The best thing for LSU to come out of this weekend? No, not three wins. Alex Lange returning to his old self — the strikeout-heavy guy we saw the first month of the season. He struck out eight on Saturday. That’s half of his K total in the previous four starts combined.
Chris Chinea has been rocking baseballs toward the railroad tracks beyond the Box — something coaches have waited to see happen. Remember, Chinea started the season at cleanup. He has nine homers in the past 25 games and is on a 12-game hitting streak.
Russell Reynolds is developing into LSU’s jam-busting reliever, a role Hunter Newman once had earlier this season. Reynolds has inherited 11 base runners this year. He’s allowed one to score. He entered with two men on and none out in the 10th. No one scored.
LSU has restarted the search for a No. 3 starter. Coach Paul Mainieri gave Kyle Bouman a crack at it Sunday, and he lasted just one out. Six times a Game 3 pitcher this season has lasted less than four innings. Game 3 starters this year have an ERA of 4.39.
LSU will play the rest of the season without second baseman Jared Foster, who is academically ineligible. This seems to hurt worse on the offensive side. Foster was tied for the team lead in homers (eight). His replacement, Danny Zardon, finished the series 1-for-9 with six strikeouts.
Closing the door
LSU has struggled to finish games on the mound this season, and it appears the Tigers don’t have a reliable closer as first thought. Jesse Stallings blew his fourth save in nine weeks Sunday. Who steps into that role? Parker Bugg, Jake Godfrey?
-- Ross Dellenger