It took a four run eighth inning comeback, but LSU took game one of the 2017 Baton Rouge Super Regional over Mississippi State 4-3.
Tonight, they’ll look to close out the series and punch their ticket to Omaha for the 2017 College World Series.
Tonight marks the first of two tries LSU will get to beat State once, and they’ll get State without their ace, as Konnor Pilkington went for over 100 pitches in just six innings despite shutting out LSU. Tonight the Tigers will face redshirt junior pitcher Jacob Billingsley. Billingsley has a 4.44 ERA in 52.2 innings pitched with a 1.41 K/BB (52/37), allowing 27 earned runs with 26 of them earned. LSU will throw Jared Poche’, the crafty senior lefty who still has a shot at the LSU career wins record, but will need a win tonight to do so. Poche’ has a 3.13 ERA in 95 innings pitched, allowing 41 runs to score with 33 of them being earned while posting a K/BB of 1.97 (63/32) and holding batters to a .231 batting average against them. State will likely lean heavily on their bullpen and it is likely that the Bulldogs will re-use Peyton Plumlee and Riley Self after they kept the pitch counts low last night.
As of now, the field is tarped but the weather forecast says that we should be up in the clear by 7:00. We will keep you posted here and on Twitter with updates as they become available.