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ON DECK | Rain shuffles opening weekend

Powerhouse Tigers launch new season with nod to the U.S. military.

Air Force/Army at LSU

Game 1 | Noon Saturday vs. Army

Game 2 | 4 p.m. Saturday vs. Army

Game 3 | 1 p.m. Sunday vs. Air Force

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

2016 RECORDS: LSU 45-21 (lost in Super Regionals), Air Force 30-27, Army 16-32

RADIO: 100.7 (Baton Rouge) on Saturday; 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge) on Sunday 

TV/LIVESTREAM: SEC Network+/WatchESPN

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES | LSU took a pair of wins over Air Force to start the season in 2012 and leads the Falcons 2-0. The Tigers and Army last played in a 2004 regional, with LSU winning 9-0 to up their record to 2-0 against the Cadets.

LAST TIME OUT: Season-opening weekend for all three teams

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 2 Collegiate Baseball, No. 3 NCBWA (writers), No. 3 USA Today (coaches), No. 4 Baseball America, No. 5 Perfect Game

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

2016 statistics

GAME 1 Saturday | Army, So. LHP Tyler Giovinco (1-5, 8.02 ERA, 33.2 IP, 20 SO/26 BB) vs. LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (8-4, 3.79 ERA, 111.2 IP, 125 SO/49 BB, .226 OBA)

GAME 2 Saturday | Army, TBA vs. LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (9-4, 3.35 ERA, 102 IP, 87 SO/37 BB, .272 OBA)

Sunday | Air Force, So. RH Matt Hargreaves (3-2, 4.71 ERA, 42 IP, 33 SO/14 BB, .295 OBA) vs. LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (college debut)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

(2016 statistics)

LSU – 2B Cole Freeman (.329, 46 R, 7 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 27 RBIs, 26-35 SB), CF Antoine Duplantis (.327, 45 R, 9 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 39 RBIs, 13-20 SB), SS Kramer Robertson (.324, 61 R, 20 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 39 RBIs, 14-18 SB), DH/C Jordan Romero (.297, 43 R, 9 2B, 9 HR, 42 RBIs), RF Greg Deichmann (.288, 45 R, 14 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 57 RBIs), LF Beau Jordan (.286, 31 R, 9 2B, 4 HR, 39 RBIs)

Air Force – 3B Bradley Haslam (.408, 55 R, 22 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 57 RBIs), CF Adam Groesbeck (.378, 60 R, 16 2B, 8 3B, 5 HR, 33 RBIs, 19-24 SB), LF Tyler Jones (.360, 53 R, 12 2B, 2 3B, 19 HR, 64 RBIs), DH Nic Ready (.329, 44 R, 17 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 53 RBIs)

Army – SS Kris Linder (.315, 35 R, 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 16 RBIs, 14-16 SB), OF John McCarthy (.296, 28 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 31 RBIs, 10-11 SB), 2B Josh White (.258, 24 R, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBIs, 10-14 SB)

UP NEXT

LSU at UNO | 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

AROUND THE HORN

  • Friday marks the first season-opener start of Alex Lange’s career. Jared Poche started the last two.
  • Poche has won 9 games in each of his first three seasons and enters his final season 11 wins shy of the program’s career record.
  • Six of the Tigers’ expected starters were regulars last season, as were two reserves (Romero and Chris Reid).
  • Air Force and Army will meet at noon Friday at Alex Box Stadium, and the Cadets head to New Orleans to face Tulane at 6:30 p.m. Friday and noon on Sunday.
  • AFA coach Mike Kaziausky played for Paul Mainieri when he coached at Air Force.
  • Ceremonial first-pitch throwers include Brad Garafola Jr., the son of slain East Baton Rouge Parish Sherriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola Sr., one of the officers killed in Baton Rouge in July.; Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards, a 1988 West Point graduate; and Ronnie Gerald, the father of late BRPD Officer Matthew Gerald, who also died in the July attack.

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