LSU baseball pregame: What's at stake, what to watch as LSU faces Lamar at 6:30 p.m. today _lowres

LSU's Alex Bregman (8) is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a home run against McNeese during an NCAA baseball game in Alex Box Stadium Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Baton Rouge.

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.

General Info

  • What: LSU (31-6) vs. Lamar (17-18)
  • When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU, Sr. LHP Kyle Bouman (0-1, 7.53) vs. Lamar, Jr. RHP Billy Love (0-0, 2.25)
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv, @BarrecaAdvocate
  • On deck: at Georgia, 6:00 p.m. Friday
  • In the hole: at Georgia, 1:00 p.m. Saturday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • After a successful weekend against Auburn in Alex Box Stadium, LSU moved back into the No. 1 spot in Perfect Game’s poll. That could change quickly with an upset loss against Lamar. The Cardinals are currently ranked No. 228 in Division I in RPI.

What To Watch

  • Bouman’s Momentum: For LSU senior southpaw Kyle Bouman, any positive pitching performance is one to build off of. In his last start against the University of New Orleans, the Ferguson, Missouri, native tossed 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs while recording three strikeouts. He’ll look to have a better outing on Wednesday against Lamar as he looks to lower his 7.53 ERA.
  • Bats On Track: LSU may have pulled out a series win against Auburn over the weekend, but it certainly didn’t come easily. Paul Mainieri’s club scored 10 runs over the three-game span, collecting only 20 total hits – the lowest hit total for the squad during a three-game series in 2015. That being said, Wednesday’s contest against Lamar could be the perfect cure for the Tigers’ bats. The Cardinals have had their pitching problems this season, accumulating a 4.07 team ERA. Lamar has allowed 157 runs in 302.2 innings pitched in 2015.
  • Still Streaking: Kade Scivicque just keeps on hitting. Despite the low hit totals for the Tigers this past weekend, the senior catcher still collected a base knock in all three contests, extending his hitting streak to 20 games. He’ll look to make that 21 if he plays against Lamar on Wednesday.

Know Your Opponent

  • Lamar junior right-hander Billy Love hasn’t gotten too much action on the mound this season, tossing only four innings in two relief appearances. Of the 12 batters he has faced this year, he has struck out four while allowing two walks and an earned run. He has yet to allow a hit in 2015.