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.
What: LSU (11-1) vs. Grambling (2-8)
When: 3 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Alex Box Stadium
Starting pitchers: Grambling senior RHP Coleman McKinney (1-0, 3.85) vs. LSU Fr. RH Doug Norman (0-1, 5.00)
Internet streaming options: SEC Network-plus, which is accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app
In-game updates on Twitter: @Dellenger Adv, @BarrecaAdvocate
On deck: vs. Houston, 7 p.m. Friday (at Minute Maid Park – Houston College Classic)
In the hole: vs. Baylor, 3:30 p.m. Saturday (at Minute Maid Park – Houston College Classic)
Links To Know
What’s At Stake
Doug Norman has the most on the line. The rookie pitcher has struggled in his first two starts (5 earned runs and 15 hits in 9 innings), and his job as the Tigers’ No. 4 pitcher is on the line. His competitor, Kyle Bouman, allowed just four hits in four innings Tuesday night.
What To Watch
Conner’s streak: Conner Hale has gotten a hit in all 12 of LSU’s games this season. He walloped an RBI double on Tuesday night to the left-center field wall. Hale is emerging as the Tigers’ most consistent hitter.
“Offensive” lineup: Mainieri is turning to his offensive lineup against Grambling, he said after Tuesday’s game. That means Danny Zardon moves back to third base, where he’s committed three errors in nine starts there. Hale will play second, and Chris Chinea will play first. Jared Foster is set to be the DH.
Bregman’s hitting: Some might say that shortstop Alex Bregman has unrealistic expectations placed on him because of his performance as a freshman. Either way, the expectations are there. Bregman suffered that nasty 4-for-41 hitting skid last season, and he’s started this year 14-for-48 (.292), the worst of any everyday starter outside of Kramer Robertson (.219).
Know Your Opponent
Grambling has lost five straight games. The Tigers’ only wins are over Southern and Wiley College, and they were swept, most recently, by Oregon State by a combined score of 44-12 in three games.