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Georgia at LSU

Game 1 | 7 p.m. Friday

Game 2 | 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Game 3 | 1 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RECORDS: Georgia 8-10, LSU 13-5

RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV/LIVESTREAM: SEC Network+/WatchESPN.com

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES: The Tigers swept the Bulldogs 4-1 and 9-1 in Athens in a doubleheader on March 18, 2015, in a series shortened to two games by rain. That improved LSU’s series advantage to 64-22-3 with six wins in the last eight games.

LAST TIME OUT: UNO 7, LSU 4 (15) on Wednesday. The Bulldogs split two mid-week games, losing to Mercer 4-3 in 12 innings and outlasting Presbyterian 8-7 on Wednesday.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 6 Baseball America, No. 6 Perfect Game, No. 7 NCBWA (writers), No. 7 USA Today (coaches), No. 7 Collegiate Baseball, No. 7 D1Baseball.com

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Friday | Georgia, Sr. LH Andrew Gist (0-0, 2.20 ERA, 16.1 IP, 21 SO/2 BB, .180 opponent BA) vs. LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (3-1, 3.05 ERA, 20.2 IP, 29 SO/5 BB, .224 OBA)

Saturday | Georgia, Fr. RH Tony Locey (2-2, 7.47 ERA, 15.2 IP, 15 SO/12 BB) vs. LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (4-0, 0.00 ERA, 29 IP, 18 SO/2 BB, .086 OBA)

Sunday | Georgia, Jr. RH Chase Adkins (3-0, 2.08 ERA, 26 IP, 20 SO/8 BB. 213 OBA, .286) vs. LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (2-0, 2.14 ERA, 21 IP, 22 SO/5 BB, ..228 OBA)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

Georgia – Michael Curry .294 (20-for-68), 7 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 22 RBIs; Keegan McGovern .291 (16-55), 15 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs; Will Campbell .280 (14-50), 13 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBIs; Aaron Schunk .276 (16-58), 9 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBIs

LSU – 2B Cole Freeman .444 (28-for-63), 19 R, 5 2B, 11 RBIs, 8-11 SB; SS Kramer Robertson .348 (24-69), 22 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 4-4 SB); RF Greg Deichmann .338 (23-68), 16 R, 4 2B, 7 HR, 24 RBIs; LF Antoine Duplantis .333 (25-75), 15 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 18 RBIs, 7-8 SB; 1B Jake Slaughter .299 (20-67), 9 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 18 RBIs); 3B Josh Smith .274 (17-62), 14 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBIs;

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

Georgia – Shaefer Shepard 0-1, 1.23 ERA, 7.1 IP, 4 SO/4 BB; Tucker Bradley 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 8 SO/5 BB; Blake Cairnes 1-0, 3.86 ERA, 9.1 IP, 14 SO/2 BB

LSU – RH Caleb Gilbert 1-0, 1.26 ERA, 14.1 IP, 18 SO/2 BB; RH Austin Bain 0-0, 2.61 ERA, 10.1 IP, 14 SO/8 BB; Matthew Beck 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3.2 IP, 4 SO/1 BB; Todd Peterson 1-1, 5.79 ERA, 9.1 IP, 4 SO/3 BB

Bulldogs stats

Tigers stats

SEC stats

UP NEXT

Southeastern Louisiana at LSU | 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

AROUND THE HORN

  • Since Paul Mainieri took over in 2007, LSU is 5-5 in SEC-opening games and 5-5 in opening league series.
  • Zach Watson is 8-for-17 with 2 runs and 5 RBIs since stepping in as the starter in center field.
  • In the five games since stepping into the 3-hole, Antoine Duplantis has driven in 10 runs and leads the Tigers with 9 hits in that five-game span.
  • LSU’s team batting average has dipped some the last five games to .284 despite 47 hits in the last four games.
  • Austin Bain has allowed runs in only two of his five appearances this season.
  • Greg Deichmann ha swooned a bit, with seven strikeouts in his last 19 at-bats – two apiece in the last three games.
  • In Beau Jordan’s last four starts, he is 7-for-13 with 4 runs and 3 RBIs.
  • After not giving up a run in the first 5.2 innings of his college career, Todd Peterson has allowed 6 in the last 3.2.
  • Since a 4-for-4 game at McNeese State, Josh Smith is 3-for-17 and his average has tumbled to .274.
  • Georgia is 4-6 in one-run games this season, 0-2 in extra innings.
  • The Bulldogs’ last series win in Baton Rouge was 2008 when they won the first two games before the Tigers forged a 9-9 tie in the third game. After that, LSU won 23 straight games on the way to the College World Series. The Bulldogs were also there and advanced to the final before losing to Fresno State.
  • Eight of Georgia’s regulars have hit a home run this season and five Bulldogs have hit 2 or more. 

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SEC ranks

Batting average -- LSU 4th (.315), Georgia 12th (.259)

Slugging % -- LSU 7th (.458), Georgia 12th (.389)

On-base % -- LSU 7th (.400), Georgia 13th (.338)

Runs scored – LSU 4th (135), Georgia 11th (88)

Doubles – LSU 6th (31), Georgia 12th (26)

Triples – LSU tie for 4th (5), Georgia tie for 13th (1)

Home runs -- LSU 5th (16), Georgia tie for 3rd (17)

Walks taken – LSU 7th (75), Georgia 13th (58)

Strikeouts (lowest to highest)LSU tie for 5th (101), Georgia 11th (129)

Stolen bases – LSU 5th (25), Georgia tie for 13th (10)

ERA -- LSU 7th (2.95), Georgia tie for 13th (4.55)

Opponent BA – LSU 2nd (.203), Georgia 14th (.248)

Batters struck out – LSU 9th (170), Georgia 10th (167)

Runs allowed -- LSU 4th (57), Georgia 14th (97)

Walks allowed -- LSU 9th (57), Georgia 13th (74)

Fielding percentage -- LSU 3rd (.978), Georgia 14th (.953)


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