LSU baseball pregame: The Tigers vs. Nicholls State at Alex Box Stadium, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Paul Mainieri speaks to his team Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, during LSU's game against Kansas in Alex Box Stadium.

Blake Butera always wanted to play in Alex Box Stadium.

He’ll get his shot this weekend in a Boston College uniform.

Butera, Boston College’s second baseman from Madisonville, returns to his home state for a three-game series against LSU that begins with a doubleheader Friday. The Tigers (3-1) and Eagles (2-2) start the series at 2 p.m. Friday, play again at 7 and finish the set Saturday at 3 p.m.

Butera gets three games against a team he wanted to play for in a park he wanted to play in.

“It fires me up a little to play against a team that didn’t recruit me even though I’m in their backyard,” he said.

Butera is hitting a team-leading .438 with a pair of doubles and seven hits through four games. Butera’s father, Barry, spent four seasons in the Red Sox organization. A New Orleans native, Barry was drafted in the 14th round in 1977.

His family will need just an hour’s drive to watch his son over the weekend, about 22 hours less than the haul to Boston.

“It’s really exciting for me,” Butera said. “I’m looking forward to playing back in my home state, being able to play in front of my family and friends. I’m always so far away here in Boston. It’ll be nice to go back home and play in front of everyone.”

It’ll be warmer, too. The Eagles left Boston on Thursday morning with the temperature at about 18 degrees and snow falling.

Above all, though, he’ll get to play against the Tigers.

“I definitely would have liked to play for LSU,” he said, “but they didn’t recruit me that heavily. I had to look at other options.”

‘Not our style’

LSU’s offensive inconsistencies in the loss to Nicholls State on Wednesday overshadowed what has coach Paul Mainieri even more concerned: the Tigers’ defense.

LSU committed four errors for a second straight game. The Tigers hadn’t had eight combined errors in consecutive games since April 2008.

“We just can’t do that,” Mainieri said. “It’s not our style of baseball. We’ve always take pride in our defense. Between second and third base positions we’ve made five errors in two games.”

Those two positions were a concern for the coach entering the year, third base, where the Tigers lost Christian Ibarra. Danny Zardon and Bryce Jordan have each made an error at third base, and Kramer Robertson and Conner Hale have combined for three errors at second.

Mainieri plans to keep playing those four players at the two positions.

“We’ll see who emerges,” he said.

Revolving door in left

Mainieri has started three players in left field in the first four games. He called the position a “revolving door” before the season began.

“It’s still a revolving door,” Mainieri said Thursday.

Jared Foster is expected to start Friday’s second game and could start again Saturday. Jake Fraley is set to get the start in the series opener at 2 p.m. Friday.

Chris Sciambra started at the position in the loss to Nicholls State. Mainieri said he wanted to give him a reward for a two-hit day Sunday in the series finale win over Kansas.


DirectTV customers will now have access to the SEC Network television content on computers, phones and tablets. The network announced the move Thursday. … Freshman catcher Mike Papierski will likely catch in Saturday’s game, Mainieri said. … Catcher Kade Scivicque threw out three baserunners in the loss to Nicholls State. “Whenever you get in that groove, you just feel like you have your throwing down, you’re putting it on the money,” he said. … Former catcher Tyler Moore is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in Friday night’s game.

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