Grading LSU baseball in sweep of Bryant University

Kristian Garic
February 25, 2019 - 12:02 pm

No. 2 LSU remains unbeaten through seven games. The Tigers swept Bryant University this past weekend, with two lopsided victories Friday and Saturday. The Tigers finished the series with a one run victory in game three. Here are the Tigers’ grades in the series.

Pitching: Friday night’s starter Zack Hess had a much better outing than he did opening weekend. Hess pitched 5 innings, giving up one run on four hits with six strikeouts. The Bullpen struggled in the eventual 13-6 victory. Erik Walker pitched 1 and 2/3rds innings, giving up 3 runs on 1 hit. Walker struggled with command, issuing two walks; he also hit a batter before being lifted. Mathew Beck didn’t record an out in his appearance out of the bullpen walking two hitters, before Paul Maineiri decided he saw enough. Saturday freshman Landon Marceaux was roughed up a bit in 5 and 2/3rd innings of work, gave 5 hits and 5 runs with 4 strikeouts. Staked to a comfortable lead throughout the game, the Tigers bullpen would cruise in relief of Marceaux. Sunday Jaden Hill was strong once again leading LSU to a 4-3 win. Closer Todd Peterson ended up with the win, after the Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning.

  • Starting Pitching Grade: B+
  • Relief Pitching Grade: B-

Hitting: LSU pounded Bryant in the first two games scoring a combined 30 runs in the first 18 innings of the series. Josh Smith continued his torrid start to the season smashing baseballs and setting the table for the rest of the Tigers lineup at the top of the order. Antoine Duplantis did what he does and that’s drive in runs. Duplantis hit his third home run of the season in the series. Hal Hughes is producing at the bottom of the lineup.

  • Hitting Grade: A+

Defense: LSU has been careless at times on defense, committing three errors this series, and that’s starting to alarm me. LSU committed 8 errors in 7 games. That’s not going to cut it in the SEC. It’s the single thing that Paul Mainieri will harp on before the Tigers get into conference play. Mainieiri chalks it up right now to new players at a couple of positions, but at some point those players have to settle in.

  • Defensive grade: B-

Coaching: As is the case most weekends with Paul Mainieri, he was pretty much flawless. I love how Mainieri deploys the hit and run and remains aggressive with base runners. LSU also shows the propensity to try and bunt a little more this year, and that’s a strategy that could come into play in a tight SEC game later in the season. I thought Allen Dunn managed the pitching staff really well.

  • Coaching Grade: A+

The Tigers are back in action Tuesday night at home, taking on South Alabama, before they travel this weekend to Texas for three games on the road against the Longhorns.

Overall Grade: A

 

 

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