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WEEKEND GAMETHREAD: vs Oral Roberts

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So there was going to be some kind of a preview here, but this morning’s report on LSU’s gross mishandling of sexual assault allegations against athletes and non-athletes alike for almost a decade has completely derailed my plans for the day. More reporting on that matter from us later.

On top of that, LSU moved the Friday game up to a 1pm start because of rain tonight, so it’s almost game time already. If you missed it in the midweek, LSU’s gorilla ball days are back for the moment and they currently lead the nation in home runs at 21.

On the injury front, Cade Doughty will remain out through this weekend after his shoulder injury from a home run celebration last week. Reliever Matthew Beck is also out indefinitely for some elbow ligament damage.

Oral Roberts (2-6) doesn’t look to be much of a challenge. Here’s what we’ve got from both team’s PR:

The Golden Eagles and Tigers have met three times previously, with LSU winning each matchup. The last meeting between the two schools came on February 25, 1989, when LSU won 7-10 in New Orleans.

Isaac Coffey was named Summit League Pitcher of the Week for the first week in the 2021 season. Coffey saw a streak of 23.1 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to 2019, come to a close against South Alabama.

Ryan Cash is tied for the Summit League lead with 10 hits, including five multi-hit games.

As a team, ORU has drawn 37 walks, which is the best in the Summit League.

Oviedo was named Summit League Preseason Player of the Year by D1Baseball and Perfect Game. The junior infielder was also named to the Summit League Players to Watch list by Summit League head coaches.

Sophomore Trey Wolf was named Summit League Preseason Pitcher of the Year by Perfect Game, and was also named to the Summit League Pitchers to Watch list by the head coaches around the conference.

Head coach Ryan Folmar begins his ninth season as the Golden Eagles skipper. Folmar has a 250-167 career record at the helm of ORU

Oral Roberts, a member of the Summit League, is 2-6 on the year with wins over Little Rock and South Alabama, and losses to Little Rock, Missouri State (2), South Alabama (2) and Wichita State.

The Golden Eagles are hitting .223 as a team with four home runs and four steals and nine attempts … ORU is led at the plate by infielder Ryan Cash, who is hitting .323 with a double and six RBI, and by infielder Caleb Denny, who is hitting .290 with one double, three homers and six RBI.

The ORU pitching staff has a 4.93 cumulative ERA, and it has allowed six homers in eight games.

Probable Starters

Game 1 - Fri, 1pm

LSU – Jr. RH Jaden Hill (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 10.0 IP, 0 BB, 9 SO)

ORU – Jr. RH James Notary (0-1, 4.76 ERA, 11.1 IP, 3 BB, 5 SO)

Game 2 - Sat, 3pm

LSU – Jr. RH Landon Marceaux (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.0 IP, 0 BB, 14 SO)

ORU – So. RH Isaac Coffey (1-0, 1.54 ERA, 11.2 IP, 1 BB, 16 SO)

Game 3 - Sun, 2pm

LSU – Jr. RH AJ Labas (0-0, 5.40 ERA, 8.1 IP, 3 BB, 14 SO)

ORU – Sr. RH Tanner Rogen (0-1, 3.37 ERA, 10.2 IP, 3 BB, 6 SO)

Weather

Top 25 and SEC in action - 3/5/21

Rank Team Opponent Notes
Rank Team Opponent Notes
1 Louisville at No. 10 Georgia Tech
2 Florida home vs. Florida A&M
3 Arkansas home vs. Murray State
4 Ole Miss home vs. Belmont
5 Vanderbilt home vs. Illinois-Chicago
6 Mississippi State home vs. Kent State
7 Miami at No. 24 North Carolina State
8 Texas Tech vs. Texas State, Sam Houston, & Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Shriner's Classic, Houston, Tex.
9 LSU home vs. Oral Roberts
10 Georgia Tech home vs. No. 1 Louisville
11 UC Santa Barbara home vs. Oregon
12 East Carolina home vs. Appalachian State
13 UCLA home vs. Pepperdine, Fullerton, & Southern California Dodgertown Classic, Los Angeles, Calif.
14 Indiana vs. Rutgers & Minnesota U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
15 Virginia at Florida State
16 South Carolina home vs. Mercer
17 Arizona vs. Oklahoma, Dallas Baptist, & Missouri Frisco Classic, Frisco, Tex.
18 Michigan vs. Iowa Big Ten Central Texas Challenge, Round Rock, Tex.
19 Arizona State home vs. Utah
20 Georgia home vs. North Florida
21 TCU vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas State, & Sam Houston Shriner's Classic, Houston, Tex.
22 Auburn home vs. Boston College
23 Ohio State vs. Illinois Greenville, S.C.
24 NC State home vs. No. 7 Miami
25 Florida Atlantic home/away vs. Florida Gulf Coast
Kentucky home v Ball St
Tennessee home vs Georgia St
Alabama away vs Charleston
Missouri vs Dallas Baptist, Oklahoma, Arizona Frisco Classic, Frisco, Tex.
Texas A&M home vs New Mexico St