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SEC TOURNAMENT ON DECK | LSU vs. Missouri

Postseason begins with the toughest conference tournament in the country before LSU heads into regional play

LSU vs. Missouri

WHEN: 4:30 Wednesday

WHERE: The Hoover Met | Hoover, Ala.

RECORDS: LSU 39-17, Missouri 36-21

RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV: SEC Network

LIVESTREAM: SEC Network+, WatchESPN.com

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES: LSU swept Missouri in Columbia, Mo., last April, winning 7-5, 9-5 and 15-2 to improve to 11-0 all-time against the newest Tigers in the SEC clubhouse. Since Mizzou joined the league prior to the 2012 season, LSU has swept three series – two on the road and one at home in 2015.  

LAST TIME OUT: Missouri clubbed its way past Texas A&M 12-7 on Tuesday in a first-round elimination game. LSU clipped Mississippi State on Saturday to complete a three-game sweep.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 3 Collegiate Baseball, No. 6 USA Today (coaches), No. 6 NCBWA (writers), No. 7 D1Baseball.com, No. 7 Perfect Game, No. 8 Baseball America

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

LSU, So. Caleb Gilbert (3-1, 3 saves, 3.09 ERA, 35 IP, 41 SO/7 BB, .213 opponent batting average) vs. Missouri, Fr. LH TJ Sikkema (8-1, 4 saves, 2.28 ERA, 75 IP, 79 SO/16 BB, .169 opponent batting average)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

LSU – 2B Cole Freeman .329 (69-210), 40 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 31 RBIs, 17-23 SB; RF Greg Deichmann .320 (66-206), 42 R, 10 2B, 17 HR, 63 RBIs; CF Zach Watson .317 (51-161), 25 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 24 RBIs, 8-11 SB; LF Antoine Duplantis .311 (68-219), 41 R, 11 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 48 RBIs, 16-20 SB; SS Kramer Robertson .306 (68-222), 67 R, 15 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 32 RBIs, 7-10 SB; 1B Nick Coomes .304 (34-112), 17 R, 7 2B, 2 HR, 18 RBIs; DH/LF Beau Jordan .286 (34-119), 22 R, 6 2B, 3 HR, 21 RBIs; 3B Josh Smith .277 (53-191), 39 R, 11 2B, 3 HR, 38 RBIs  

Missouri  – C Brett Bond .314 (65-for-207), 41 R, 13 2B, 10 HR, 44 RBIs; RF Kirby McGuire .294 (35-119), 25 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBIs, 10-14 SB; 2B Robbie Glendinning .285 (55-193), 36 R, 13 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 30 RBIs; LF Kameron Misner .282 (58-206), 37 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 33 RBIs, 17-22 SB; DH Trey Harris .277 (48-173), 35 R, 8 2B, 12 HR, 48 RBIs, 9-12 SB; CF Connor Brumfield .273 (57-209), 36 R, 8 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 28 RBIs, 11-17 SB

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

LSU – RH Hunter Newman 1-1, 9 saves, 0.81 ERA, 22.1 IP, 24 SO/12 BB; RH Matthew Beck 1-0, 2.91 ERA, 21.2 IP, 20 SO/9 BB; RH Zack Hess 6-1, 1 save, 3.00 ERA, 48 IP, 62 SO/22 BB; LH Nick Bush 1-1, 3.93 ERA, 18.1 IP, 18 SO/17 BB

Missouri  – RH Cameron Dulle 1-1, 3.71 ERA, 17 IP, 19 SO/9 BB; RH Nolan Gromacki 0-1, 4.42 ERA, 18.1 IP, 23 SO/11 BB; LH Michael Plassmeyer 5-1, 4.92 ERA, 53 IP, 53 SO/9 BB

LSU statistics

Missouri statistics

UP NEXT

Loser faces Kentucky-South Carolina loser, 1 p.m. Thursday

Winner advances to face Kentucky-South Carolina winner, 8 p.m. Thursday

AROUND THE HORN

  • LSU is 77-40 all-time at the SEC Tournament and has won the event 11 times, five times in the last 9 years.
  • The Tigers enter the postseason with 11 wins in their last 12 SEC games to surge to a share of the SEC championship with 21 league wins.
  • Alex Lange’s 111 strikeouts lead the SEC and have upped his career total to 367.
  • Missouri ended the regular season with six straight wins to lift the team to its most wins since 2009. Missouri’s late charge yielded a 14-16 conference record, the most league wins since joining the SEC.
  • T.J. Sikkema – the starter on Wednesday – and Cole Bartlett logged back-to-back shutouts at Tennessee last week. Mizzou allowed only 10 hits to the Volunteers in three games. 

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SEC ranks (conference games only)

Batting average -- LSU 5th (.273), Missouri 13th (.219)

Slugging % -- LSU 7th (.389), Missouri 13th (.337)

On-base % -- LSU 2nd (.379), Missouri 12th (.314)

Runs scored – LSU 2nd (176), Missouri 11th (124)

Doubles – LSU 9th (48), Missouri 12th (40)

Home runs – LSU 10th (21), Missouri 6th (24)

Walks taken – LSU 2nd (132), Missouri 4th (120)

Strikeouts (low to high)LSU 1st (179), Missouri 14th (293)

Stolen bases – LSU 3rd (29), Missouri 2nd (31)

ERA – LSU 7th (4.10), Missouri 2nd (3.69)

Opponent BA – LSU 8th (.252), Missouri 2nd (.237)

Batters struck out – LSU 6th (242), Missouri 9th (235)

Runs allowed – LSU 3rd (130), Missouri 8th (137)

Walks allowed – LSU 11th (122), Missouri 2nd (89)

Fielding percentage -- LSU 1st (.985), Missouri 11th (.970)


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