LSU Baseball Series Preview: Georgia

LSU hits the road this weekend for a three-game series at Georgia. TSD has the full preview of what to expect from the Bulldogs.

No. 2 LSU (32-6, 10-5 SEC) at Georgia (20-18, 6-9)


Foley Field — Athens, Ga.

SCHEDULE

Game 1: Friday, April 17 – 6 p.m. CT

Game 2: Saturday, April 18 – 1 p.m. CT

Game 3: Sunday, April 19 – 12 p.m. CT

**All games streamed on SEC Network+**

Pitching Matchups

RHP Alex Lange (6-0, 1.39 ERA) vs. RHP Sean McLaughlin (3-2, 5.13)

LHP Jared Poche’ (6-1, 3.11) vs. LHP Ryan Lawlor (4-4, 2.96)

RHP Austin Bain (0-1, 3.29) vs. TBA

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Georgia comes into this weekend in a tie for fourth in the SEC East, winners in two of their five SEC series this year. The Bulldogs have dropped their last two and are only 2-8 in their last 10 games.

These two teams met last year in a three-game series at Alex Box Stadium. LSU won the first two before the third ended in a tie due to travel restrictions.

“You just don’t look at records or past performances in the SEC,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Everybody’s good. All three games are sold out. There’s a lot of excitement. It’s going to be very intense, and Georgia’s going to come ready to play. So we have to match their energy and their enthusiasm.”

Georgia offensively falls within the middle of the pack in the SEC, ranking between No. 6 and No. 10 in most offensive categories. The Bulldogs as a team hit .274, and four of the regular starters have a batting average above .300.

Center fielder Stephen Wrenn leads the team, hitting at a .327 clip. He also has some pop with 5 home runs and has also stolen a team-best 20 bases. He and Nick King are the two big threats on the base paths, combining for 41 steals this year.

Zac Bowers can also provide some pop, as he leads the team with 6 home runs. He and Wrenn each have 21 RBI this season, while Skyler Weber (hitting .246) leads Georgia with 25 runs driven in.

Georgia’s been affected on the mound by injuries. The Bulldogs lost their ace Robert Tyler, who has a 97 mph fastball, to an arm issue early in the season.

Georgia moved Sean McLaughlin into the Friday night role, though he’s had his struggles with a 5.13 ERA. Ryan Lawlor, the Saturday starter, leads the team with 62 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings this year.

The Sunday starter is still to be determined. But Georgia is getting back David Sosebee from injury. He threw 3 scoreless innings last week against Alabama out of the bullpen. Jared Walsh started that game, but surrendered 5 earned runs in 2 1/3 inning, so look for Georgia to go with someone else in the finale.


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