SAVE THE TIGER
LSU has had a tough go at it this season. They've lost twice as many SEC games as they've won, one of their starting pitchers went out for the season with an arm injury just as conference games got into full swing, and their hitting is below average in most major statistical categories.
But it’s still LSU. And they’ve won two of their last three SEC series, including last week at Ole Miss. And let’s be honest… weird stuff happens on the bayou.
This cannot become a trap series for the Razorbacks—they must stay focused on winning the series in Baton Rouge and (possibly) gaining in their SEC lead.
How will they secure the series? Let's find out...
▶️ Run It Up: The Tigers' pitching staff has the fourth-worst ERA (4.29) in the conference and they've given up an average of 6.7 runs per game in their last 12 SEC matchups. Not only that, but they've given up at least 9 runs in five of them. Put your foot on the gas and don't let up.
▶️ Limit The Long Ball: LSU is very much a power hitting team. Case in point—the Tigers have blasted 60 home runs, second in the SEC behind only Arkansas’ national-best 74. The good news? The Hogs’ hurlers keep the ball in the park, allowing the third fewest dingers (31) in the league heading into the weekend.
▶️ Crews Control: A key piece to the weekend will be Arkansas’ ability to control LSU freshman star Dylan Crews, who was the highest-rated freshman in the nation to make it to campus. Crews is hitting .362 (fourth in the SEC) with 10 homers (tied for 11th in the SEC).
Arkansas baseball kicks off its series against LSU tonight at 6:00pm CT. You can watch it on SEC Network.