For the first time in the 2015 campaign, LSU is gearing up to play a true road series.
The Tigers will travel to Arkansas for their second weekend of Southeastern Conference play, where they’ll battle a 10-8 Arkansas club at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
The trip will be a prime opportunity for LSU to move on from Tuesday night’s nail-biter against Southern University, where the Tigers pulled out a 4-2 win in a 10-inning affair. Senior second baseman Jared Foster, who was moved to the position one week ago against McNeese State, had his first forgettable contest with the glove, making two errors.
Despite Foster’s struggles, LSU coach Paul Mainieri said he doesn’t intend to take the Lake Charles, Louisiana, native out of the starting spot.
“I feel good about it,” Mainieri said. “He has some room for improvement, and you have to remember that he hasn’t played there in a while. All the errors… are correctable things. He just needs more reps, more practice and more coaching. He’ll be fine.”
Roster Limit: LSU has a roster limit of 27 players while on the road, so Mainieri had to choose several Tigers to keep in Baton Rouge for the weekend series. Greg Deichmann, Russell Reynolds, Brady Domangue, Beau Jordan, Ryan May and Jake Latz all will not make the trip.
Deichmann Staying Back: Mainieri said Deichmann would stay in Baton Rouge for the Arkansas series so that he could take live batting practice on Sunday. Deichmann made his LSU debut on Tuesday night at Southern when he made an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh inning.
Hale 100%: After not playing on Tuesday due to arm soreness, senior third baseman Conner Hale is expected to start over the weekend against the Razorbacks. “We rested him for a couple of days, and the soreness is gone from his shoulder. It was bothering him just turning doorknobs and things like that. Now it’s feeling better from that standpoint.”
Mainieri To Be Assistant For Team USA: Mainieri said he will work as an assistant coach for Team USA this summer, and he could become the head coach in a few years. “I’ve been asked before, and I’ve always turned them down. Now my kids are older and grown up and out of the house, and I have a little more free time, I guess. I just thought it was the right thing to do.”
Bregman Familiar With Razorbacks: LSU junior shortstop Alex Bregman will recognize a few faces from Team USA when he takes the field this weekend. Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn coached Team USA last summer, and Razorbacks’ junior starter Trey Killian was Bregman’s teammate on the squad.