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ON DECK | LSU at Florida

Tigers take their show on the SEC road for the first time this season to face the reeling Gators

LSU at Florida

Game 1 | 6 p.m. Friday

Game 2 | 2 p.m. Saturday

Game 3 | Noon Sunday

WHERE: McKethan Stadium | Gainesville, Fla.

RECORDS: LSU 17-5, 3-0 SEC; Florida 14-8, 0-3

RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV/LIVESTREAM: SEC Network (Friday & Sunday), ESPN2 (Saturday), WatchESPN.com

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES: The Tigers claimed the season series 2-1 in Baton Rouge, taking 7-4 and 5-4 wins before falling 6-2. LSU also won a 5-3 14-inning marathon at the SEC Tournament before the Gators exacted some revenge with a 1-0 win in the semifinals. LSU leads the series 60-45-1 but was swept on its last trip to Gainesville in 2014.

LAST TIME OUT: LSU cruised past Southeastern Louisiana 8-2 on Wednesday.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 4 Baseball America, No. 5 NCBWA (writers), No. 5 USA Today (coaches), No. 5 D1Baseball.com, No. 6 Perfect Game, No. 8 Collegiate Baseball

Florida – No. 11 NCBWA, No. 11 D1Baseball.com, No. 12 USA Today, No. 13 Baseball America, No. 14 Perfect Game, No. 17 Collegiate Baseball

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Friday | LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (3-1, 5.04 ERA, 25 IP, 36 SO/8 BB, .260 opponent batting average) vs. Florida, Jr. Jr. RH Alex Faedo (3-1, 2.93 ERA, 30.2 IP, 35 SO/13 BB, .159 OBA)

Saturday | LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (5-0, 0.25 ERA, 36 IP, 23 SO/4 BB, .128 OBA) vs. Florida, So. RH Brady Singer (2-1, 1.74 ERA, 31 IP, 31 SO/9 BB, .233 OBA)

Sunday | LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (3-0, 2.67 ERA, 27 IP, 30 SO/5 BB, .228 OBA) vs. Florida, So. RH Jackson Kowar (3-0, 2.35 ERA, 30.2 IP, 27 SO/12 BB, .190 OBA)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

LSU – 2B Cole Freeman .400 (32-for-80), 20 R, 7 2B, 14 RBIs, 9-12 SB; SS Kramer Robertson .372 (31-83), 33 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 5-7 SB); LF Antoine Duplantis .366 (34-93), 23 R, 4 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 28 RBIs, 8-9 SB; RF Greg Deichmann .363 (29-80), 21 R, 6 2B, 8 HR, 31 RBIs; 3B Josh Smith .311 (23-74), 16 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 19 RBIs; 1B Jake Slaughter .291 (23-79), 13 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 19 RBIs); CF Zach Watson .333 (13-39), 9 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 9 RHIs

Florida – Dalton Guthrie .328 (22-for-67), 14 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBIs; Jonathan India .269 (18-67), 12 R, 6 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBIs; Keenan Bell .300 (12-40), 8 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBIs; Nelson Maldonado .263 (10-38), 6 R, 3 2B, 2 RBIs  

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

LSU – RH Caleb Gilbert 1-0, 2 saves, 2.08 ERA, 17.1 IP, 23 SO/2 BB; RH Austin Bain 1-0, 2.77 ERA, 13 IP, 17 SO/10 BB; Matthew Beck 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.1 IP, 7 SO/2 BB; Zack Hess (3-0, 3.09 ERA, 23.1 IP, 26 SO/11 BB); Todd Peterson 1-1, 5.06 ERA, 10.2 IP, 5 SO/3 BB, Russell Reynolds 0-0, 5.87 ERA, 7.2 IP, 8 SO/4 BB

Florida – Michael Byrne 1-2, 1 save, 1.83 ERA, 19.2 IP, 22 SO/3 BB, Tyler Dyson 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 9 IP, 12 SO/1 BB; Nate Brown 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 9 IP, 11 SO/3 BB; Frank Rubio 0-0, 2 saves, 4.32 ERA, 8.1 IP, 10 SO/3 BB

Tigers stats

Gators stats

UP NEXT

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

 

AROUND THE HORN

  • LSU had as many base runners reach against Georgia last week by walk or hit-by-pitch as it did hits – 33 of each.
  • The Tigers did not commit an error on the opening weekend of league play in 106 chances.
  • On the mound, LSU pitchers recorded 29 strikeouts against UGa in 27 innings with Eric Walker’s 8 leading the way.
  • Alex Lange has allowed 15 runs in five starts. The other three primary starters combined have allowed 18.
  • Josh Smith has 6 hits in his last 9 at-bats after an 0-for-9 stretch just prior to warming up. His 4-hit day against Southeastern on Wednesday was his second this season.
  • Florida has scored three runs or fewer 10 times in 22 games this season.
  • The Gators’ three losses at Auburn last weekend marked the first time they had lost as many as three in a row since the end of the 2013 season when they dropped their final five. LSU was the last SEC team to sweep a weekend series against Florida and it was that same year – May 2-3-4 in Baton Rouge.
  • The Gators’ struggles have been pervasive, but they do lead the SEC in fielding percentage (.983, right above LSU’s .982) and have allowed a league-low 7 home runs.

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SEC ranks (conference games only)

Batting average -- LSU 2nd (.317), Florida 14th (.243)

Slugging % -- LSU 5th (.458), Florida 14th (.364)

On-base % -- LSU 3rd (.413), Florida 14th (.329)

Runs scored – LSU 2nd (177), Florida 14th (101)

Doubles – LSU 5th (43), Florida 12th (33)

Triples – LSU tie for 7th (5), Florida tie for 9th (3)

Home runs -- LSU 6th (18), Florida tie for 19th (16)

Walks taken – LSU 7th (100), Florida tie for 9th (81)

Strikeouts (lowest to highest)LSU 3rd (126), Florida tie for 11th (162)

Stolen bases – LSU tie for 4th (29), Florida 6th (21)

ERA -- LSU 8th (3.19), Florida 6th (3.09)

Opponent BA – LSU 4th (.215), Florida 13th (.246)

Batters struck out – LSU tie for 7th (209), Florida 3rd (215)

Runs allowed -- LSU tie for 3rd (75), Florida 6th (82)

Walks allowed -- LSU 7th (70), Florida 3rd (64)

Fielding percentage -- LSU 2nd (.982), Florida 1st (.983)

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