Dellenger: LSU coach Paul Mainieri wants to keep Jared Poche as the Friday night guy... but I bet the coach elevates freshman Alex Lange to No. 1 before too long _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU's Alex Lange has been sensational this year, and probably will take the mound to open super regional action between the Tigers and Ragin' Cajuns at Alex Box Stadium on Saturday. Lange is 11-0 on the 2015 campaign, and features a sparkling 1.76 ERA.


Here are the highlights from Thursday's 11 a.m. LSU football and baseball chat with Adovcate sportswriter Ross Dellenger.

On LSU freshman Alex Lange taking over as the Friday-night starter:

Dellenger: "Yes. My guess is mid-to-late April. Paul Mainieri wants to keep Jared Poche as the Friday night guy because he's a year more experienced, but I bet the coach elevates Lange to No. 1 before too long."

On who stays at LSU longer: Les Miles or Paul Mainieri

Dellenger: "Man, that's a tough one. Mainieri is at the end of his coaching career and he readily admits that. Miles ... I could see him coaching longer, but will he remain at this school?

On what is holding back quarterback Brandon Harris.

Dellenger: "Since we're banned from watching most of football practices, it's tough to say, really. But if I was guessing, it would be all above the shoulders. It's all mental stuff. Learning the playbook, watching film, reading defenses."

On the whether the new athletic facilities at LSU are the school's way of keeping up with the Joneses:

Dellenger: Keeping up with the Joneses certainly can't hurt you in winning championships. LSU has more facility improvements on the way, too. As we reported in December, the school plans to renovate the football operations building, including the weight room and they'll eventually build the Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center.

On if LSU has nailed down its infielders or if that's still a work in progress or it depends on the atbats of certain players:

Dellenger: "It all does depends on the bats. I mean, Jared Foster isn't playing second base because he's a great defensive second baseman. He's playing because he's hitting the ball over the fence. The lineup in general is "pretty much settled," coach Paul Mainieri has said. Here's the go-to order: Scivicque (C), Hale (3B), Chinea, 1B), Foster (2B), Bregman (SS), Laird (RF), Stevenson (CF), Fraley (LF).