Grades for the first weekend of LSU baseball

Kristian Garic
February 18, 2019 - 1:58 pm

LSU baseball is off to a 3-0 start after beating ULM, Army, and Air Force over the weekend. The Tigers had to engineer two late inning comeback wins in order run the table. Here are my grades for the team following opening weekend.

Pitching: LSU boasts a talented, deep but inexperienced pitching staff especially in the bull pen. Friday night Zach Hess struggled with command, lasting 3 and 2/3 innings. I’m not concerned about Hess, however.  It’s early, and sometimes power pitchers take an outing or two to get into a groove. Freshman Landon Marceaux was outstanding in his debut going 5 and 2/3 innings giving up just two hits and striking out 5 Army hitters. He did issue three walks; and in this game against Army, the bullpen in relief issued four more. Jaden Hill was magnificent. Hill was the starter in a lopsided win on Sunday, and pitched five innings, giving up just one run while striking out eight hitters. The bottom line is the starting pitchers were impressive. The bullpen has some work to do.

  • Starting Pitcher Grade: A
  • Relief Pitcher Grade: C

Hitting: In the opener (12-7 win over ULM) Daniel Cabrera and Antoine Duplantis sparked the Tigers offense with both players hitting two home runs including a bases clearing Grand Slam from Duplantis. In Saturday’s win over Army, LSU needed to rally from down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Cade Beloso was up to the challenge and smacked a three run walk off home run to give the Tigers the lead. The bottom of the line Brock Mathis and Hal Hughes were a combined 0-6 at the plate. In Sunday’s win over Air Force, the Tigers offense exploded for 17 runs on 16 hits. Josh Smith wen 4-4 at the plate with 2 RBI. LSU feasted on a depleted Air Force pitching staff.

  • Hitting Grade: A

Defense: LSU committed three errors in the field this weekend. That’s not going to sit well with Coach Paul Mainieri. Two were in the opener against ULM, which could be chalked up to opening game jitters; but nonetheless, if you commit two errors in one game in the SEC, you’re likely going to lose.

  • Defense Grade: C-
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