New Orleans, Louisiana 2021-06-11 17:45:00 –
LSU will face Tennessee at the NCAA Super Regional this weekend. Below you’ll find lots of information to prepare for the game, including expected starting lineups, pitching rotations, and numbers you need to know.
1. Dylan Crews, RF
.361 / .455 / .647, 16 HR, 40 RBI
Perhaps LSU’s most complete batter, freshman All-American is ranked second in his home run as he enters the weekend, which led to a team lead in batting average.
2. Zack Arnold, 2B
.279 / .329 / 449, 7 HR, 26 RBIs
Arnold won 7-17 with a single home run during the regional from most of the season’s lineup. He owns four consecutive hits.
3. Tre’Morgan, 1B
.361 / .447 / .523, 5 HR, 15 SB
Another freshman, All-American, Morgan joins the Super Regional tied for team lead with batting average and doubles (16). He fixes the entire infield of LSU.
4. Gavin Dugas, LF
.302 / .415 / .660, 19 HR, 66 RBI
Dugas, the catalyst for LSU attacks and the most clutch hitter, leads the SEC in RBI. He returned home three times in the last two games of LSU.
After a conversation with Paul Mainieri last weekend, Gavin Dugas hit three home runs 5-6.
5. Cade Doughty, 3B
.301 / .364 / .534, 12 HR, 54 RBI
Moving Doughty to third base earlier this season eased LSU’s defensive concerns. Although he tends to pop up from time to time, he remains one of the best batters on the team.
6. Drew Bianco, CF
.234 / .370 / .450, 7 HR, 21 RBI
Bianco, who can play in almost every position, has proven to be one of the most versatile players at LSU. He reached the base in 6 of the last 7 games.
7. Cade Veroso, DH
.230 / .349 / .360, 3 HR, 29 RBIs
LSU Designated Hitters can vary across Super Regional. Veroso struggled this season, but has the most experience with 444 at-bats.
8. Jordan Thompson, SS
.259 / .333 / .450, 8 HR, 26 RBIs
The freshman solidified the shortstop position earlier this spring and he flashed his power on the plate. Thompson will enter with seven consecutive hits, the best of the season.
9. Alex Milazzo, C
.142 / .230 / .192, 0 HR, 7 RBI
There is little production on plates other than the sacrifice bunt, and Milazzo starts with the elite’s defensive capabilities. He stopped 14 of the 26 stolen base attempts.
Former Oregon State University baseball coach Pat Casey is currently unlikely to be the next baseball coach at LSU.
Players to watch this weekend: Gavin Dugas
In two games of the season, coach Paul Mainieri challenged Dugas. He reminded Dugas of his ability to get started. Mainieri told him to relax. The next day, Dugas struck a Grand Slam to stimulate LSU’s victory over Louisiana Tech. This is the first 19 home runs hit by left fielder Junior this spring.
Since then, Dugas has been the catalyst for the LSU attack and one of the team’s emotional leaders. He did not lose his belief that LSU was talented for post-season runs. When the Tigers reached the NCAA tournament, Dugas hit three home runs in two days, winning the most valuable player in the Eugene region.
Dugas coaches and teammates consider him one of the most underrated players at the Southeastern Conference for good reason. He leads the league with 66 RBIs and is ranked third in home runs.
During the season and for this weekend’s Super Regional, LSU players have begun to call themselves “road dogs.”
The Tigers call themselves “road dogs” because they have a record of 14-9 from Alex Box Stadium. However, LSU has never won the Super Regional Road.
Once the LSU’s biggest concern, the bullpen has 1.73 ERA (8 earned runs in 41 ⅔ innings) since the last regular season series.
Home runs remain the backbone of LSU’s attacks. The Tigers have reached 88 this season, the third highest in the SEC. There are more than 5 players with 7 players.
Freshmen Tre’Morgan and Dylan Crews both have an average batting average of .361, the highest on the team and fourth in the conference.
AJ Labas allowed 25 runs in the final month of the regular season. His next start gave up four innings over eight innings to help LSU reach Super Regional.
1. Landon Marceaux, Jr. RHP
7-6, 2.44 ERA, 99.2 IP, 25 BB, 112 K
Marceau quickly established himself as LSU’s ace as he completed the 33.2 straight innings at the beginning of the season without earning run. The second team’s All-SEC selection leads the league in innings and is ranked fifth in the ERA. Draft-eligible, he’s probably nearing the end of his LSU career.
2. Ma’Khail Hilliard, Sr. RHP
6-0, 4.56 ERA, 49.1 IP, 12 BB, 47 K
Hilliard has entered a weekend rotation, so he has a 3-0 record with six starts at 3.68 ERA. The opponent is hitting .206 against him. LSU touts Marceau in Game 1 to give him a day’s rest.
3. AJ Labas, R-Jr. RHP
4-2, 5.42 ERA, 83 IP, 16 BB, 74 K
Labas struggled in the final month of the regular season, but in the regional he looked like himself again, allowing four runs in eight innings.
Kevin O’Sullivan, once a candidate to become LSU’s next baseball coach, issued a statement Thursday that he would stay in Florida.
Closer: Devin Fontenot
5 saves, 2.94 ERA, 33.2 IP, 21 BB, 39 K
Fontenot struggled in the middle of the season, but recently supported the pre-season All-American selection, allowing one run in the final 11⅓ innings.
Father Garrett Edwards RHP: 2.95 ERA, 36.2 IP, 34 K
Father Javen Coleman LHP: 5.46 ERA, 29.2 IP, 38 K
Trent Vietmeier, Sr. RHP: 3.50 ERA, 18 IP, 16 K
Paul Mainieri’s career ends after the end of the season. He won one national title and reached six College World Series. He is coaching at his 10th Super Regional.
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