Grambling State Tigers at LSU Fighting Tigers
WHERE: Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field (Baton Rouge, La.)
WHEN: Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. CT
TV/RADIO: SEC Network + (Online only) and Tiger Sports Radio Network
ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com
TWITTER: @RandyRosetta @BillyEmbody @LSUBaseball
RECORDS: GSU 9-18; LSU 19-10
LAST MEETING/SERIES: Last year, LSU extended its series lead over Grambling to 6-0 in a 14-11 win on April 13.
LAST TIME OUT: LSU blew a 3-0 lead in the top of the 9th to lose 4-3 to Texas A&M on Saturday.
RANKINGS: LSU – No. 13 D1 Baseball; No. 13 USA Today; No. 15 Baseball America; No. 22 Collegiate Baseball; GSU – unranked
What Mainieri said:
“My goal is to keep our players positive and help them to realize that everyone in our league goes through setbacks,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our job is to keep trying to improve, keep trying to get better and find ways to win those tight ball games. We’re getting into the second half of this season, so we’ve got to keep our chins up and do what’s necessary to strengthen our team.”
LSU – Fr. RHP Todd Peterson (1-1, 5.68 ERA, 12.2 IP, 4 BB, 5 SO) vs. GSU Jr. LHP Christian Marquez (0-4, 13.98 ERA, 18.2 IP, 13 BB, 8 SO)
Senior shortstop Kramer Robertson led LSU at the plate in the Texas A&M series, collecting four hits, including two homers, one double and five RBI. Robertson was 3-for-4 at the plate in Friday’s win over the Aggies with one double, one homer, three RBI and two runs scored. Junior Beau Jordan enjoyed a productive week as the Tigers’ designated hitter, batting .333 in four games. Jordan collected four hits, two RBI, two runs and three walks, and he posted a .467 on-base percentage.
Sophomore leftfielder Antoine Duplantis produced four hits in the Texas A&M series, driving in one run and scoring three times. Duplantis is LSU’s leading hitter in SEC games, batting .389 (14-for-36) with two doubles, one homer, 11 RBI, 10 runs and three stolen bases.
Grambling is hitting .233 as a team with 31 doubles, two triples, six homers and 54 steals in 74 attempts. Senior infielder Wesley Drain is batting .302 with three doubles, one homer and 16 RBI. Senior infielder Daniel Barnett is batting .283 with six doubles, one homer and 16 RBI.
Around the Horn
- Every day starter Jake Slaughter was sat down for a break against Texas A&M after his offensive slump started affecting his fielding, Paul Mainieri said.
- Zach Hess will now be in the bullpen after being the midweek starter for much of the season. The freshman will be relied up along with Peterson, Caleb Gilbert and Hunter Newman in addition to others to help shore up the bullpen.
- LSU starters allowed 4 earned runs in 22 innings against Texas A&M, but the bullpen allowed 8 ER in the remaining 5 innings, a big difference in winning the series and going 1-2 against the Aggies.
- Mainieri expects to use 9-10 pitchers against Grambling, trying to get more guys work during the week to help with consistency.
LSU heads to Arkansas for a weekend series against the Razorbacks starting on Friday night in Fayetteville, Ark.