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When: 2:00 p.m. Saturday
Where: Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field
Rankings: Ranked in all five major preseason polls, LSU was as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 11. Cincinnati was not ranked.
Records: LSU (1-0), Cincinnati (0-1)
Projected starting pitchers (2015 stats): LSU So. RHP Alex Lange (12-0, 1.97 ERA) vs. TBA
Online Streaming: On SEC Network-plus, accessible on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com
Radio: WDGL 98.1 FM (Baton Rouge); KLWB 103.7 FM (Lafayette); WWL 870 AM, WWL 105.3 FM (New Orleans)
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In-game updates: @Chandler_Rome
On Deck: Sunday, LSU vs. Cincinnati (12:00 p.m.)
About Last Night:
Jordan Romero delivers twice, including a winning hit in the 12th inning, as LSU tops Cincinnati 6-5 in its season opener
‘Hello, everybody!’: In baseball season opener against Cincinnati, Chris Blair debuts as LSU’s Voice of the Tigers
What to Watch
On the Offensive: LSU had just eight hits — seven singles and a double — in its 12-inning Friday night win. Three of those came in the extra innings and none came from the Tigers’ starting 4-5-6 hitters. Starter Andrew Zellner pitched well for Cincinnati, but the Tigers will need more from the middle of their order.
Lange’s Back: Still undefeated as a collegiate pitcher, Alex Lange hopes to start his second season like he ended his first — with an overpowering outing. LSU coach Paul Mainieri said earlier this week his opening weekend rotation would only throw six innings or 85 pitches, but Friday starter Jared Poche exceeded both of those stipulations in his start. If Lange’s pitching well and his pitch count is economical, look for him to go deep into the game.
Get ‘Em Home: Both Mainieri and hitting coach Andy Cannizaro surmised in the preseason that this young lineup’s tallest task would be to drive home baserunners. LSU left 13 on base in Friday’s win, going 4-for-23 with runners on and 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Some blame lays with opening night jitters, but clutch hits will be necessary from players not named Jordan Romero.