Series Preview: #6 LSU vs Texas A&M

BATON ROUGE, La. -- - No. 6 LSU (18-8, 4-2 SEC) plays host to Texas A&M (17-9, 1-5 SEC) at 6 p.m. CT Thursday in Game 1 of a three-game SEC series in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT Friday, and first pitch for Game 3 is 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday.

The game will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge), and the radio broadcast may be heard at www.LSUsports.net/live

All three games are on network television – SEC Network on Thursday, ESPNU on Friday and ESPN2 on Saturday. The games may also be viewed online at www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

Texas A&M leads the all-time series with LSU, 20-19-1, and the first meeting between the teams occurred in 1907 in Baton Rouge (a 3-2 LSU win). LSU has won 13 of the last 19 meetings with Texas A&M, though the Aggies posted a 2-1 series victory last season in College Station. The teams have split their 12 meetings, 6-6, since Texas A&M began playing baseball in the SEC in 2013.

“Our guys are very excited about playing Texas A&M,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our teams are very evenly matched, and Texas A&M has a lot of pride in its baseball program, as we obviously do here at LSU. Of the 12 games we’ve played against Texas A&M since they joined the SEC, seven of them have been one-run games, so we’re expecting another great series this week.”

LSU dropped a 7-6 decision to Tulane on Tuesday, while Texas A&M recorded a 9-3 win Tuesday at Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. LSU enters the series in third place in the SEC West with a 4-2 mark, and Texas A&M is tied with Alabama for fifth in the division with a 1-5 conference record.

LSU enters the game batting .304 on the season – which is No. 3 in the SEC --  with 22 homers and 30 steals in 44 attempts. The Aggies are sixth in the league with a .296 team batting average, and they have recorded 19 home runs and 37 steals in 48 attempts.

The Tigers have the SEC’s 10th-best ERA at 3.50, while Texas A&M  is No. 12 in the league in ERA at 4.03.

LSU will send junior right-hander Alex Lange (3-2, 4.09 ERA) to the mound in Game 1 to face Texas A&M ace right-hander Brigham Hill (4-2, 3.16 ERA). Lange pitched brilliantly last Friday night at Florida, but suffered a hard-luck 1-0 loss to the Gators.

Lange fired a complete game, limiting Florida to one run on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. The outing marked the first complete game for Lange this season and the fifth of his career. Lange is sixth in the SEC in strikeouts with 43, while Hill is fifth with 45 Ks.

LSU rightfielder Greg Deichmann is hitting .344 on the year, and he is first in the SEC in homers (8) and third in the league in RBI (31).

Shortstop Kramer Robertson leads the SEC in runs scored with 33, and outfielder Antoine Duplantis is fourth in the league in RBI (28). Second baseman Cole Freeman is third in the conference in stolen bases with nine this season.

Texas A&M infielder Braden Shewmake is No. 5 in the SEC in hitting with a .393 average, and he is second in the league in RBI with 34. The Aggies’ George Janca leads the league in triples with four.

Texas A&M Aggies (17-9, 1-5 SEC) at #6 LSU Fighting Tigers (18-8, 4-2 SEC)

DATES/TIMES
Thursday, March 30 – 6 p.m. CT
Friday, March 31 – 8 p.m. CT
Saturday, April 1 – 2:30 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La. (10,326)

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 6 D1 Baseball; No. 8 USA Today; No. 9 Baseball America; No. 13 Collegiate Baseball
TAMU – unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network; in Baton Rouge on WDGL 98.1 FM
Radio broadcast and live stats for all LSU baseball games are available at www.LSUsports.net

TV
Thursday – SEC Network
Friday – ESPNU
Saturday – ESPN2

ONLINE
WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app

SERIES RECORD
Texas A&M leads the series, 20-19-1, and the first meeting between the teams occurred in 1907 in Baton Rouge (a 3-2 LSU win). LSU has won 13 of the last 19 meetings with Texas A&M, though the Aggies posted a 2-1 series victory last season in College Station. The teams have split their 12 meetings, 6-6, since Texas A&M began playing baseball in the SEC in 2013.

The teams’ first meeting in which Texas A&M played as a member of the SEC occurred in 2013, when LSU won two of three games in College Station. The Tigers also played in College Station in 2014, when the Aggies posted a 2-1 series victory, so LSU is 4-5 in the Aggies’ home ball park since Texas A&M joined the SEC. In the only prior meeting in Baton Rouge since the Aggies joined the SEC, LSU in 2015 won two of three games over Texas A&M.

Prior to 2013, the most recent meeting between the teams came in the 2004 NCAA Super Regional in Baton Rouge, as LSU swept two games to advance to the College World Series. One of LSU’s most famous matchups with Texas A&M came 28 years ago in May, 1989, when the Tigers defeated the top-ranked Aggies twice on the final day of the NCAA Central Regional to advance to the College World Series.


PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1
LSU – Jr. RHP Alex Lange (3-2, 4.09 ERA, 33.0 IP, 10 BB, 43 SO)
TAMU – Jr. RHP Brigham Hill (4-2, 3.16 ERA, 37.0 IP, 11 BB, 45 SO)

Game 2
LSU – Sr. LHP Jared Poche' (5-1, 0.90 ERA, 40.0 IP, 8 BB, 25 SO)
TAMU – So. RHP Stephen Kolek (1-1, 5.23 ERA, 31.0 IP, 9 BB, 18 SO)

Game 3
LSU – Fr. RHP Eric Walker (3-0, 3.69 ERA, 31.2 IP, 9 BB, 36 SO)
TAMU – Jr. RHP Corbin Martin (2-2, 4.07 ERA, 24.1 IP, 14 BB, 38 SO)

 

(Press Release Provied by LSU Athletics)


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