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LSU starting pitcher Alex Lange (35) pitches against Ole Miss, Thursday, April 13, 2017, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Starting nine

1. SS Kramer Robertson

.317/.418/.504, 8 HRs, 41 RBIs

As Robertson got hot toward the end of the regular season, so did LSU. The senior shortstop leads the country in runs and has shown surprising pop.

2. 2B Cole Freeman

.333/.435/.426, 39 RBIs, 18 SB

Freeman’s speed is his greatest asset, and LSU lately has done a great job using it to put pressure on corner infielders and pitchers alike.

3. LF Antoine Duplantis

.319/.364/.403, 54 RBIs, 18 SB

If clutch hitting were measurable, Duplantis probably would be LSU’s top performer. As it is, he is hitting a team-best .386 with runners in scoring position.

4. RF Greg Deichmann

.322/.430/.614, 19 HRs, 69 RBIs

The last time LSU played Mississippi State, the Bulldogs wanted no part of Deichmann, walking him 10 times in the three-game series. Will that change this weekend?

5. CF Zach Watson

.316/.372/.519, 8 HRs, 34 RBIs

Watson hit four home runs in the Baton Rouge regional, forcing his way to the middle of the order. He offers a tantalizing combination of speed and power.

6. DH Beau Jordan

.275/.350/.380, 3 HRs, 25 RBIs

Jordan has taken the reins of a DH spot that was in flux for a long time. The junior is rarely spectacular, but he’s dependable and can handle the bat well.

7. 3B Josh Smith

.290/.411/.416, 4 HRs, 43 RBIs

Smith’s greatest contribution is his defensive ability, but he is also coming off a huge regional weekend in which he hit .555 with three doubles and a homer.

8. C Michael Papierski

.255/.411/.443, 8 HRs, 31 RBIs

Papierski’s a plus defender, and his bat has been integral to LSU’s late-season surge, especially his ability to work the count and hit the ball out of the yard.

9. 1B Jake Slaughter

.258/.355/.344/ 2 HRs, 22 RBIs

Slaughter has faded since a strong start, eventually losing his starting job to Nick Coomes. But he’s a skilled defender and picked up two hits last week.

Top arm (and Saturday's starter): RHP Alex Lange

W-L: 9-5

ERA: 2.87

IP: 103.1

K/BB: 124/34

There was some question as to which Lange LSU fans were going to see in 2017. Would it be the dominant freshman, or the sophomore who mixed greatness with occasional rough patches? There have been some starts when Lange was hit around and others when he was not sharp, but for the most part he has been the shut-down performer LSU needs in its ace. Lange struggled a bit last week against Southeastern Louisiana, but he recovered from some tough early innings to hand a lead to the bullpen late. LSU would love to get an effort from him like his most recent one against the Bulldogs, when he struck out 11 in seven innings.

No. 2 pitcher: LHP Jared Poché (10-3, 3.13)

Poché is a win shy of tying LSU’s career record, and he is no stranger to big games.

No. 3 pitcher: RHP Eric Walker (8-1, 3.46)

The freshman is coming off two of the best performances of his career, both in championship-clinching wins.

Closer: RHP Hunter Newman (1-1, 1.11, 10 saves)

Newman doesn’t have the big fastball of most closers, but he’s deceptive and highly productive.

Top bullpen arms: RHP Zack Hess (6-1, 2.92), LHP Nick Bush (1-1, 3.54), RHP Caleb Gilbert (5-1, 2.74)​

By the numbers

14 — LSU enters super regional play riding a 14-game winning streak, the second-longest in the country. (Oregon State had won 19 in a row entering Friday.)

.327 — LSU is hitting .327 against left-handers, the best mark of any Southeastern Conference team. It will face a left-handed starter, State's Konnor Pilkington, in Saturday’s opener.

37-2 — That's LSU’s record when leading after seven innings. Neither loss occurred when closer Hunter Newman pitched in the game.

103 — The difference, in percentage points, between LSU’s batting average (.308) and its opponents' batting average (.205) during the Tigers' 14-game winning streak.

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