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ON DECK | Texas A&M at LSU

Tigers try to pull out of recent swoon against scuffling Aggies

Texas A&M at LSU

Game 1 | 6 p.m. Thursday

Game 2 | 8 p.m. Friday

Game 3 | 2:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RECORDS: Texas A&M 17-9, 1-5 SEC; LSU 18-8, 4-2

RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV/LIVESTREAM: SEC Network (Thursday), ESPNU (Friday), ESPN2 (Saturday), WatchESPN.com

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES: The Aggies claimed a series in College Station last March with 6-1 and 3-1 triumphs sandwiched around a 3-2 Tigers’ win. A&M leads the series 20-19-1 and the teams have split the four series since the Aggies joined the SEC – each winning two of three at home the last four seasons.

LAST TIME OUT: Tulane topped LSU 7-6 on Tuesday. The Aggies claimed a 9-3 win at home over Texas State after nabbing their first conference win, 6-4 at Vanderbilt last Sunday.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 6 Baseball America, No. 8 USA Today (coaches), No. 9 D1Baseball.com, No. 10 Perfect Game, No. 13 Collegiate Baseball

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Thursday | Texas A&M, Jr. RH Brigham Hill (4-2, 3.16 ERA, 37 IP, 45 SO/11 BB, .221 opponent BA) vs. LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (3-2, 4.09 ERA, 33 IP, 43 SO/10 BB, .252 OBA)

Friday | Texas A&M, So. RH Stephen Kolek (1-1, 5.23 ERA, 31 IP, 18 SO/9 BB, .286 OBA) vs. LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (5-1, 0.90 ERA, 40 IP, 25 SO/8 BB, .156 OBA)

Saturday | Texas A&M, Jr. RH Corbin Martin (2-2, 4.07 ERA, 24.1 IP, 38 SO/14 BB, .247 OBA) vs. LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (3-0, 3.69 ERA, 31.2 IP, 36 SO/9 BB, .237 OBA)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

Texas A&M – 2B Braden Shewmake .393 (44-for-112), 24 R, 11 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 34 RBIs, 8-9 SB; OF/DH Logan Foster .333 (34-102), 26 R, 9 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 16 RBIs; 1B Joel Davis .313 (30-96), 21 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 22 RBIs; RF Blake Kopetsky .309 (25-81), 14 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 8 RBIs; CF Nick Choruby .292 (28-96), 29 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBIs, 5-7 SB; 3B George Janca .281 (25-89), 18 R, 2 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBIs 

LSU – 2B Cole Freeman .368 (33-for-95), 21 R, 7 2B, 16 RBIs, 9-13 SB; RF Greg Deichmann .344 (32-93), 26 R, 7 2B, 8 HR, 31 RBIs; OF Antoine Duplantis .343 (37-108), 25 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 28 RBIs, 8-11 SB; DH Beau Jordan .340 (18-53), 11 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 13 RBIs; SS Kramer Robertson .317 (32-101), 33 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 5-8 SB); OF Zach Watson .309 (17-55), 10 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBIs; 3B Josh Smith .295 (26-88), 19 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 23 RBIs; 1B Jake Slaughter .287 (27-94), 14 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 19 RBIs)

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OUT OF THE BULLPEN

Texas A&M – LH Kaylor Chaffin 2-1, 3.30 ERA, 30 IP, 27 SO/7 BB; RH Landon Miner 1-0, 2.45 ERA, 18.1 IP, 12 SO/4 BB; RH Cason Sherrod 2-1, 3.60 ERA, 15 IP, 11 SO/12 BB; LH John Doxakis 1-1, 5.54 ERA, 26 IP, 23 SO/12 BB

LSU – RH Caleb Gilbert 1-0, 3 saves, 1.86 ERA, 19.1 IP, 24 SO/2 BB; RH Austin Bain 1-0, 2.81 ERA, 16 IP, 21 SO/12 BB; Matthew Beck 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 IP, 8 SO/2 BB; Todd Peterson 1-1, 4.63 ERA, 11.2 IP, 5 SO/4 BB, Russell Reynolds 0-1, 7.56 ERA, 8.1 IP, 9 SO/5 BB

Aggies stats

Tigers stats

UP NEXT

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

AROUND THE HORN

  • In the last eight games – six of those in SEC play – LSU has recorded 7 hits or fewer five times, including a season-low against Georgia on March 18. The Tigers recorded only one game with 7 hits or fewer in the first 18 games and that came in the season opener.
  • Part of that team-wide slump can be tied to the top two batters in the lineup. Cole Freeman is 6-for-34 over the last nine games and has scored only 4 runs in that stretch. Kramer Robertson is 3-for-24 since a 5-for-5 game against Georgia in the series opener on March 17 and last week collected only one hit and scored just once.
  • Freeman is just 4-for-22 in league games.
  • Over that same span, LSU has swiped only 8 bases after stealing 22 in the initial 18 games. The Tigers are just 4-for-8 on stolen bases in six conference games.
  • On a positive note, LSU has committed only three errors in the last eight games.
  • Despite the offensive swoon, Freeman has reached base in all 26 games this season. Antoine Duplantis is on a streak of reaching in 18 straight contests.
  • Duplantis leads the Tigers in SEC games with a .417 batting average and 10 RBIs. Josh Smith ranks second with 9 runs chased home.
  • The home run that Reynolds surrendered against Tulane on Tuesday was only the fifth ball that has left the field against the Tigers’ bullpen this season. None have been allowed against SEC batters.
  • LSU’s four primary starting pitchers have hit 11 batters. The rest of the staff is responsible for only six.
  • Janca has been the brightest offensive spot for the Aggies since SEC play began with a .435 average and 10 RBIs. Janca, Cole Bedford and Shewmake have 22 hits in 50 at-bats (.440) among them in six conference games, while the rest of the roster is only 21-for-149 (.141).
  • A&M has allowed 10.3 hits and 8.2 runs a game to SEC foes. 26 of the 62 hits Aggie pitchers have permitted have gone for extra bases: 16 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs.

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SEC ranks (conference games only)

Batting average -- LSU 3rd (.290), Texas A&M 13th (.216)

Slugging % -- LSU 5th (.425), Texas A&M 12th (.322)

On-base % -- LSU 1st (.418), Texas A&M 14th (.296)

Runs scored – LSU 1st (45), Texas A&M tie for 9th (25)

Doubles – LSU tie for 1st (15), Texas A&M tie for 6th (9)

Home runs -- LSU tie for 9th (4), Texas A&M tie for 9th (4)

Walks taken – LSU 3rd (29), Texas A&M tie for 8th (20)

Strikeouts (lowest to highest)LSU tie for 2nd (41), Texas A&M tie for 9th (56)

Stolen bases – LSU 10th (4), Texas A&M tie for 3rd (6)

ERA -- LSU 10th (4.85), Texas A&M 13th (7.44)

Opponent BA – LSU 10th (.267), Texas A&M 13th (.301)

Batters struck out – LSU 6th (52), Texas A&M tie for 11th (44)

Runs allowed -- LSU tie for 9th (31), Texas A&M tie for 13th (49)

Walks allowed -- LSU tie for 11th (27), Texas A&M tie for 6th (20)

Fielding percentage -- LSU 1st (.986), Texas A&M 7th (.970)


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