Baseball Set for Weather-Adjusted Weekend vs. BC

by Bill Franques
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Baseball Set for Weather-Adjusted Weekend vs. BC

BATON ROUGE, La. – Second-ranked LSU (3-1) plays host to Boston College (2-2) in a three-game series beginning at 2 p.m. CT Friday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The teams will play two games on Friday at 2 p.m. CT and at 7 p.m. CT. The final game of the series will start at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday.

Due to a forecast of severe weather in the Baton Rouge area on Sunday, the schedule for the series was adjusted so that all three games may be played.

The game that was originally scheduled to be played on Sunday was moved to 2 p.m. on Friday. The 2 p.m. game will be followed by the regularly-scheduled 7 p.m. game, and the series will conclude with a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday. All of the games will be nine innings in length.

Fans should use their Game #7 ticket in order to be admitted to Friday’s 2 p.m. game. The stadium will be cleared after the 2 p.m. game, and fans will be re-admitted for Friday’s 7 p.m. game with their Game #5 ticket.

Fans should use their Game #6 ticket for admission to Saturday’s 3 p.m. game.

Friday’s games may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Saturday’s game will be carried in Baton Rouge on WTGE-FM 100.7. Live audio and stats for all three games may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net.

All three LSU-Boston College games may viewed live online on SEC Network +, accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app.

LSU experienced its first loss of the season Wednesday night, as the Tigers dropped a 6-3 decision to Nicholls State. The Tigers began the year with a three-game sweep of Kansas last weekend.

Boston College has two wins in its first four games, splitting two games with Xavier, defeating South Carolina-Upstate and suffering a loss to Wofford.

Friday’s 2 p.m. game will mark the first meeting between LSU and Boston College in baseball.

“Boston College plays in one of the best baseball conferences in the nation in the ACC, so they know how to compete at a high level,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We’re looking forward to the weekend, because it’s an opportunity for us to improve and continue to develop into the team we want to be.”

LSU will employ the same pitching rotation it used in the Kansas series – sophomore left-hander Jared Poche’ in Game 1, freshman right-hander Alex Lange in Game 2 and freshman right-hander Jake Godfrey in Game 3.

Poche’ delivered an impressive performance in Friday’s season-opening win over Kansas, limiting the Jayhawks to just two hits in six shutout innings with one walk and five strikeouts. He allowed just two singles, and he fired 84 pitches in the outing to earn the win and clinch LSU’s 14th-straight season-opening victory.

Lange was brilliant in his collegiate baseball debut on Saturday versus Kansas, limiting the Jayhawks to just two hits in five shutout innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. He did not allow a Jayhawk runner to advance beyond second base, and he fired 71 pitches in the outing to earn the win and clinch a series victory for the Tigers. Lange earned SEC Freshman of the Week recognition Monday from the league office.

Godfrey worked 3.2 innings in his collegiate debut last Sunday against Kansas, allowing one earned run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

The Tigers, hitting .312 as a team, are led at the plate by senior catcher Kade Scivicque, who is batting .417 with one double, one homer and three RBI. Junior rightfielder Mark Laird is hitting .400 with one RBI, five runs and three steals, while junior DH/first baseman Chris Chinea is batting .375 with two RBI and three runs.

Boston College is hitting .296 as a team through four games with two homers and seven steals in 10 attempts. Senior infielder Blake Butera is batting .435 with two doubles and one RBI, junior outfielder Logan Hoggarth is hitting .389 with one RBI and three runs, and sophomore utility player Michael Strem is also batting .389 with four doubles and three RBI.

Boston College Eagles (2-2) at #2 LSU Fighting Tigers (3-1)

DATES/TIMES
Friday, Feb. 20 (two games) – 2 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. CT
Saturday, Feb. 21 – 3 p.m. CT

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

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 2 by Baseball America; No. 4 by USA Today; No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball
BC – unranked

RADIO
Friday – LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates (Eagle 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge)
Saturday – WTGE 100.7 FM in Baton Rouge
LSUsports.net – live audio and live stats for all three games

ONLINE TELECAST
All three games may be viewed on SEC Network +, accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app

SERIES RECORD
First Meeting

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1
LSU – So. LHP Jared Poche’ (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO)
BC – Sr. RHP John Gorman (0-0, 5.06 ERA, 5.1 IP, 1 BB, 8 SO)

Game 2
LSU – Fr. RHP Alex Lange (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 1 BB, 7 SO)
BC – Jr. RHP Jeff Burke (0-0, 9.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO)

Game 3
LSU – Fr. RHP Jake Godfrey (0-0, 2.45 ERA, 3.2 IP, 3 BB, 3 SO)
BC – Sr. LHP Nick Poore (0-0, 5.06 ERA, 5.1 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO)