ON DECK | LSU at Kentucky

Tigers look for offensive firepower against the SEC East leading WIldcats at hitter-friendly Cliff Hagan Stadium

LSU at Kentucky

Game 1 | 1 p.m. Friday

Game 2 | 5:30 p.m. Friday

Game 3 | Noon Sunday

WHERE: Cliff Hagan Stadium | Lexington, Ky.

RECORDS: LSU 26-12, 9-6 SEC; Kentucky 26-12, 10-5

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 Wildcats won two of three games at Alex Box Stadium in 2015, nabbing 5-4 in 12 innings and 12-10 in 11 after dropping a 7-3 decision in the second game. LSU leads the series 47-27-1 but hasn’t had the upper hand in Lexington since a sweep in 2008 during a memorable 23-game winning streak. This is the Tigers’ first trip to the Bluegrass since 2012.

LAST TIME OUT: LSU rolled past Lamar 10-4 on Tuesday. Kentucky knocked off top-10 Louisville 11-7 on Tuesday.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 8 NCBWA (writers), No. 8 USA Today (coaches), No. 9 Baseball America, No. 9 D1Baseball.com, No. 10 Perfect Game, No. 12 Collegiate Baseball

Kentucky – No. 10 DIBaseball.com, No. 12 Collegiate Baseball, No. 12 NCBWA, No. 13 USA Today, No. 13 Perfect Game, No. 14 Baseball America

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Game 1 Friday | LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (6-2, 2.67 ERA, 57.1 IP, 42 SO/13 BB, .210 opponent batting average) vs. Kentucky, So. RH Sean Hjelle (5-2, 3.97 ERA, 56.2 IP, 54 SO/11 BB, .247 OBA)

Game 2 Friday | LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (4-4, 3.27 ERA, 52.1 IP, 69 SO/17 BB, .245 OBA) vs. Kentucky, Jr. LH Zach Logue (5-3, 4.04 ERA, 55.2 IP, 52 SO/11 BB, .260 OBA)

Sunday | LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (5-0, 2.48 ERA, 54.1 IP, 52 SO/12 BB, .210 OBA) vs. Kentucky, So. RH Justin Lewis (5-2, 3.14 ERA, 51.2 IP, 39 SO/13 BB, .220 OBA)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

LSU – RF Greg Deichmann .340 (49-for-144), 32 R, 9 2B, 12 HR, 45 RBIs; 2B Cole Freeman .333 (46-138), 30 R, 7 2B, 1 HR, 21 RBIs, 11-16 SB; CF Zach Watson .333 (33-99), 16 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBIs, 6-8 SB; LF Antoine Duplantis .322 (48-149), 33 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 34 RBIs, 11-14 SB; SS Kramer Robertson .299 (44-147), 44 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 23 RBIs, 6-9 SB; 3B Josh Smith .289 (37-128), 23 R, 6 2B, 3 HR, 30 RBIs

Kentucky – 1B Evan White .383 (36-for-94), 23 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 18 RBIs; OF Tristan Pompey .365 (54-148), 44 R, 12 2B, 6 HR, 27 RBIs; OF Zach Reks .328 (45-137), 24 R, 10 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 29 RBIs, 11-13 SB; OF Marcus Carson .310 (44-142), 30 R, 10 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 26 RBIs; 3B Luke Becker .309 (29-97), 27 R, 7 2B, 3 HR, 25 RBIs, 6-8 SB; 2B Riley Mahan .303 (46-152), 32 R, 15 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBIs, 6-8 SB

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

LSU – RH Hunter Newman 0-1, 5 saves, 0.66 ERA, 13.2 IP, 17 SO/7 BB; LH Nick Bush 1-0, 1.93 ERA, 9.1 IP, 12 SO/9 BB; RH Matthew Beck 1-0, 2.16 ERA, 16.2 IP, 13 SO/4 BB; RH Zach Hess 3-0, 3.24 ERA, 33.1 IP, 43 SO/13 BB; RH Caleb Gilbert 2-1, 3 saves, 3.33 ERA, 24.1 IP, 30 SO/4 BB

Kentucky – LH Logan Salow 1-2, 8 saves, 0.31 ERA, 29 IP, 42 SO/6 BB; RH Chris Machamer 0-0, 2.45 ERA, 14.2 IP, 20 SO/6 BB; LH Brad Schaenzer 4-0, 3.56 ERA, 30.1 IP, 29 SO/8 BB; Pop 1-1, 4.15 ERA, 17.1 IP, 18 SO/9 BB

Tigers stats

Wildcats stats

UP NEXT

LSU at Tulane, 7 p.m. Tuesday

AROUND THE HORN

  • LSU pitchers walked only 5 batters vs. Ole Miss last weekend while striking out 28. In fact, the Rebels slammed as many home runs as they had strikeouts.
  • The Tigers played three error-free games against Ole Miss, handling 98 chances flawlessly.
  • Deichmann (16), Duplantis (15) and Smith (14) have combined for 45 of LSU’s 61 RBIs in SEC play.
  • Since surrendering 8 runs in back-to-back games against Arkansas April 7-8, LSU’s pitching staff has limited the Razorbacks and Rebels to 8 runs in the last four outings.
  • After collecting two hits in two at-bats in the Tigers’ dramatic 10-8 comeback win, Coomes is 10-for-22 with 5 runs, 3 doubles, a homer and 4 RBIs.
  • Deichmann brings a nine-game hitting streak into the weekend, during which he is hitting 18-for-39 (.462) with 13 RBIs.
  • Lange is averaging 8 strikeouts a start in league play with at least 7 in all five outings.
  • Robertson has only three multi-hit games in the last 19 games since a 5-for-5 night against Georgia.
  • Watson has a 12-game hitting streak, with one hit in 10 of those. He has reached base in 24 games in a row.

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SEC ranks (conference games only)

Batting average -- LSU 4th (.267), Kentucky 3rd (.283)

Slugging % -- LSU 7th (.386), Kentucky 2nd (.450)

On-base % -- LSU 3rd (.368), Kentucky 2nd (.378)

Runs scored – LSU 3rd (89), Kentucky 2nd (95)

Doubles – LSU tie for 3rd (26), Kentucky tie for 1st (29)

Home runs -- LSU 9th (11), Kentucky tie for 3rd (15)

Walks taken – LSU tie 5th (54), Kentucky tie for 5th (54)

Strikeouts (lowest to highest)LSU 1st (97), Kentucky 3rd (104)

Stolen bases – LSU tie for 3rd (13), Kentucky tie for 3rd (13)

ERA -- LSU 8th (4.30), Kentucky tie 9th (4.57)

Opponent BA – LSU 6th (.254), Kentucky 8th (.260)

Batters struck out – LSU 5th (135), Kentucky 3rd (142)

Runs allowed -- LSU tie for 7th (68), Kentucky 9th (72)

Walks allowed -- LSU tie for 9th (57), Kentucky 2nd (37)

Fielding percentage -- LSU 1st (.985), Kentucky 6th (.976)


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