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.
ATHENS, GEORGIA –
- What: LSU (32-6, 10-5) vs. Georgia (20-18, 6-9)
- When: 6 p.m. Friday
- Where: Foley Field, Athens, Georgia
- Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Alex Lange (6-0, 1.39 ERA) vs. UGA Jr. RHP Sean McLaughlin (3-2, 5.13 ERA)
- TV: None
- In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
- On deck: at Georgia, 1 p.m. Saturday
- In the hole: at Georgia, Noon, Sunday
Links To Know
- Feature: A lifelong LSU fan, Austin Bain has gone from the underdog to one of the top dogs, overcoming injury along the way
- Notebook: Alex Lange bumped to No. 1 role, on pitch count; Poche could close Friday; Travel roster notes
What’s At Stake
- The goal for LSU and coach Paul Mainieri is to get to 19 or 20 SEC wins. That would all but assure the Tigers, 10-5 in the SEC right now, a top 8 national seed. The series at Georgia begins the second half of the SEC schedule (five three-game series). Among those five (vs. Missouri and Texas A&M and at UGA, South Carolina and Mississippi State), the series at Georgia might be the most sweep-able one.
What To Watch
- Alex Lange at No. 1: The SEC’s leader in ERA gets his first chance at starting on the mound as the Tigers start a weekend series. Maybe more important – that elbow of his. He didn’t pitch last weekend against Auburn because of “elbow tightness,” something coaches say isn’t serious. He’s on a pitch count of about 80 pitches Friday night.
- Poché closing: Jared Poché has never closed a game or relieved, period, in his career. Sounds like he could get his first chance to do that Friday night in a possible closing role. That gives Mainieri another solid arm to pitch over the weekend and saves a reliever to pitcher later in the weekend.
- Scivicque’s streak: Seems as if we mention this each Pregame, but catcher Kade Scivicque – if you haven’t heard – is on a 21-game hitting streak. That’s the most for anyone at LSU in two years. Can he keep it up? He’ll have a good shot to do it. LSU is facing a pitcher with a 5.13 ERA.
Know Your Opponent
- Georgia has an RPI of 98 and has won just one of nine home SEC games this season, but has taken series on the road against Tennessee (a sweep) and South Carolina. Georgia’s No. 1 starter, Robert Tyler, is out with a forearm injury. Sean McLaughlin has allowed a 27 earned runs this season in seven starts.