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ON DECK | South Carolina at LSU

Tigers launch 8-game homestand with a chance to make progress in SEC standings bottleneck, solidify NCAA footing

South Carolina at LSU

Game 1 | 7 p.m. Friday

Game 2 | 7 p.m. Saturday

Game 3 | 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RECORDS: South Carolina 26-17, 10-11 SEC; LSU 30-15, 13-8

RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV/LIVESTREAM: SEC Network (Saturday), ESPN (Sunday)/SEC Network+, WatchESPN.com

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES: The Tigers won a series on the last weekend of the 2015 regular season with 9-2 and 8-1 wins after dropping the opener 10-7. The two victories lifted LSU to the SEC championship, the second time in four years the Tigers clinched a league crown in Columbia. LSU leads the series 34-25-1 but lost the last series when the teams met in Baton Rouge in 2013.

LAST TIME OUT: LSU completed a sweep at Alabama on Sunday, 4-3 in 11 innings. The Gamecocks clipped Wofford 9-5 on Wednesday.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 11 USA Today (coaches), No. 11 Collegiate Baseball, No. 12 D1Baseball.com, No. 12 Perfect Game, No. 12 NCBWA (writers), No. 15 Baseball America

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Friday | South Carolina, Jr. RH Will Crowe (4-4, 3.56 ERA, 68.1 IP, 63 SO/2 BB, .255 opponent batting average) vs. LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (5-4, 3.31 ERA, 65.1 IP, 86 SO/26 BB, .253 OBA)

Saturday | South Carolina (So. RH Adam Hill (3-3, 2.30 ERA, 54.2 IP, 62 SO/28 BB, .196 OBA) vs. LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (7-3, 3.55 ERA, 66 IP, 46 SO/16 BB, .237 OBA)

Sunday | South Carolina TBA vs. LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (5-1, 3.69 ERA, 61 IP, 52 SO/14 BB, .244 OBA)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

South Carolina – RF Jacob Olson .315 (51-for-162), 29 R, 8 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 23 RBIs; 2B LT Tolbert .308 (45-146), 20 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBIs; 1B Riley Hogan .306 (11-36), 5 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBIs; LF Carlos Cortes .298 (31-104), 15 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBIs; CF TJ Hopkins .277 (38-137), 29 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBIs, 5-6 SB; 3B Jonah Bride .277 (41-148), 20 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBIs

LSU – RF Greg Deichmann .343 (58-for-169), 37 R, 10 2B, 15 HR, 53 RBIs; 2B Cole Freeman .333 (56-168), 33 R, 9 2B, 1 HR, 24 RBIs, 11-17 SB; 1B/C Nick Coomes .333 (25-75), 13 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBIs; LF Antoine Duplantis .305 (53-174), 37 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 39 RBIs, 12-15 SB; CF Zach Watson .302 (38-126), 18 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBIs, 6-8 SB; DH/LF Beau Jordan .295 (26-88), 15 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBIs; SS Kramer Robertson .284 (50-176), 51 R, 12 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 25 RBIs, 7-10 SB; 3B Josh Smith .284 (44-155), 28 R, 8 2B, 3 HR, 35RBIs   

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

South Carolina – RH Colie Bowers 3-1, 3 saves, 2.13 ERA, 25.1 IP, 28 SO/10 BB; LH Josh Reagan 4-1, 2 saves, 2.58 ERA, 38.1 IP, 37 SO/13 BB; RH Reed Scott 1-2, 2 saves, 3.32 ERA, 38 IP, 34 SO/15 BB; RH Tyler Johnson 0-1, 7 saves, 2.51 ERA, 14.1 IP, 23 SO/6 BB   

LSU – RH Hunter Newman 1-1, 6 saves, 0.54 ERA, 16.2 IP, 20 SO/8 BB; LH Nick Bush 1-0, 1.32 ERA, 13.2 IP, 16 SO/12 BB; RH Matthew Beck 1-0, 3.26 ERA, 19.1 IP, 16 SO/7 BB; RH Zack Hess 4-1, 3.40 ERA, 39.2 IP, 50 SO/18 BB; RH Caleb Gilbert 2-1, 3 saves, 3.45 ERA, 28.2 IP, 33 SO/6 BB

Gamecocks' stats

Tigers' stats

UP NEXT

South Alabama at LSU, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

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SEC ranks (conference games only)

Batting average -- LSU 4th (.267), South Carolina 9th (.249)

Slugging % -- LSU 7th (.386), South Carolina 9th (.375)

On-base % -- LSU 2nd (.368), South Carolina 11th (.326)

Runs scored – LSU 3rd (119), South Carolina 9th (99)

Doubles – LSU 4th (38), South Carolina 8th (32)

Home runs – LSU tie for 8th (15), South Carolina tie for 6th (19)

Walks taken – LSU 5th (80), South Carolina tie for 6th (72)

Strikeouts (low to high)LSU 1st (138), South Carolina 4th (150)

Stolen bases – LSU 5th (18), South Carolina 11th (8)

ERA – LSU 10th (4.69), South Carolina 3rd (3.62)

Opponent BA – LSU 13th (.272), South Carolina 3rd (.245)

Batters struck out – LSU 6th (177), South Carolina 4th (182)

Runs allowed – LSU 7th (102), South Carolina 6th (94)

Walks allowed – LSU 11th (85), South Carolina 10th (83)

Fielding percentage -- LSU 1st (.984), South Carolina 7th (.976)


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