Pregame: What to watch as LSU baseball takes on Lamar at Vincent-Beck Stadium; 6 p.m. Wednesday _lowres

 

BEAUMONT, Texas — The pregame blog will post a few hours before first pitch of each ballgame. Lineups will be added at the bottom when they’re made available. Check back for any additional updates.

  • When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
  • Where: Vincent-Beck Stadium, Beaumont, Texas
  • Rankings: LSU is a consensus top-10 team, ranked as high as No. 5. Lamar is not ranked.
  • Projected Starters: LSU So. RHP Austin Bain (2-3, 3.95 ERA in 2015), Lamar Jr. RHP Brent Janak (0-1, 10.12 ERA in 2015)
  • TV: CST
  • Streaming: ESPN3.com (blacked out in markets that carry CST)
  • Radio: WTGE-FM, 100.7 in Baton Rouge
  • Pre- and posgame coverage: blogs.theadvocate.com/linedrives;theadvocate.com/sports
  • In-game Updates: @Chandler_Rome

Shortstop Swap: Cole Freeman’s back in a more natural position up the middle — he played shortstop in his senior year at Lakeshore High School then second base for his Delgado career. Freeman also alternated with Trey Dawson at shortstop throughout the fall and spring, so chemistry with second baseman Kramer Robertson shouldn’t be an issue. The two flawlessly executed a double play ball on Sunday and both said on Tuesday they aren’t worried about the swap.

Lochridge’s Lumber: O’Neal Lochridge returns to third base after LSU coach Paul Mainieri moved him to second at the beginning of the spring. A mechanical issue with his glove and any pressure he was feeling have both been diminished, giving the coach confidence his true freshman can play without issue. Lochridge’s bat has never been in question, though, and is perhaps a bigger reason for his insertion into the starting lineup.

Hi, Will: Mainieri and crew will be reunited with former assistant Will Davis, who left for Beaumont last month. Davis will be hosting an official visit all day, so pre-game greetings may be brief, which could be a plus for LSU. Remember, this is still a very young team in a true road environment for the first time and focus will be paramount. Kramer Robertson assured on Tuesday the team is “on a business trip,” and seeing Davis will be just an added bonus.