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What: LSU (15-1) vs. McNeese State (11-5)
When: 4 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Alex Box Stadium
Starting pitchers: McNeese, Jr. RH Ethan Stremmel (2-0, 3.45) vs. LSU, So. RH Russell Reynolds (0-0, 7.71)
In-game updates on Twitter: @Dellenger Adv, @BarrecaAdvocate
On deck: vs. Ole Miss, 7 p.m. Friday
In the hole: vs. Ole Miss, 7 p.m. Saturday
Links To Know
LSU sophomore Russell Reynolds takes the mound for his first start in nearly two years
Pitch-stealing fires up Jake Godfrey in his Sunday win against Nebraska
What’s At Stake
Southeastern Conference play is finally here. Well… almost. The Tigers will get one final tune-up game against a non-conference foe on Wednesday when McNeese State comes to Alex Box Stadium. With several position battles still being fought, LSU’s contest against the Cowboys could prove to be pivotal before battling Ole Miss on Friday.
What To Watch
‘Johnny Wholestaff': We’ll call it sophomore pitcher Russell Reynolds’ first start, but in reality, it’ll be a chance for a plethora of LSU pitchers to have one final audition before SEC play. Reynolds’ return to the mound has been rocky, as he’s given up five runs on five hits in 4.2 innings pitched in 2015. Regardless of how he performs, though, LSU coach Paul Mainieri said he planned to use roughly 11 pitchers on Wednesday, so Reynolds likely won’t be on the hill for too long.
Second base: Wednesday could be freshman infielder Grayson Byrd’s time to climb further up the depth chart at second base. After making his first career start at the position on Sunday against Nebraska, Byrd could get the nod again on Wednesday. At least that’s what Mainieri appeared to be hinting at all week. Byrd has batted for a .250 average with two RBIs in 12 at-bats this season.
Corner Play: On Monday, Mainieri said senior Conner Hale was “there to stay” at third base after making three consecutive starts at the hot corner during the Houston Classic. On the other hand, former third baseman and current first baseman Danny Zardon is battling to stay in the lineup after watching his batting average dip below .300 over the weekend. Wednesday will give Mainieri another chance to evaluate his two corner positions before SEC play begins.
Know Your Opponent
McNeese State enters Wednesday’s contest on a hot streak, winning seven of its previous eight contests. Junior starter Ethan Stremmel has been more-than effective in four appearances this season (two starts), allowing six earned runs in 15.2 innings pitched.