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.
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)
Top 25 and SEC in action - 3/5/21
|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|