LSU pitcher Landon Marceaux

LSU’s season hangs on the right shoulder of Freshman Landon Marceaux

Kristian Garic
June 09, 2019 - 1:31 pm

After a surprising game one loss to Florida State, the LSU Baseball Tigers face elimination today in game two of the NCAA Super Regional.  Freshman Landon Marceaux will make the biggest start of his young and promising career on the bump at Alex Box Stadium.  

Paul Mainieri and the Tigers taxed their bullpen pretty hard in game one using six pitchers; Marceaux has to give LSU a solid six to seven innings on the hill.  

In game one FSU worked 10 walks from LSU, being very patient and selective at the plate.  I would expect Marceaux and others to challenge the FSU lineup.  The Tigers were a little too cute trying to place strikes instead of going right after the Seminoles.  Confidence is fleeting in baseball, and as good as the Tigers felt after the Regional win, they feel pressure today.  Pressure to keep their season alive; pressure to force a game three against FSU. 

LSU faces CJ Van Eyk on the mound for Florida State.  He’s a hard throwing right hander who loves to get ahead early with his fastball and put you away with the off-speed pitch later in the count.  Believe it or not, LSU matches up well against Van Eyk.  Watch for LSU hitters to be aggressive early in the count and hunt fast balls.  If LSU hitters fall behind early in the count against this guy, they will be toast.  

In game one, the Purple & Gold crowd at the Box was tremendous, and times louder than I’ve ever heard.  LSU fans  will be even louder today with the home standing Tigers facing elimination.  LSU will be the visiting team on the scoreboard, but not in the stands.  This is a game where the crowd could have an even bigger impact than in the first game of the series.  

I expect to be at Alex Box Stadium for game three Monday, so do the Tigers. 

Don’t be surprised to see Mainieri shake up the batting order a little bit.  Hal Hughes is a liability at the plate, and I venture to guess he’ll be out of the lineup today.  Giovanni DiGiacomo could be the designated hitter with Cade Beloso sliding over to first base, and Chris Reid moving over to third to replace Hughes defensively.

Game on.  Geaux Tigers! 

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