GAMETHREAD: LSU vs. Lamar, 6:30, No TV

Is the hitting slump over for LSU, or was the Miss. St. series a fluke? It is the question that continues to follow LSU baseball around, probably through to the end of next weekend. Certainly, the Tigers were improved over the weekend, going a combined .313 at the plate for the weekend with 2 triples, 2 HR, and 22 RBI. But a large majority of that came during the 17-2 blowout on Sunday. LSU only managed 5 runs on Friday and Saturday against the Bulldogs good arms and while it was enough to get the job done, the fear lingers that better arms will be too great of a challenge to overcome. Personally, I don't care if we win every game by 1 run as long as we win. Beating up on some weak mid-week competition this evening wont help sway the opinion of most, but just continuing this weekend's production will be enough for me. The story on the mound is the same it's been all season: LSU needs another solid starter. Getting his chance tonight is The Pride of LaPlace, Jr. LHP Henri Faucheux (1-0, 2.51 ERA, 14.1 IP, 9 BB, 11 SO). Faucheux's had some very good relief outings this year, but his last time out against Florida was one to forget. It won't be a long outing, and I expect Bouman and/or Cartwright to get some brief work ahead of the weekend.

Lamar (18-14, 5-7 in the Southland) isnt very good. They've lost series to SELU, Nicholls, and McNeese. The only really good win on their resume is a midweek surprise against Houston.  Lamar is hitting .291 as a team, which even after this weekend is still better than LSU, and they've got more regulars hitting over .300 as well. Their bullpen has decent numbers, with a staff ERA of 3.54 which explains why they havent lost any game this season by more than 5 runs. Sr. RHP J.T. Autrey (4-1, 2.28 ERA, 27.2 IP, 12 BB, 31 SO) gets the start tonight with the most wins on the staff but only 3 starts this season. The only interesting thing in this series is that despite Lamar being relatively close in Beaumont, Tx, these two teams have only played 8 times, and the Cardinals hold the series lead at 5-3.

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