LSU committed 18 errors in its first 10 games. The Tigers coasted from that point, though. They had 45 errors in the final 44 games, finishing with a fielding percentage of .976. That was fourth in the SEC and 24th nationally. SS Alex Bregman made nine errors this year (.975), the fewest in any of his three years with the program; CF Andrew Stevenson made a host of stunning grabs in the outfield; and even Jared Foster settled into second base (.963) after a move from the outfield.
The Tigers led the SEC in batting average at .314, putting them in fourth nationally. No other conference foe was above .300 through Friday (with Florida and Vanderbilt still playing). LSU will finish first in hits (762) in the league and first in stolen bases (130). Bregman finished the year with 38 stolen bases, out of 48, falling just four steals shy of tying the school record. At the plate, though, the Tigers struggled down the stretch. Conner Hale, Chris Chinea and Jared Foster combined to go 7 for their last 71.
Starting pitching: B+
The Tigers got a dynamite performance from freshman ace Alex Lange, the SEC freshman of the year. He finished the season with a 1.97 ERA and didn’t lose a game, going 12-0. The Tigers lost just two games in the 17 games in which he started. Jared Poché (9-2, 3.05) turned in a solid season, but he had more hiccups than he did last season as a freshman (9-3, 2.45). The problem: LSU lacked a consistent No. 3 starter. Jake Godfrey, Doug Norman, Russell Reynolds and Austin Bain never panned out.
Five LSU relievers finished with ERAs under 3, including Parker Bugg (1.72) and Hunter Newman (0.49). Zac Person and starters-turned-relievers Godfrey and Norman had stretches of success in relief, too, but the pen — namely Jesse Stallings — failed to close out a few late-game leads, and coach Paul Mainieri’s confidence in them dropped throughout the season. He finally settled on Bugg as the key late-game guy, and Newman dazzled during stretches, especially early in the season.