Louisiana Meets LSU In Super Regional – Inside The Numbers
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun baseball team continues postseason play on Saturday night, when they travel to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers in the opening game of a best-of-three game NCAA Super Regional series.
First-pitch is scheduled for 7 o’clock, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on Sports Radio ESPN 1420 & espn1420.com, as well as News Talk 96.5 KPEL-FM, beginning with the pregame show at 6:30 pm.
On-line streaming will be available on espn1420.com only.
Louisiana, who won the Houston, Texas Regional last weekend, going undefeated at 3-0, has won 8-straight, including 11 of their last 12, and will enter the series with an overall record of 42-21.
The Cajuns are in Super Regional play for the second-consecutive year, and the fifth time in program history.
LSU, the #2-overall national seed, marched through the Baton Rouge Regional last weekend with a perfect 3-0 record, and will enter the weekend with an overall record of 51-10, winners of 7 of their last 8.
The Tigers are appearing in their 11th Super Regional series, and first since 2013.
Offensively, the Cajuns are hitting a .273, along with 56 home runs, 336 runs batted in, and 81 stolen bases in 118 attempts, while out-scoring the opposition, 379-248.
UL is led at the plate by junior second baseman Stefan Trosclair, who is hitting a .333 with 16 home runs, 53 runs batted in, and 15 stolen bases, and junior outfielder Kyle Clement, who will enter the series with a .342 batting average, to go along with 8 homers, 31 RBI's, and 9 steals.
Pitching-wise, Louisiana sports an overall, combined, team ERA. of 3.33, compared to a 5.28 for the opposition, while holding foes to a .245 batting average against.
A couple of freshman headline the Louisiana staff, in left-handed starter Gunner Leger, who is 6-4 with a 2.87 ERA., and right-handed reliever Dylan Moore, who is 3-2 with a 1.42 ERA., along with a school-record 13 saves.
Both were recently selected to the 2015 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team.
The Tigers are currently hitting a .319 as a team, to go along with 47 homers, 394 RBI’s, and 123 stolen bases in 159 attempts.
LSU is paced at the plate by junior outfielder Andrew Stevenson, who is hitting a .368 with 21 steals to his credit, and sophomore first baseman Chris Chinea, who is batting a .367, to go along with 11 homers and 58 RBI's, which leads the team in both categories.
On the hill, the Tigers feature right-hander Alex Lange, the 2015 National Freshman Freshman of the Year, sporting a perfect 11-0 record, to go along with a sparkling 1.76 ERA., and left-hander Alex Poche, who is 8-1 with a 3.05 ERA.
LSU, as a team, has accumulated a team ERA. of a 2.84, while holding opponents to a .228 batting average against.
Game two of the series will be on Sunday night, at either 5 or 6 o'clock.
A third game, if necessary, would be played on Monday, at a time to be determined.