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 (16-1) vs. Ole Miss (9-7)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Alex Box Stadium
Starting pitchers: LSU sophomore LHP Jared Poché (4-0, 2.08) vs. OM junior LHP Christian Trent (3-0, 2.96)
In-game updates on Twitter: @Dellenger Adv, @BarrecaAdvocate
On deck: vs. Ole Miss, 7 p.m. Saturday
In the hole: vs. Ole Miss, 3 p.m. Sunday
Links To Know
Feature: LSU leads the SEC in base-stealing and Alex Bregman is on pace to set the single-season record for swiped bags
Notes: Jared Poché, Ole Miss’ Christian Trent are “two clones”; Second base shuffle; Deichmann recovering
SEC Preview: It’s a gauntlet
Five SEC players to watch
What’s At Stake
Excellent temperatures. Ole Miss is in town. LSU is 16-1 and on a 13-game win streak. Yeah, you can bet there will be a good amount of people at Alex Box Stadium for this SEC opener. The Tigers have a shot to start conference play 1-0 in front of a rowdy crowd.
What To Watch
Second base: Who’s at second (not first)? LSU has started four different players at the position this season. Jared Foster was the latest to do it in the Tigers’ 7-0 win over McNeese State on Wednesday. Coach Paul Mainieri suggested on Thursday that Foster could remain at second. He’s trying to find the best way to keep hot hitters Foster and Jake Fraley, both left fielders, in the order.
Bregman’s bat: It has arrived. The shortstop started the season 14-for-48 (.291), but he’s hit safely now in five straight games, including jacking a three-run homer against McNeese State and piling up five hits in the three games in Houston. His batting average is now .343.
Bullpen success: Look, Ole Miss is not hitting the ball real well right now (team is batting .255) so Jared Poché could go a while on the mound, but, if he doesn’t, can the bullpen continue its streak? Relievers have pitched 23 straight innings of shutout ball. Expect Zac Person, Parker Bugg, Collin Strall, Alden Cartwright and Jesse Stallings to be guys Mainieri and pitching coach Alan Dunn might turn to today.
Know Your Opponent
The Rebels are struggling at the plate, as mentioned above. They’ve scored the 12th-fewest runs in the league at 83. LSU, for instance, has scored 119 in one more game. Trent, though, is a solid starter. In fact, the former LSU signee from Madisonville has not lost a game in his two-year Ole Miss career. He’s 12-0.