LSU baseball pregame: LSU vs. Ole Miss _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU's Jake Fraley bats against McNeese in Alex Box Stadium Wednesday, March 11, 2015.


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.

General Info

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)

TV: None

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.