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COLUMBIA, South Carolina –
- What: LSU (44-9, 19-8) vs. South Carolina (32-22, 13-15)
- When: 7 p.m. Friday
- Where: Carolina Stadium, Columbia, SC
- Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Austin Bain (1-2, 2.98 ERA) vs. USC Fr. RHP Clarke Schmidt (2-1, 4.61)
- TV: ESPNU
- Online: ESPN3.com
- In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
- On deck: at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Saturday
- In the hole: at SEC Tournament, Wednesday
Links To Know
- Gamer: LSU blows four-run leave with landslide of walks, pair of bases-loaded double play balls in loss to South Carolina
- Balls And Strikes: South Carolina 10, LSU 7
What’s At Stake
- For LSU, nothing has changed in the race for an SEC West and SEC overall championship. Win on Friday night and the Tigers secure the SEC West crown (or an A&M loss). Win on Friday and have Vanderbilt lose to Alabama and secure the overall championship. Texas A&M and Ole Miss play at 6:30 while Vanderbilt and Bama begin at 7, the same starting time for LSU’s game.
What To Watch
- Chinea’s sizzling run:There is no hotter hitter on LSU’s team. He carries a 14-game hitting streak into Game 2 on Friday, and he’s had two hits in nine of those games. He has a team-leading 10 home runs and four in the last six games. He hit a homer, double and single in Thursday night’s series opener to increase his average to .380.
- Bregman followup: Alex Bregman had one of his worst outings on Thursday. He went 0-for-4, snapping a 17-game hitting streak and he reached via error. Bregman’s 49-game streak of reaching base safely ended (error doesn’t count towards that). The worst part of it all? He hit into a double play with the bases loaded.
- No. 3 at No. 2: Austin Bain gets moved up into the No. 2 spot for the weekend while LSU gives Alex Lange a full six days of rest. It’s an opportunity for Bain to show Tigers fans that, no, LSU doesn’t have an issue at the No. 3 starting spot. Bain gets his fourth SEC start. Two of the first three have been solid (11 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 12 K). But two weeks ago he lasted just two innings and gave up four hits and two runs while walking two at Mississippi State. Coach Paul Mainieri had the quick hook with him, pulling the guy from the weekend rotation for Kyle Bouman. Bouman recorded one out in his start last week before Bain reclaimed the weekend job with 5.1 innings of spectacular relief.
Know Your Opponent
- Schmidt, a rookie from Georgia, has allowed nine earned runs in his last two starts. He’s been in and out of the weekend lineup for Carolina. Schmidt’s average SEC start this year has lasted around three innings.