UL-Lafayette has set its starting pitchers for the first two games of this weekend’s super regional matchup at Alex Box Stadium. LSU coach Paul Mainieri is not revealing his.
The coach said Friday he’s unsure when sophomore lefty Jared Poché will pitch in the best-of-three series.
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and make that decision,” Mainieri said.
Poché would be coming off of short rest. He threw 8.2 scoreless inning against UNC-Wilmington in LSU’s regional-securing win on Monday. That being said, Poché appears to be ready whenever his name is called.
“I’m feeling great,” Poché said. “I’m just kind of preparing for Sunday. If it doesn’t happen, then I’ll just be ready for Monday.”
Marks vs. Stevenson
It’s been awhile since Andrew Stevenson and Wyatt Marks faced off against each other.
In fact, it’s been more than three years. Stevenson and Marks were teammates at St. Thomas More High in Lafayette.
“I heard the news (that Marks is pitching on Saturday), and that’s awesome,” Stevenson said. “I haven’t faced him since high school intrasquads.”
Though LSU (51-10) played the Cajuns (42-21) earlier this season, the former Cougars didn’t get the opportunity to go toe-to-toe during the Wally Pontiff Classic on March 31, where the Tigers won 8-6. But Stevenson still remembers a few tidbits about his ex-teammate.
“He’s a taller guy at 6-foot-3, and he’ll come at you with a fastball and a 12-6 breaking ball,” Stevenson said. “We’re just going to have to attack his fastball and see what we can do with his breaking ball.”
The Baton Rouge super regional is completely sold out.
It took five minutes Friday morning for fans to buy out the remaining 700 standing room-only tickets for this weekend’s super regional. LSU’s 10,326 seated tickets were purchased even before general admission tickets went on sale Friday.
The school was left with just 700 standing room-only, three-game ticket books to sell. Nearly 9,000 tickets were purchased by season ticketholders. UL-Lafayette received 600 visitor tickets, and LSU students get 300.
LSU wins toss
LSU may have to worry about finding a third starter if the super regional requires a third game Monday, but it won’t have to worry about being the home team in its own ball park.
The program announced Friday that the Tigers won the coin toss that determined the home team for the series finale.
Mainieri’s influences have certainly spread beyond Baton Rouge in the 2015 NCAA super regional. Just 926 miles away in Coral Gables, Florida, a former student of Mainieri’s is making his mark for a different college baseball program.
Virginia coach Brian O’Connor was a former assistant coach under Mainieri while at Notre Dame. Virginia beat Maryland 5-3 in Game 1 of its super regional.
“There’s a lot of things that you take pride in as a head coach,” Mainieri said. “Obviously your players going on and being recognized as All-Americans and becoming major league baseball players … but I think the other thing that is equal to those things is seeing your former assistant coaches going on to become head coaches and be successful.”
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