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ON DECK | LSU at Alabama

Reeling Tigers look for healing trip to last-place Alabama

LSU at Alabama

Game 1 | 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Game 2 | 6 p.m. Friday

Game 3 | 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Sewell-Thomas Stadium | Tuscaloosa, Ala.

RECORDS: LSU 27-15, 10-8 SEC; Alabama 15-26, 2-16

RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV/LIVESTREAM: ESPN2 (Thursday only), SEC Network+, WatchESPN.com

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES: The Crimson Tide shocked LSU by winning a series in Baton Rouge last March with 6-0 and 4-3 decisions in the first two games before the Tigers salvaged a 7-5 win in the finale. Alabama leads the series 196-167-3, although LSU is 43-16 vs. the Tide since 2000 and has claimeed nine of the last 12 series.

LAST TIME OUT: Tulane erased a two-run deficit to hand LSU a 9-6 loss on Tuesday and complete a season sweep over the Tigers for the second year in a row.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 11 USA Today (coaches), No. 13 D1Baseball.com, No. 14 Collegiate Baseball, No. 15 Perfect Game, No. 15 Baseball America, No. 15 NCBWA (writers)

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Thursday | LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (4-4, 3.41 ERA, 58 IP, 76 SO/25 BB, .250 opponent batting average) vs. Alabama, So. LH Dylan Duarte (2-4, 4.65 ERA, 50.1 IP, 38 SO/16 BB, .277 OBA)

Friday | LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (6-3, 3.28 ERA, 60.1 IP, 44 SO/15 BB, .228 OBA) vs. Alabama, Sr. RH Nick Eicholtz (1-1, 5.49 ERA, 41 IP, 23 SO/25 BB, .290 OBA)

Saturday | LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (5-1, 3.49 ERA, 56.2 IP, 52 SO/13 BB, .232 OBA) vs. Alabama, TBA

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

LSU – RF Greg Deichmann .338 (53-for-157), 35 R, 10 2B, 14 HR, 49 RBIs; 2B Cole Freeman .338 (52-154), 31 R, 8 2B, 1 HR, 24 RBIs, 11-17 SB; 1B/C Nick Coomes .333 (21-63), 11 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBIs; CF Zach Watson .322 (37-115), 17 R, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBIs, 6-8 SB; LF Antoine Duplantis .309 (50-162), 35 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 36 RBIs, 12-15 SB; 3B Josh Smith .287 (41-1143), 26 R, 7 2B, 3 HR, 32 RBIs; SS Kramer Robertson .284 (46-162), 47 R, 12 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 24 RBIs, 6-9 SB;  

Alabama – Coble Vance .325 (52-for-160), 21 R, 8 2B, 1 3B, 25 RBIs; Kyle Kaufman .313 (31-99), 18 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBIs; Chandler Avant .306 (53-173), 27 R, 13 2B, 1 HR, 16 RBIs, 6-11 SB; Cody Henry .300 (45-150), 25 R, 8 2B, 8 HR, 30 RBIs, Hunter Alexander .298 (37-124), 28 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 26 RBIs

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

LSU – RH Hunter Newman 0-1, 5 saves, 0.64 ERA, 14 IP, 17 SO/7 BB; LH Nick Bush 1-0, 1.59 ERA, 11.1 IP, 14 SO/12 BB; RH Matthew Beck 1-0, 3.44 ERA, 18.1 IP, 14 SO/7 BB; RH Zach Hess 4-1, 3.65 ERA, 37 IP, 45 SO/17 BB; RH Caleb Gilbert 2-1, 3 saves, 3.86 ERA, 25.21 IP, 31 SO/5 BB

Alabama – Garrett Suchey 2-6, 2 saves, 3.15 ERA, 54.1 IP, 54 SO/21 BB; Deacon Sanders 1-0, 3.49 ERA, 28.1 IP, 28 SO/15 BB; Sam Finnerty 1-3, 5.40 ERA, 30 IP, 30 SO/18 BB; Zac Rogers 1-1, 1.69 ERA, 21.1 IP, 22 SO/15 BB; Davis Vainer 0-2, 4.22 ERA, 21.1 IP, 32 SO/17 BB

Tigers stats

Crimson Tide stats

UP NEXT

South Carolina at LSU | 7 p.m. May 5, 7 p.m. May 6, 2 p.m. May 7

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SEC ranks (conference games only)

Batting average -- LSU 4th (.265), Alabama 13th (.233)

Slugging % -- LSU 6th (.385), Alabama 13th (.339)

On-base % -- LSU 3rd (.365), Alabama 13th (.319)

Runs scored – LSU 4th (100), Alabama 12th (70)

Doubles – LSU 4th (31), Alabama 5th (30)

Home runs – LSU 8th (13), Alabama 12th (11)

Walks taken – LSU tie 4th (65), Alabama tie for 9th (62)

Strikeouts (lowest to highest)LSU 1st (116), Alabama 10th (163)

Stolen bases – LSU 9th (13), Alabama tie for 12th (5)

ERA – LSU 12th (5.04), Alabama 13th (5.11)

Opponent BA – LSU 12th (.278), Alabama 14th (.287)

Batters struck out – LSU 6th (151), Alabama 14th (125)

Runs allowed – LSU 10th (93), Alabama 13th (110)

Walks allowed – LSU tie for 12th (79), Alabama 14th (108)

Fielding percentage -- LSU 1st (.986), Alabama 12th (.968)


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