LSU baseball takes on the Longhorns

Steve Geller
February 23, 2018 - 11:34 am

LSU baseball is off to a 2-2 start after leading off the season against Notre Dame and UNO.  The Tigers are down a starting shortstop in Josh Smith, have a questionable Zach Watson after the outfielder strained an oblique; and they haven't been able to find any starting pitching. And now they welcome the Texas Longhorns to town! 

Former Tulane skipper David Pierce is in his 2nd season manning UT. His 2017 squad finished 39-24 overall while going 11-12 in the Big 12. He took over the Longhorns reigns from college baseball legend Augie Garrido, who was a five time College World Series champion. 

Pierce's 2018 squad is off to a 3-1 start after opening the year at home. They took 2 of 3 from UL Lafayette before beating Lamar. The bus-ride to Baton Rouge is their first road action of the season. Pitching has dominated for Texas; their staff currently has a combined earned run average of 1.25. The offense hasn't clicked  that well yet hitting .236, have manufactured 16 runs, and have 1 home run.  

They'll look to tee-off on an LSU pitching staff who's ERA is an inflated 7.50. The weekend starters gave up 16 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings to open the year. They only difference Mainieri made for this series was flip-flopping Zach Hess and Caleb Gilbert on Friday and Saturday. At the plate, the Bayou Bengals struggled with runners in scoring position against the Irish but fared better against the Privateers. LSU is currently batting .252 as a team and have scored 29 runs and have belted 4 homers.  

Friday - 7pm first pitch on WWL AM FM

LSU – Soph. RHP Zack Hess (30.86 ERA, 2.1 IP, 6 BB, 2 SO)
Texas – Jr. RHP Nolan Kingham (0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 1 BB, 10 SO)

Saturday - 6:30pm first pitch on WWL AM FM 

LSU – Jr. RHP Caleb Gilbert (10.38 ERA, 4.1 IP, 0 BB, 2 SO)
Texas – Jr. RHP Chase Shugart (0.00 ERA, 6.2 IP, 0 BB, 3 SO)
Sunday  - 2pm first pitch on WWL AM FM

LSU – Soph. RHP Todd Peterson (6.75 ERA, 4.0 IP, 4 BB, 2 SO)
Texas – Soph. RHP Blair Henley (1.80 ERA, 5.0 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO)

*The last time these 2 team met...was in the College World Series Finals in 2009 ;) 

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