday a fly ball dropped between Laird and left fielder Raph Rhymes for a triple as Laird appeared to lose sight of the ball.
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Here are the starting lineups for both teams:
No. 10 South Carolina (32-12, 12-8 SEC)
1. LF Graham Saiko (.259)
2. 3B Chase Vergason (.275)
3. SS Joey Pankake (.321)
4. 1B LB Dantzler (.338)
5. 2B Max Schrock (.268)
6. C Grayson Greiner (.296)
7. DH TJ Costen (.262)
8. RF Connor Bright (.323)
9. CF Tanner English (.298)
SP — LH Jack Wynkoop (5-2, 3.12)
No. 2 LSU (39-5, 16-4)
1. DH Sean McMullen (.315)
2. RF Jared Foster (.379)
3. SS Alex Bregman (.406)
4. 1B Mason Katz (.379)
5. LF Raph Rhymes (.339)
6. 3B Christian Ibarra (.347)
7. C Ty Ross (.214)
8. 2B JaCoby Jones (.259)
9. CF Andrew Stevenson (.175)
SP — RH Kurt McCune (3-0, 1.80)