Mainieri details the plan for Zac Person

LSU coach Paul Mainieri joined TSD's Ben Love for a one-on-one interview. Check out Mainieri's explanation of why he's going with Zac Person on the mound and how the Tigers' shift in the batting order is turning into a happy accident.

LSU baseball is angling to extend its season Thursday evening when the Tigers take on TCU for the second time in less than a week at TD Ameritrade Park.

In advance of the showdown between the Tigers and Horned Frogs, LSU coach Paul Mainieri joined TSD publisher Ben Love Wednesday afternoon on "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KLWB) in Lafayette.

Listen in below to the interview, conducted right as Mainieri and the Tigers were stepping off the practice field at Creighton.


Among the topics discussed was Mainieri's decision to start senior righty Zac Person.

Explained LSU's skipper: "Zac is arguably one of the top four or five pitchers on our staff. I just kept thinking we've been here two games, I've had him up in the bullpen and haven't used him yet. I would hate to hold him until the eighth inning and us be down by a half a dozen runs, so the inning doesn't really matter that much. I would rather him pitch meaningful innings. When the score's 0-0 at the start of the game, those are obviously meaningful innings.

"And I want to do what gives us the best chance to get off to a good start tomorrow. TCU is a dominant left-handed hitting team and likes to run. Their lead-off hitter is a switch-hitter, but statistically he's a much better hitter left-handed than right-handed. So I'd like to see him at least in that first inning have to hit right-handed ... It might only be a couple of innings before we turn it over to somebody else, but I just thought that Zac Person's poise and experience gives us the best chance to get off to a good start tomorrow."

Be sure to check out the full interview, in which Mainieri also details how the batting order shake-up has been fruitful despite LSU not seeing the southpaws on the mound that were anticipated.




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