Maybe Alex Bregman just needed a demotion to wake up.
Returning to his normal place in the batting order, Bregman had multiple hits in back-to-back Southeastern Conference games for the first time this season in LSU’s 6-3 loss to Tennessee on Saturday.
It was his third straight game with multiple hits, the first time he’s done that since March 7-9. Bregman, normally batting in the No. 3 hole, batted fifth and sixth the last two games.
It was the first time he’s batted below third in his LSU career.
The shortstop’s line-drive double to left field in the third inning gave him two hits in his first two at-bats. He went 2-for-5 in the Friday win over the Volunteers, with a double. He had two hits in a win over Tulane on Tuesday.
Bregman drove in a run with a single in the first inning in Saturday’s game and made good enough of a defensive play to receive a standing ovation from the Alex Box crowd.
In the sixth inning, Bregman made a stabbing grab at Derek Lance’s hard-hit grounder and spun in mid-air, firing the ball to first just in time.
The Box roared its approval. Some in the stands even bowed to Bregman in the same way football fans bow to the Tigers defense during the band’s rendition for the Chinese Bandits.
Coach Paul Mainieri continues to jostle his starting lineup depending on the opposing starting pitcher.
Conner Hale, named the SEC Player of the Week earlier this week for his performance in the series win over Ole Miss, did not start. Hale has a poor average against left-handed hurlers.
He sat in the second game of LSU’s series win at Ole Miss last weekend. In his two starts in Oxford, Hale went 5-for-8.
Kade Scivicque returned to the lineup after his first night off in a month Friday. Scivicque went 0-for-2, had a sac-bunt and walked.
He entered that game with one hit in his last 15 at-bats. Scivicque started at first, just the second start there since April 4.
Andrew Stevenson remained in the leadoff spot while Sean McMullen batted cleanup. Chris Chinea caught.
Mainieri said Saturday night that he had not decided on a starter for Sunday’s game. Runnels grad Alden Cartwright is expected to get the nod. Earlier this week, Mainieri said Cartwright would probably start if he was not used in the first two games. Cartwright did not pitch Friday or Saturday. … Christian Ibarra had two errors in the game and now has eight on the season. … Tennessee has a 4 p.m. curfew on the noon game Sunday. No inning can start after that time because of travel back to Knoxville, Tenn. … LSU tied the school record for sac-bunts in a game with four for the second night in a row. LSU had four sacrifice bunts Saturday through four innings but didn’t get another.