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ON DECK | LSU at Arkansas

Tigers hit the road to try and get SEC momentum rolling

LSU at Arkansas

Game 1 | 6:30 p.m. Friday

Game 2 | 6 p.m. Saturday

Game 3 | 1 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Baum Stadium | Fayetteville, Ark.

RECORDS: LSU 20-10, 5-4 SEC; Arkansas 24-6, 7-2

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 Razorbacks in Baton Rouge, buoyed by the famous ‘Rally Possum’ game, with 5-6, 10-9 (10) and 7-1 victories. LSU has won 11 of the last 12 series against Arkansas, the one exception being a Hogs’ sweep at home in 2011. The Tigers lead the series 67-30 and have won nine of the last 12 series in Fayetteville.

LAST TIME OUT: LSU roared past Grambling 13-2 on Tuesday.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 13 USA Today (coaches), No. 13 D1Baseball.com, No. 15 Baseball America, No. 16 NCBWA (writers), No. 18 Perfect Game, No. 22 Collegiate Baseball

Arkansas – No. 10 Perfect Game, No. 14 Collegiate Baseball, No. 15 NCBWA (writers), No. 15 USA Today (coaches), No. 15 D1Baseball.com, No. 16 Collegiate Baseball

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Friday | LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (3-3, 3.73 ERA, 41 IP, 55 SO/11 BB, .258 opponent batting average) vs. Arkansas, So. RH Blaine Knight (4-1, 2.23 ERA, 40.1 IP, 48 SO/2 BB, .197 OBA)

Saturday | LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (6-1, 1.15 ERA, 47 IP, 31 SO/10 BB, .178 OBA) vs. Arkansas, Jr. RH Trevor Stephan (4-2, 2.92 ERA, 37 IP, 50 SO/10 BB, .193 OBA)

Sunday | LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (3-0, 3.03 ERA, 38.2 IP, 43 SO/10 BB, .218 OBA) vs. Arkansas, TBA

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

LSU – 2B Cole Freeman .355 (39-for-110), 25 R, 7 2B, 1 HR, 17 RBIs, 9-13 SB; CF/LF Antoine Duplantis .342 (41-120), 28 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 29 RBIs, 10-13 SB; LF/CF Zach Watson .338 (23-68), 13 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBIs; SS Kramer Robertson .322 (38-118), 37 R, 10 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 20 RBIs, 6-9 SB); RF Greg Deichmann .321 (35-109), 28 R, 7 2B, 9 HR, 32 RBIs; DH Beau Jordan .318 (21-66), 12 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 14 RBIs; 1B Jake Slaughter .287 (29-101), 15 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 20 RBIs; 3B Josh Smith .280 (28-100), 20 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 25 RBIs

Arkansas – OF Jake Arledge .362 (34-for-94), 21 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBIs; DH Luke Bonfield .325 (38-117), 25 R, 6 2B, 5 HR, 23 RBIs; 2B Carson Shaddy .323 (31-96), 25 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 29 RBIs; C Grant Koch .310 (35-113), 25 R, 10 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 27 RBIs; SS Jax Biggers .290 (27-93), 23 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBIs 

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

LSU – RH Matthew Beck 0-0, 0.75 ERA, 12 IP, 9 SO/3 BB; RH Hunter Newman 0-1, 0.93 ERA, 9.2 IP, 13 SO/4 BB; RH Austin Bain 1-0, 2.65 ERA, 17 IP, 23 SO/12 BB; RH Caleb Gilbert 1-1, 3 saves, 3.38 ERA, 21.1 IP, 27 SO/3 BB; RH Zach Hess 3-0, 3.68 ERA, 29.1 IP, 34 SO/12 BB

Arkansas – RH Jake Reindl 0-0, 2.25 ERA, 16 IP, 17 SO/4 BB; RH Barrett Loseke 3-0, 2.55 ERA, 17.2 IP, 21 SO/10 BB; RH Cannon Chadwick 3-0, 2.57 ERA, 21 IP, 29 SO/5 BB; RH Kevin Kopps 1-0, 3.43 ERA, 21 IP, 21 SO/11 BB  

Tigers statistics

Razorbacks statistics

UP NEXT

Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic | LSU vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m. Tuesday (Shrine on Airline in Metairie)

AROUND THE HORN

  • Arkansas has an SEC-best 40 home runs in 30 games this season.
  • LSU’s three starting pitchers allowed 4 earned runs in 22 innings last weekend against Texas A&M.
  • Robertson finally seems to be thawing out, with 6 hits in his last 13 at-bats, including home runs in each of the last three games. He leads the Tigers with 13 runs scored in nine league games.
  • Tiger pitchers are averaging 9.4 strikeouts per game against SEC foes.
  • Duplantis produced two-hit in the last two games against Texas A&M last week, marking his first back-to-back multi-hit games since March 17-18 against Georgia. He has driven in only one run in the last nine games after a torrid stretch with 18 RBIs in five games.
  • Lange has surrendered only 3 earned runs in his last two starts covering 16 innings. He has 19 strikeouts and two walks in that span.
  • Of the four times Arkansas has won a series vs. LSU in the last 25, the Hogs have notched sweeps: 2001, 2004 and 2011.
  • Arkansas has won its first three league series for the first time since 2009.
  • In the two wins at Alabama last week, all nine Razorbacks collected at least one hit.
  • Last week in the series opener against Alabama, Arkansas starter Blaine Knight gave up a single run in the first inning before retiring 22 of the next 23 batters in a 7-1 victory. 

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SEC ranks (conference games only)

Batting average -- LSU 4th (.269), Arkansas 2nd (.297)

Slugging % -- LSU 5th (.398), Arkansas 4th (.426)

On-base % -- LSU 2nd (.385), Arkansas 3rd (.359)

Runs scored – LSU 2nd (55), Arkansas 5th (50)

Doubles – LSU 2nd (17), Arkansas 14th (8)

Home runs -- LSU tie for 6th (7), Arkansas 2nd (10)

Walks taken – LSU 3rd (38), Arkansas 13th (23)

Strikeouts (lowest to highest)LSU tie for 1st (57), Arkansas 5th (67)

Stolen bases – LSU tie for 8th (7), Arkansas tie for 11th (3)

ERA -- LSU 10th (4.44), Arkansas tie for 6th (3.87)

Opponent BA – LSU 10th (.265), Arkansas 2nd (.231)

Batters struck out – LSU tie for 3rd (85), Arkansas 1st (91)

Runs allowed -- LSU 9th (43), Arkansas 4th (36)

Walks allowed -- LSU tie for 8th (32), Arkansas 3rd (23)

Fielding percentage -- LSU 3rd (.982), Arkansas 1st (.984)


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