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ON DECK | Maryland at LSU

Tigers enterain Big Ten favorite Maryland in a weekend showdown

Maryland at LSU

Game 1 | 7 p.m. Friday

Game 2 | 2 p.m. Saturday

Game 3 | 11 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RECORDS: Maryland 1-2, LSU 4-1

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

TV/LIVESTREAM: SEC Network+/WatchESPN

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES | The Tigers and Terrapins met in a season-opening weekend series in 2013 and LSU swept with 1-0, 5-1 and 14-3 victories.  

LAST TIME OUT: LSU clubbed Hofstra 8-1 on Wednesday.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 2 Collegiate Baseball, No. 2 Perfect Game, No. 3 NCBWA (writers), No. 4 Baseball America, No. 5 D1Baseball.com

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

2016 statistics

Friday | Maryland, Jr. RH Brian Shaffer 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 6 SO/2BB, .188 opponent BA vs. LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 6 SO/0 BB, .222 OBA)

Saturday | Maryland, Jr. RH Taylor Bloom 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 3 IP, 3 SO/3 BB, .400 OBA vs. LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 4 SO/0 BB, .000 OBA)

Sunday | Maryland, Fr. LH Tyler Blohm (1-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 IP, 4 SO/2 BB, .263 OBA  vs. LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 6 SO/1 BB, 118 OBA)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

Maryland – RF Marty Costes .500 (6-for-12), 3 R, 1 3B, 2 RBIs; 1B Brandon Gum .500 (4-for-8), 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBIs; 2B Nick Dunk .357 (5-for-14, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs

LSU – SS Kramer Robertson .500 (9-for-18), 7 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs; 2B Cole Freeman .471 (8-for-17), 5 R, 2 2B, 4 RBIs, 3-4 SB; 1B Jake Slaughter .438 (7-for-16), 4 R, 1 HR, 4 RBIs; C Mike Papierski .400 (4-for-10), 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI; RF Greg Deichmann .375 (6-fot-16), 4 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBIs; 3B Josh Smith .357 (5-for-14), 4 R, 1 HR, 6 RBIs

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

Maryland – Andrew Miller 0-0, 1 save, 0.00, 2 app., 2 IP, 2 SO/0 BB; Ryan Selmer 0-0, 0.00, 1 app., 3 IP, 3 SO/0 BB; Jared Price 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.1 IP, 3 SO/0 BB

LSU – RH Todd Peterson 0-0, 0.00, 2 app., 3 IP, 2 SO/1 BB; RH Doug Norman 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 app., 2.2 IP, 2 SO/0 BB; RH Austin Bain 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 app., 2 IP, 2 SO/0 BB; Hunter Newman 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.2 IP, 3 SO/1 BB

UP NEXT

Nicholls State at LSU | 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

AROUND THE HORN

  • LSU pitchers enter the weekend with 43 strikeouts and only 11 walks in 40 innings of work. Despite UNO’s offensive explosion (14 hits, 11 runs), foes are batting just .184 so far.
  • Conversely, LSU batters have fanned only 14 times in 183 plate appearances.
  • Freshman Josh Smith has 4 drawn 4 walks to lead the team and has yet to strike out in 19 trips to the plate.
  • Smith is the only starting infielder who has committed an error so far. The other three – Jake Slaughter, Cole Freeman and Kramer Robertson – have been clean on 77 chances.
  • In their combined innings last week, starting pitchers Alex Lange, Jared Poche and Eric Walker issued one walk in 17 innings with 16 Ks.
  • Maryland coach John Sfefc was Tony Robichaux’s right-hand man at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2003-08.
  • Terps’ left fielder Mason Nickens played at St. Amant and LSU-Eunice, where he was on the Bengals’ 2015 national championship team. Monroe native Will Watson is also an LSU-Eunice product.
  • Maryland is a popular pick to win the Big Ten this season, with D1Baseball.com, Perfect Game and Baseball America all pegging the Terrapins to win the conference.
  • 2B Nick Dunk was a freshman All-American last season.
  • This weekend marks the fourth time in five seasons that Maryland played an SEC team on the road
  • Blohm was the 2016 Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year.
  • UM swiped 8 bases in its first three games in 11 attempts.
  • Only six of Maryland’s 19 hits in the first three games went for extra bases.

Paul Mainieri meets with the media ahead of Maryland series


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