LSU combined for only 20 hits in the three games against Auburn, the lowest total in an SEC series this season by a wide margin. The previous low came a weekend earlier, when they had 39 against Alabama.
“We didn’t square up enough pitches or hit enough balls hard,” said shortstop Alex Bregman. “We just weren’t aggressive enough. We need to be aggressive in the zone, and that’s really all we can do. This weekend we didn’t do a good job of that.”
It’s not overly concerning though. Most of the players just chalked it up to being “one of those weekends.”
“It’s baseball,” said second baseman Jared Foster. “It’s just one of those things. We’ve just got to keep swinging the bats, and we’ll find those holes.”
The Tigers can’t be too upset about it. They still lead the conference in batting average, but the gap between them and Texas A&M is down to only one point.
LSU can begin to fix that against Wednesday’s opponent. Lamar comes to Baton Rouge with a 4.07 ERA, and LSU has some frustrations they’d like to take out on the Cardinals.
“You always want to come back out, play a good quality opponent and it will help us get ready for the weekend,” Bregman said. “We’ve got to stay focused on them because they’re a very good team.”
LAMAR (17-18) AT NO. 2 LSU (31-6)
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. - Alex Box Stadium
WATCH: SEC Network+
RHP Billy Love (0-0, 2.25) vs. LHP Kyle Bouman (0-1, 7.53)
LANGE BACK TO 100 PERCENT
Alex Lange threw a bullpen session Tuesday and said he’s back to 100 percent after missing his start last weekend.
Paul Mainieri decided to rest Lange on Saturday because the freshman pitcher was dealing with tightness in his throwing elbow. Neither Mainieri nor Lange expressed any long-term concern about the injury and noted the decision was mostly a precautionary one.
“He just said to take a week off,” Lange said. “I wasn’t up to 100 percent. Anytime you’re not 100 percent, you don’t want to go out there and make anything worse.”
Lange said he started experiencing the issues during his start two weekends ago at Alabama. He walked five batters in that game, and Mainieri called it his roughest of the season.
Mainieri wasn’t available for comment Tuesday to say whether Lange would definitely return to the rotation this weekend. But Lange expects to be ready to go.
“It’s just one of those things you have to battle through,” Lange said. “The biggest thing is to monitor it and manage it. We’ll keep treating it and get back out there.”