What was supposed to be a routine non-conference pushover turned from a pitcher's duel to a route as LSU's dwindling offensive production lead to the Tiger's first non-conference series loss vs a non-BCS school since Lipscomb in 2007
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The series started off well enough with another great outing from Kevin Gausman who went 7 with 7Ks and 4 hits on the night. The LSU bats were never able to string a few hits together, stranding 9, but the handful of single run innings were enough to get the job done.
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Saturday was really an excellent pitching day for both squads, but in tight games even the smallest mistakes can do you in. Ryan Eades was facing Kassouf for the first time in the 3rd, a batter who had swung at everything on Friday and gone 0-4 with 3K, laid up an easy pitch that Kassouf sent over the left wall. It was a great night for Eades otherwise, going 6 1/3 with only 4 hits and the homer to his name with 5Ks. The problem was he was bested by an amazing performance from Appy St.'s Ryan Arrowood who went 7 innings with only 2 hits and 10Ks, including strikeouts for Nola, Slaid, Ross, and Foster, in order, in consecutive appearances.
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The hitting slump continued on Sunday with a nearly complete game for Appy St.'s Rob Marcello, who went scoreless for 8 1/3. While he was charged with 3 hits and the lone LSU run of the day by a pinch-hitting Arby Fields, Marcello had been relieved by Port when the pitch was thrown. Fields' RBI triple prevented the 1st LSU back to back non-conference shutouts since 1974. For Saturday and Sunday, Katz, Nola, Slaid, Foster, and Ross all went hitless and a total of 10 Tigers reached a base over the 2 games. Combine the lack of hitting with an uncharacteristically bad outing for McCune, followed by an army of relief pitching that failed to stop the bleeding and it felt like we were back at the Bama series last season, only now there isn't someone you look to on the lineup for a guaranteed spark.
I expect there to be some shuffling in the lineup, as Mainieri usually does, and in theory this should be the week to do it with 2 presumed in-state pushovers and a weekend series with an Ivy. He had already pulled Jones out of CF on Saturday after his BA and OBP had dropped under .200, but in his place went Sciambra, whose numbers are even worse. Honestly, there aren't a lot of options standing out on the bench. Dozar will get in, but he always has trouble finding a spot that sticks. Didier's done well enough at the plate, but he and indeed all of the bench guys have less than 10 AB, most 5 or less, so I'm not quite sure what we'll be getting out of them. Fields will likely see time in the outfield, but that RBI on Sunday is his only hit.
Appalachian State Baseball Series Wins Over BCS Conference Teams : 1 (LSU)
Consecutive Scoreless LSU Innings : 19
LSU Bunts On The Season : 0
LSU Homeruns On The Season : 2
Total Paid Attendance (9180 Season Tickets x 38 Home Games + Additional Day of Game Sales) : 357703
Total Actual Attendance : 34844
Total Unused Tickets : 38279
Actual Attendance Average : 4978
Around The SEC
If you had told me that the SEC baseball teams from the State of Tennessee would go 7-0 and 1-6 through the first 2 weekends of the season I would have believed you, but the teams I would have had in mind would have been reversed. Vandy has awoken from the offseason to a nightmare. While the result @ Stanford on the opening weekend was surprising, but possible, getting swept at home by an unranked Oregon squad has the Dores reeling. Meanwhile, Dave Serrano is in uncharted waters in his first season with the Vols, with the first ever 7-0 start in program history and sweeping the defending Big East Champ Seton Hall this weekend.
For the league overall, it's starting to shape up as expected. All four undefeated clubs are in the East (eyes Kentucky suspiciously) and the West is already shaking the Alabama teams towards the bottom (though Bama did take out some frustration while sweeping Ark-Pine Bluff this weekend).
#9 Texas was destroyed at Stanford in a sweep that included a 13(!) run 4th inning for the Cardinal on Sunday. #14 TCU dropped it's series 1-2 at #19 CS Fullerton in some much more competitive games. After being shelled in the Friday opener, #27 UCLA rallied to take the series from visiting #29 Baylor.
College Baseball Headlines
Without any fanfare, the start times for all games of the CWS were revealed and they are all going to be evening starts, with the second games of the DH days starting at 8pm local time. Not only does it mean there wont be any afternoon baseball in Omaha, but there's a good chance some of the games run past midnight.
The registration window is now open to sign up for the CWS seat lottery. Remember that thanks to new CWS policies, this is the ONLY way to get non-GA seats for the CWS (besides scalpers, of course)
With little fanfare on the eve of the college baseball season, the NCAA issued a warning that the Marucci CAT5 bat had been decertified for use in all competition. Marucci, the bat company founded and operated by LSU Football Head Trainer Jack Marucci, has issued a returns notice that seems rather defensive of it's product. LSU is unaffected because they swing DeMarini sticks.
The Mid-Week Ahead
LSU has a 5 game week with Grambling at The Box on Tuesday, followed Wednesday by their first road game of the year to Lake Charles for a rematch with McNeese St. Elsewhere, 7-0 SELA travels to 7-1 Tulane, NW St has 2 games at TAMU, La Tech is at Vandy, and Bama travels to a reeling Southern Miss