With a 100 percent chance of rain in the area for Saturday, LSU and Kentucky moved quickly to secure a waiver from the SEC to play its Saturday game on Friday, a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. CT with the second game following the first one roughly an hour after conclusion of Game 1.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said the two coaches came to the conclusion that it was best for both teams, but will especially benefit LSU with Alabama looming next Thursday on a short week. Normally, the SEC doesn't allow the first two games of a series to be played on Friday.
The Tigers have played just one SEC doubleheader since 1976, when LSU faced South Carolina on May 18, 2012, LSU's Todd Politz tweeted out. LSU played a doubleheader to open its season at Alex Box Stadium.
That will allow LSU to get the full rest for pitchers like Alex Lange and Jared Poché before their starts in Tuscaloosa. Mainieri hasn't decided yet if he will go with Poché or Lange first just yet, but freshman Eric Walker will take his usual starting spot on Sunday.
Notes from before LSU got on the bus:
- Mainieri said that he's watched Kentucky play a few times this season and the Wildcats have solid players at every position.
- Kentucky's ballpark is very hitter friendly with a short porch in right field, which allows players to
- Both Kentucky and LSU are solid in hitting home runs and also, unfortunately for both, giving up home runs. Ranking near the top and bottom of both categories respectively.
- Antoine Duplantis said his recent shift to the 9-hole hasn't led to a different mindset, rather he treats it like leading off for the top of the order to get them going.
- The consensus from the players is that the doubleheader doesn't really affect them physically, but that it's important to hit well in the first game to carry that to the next game.