LSU pitcher Eric Walker (Photo by Terrill Weil)

Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic | LSU vs. TCU, Baylor & Texas Tech

Tigers head into a major three-day test at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston.

Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic

LSU vs. TCU, Baylor & Texas Tech

LSU vs. TCU | 7 p.m. Friday

LSU vs. Baylor | 3:30 p.m. Saturday

LSU vs. Texas Tech | 10 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: Minute Maid Park | Houston

RECORDS: LSU 8-1, TCU 7-1, Baylor 9-0, Texas Tech 9-1

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

TV/LIVESTREAM: FS2/Fox Sports Southwest (Friday), Fox Sports Southwest (Saturday & Sunday)

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETINGS/SERIES

  • TCU claimed two wins over LSU at the 2015 College World Series, 10-3 and 8-4. The Tigers lead the series 6-3.
  • LSU topped Baylor 2-0 in this tournament two years ago and leads the series over the Bears 9-3.
  • First meeting with Texas Tech.

LAST TIME OUT: LSU edged Nicholls State 3-2 on Tuesday.

RANKINGS

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

TCU – No. 1 Collegiate Baseball, No. 1 Baseball America, No. 1 USA Today, No. 1 NCBWA, No. 1 Perfect Game, No. 1 D1Baseball.com

Baylor – No. 17 Collegiate Baseball,

Texas Tech – No. 10 D1Baseball.com, No. 11 NCBWA, No. 12 Collegiate Baseball, No. 19 Perfect Game, No. 21 Baseball America, No. 24 Perfect Game

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

2016 statistics

Friday | LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (2-0, 0.82 ERA, 11 IP, 18 SO/2 BB, .244 opponent BA) vs. TCU, Sr. RH Brian Howard (1-1, 3.27 ERA, 11 IP, 10SO/2 BB, .150 OBA)

Saturday | LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 15 IP, 10 SO/2 BB, .021 OBA) vs. Baylor, Jr. RH Montana Parsons (1-0, 3.38 ERA, 10-2 IP, 9 SO/7 BB)

Sunday | LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (1-0, 4.00 ERA, 9 IP, 12 SO/3 BB, .257 OBA) vs. Texas Tech, So. RH Ryan Shetter (1-0, 2.13 ERA, 12.2 IP, 16 SO/2 BB)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

LSU – 2B Cole Freeman .500 (14-for-28), 9 R, 2 2B, 6 RBIs, 5-7 SB; SS Kramer Robertson .484 (15-or-31), 11 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 3-3 SB); 1B Jake Slaughter .414 (12-for-29), 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs); C Mike Papierski .368 (7-for-19), 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBIs; RF Greg Deichmann .357 (10-for-28), 7 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBIs; 3B Josh Smith .310 (9-for-29), 7 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs

TCU – CF Nolan Brown .400 (10-for-25), 9 R, 2 2B, 6 RBIs, 4-4 SB; DH Luken Baker .346 (9-for-26), 12 R, 3 HR, 8 RBIs; RF Austen Wade .323 (10-for-31), 8 R, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 6-7 SB

Baylor – CF Richard Cunningham .407 (11-for-27), 7 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs; 2B Josh Bissonette .370 (10-for-27), 4 R, 2 2B, 5 RBIs; RF Kameron Esthay .364 (12-for-33), 13 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs; C Shea Langeliers .353 (12-for-34), 10 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBIs; DH Matt Menard .333 (10-for-30), 7 R, 2 2B, 4 RBIs

Texas Tech – Grant Little .493 (13-for-30), 14 R, 2 2B, 4 RBIs; Hunter Hargrove .395 (17-for-43), 11 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 17 RBIs; Michael Davis .308 (12-for-39) 12 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBIs; Orlando Garcia .303 (10-for-33), 7 R, 1 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBIs

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

LSU – RH Todd Peterson 1-0, 0.00, 4 app., 5.2 IP, 4 SO/1 BB; RH Hunter Newman 0-0, 2 saves, 0.00 ERA, 4.1 IP, 4 SO/2 BB; RH Austin Bain 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 5 SO/2 BB; RH Caleb Gilbert 1-0, 1.12 ERA, 8 IP, 11 SO/1 BB

TCU – RH Durbin Feltman 0-0, 2 saves, 0.00 ERA, 2.2 IP, 3 SO/0 BB; RH Sean Wymer 0-0, 1 save, 0.00, 5.1 IP, 9 SO/2 BB; RH Jake Essier 2-0, 1.59 ERA, 5.2 IP, 4 SO/1 BB; RH Charles King 0-0, 3.52 ERA, 7.2 IP, 10 SO/2 BB

Baylor – RH Kyle Hill 0-0, 1.08 ERA, 8.1 IP, 12 SO/2 BB; RH Drew Robertson 1-0, 1 save, 0.00 ERA, 5.1 IP, 8 SO/1 BB; RH Troy Montemayor 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 6 SO/1 BB

Texas Tech – Parker Mushinski 0-0, 0.00, 4.2 IP, 7 SO/5 BB, Jacob Patterson 2-0, 3.12 ERA, 8.2 IP, 11 SO/1 BB; John McMillon 0-0, 2.08 ERA, 4.1 IP, 6 SO/4 BB; 0-0, 2.70 ERA, 3.1 IP, 2 SO/0 BB

LSU stats

TCU stats

Baylor stats

Texas Tech stats

UP NEXT

San Diego at LSU | 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

AROUND THE HORN

  • LSU’s team slugging percentage is .556 entering the weekend, while opponents are slugging just .279 (15 extra-base hits), which is lower than all 13 Tigers who have at least one hit this season.
  • As well as LSU has played defensively – 6 errors in 76 innings – the Tigers have turned only four double plays, while opponents have notched 11.
  • The Tigers’ three weekend starters have issued only 7 walks in 35 innings, with 40 strikeouts.
  • TCU is hitting only .267 as a team but has more than doubled foes on the scoreboard – 69-33. Only three Horned Frog regulars are hitting .300 or above.
  • One reason for the run discrepancy: TCU has stolen 18 bases (in 22 attempts), while opponents have swiped only two bags in four tries.
  • The Frogs’ top three relievers are two sophomores and two freshmen – Feltman, Wymer, Essier and King. They account for 21.1 innings this season with 26 Ks and 5 walks.
  • Though Baylor is unbeaten, the Bears’ pitching has allowed 19 runs in the last three games.
  • Baylor has swatted 30 doubles, which ranks in the top four nationally. Five Bears have 4 doubles or more. Baylor also has more home runs (6) than stolen bases (4).
  • Texas Tech comes in with 104 runs scored and 10 home runs, the most among the teams at the event in both categories.
  • Among them, LSU, TCU and Texas Tech have seven College World Series appearances since 2013. The Horned Frogs are the only team that has advanced to Omaha the last three years. Baylor last played in the CWS in 2005.

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