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NCAA REGIONAL ON DECK | LSU vs. Texas Southern

Regional play begins with a 2:30 p.m. battle at Alex Box Stadium as LSU looks for the first big step

Texas Southern at LSU

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RECORDS: Texas Southern 20-32, LSU 43-17

RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV: SEC Network

LIVESTREAM: SEC Network+, WatchESPN.com

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES: LSU eased past TSU 4-1 early in the 2014 regular season at home and also owns a 12-1 win in a 2008 regional game in Baton Rouge for a 2-0 lead.  

LAST TIME OUT: LSU clipped Arkansas 4-2 in the SEC Tournament championship game on Sunday. Texas Southern topped Alabama State 4-2 in 13 innings in the SWAC final on May 21 to finish a 4-0 run in New Orleans.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 2 Collegiate Baseball, No. 3 USA Today (coaches), No. 3 NCBWA (writers), No. 3 D1Baseball.com, No. 3 Perfect Game, No. 4 Baseball America

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Texas Southern, Jr. LH Anthony Martinez 4-3, 4.70 ERA, 59.1 IP, 34 SO/27 BB, .287 OBA vs. LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (10-3, 3.18 ERA, 90.2 IP, 56 SO/29 BB, .230 OBA)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

Texas Southern – 1B Gaudencio Lucca .315 (53-for-168), 36 R, 14 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 28 RBIs, 11-13 SB; 2B Gerrek Jimenez .307 (43-140), 21 R, 6 2B, 2 3B, 16 RBIs, 14-16 SB; CF Kammen Dukes .283 (53-187), 33 R, 8 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 29 RBIs, 16-25 SB; OF Olaide Oloruntimilehin .253 (45-178), 34 R, 6 2B, 10 HR, 33 RBIs, 22-24 SB 

LSU – 2B Cole Freeman .332 (75-226), 46 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 37 RBIs, 17-23 SB; RF Greg Deichmann .330 (73-221), 45 R, 11 2B, 19 HR, 67 RBIs; LF Antoine Duplantis .328 (77-235), 44 R, 14 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 52 RBIs, 18-22 SB; SS Kramer Robertson .314 (75-239), 76 R, 16 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 39 RBIs, 7-10 SB; CF Zach Watson .312 (54-173), 30 R, 8 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 27 RBIs, 8-11 SB; 1B Nick Coomes .295 (36-122), 18 R, 7 2B, 2 HR, 23 RBIs; DH/LF Beau Jordan .282 (37-131), 24 R, 6 2B, 3 HR, 22 RBIs; 3B Josh Smith .278 (57-205), 41 R, 12 2B, 3 HR, 39 RBIs  

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

Texas Southern – LH Robert Loza 2-1, 1 save, 3.95 ERA, 27.1 IP, 14 SO/23 BB, .264 OBA; LH Daniel Vasquez 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 23.1 IP, 13 SO/20 BB; RH Ryan Hawkins 1-6, 7.50 ERA, 48 IP, 16 SO/35 BB

LSU – RH Hunter New]man 1-1, 10 saves, 1.16 ERA, 23.1 IP, 24 SO/14 BB; RH Zack Hess 6-1, 1 save, 2.92 ERA, 49.1 IP, 64 SO/23 BB; RH Caleb Gilbert 4-1, 3 saves, 2.92 ERA, 40 IP, 44 SO/8 BB; RH Matthew Beck 1-0, 3.18 ERA, 22.2 IP, 20 SO/10 BB; LH Nick Bush 1-1, 3.54 ERA, 20.1 IP, 19 SO/17 BB; RH Todd Peterson 3-1, 3.86 ERA, 32.2 IP, 19 SO/14 BB 

Texas Southern statistics

LSU statistics

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AROUND THE HORN

  • This is the 25th time LSU has hosted a regional and the Tigers have won 20 of the previous 24 events. LSU is 80-17 all-time in home regional games.
  • During an 11-game winning streak, LSU is hitting .310 as a team with 13 home runs, led by Kramer Robertson’s .383 average, three bombs and 13 RBIs. The Tigers’ team ERA is 1.99 during the hot stretch.
  • Robertson has 2 or more hits in eight of the last 17 games, five of the last eight.
  • Since his average dipped to .299 on May 5, Antoine Duplantis is 24-for-58 (.414) with 13 RBIs in 14 games to elevate his average to .328.
  • Caleb Golbert has now allowed a run in his last six relief appearances covering 7.1 innings.
  • Since walking 8 batters in a 5.2-inning stint against Kentucky on April 21, Alex Lange has issued 8 free passes total over his last five started covering 39.1 innings with 0 or 1 in three of those outings.
  • Zach Watson has cooled off with a 5-for-26 stretch since back-to-back 3-hit games vs. Auburn May 12-13.
  • This is TSU’s fourth NCAA Regional appearance overall and second in the last three years. The Tigers are 1-6 in three trips, with a notable 4-3 shocker over No. 6 national seed Rice in the first round of the 2004 tournament.
  • Before winning the league tournament, Texas Southern had lost seven games in a row. The Tigers’ four straight wins to get to the NCAA Tournament is their longest winning streak this season.
  • In the triumph over Alabama State, Martinez threw 7 innings and allowed only 6 hits and 2 runs, while Villanueva logged 6 shutout innings with just 2 hits surrendered.
  • Texas Southern was 0-6 against teams from power-5 conferences, all against the Big 12: Texas Tech prevailed 8-4 and 14-7 in late March and Kansas swept four games right before the SWAC Tournament with 20-4, 11-1, 8-4 and 10-0 triumphs. The Jayhawks outscored the Tigers 49-10.
  • The Tigers have allowed 10 runs or more 18 times this season, losing seven of those games by 10 or more with one win mixed in. TSU has played three games when both teams scored 10 or more – all in SWAC play.

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