April 26 LSU Baseball Report

by Bill Franques | Sr. Associate Communications Director
April 26 LSU Baseball Report

LSU Baseball Report – April 26, 2021
Overall Record:  24-15
Last Week’s Results (3-1)
April 20 (Tue.) – UL-MONROE (W, 5-0) 
April 22 (Thu.) – at Ole Miss (W, 5-4)
April 23 (Fri.) – at Ole Miss (W, 7-2)
April 24 (Sat.) – at Ole Miss (L, 9-10)

This Week’s Schedule
April 27 (Tue.) – GRAMBLING STATE, 4 p.m. CT (SEC Network +) 
April 30 (Fri.) – ARKANSAS, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
May 1 (Sat.) – ARKANSAS, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
May 2 (Sun.) – ARKANSAS, 2 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

Notes on the Tigers
LSU has a No. 22 RPI in Monday’s updated official NCAA rankings, up five spots from its No. 27 ranking a week ago … the Tigers are currently ranked No. 1 in strength of schedule, having played the most difficult schedule in the nation through the first 10 weeks of the season … LSU is No. 3 in the nation (tied with Auburn) in home runs with 55 dingers this season … Arkansas is No. 1 in homers with 72, and Old Dominion is No. 2 with 62 … the Tigers posted a series win at No. 9 Ole Miss last weekend, batting .319 (37-for-116) in the three-game set … the Tigers outhit Ole Miss, 37-33, and LSU outscored the Rebels, 21-16.

Tre’ Morgan
Freshman first baseman Tre’ Morgan helped lead the Tigers to three wins in four games last week, including an SEC series victory at ninth-ranked Ole Miss … Morgan, the Tigers’ lead-off hitter,  batted .500 (9-for-18) in four games with one double, three RBI, five runs scored, one steal and a .550 on-base percentage … in LSU’s series win at Ole Miss, Morgan hit .571 (8-for-14) with three RBI, four runs scored, one stolen base and a .625 on-base percentage … in the Tigers’ Game 1 win over Ole Miss on Thursday night, Morgan delivered a two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh inning, narrowing the Rebels’ lead to 4-3 … Morgan then scored when the next batter, rightfielder Dylan Crews, homered to give LSU a 5-4 lead it would not relinquish … Morgan is hitting .354 (52-for-147) on the year with 11 doubles, three triples, four homers, 41 runs scored, 30 RBI and 10 stolen bases … Morgan is currently riding a 10-game hit streak – his second-longest of the season – he had an 11-game hit streak earlier this year … 

AJ Labas
Junior right-hander AJ Labas fired the first complete game in three years by an LSU pitcher Friday night when he defeated ninth-ranked Ole Miss … Labas limited Ole Miss – which entered the series No. 2 in the SEC in team batting average (.301) – to two runs on 10 hits in nine innings with one walk and six strikeouts … he threw a career-high 126 pitches in the win, which clinched the SEC series victory for the Tigers … the complete game was the first by an LSU pitcher since April 24, 2018, when Labas himself recorded a nine-inning shutout of Lamar in Baton Rouge … Labas’ 126 pitches were the most thrown by an LSU hurler since June 2, 2012, when Kevin Gausman threw 129 pitches in eight innings against Oregon State in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional … Labas is 3-0 this season with a 3.15 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 60 innings.