Pregame will be posted a few hours before each game this baseball season. About an hour before first pitch, lineups will be added to the bottom of this post. Return after the game for our postgame blog.
- What: LSU (43-8) vs. UNO (14-36)
- When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
- Where: Maestri Field, New Orleans
- Starting pitchers: LSU Jr. LHP Hunter Devall (1-0, 4.00 ERA) vs. UNO Jr. RHP Kevin Kelleher (2-8, 3.80 ERA)
- TV: CST
- In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
- On deck: at South Carolina, 6 p.m.
- In the hole: at South Carolina, 7 p.m.
Links To Know
- Notebook: Austin Bain to return to weekend role, LSU continues search for closer and Tigers plan to leave Danny Zardon at second base for now
- Blog: LSU has blown eight saves in the ninth inning or later in six SEC games; And Paul Mainieri weighs in on closer issues
What’s At Stake
- UNO has an RPI of 274 out of 301 Division I baseball teams. Most feel LSU is a lock for an NCAA top eight national seed, but a loss to a team with such a bad RPI could affect that.
What To Watch
- Second base: Every outing for Danny Zardon is an audition for him at second base, where he’s replaced Jared Foster, ruled ineligible for the rest of the season. Zardon committed one error over the weekend and struck out in six of nine at-bats, but he made some nice plays in the field, too.
- Devall’s debut: It’s not exactly Hunter Devall’s starting debut. He started once two years ago, but the guy has only pitched nine innings this season and hasn’t pitched in an SEC game in nearly two months. Coach Paul Mainieri admitted Monday that he “doesn’t know what to expect” from Devall, who has only once thrown more than 2.2 innings in a game. Don’t expect him to go much more than three innings or so.
- Streaking Hale and Chinea: Conner Hale hit .538 (7-of-13), had five RBIs and scored five runs in the three-game series against Missouri. He also helped turn two clutch double plays late in the win over Missouri on Sunday. And Chinea? He hit a home run over the final two games of the season and is on a hitting streak of 12 games.
Know Your Opponent
- The Privateers have lost seven straight games, but they’re throwing one of their best arms. Kelleher leads the team in strikeouts (64) and has just 21 walks.