Steve: LSU baseball in rocky patch but can recover

After losing 5 of their last 7 games, LSU has a huge series this weekend against Arkansas.

Steve Geller
April 04, 2017 - 1:50 pm

LSU baseball has stumbled across a bit of a rocky patch.  They've lost 5 of their last 7 and have dropped significantly in the plethora of collegiate baseball polls out there. Still, Coach Paul Mainieri urges fans not to press the panic button just yet as his teams sits 19-10 overall and 5-4 in SEC play.

"Our starting pitching has been outstanding, our defense has been outstanding; our offense has been up and down," said the Tigers skipper. "You'd like to have a little more consistency with your offense and then your bullpen to."

Since shellacking Georgia 22-9 in their SEC opener, the Bayou Bengals baseball team is averaging juts 4 runs a game and have been shutout twice.  The lack of run support has really been frustrating to watch for top starter Alex Lange. He's 0-2 in his last 2 outings but has tossed 16 innings while giving up just 3 runs and striking out a total of 19.

Meanwhile, the bullpen Mainieri mentioned was just victimized on Saturday as the Tigers saw a 3-0 9th inning lead vanish. That game ended in a 4-3 defeat to Texas A&M, which also resulted in an Aggies series win.  It was a big ol' punch to the gut, and LSU now sits in 4th place in the Western Division.  Mississippi State has a one game advantage while Auburn and Arkansas are ahead by two.   

Sure, the season is young still; but this weekend in Fayetteville is a big deal for LSU. They could easily claw their way up in the standings by taking it to the the Hogs. On the flipside, if the inability to put a team to bed persists, a further fall will follow.  Going on the road is also a huge hurdle as the Bayou Bengals are just 2-6 away from Alex Box stadium this season.  Coach Mainieri understands all the criticism that comes with his gig and will not let it deter him or his ballcub.  

"There's no way I'm giving up. We still have a good team and there is a lot of baseball left to play."  

Before a 3 game set against the Razorbacks, LSU will look to start build up some confidence in the bullpen tonight.  Freshman Todd Peterson will be the starter on the mound versus Grambling but wont last long.  Mainieri will dip into the pen early and often to get a good look-see at his relievers before Arkansas. First pitch in "the Box" for this Tiger vs Tiger tussle is at 6:30pm.

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