After LSU baseball went 1-2 over the weekend in Houston at Minute Maid Park, here are three big takeaways:
1: Some good things
Despite the 1-2 record this weekend, there were a lot of positives to take away from Houston. Cole Freeman continued his assault on college pitching, going 5-for-12 this weekend with a pair of walks, and he did that against some of the sport’s premier pitching. Jordan Romero earned three starts and made them count, going 4-for-11 with a couple clutch hits. Jared Poché was once again lights out in seven shutout innings against Baylor and is off to some type of start to his senior year. It looks like LSU might have a potentially great late-inning arm in Caleb Gilbert, who was electric following Poché. And LSU should be very pleased with the outing turned in by Eric Walker, who held a potent Texas Tech offense at bay for six strong innings.
HOUSTON — Jared Poché was going to shave his mustache, which has been growing since February…
2: Some not so good things
Alex Lange’s rough outing — 1.2 innings pitched, six earned runs — set the tone for some uncharacteristically off performances by a few of LSU’s best players over the course of the weekend. Kramer Robertson entered the weekend hitting nearly .500 but went hitless in Houston. Freshman reliever Todd Peterson was darn near untouchable in his first four career outings before he coughed quickly coughed up a two-run lead Sunday. The freshman combo of Josh Smith and Jake Slaughter, hitting .310 and .414 respectively coming into the weekend, combined to go 5-for-23 with seven strikeouts this weekend at the plate. When that many of your reliable players turn in a dud weekend, it’s going to be tough to emerge with a winning record when playing three excellent teams.
HOUSTON — Texas Tech cleanup hitter Tanner Gardner hit a bases-loaded infield single that bounced off LSU closer Hunter Newman to bring home t…
3: A whole lot of season remaining
The good thing for LSU is there are still 44 games remaining in the regular season and a 1-2 weekend against a stacked non-conference field is not going to ruin the Tigers’ chances at a special season. Sure, it would’ve been much less disheartening if they were able to hold on to a two-run lead against Texas Tech to post a winning record in Houston, but there is so much time left in the regular season with so many good teams remaining on the schedule that one weekend is not going to do the team in. The important thing is for LSU to identify the areas that led to it dropping two out of three in Houston and rectify them in the last week before conference play starts in mid March.
HOUSTON — After Saturday’s win against Baylor, LSU senior shortstop Kramer Robertson was cat…