LSU Baseball Update: Tigers move ahead after another SEC series win

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LSU Baseball Report – April 17, 2017
Overall Record: 25-12 SEC: 9-6

Last Week’s Results (3-1)
April 11 (Tue.) – vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (W, 3-2)
April 13 (Thu.) – OLE MISS (W, 15-2)
April 14 (Fri.) – OLE MISS (L, 1-4)
April 15 (Sat.) – OLE MISS (W, 3-2)

This Week’s Schedule
April 18 (Tue.) – LAMAR, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 21 (Fri.) – at Kentucky, 5:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 22 (Sat.) – at Kentucky, 5:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
April 23 (Sun.) – at Kentucky, 12 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won three of four games last week, including a 2-1 series win against Ole Miss in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field … the series win was LSU’s 19th straight over the Rebels in Baton Rouge; the last series win for Ole Miss on LSU’s home field came in 1982 … Junior rightfielder Greg Deichmann batted .412 (7-for-17) in the Tigers’ four games last week with two doubles, two homers, six RBI, three runs and one stolen base … in LSU’s series win over Ole Miss, Deichmann hit. 385 (5-for-13) with one double, two homers, six RBI, three runs and one steal … Deichmann launched a grand slam in Thursday’s 15-2 win over Ole Miss, the second grand slam of his career … his first career grand slam came last season in the NCAA Regional versus Rice … Deichmann also provided a solo homer in the third inning of Game 3 on Saturday that gave LSU a 2-1 lead and proved to be the game-winning hit, as the Tigers never lost the lead and posted a 3-2 victory … Deichmann leads LSU this season in batting average (.345), home runs (12) and RBI (43) … junior right-hander Alex Lange defeated Ole Miss on Thursday, limiting the Rebels to no runs on just three hits in seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts … Lange, who threw 92 pitches in the outing, had a perfect game through the first four innings of the contest … he did not allow an Ole Miss player to advance beyond second base, and he recorded his 24th career win in three seasons at LSU … Lange increased his strikeout total this season to 69, which No. 3 in the SEC … freshman right-hander Eric Walker recorded his fifth win in five decisions this season with a victory on Saturday over Ole Miss … Walker limited the Rebels to two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings with no walks and five strikeouts … Walker increased his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 18 before the Rebels scored a run against him in the top of the third inning on Saturday … Walker had previously fired seven scoreless innings on April 1 versus Texas A&M, and he recorded a complete-game shutout on April 9 at Arkansas … sophomore leftfielder Antoine Duplantis hit .400 (4-for-10) in the Ole Miss series with one double, four RBI and three runs scored … freshman centerfielder Zach Watson enters Tuesday’s game versus Lamar riding an 11-game hitting streak; Watson is batting .359 (14-for-39) during the streak with two doubles, one triple, one homer, three RBI, six runs and two stolen bases.

Next Game
Lamar Cardinals (22-15) at #8 LSU Fighting Tigers (25-12)
Prostate Cancer Awareness Game

DATE/TIME
Tuesday, April 18 – 6:30 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field (10,326) in Baton Rouge, La.

RANKINGS
LSU –No. 8 USA Today; No. 9 Baseball America; No. 12 Collegiate Baseball
Lamar – unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network; in Baton Rouge on WDGL 98.1 FM
Radio broadcast and live stats for all LSU baseball games are available at www.LSUsports.net

ONLINE
SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app

SERIES RECORD
· Lamar leads the all-times series with LSU, 6-5, as the teams’ first meeting came in 1984. LSU and Lamar are matching up for the sixth consecutive season (2012-17).

· The Cardinals defeated the Tigers, 12-11, last season (Feb. 24) in Beaumont, Texas, after trailing, 8-0, going into the bottom of the second inning. Last year’s Lamar win broke the Tigers’ five-game win streak in the series.

· The teams met for four straight seasons (2012-15) in Baton Rouge prior to last year’s game in Beaumont – LSU defeated Lamar, 5-4, on April 18, 2012; the Tigers posted an 8-1 win over the Cardinals on February 19, 2013; LSU blanked Lamar, 5-0, on April 9, 2014; and the Tigers recorded an 11-2 win over the Cardinals on April 15, 2015.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU – So. RHP Caleb Gilbert (1-1, 3.22 ERA, 22.1 IP, 4 BB, 29 SO)
Lamar – Jr. LHP Ryan Johnson (1-0, 1.35 ERA, 6.2 IP, 7 BB, 4 SO)

BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 8 LSU (25-12) plays host to Lamar (22-15) at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Tuesday’s contest is LSU’s annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Game, as the Tigers will wear blue batting helmets in support of the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer in men.

The game will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge), and the radio broadcast may be heard at www.LSUsports.net/live,

The game may be viewed online in SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

LSU won three of four games last week, including a 2-1 series win against Ole Miss in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The series win was LSU’s 19th straight over the Rebels in Baton Rouge; the last series win for Ole Miss on LSU’s home field came in 1982.

The Tigers, who are just two games out of first place in the SEC standings with a 9-6 conference mark, are hitting .295 as a team with 32 homers and 40 steals in 58 attempts.

Lamar, which is 9-9 in Southland Conference action, is hitting .282 on the year with 30 homers and 19 steals in 23 attempts. The Cardinals are coached by Will Davis, a former LSU player and assistant coach in his first year at the helm of the Lamar program.

“I’m so proud of Will, and he’s doing a tremendous job at Lamar,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I knew he would do a great job, and they’re only going to continue to get better under his leadership. It will be a kind of awkward feeling coaching against Will, because I love him and I’m very proud of him. We’re just going to have to put our friendship on hold for about three hours tomorrow night.”

Junior rightfielder Greg Deichmann, who leads LSU in homers (12) and RBI (43), batted .412 (7-for-17) in the Tigers’ four games last week with two doubles, two homers, six RBI, three runs and one stolen base. In LSU’s series win over Ole Miss, Deichmann hit. 385 (5-for-13) with one double, two homers, six RBI, three runs and one steal.

Deichmann launched a grand slam in Thursday’s 15-2 win over Ole Miss, the second grand slam of his career. He also provided a solo homer in the third inning of Game 3 on Saturday that gave LSU a 2-1 lead and proved to be the game-winning hit, as the Tigers never lost the lead and posted a 3-2 victory.

LSU sophomore leftfielder Antoine Duplantis hit .400 (4-for-10) in the Ole Miss series with one double, four RBI and three runs scored. Freshman centerfielder Zach Watson enters Tuesday’s game versus Lamar riding an 11-game hitting streak – Watson is batting .359 (14-for-39) during the streak with two doubles, one triple, one homer, three RBI, six runs and two stolen bases.

Sophomore infielder Robin Adames leads Lamar in RBI with 33, and he is hitting .342 with 11 doubles and four home runs. Senior outfielder Reid Russell is batting .336 with seven homers and 32 RBI, and senior infielder Trey Silvers is hitting .294 with five homers and 32 RBI. Senior outfielder Cutter McDowell is hitting a team-best .358 and leads the Cardinals in doubles with 18.

Polls
Baseball America Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1. Oregon State, 30-2, 1
2. Louisville, 31-4, 2
3. North Carolina, 29-7, 4
4. Texas Tech, 31-8, 6
5. Clemson, 30-6, 5
6. Arizona, 26-9, 7
7. TCU, 28-7, 3
8. Cal State Fullerton, 23-11, 8
9. LSU, 25-12, 9
10. Auburn, 27-11, 10
11. Mississippi State, 25-13, 13
12. Long Beach State, 22-12, 12
13. Virginia, 29-9, 14
14. Kentucky, 25-12, 15
15. Florida, 24-12, 16
16. Arkansas, 29-8, 19
17. Wake Forest, 28-10, 20
18. Michigan, 29-7, 23
19. Oklahoma, 27-12, 11
20. Southern Miss, 28-9, 21
21. West Virginia, 21-13, NR
22. St. John’s, 26-5, 24
23. Texas A&M, 26-11, NR
24. Houston, 25-10, NR
25. Oregon, 23-10, 22

Dropped out: South Carolina (17), Stanford (18), Connecticut (25)

Perfect Game Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Previous
1, Oregon State, 30-2, 1
2, Louisville, 31-4, 2
3, North Carolina, 29-7, 5
4, Clemson, 30-6, 4
5, TCU, 28-7, 3
6, Texas Tech, 31-8, 6
7, Arizona, 26-9, 7
8, Cal State Fullerton, 23-11, 9
9, Florida, 24-12, 10
10, LSU, 25-12, 12
11, Arkansas, 29-8, 13
12, Houston, 25-10, 11
13, Kentucky, 25-12, 15
14, Virginia, 29-9, 17
15, Auburn, 27-11, 18
16, Mississippi State, 25-13, 20
17, Long Beach State, 22-12, 23
18, Wake Forest, 28-10, 25
19, Michigan, 29-7, NR
20, South Carolina, 22-13, 8
21, Southern Miss, 28-9, 22
22, Mercer, 32-6, NR
23, Stanford, 19-12, 16
24, Oklahoma, 27-12, 14
25, South Florida, 29-7, 21

Also considered: San Diego, Maryland, West Virginia, Texas A&M, St. John’s.

Dropped Out: Vanderbilt (19), Florida State (24).

D1Baseball.com Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Rank
1, Oregon State, 30-2, 1
2, Louisville, 31-4, 2
3, Clemson, 30-6, 4
4, North Carolina, 29-7, 5
5, Texas Tech, 31-8, 6
6, TCU, 28-7, 3
7, Arizona, 26-9, 7
8, Cal State Fullerton, 23-11, 8
9, LSU, 25-12, 9
10, Kentucky, 25-12, 10
11, Auburn, 27-11, 11
12, Florida, 24-12, 12
13, Michigan, 29-7, 13
14, Arkansas, 29-8, 15
15, Mississippi State, 25-13, 21
16, Southern Miss, 28-9, 16
17, Long Beach State, 22-12, 19
18, Wake Forest, 28-10, 24
19, Virginia, 29-9, 20
20, Texas A&M, 26-11, NR
21, West Virginia, 21-13, NR
22, St. John’s, 26-5, 22
23, Houston, 25-10, 23
24, South Carolina, 22-13, 14
25, San Diego, 25-9, 25

Dropped Out
17, Stanford, 19-12
18, Oklahoma, 27-12

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