Three strikes: Recapping the Tigers’ weekend and a look ahead _lowres

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- LSU short stop Alex Bregman (8) makes the play against Tulane during the sixth inning on Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium.

1 No time to panic LSU lost a series. The Tigers had won four straight before dropping the series against Texas A&M. Let’s analyze things, though. Each game was decided by one run. LSU lost on a game-winning single in the ninth Saturday and then lost on an eighth-inning solo homer Sunday that barely cleared the wall. The Tigers allowed a combined 11 runs in three games despite having two relievers out (Hunter Devall and Parker Bugg).

2 BAMA’S Coming LSU doesn’t have a midweek game this week, the first time that’s happened this season. The Tigers will quickly turn to a key home series against Alabama. The Tide entered the weekend leading the SEC West before being swept by Florida. LSU is third in the West, and Bama is fourth. The Tigers trail Ole Miss by only half of a game, though. Winning the series against the Tide is key if LSU wants to host an NCAA regional and win the SEC West.

3 BREGMAN BACK? Alex Bregman finished the weekend 4-for-12, but that doesn’t tell the story of the sophomore’s three games against Texas A&M. He hit several balls hard and nearly had a solo home run in the eighth inning of Sunday’s loss. The ball was caught at the warning track. He went 6-for-15 in the three games against Tennessee last weekend. It’s the first time this season that Bregman has had at least four hits in back-to-back SEC series.

Ross Dellenger