STRIKES (THE GOOD)
LSU played all three games in Starkville without an error from the infield. The Tigers turned a double play in each the first two games. In extras Saturday, 3B Conner Hale snagged a line drive above his head, and 2B Jared Foster and SS Alex Bregman turned in some gems.
Sophomore Parker Bugg and his nasty slider are giving Hunter Newman a challenge for LSU’s best reliever. Bugg had a pair of solid relief outings over the weekend. In his last 14.2 innings of relief, he’s allowed 11 hits, 3 earned runs, struck out 12 and walked four. That’s nifty.
Still hitting? Yes
Seems like this is a “Strike” every single weekend. The Tigers are still belting the ball. They had a combined 41 hits in the three-game series and scored 23 runs in a set that lasted a total of 35 innings. Bregman led the way. He had four doubles in the series.
BALLS (THE BAD)
LSU’s weekend rotation looked as if it were rounding into form just a week ago. And now? Well, don’t panic yet, but Austin Bain lasted just 2 innings on the mound Saturday. That’s the third time a Tigers No. 3 starter went less than 3 innings this season.
Foster at the plate
Paul Mainieri moved Jared Foster from OF to 2B not for his infield skills. He wanted his bat in the lineup. It’s been cold lately. Foster went 2-for-15 in 3 games vs. State, and he’s gone 14 games without a homer (he has 8 this season). He’s batting .284.
In the clutch
LSU entered this series with the second-best batting average in the nation. The squad is arguably the best hitting crew in the nation, but they failed in the clutch Saturday. They batted .250 with runners in scoring position, .233 with runners on base.