Weekend Preview: LSU Travels to Minute Maid Park for the Shriner’s Classic

Shriner’s Hospitals for Children College Classic 2020 Logo. Photo Credit- mlb.com

After coming off a solid 7-1 victory over Louisiana Tech the LSU Tigers travel to Houston, TX to participate in the 2020 Shriner’s College Classic this weekend. In what will feature a Big-12 v. SEC challenge the Tigers will play 3 games, one against each of the three Big-12 teams that were invited.

Game 1 for LSU will be against the Texas Longhorns on Friday night at 7:00pm CST. LSU is looking to get revenge on the Longhorns after getting swept in 3 games in Austin last season. LSU will go with Friday night starter Cole Henry (1-1, 1.00 ERA). Texas will counter with Bryce Elder (2-0, 1.38 ERA). The Longhorns are still undefeated after coming off a weekend sweep of college baseball newcomers, Boise State. Texas shutout Boise State on Friday, took a 2-1 victory on Saturday, and needed 10 innings to get the win 7-5 on Sunday.

“Anytime it’s Texas-LSU, that’s going to get people excited,” Mainieri said. “I would expect there to be a huge crowd. We’ve got to save face for the SEC. Obviously, we’re going to play three great clubs this weekend.”

LSU Coach Paul Mainieri on playing Texas. Credit Glenn Guilbeau The Daily Advertiser.

LSU will take on the Baylor Bears Saturday at 3:00pm CST in middle game of day 2, Saturday. The Bears come into the tournament with a 5-3 record. Baylor has a series victory over Nebraska and midweek wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and UT-Rio Grand Valley to their credit and a series loss to Oral Roberts. LSU will go with Saturday starter Landon Marceaux (1-0, 2.19 ERA). Baylor has not announced their starter as of yet.

The Tigers will close out their weekend on Sunday at 11:00am CST against No. 15 Oklahoma. The Sooners are 7-2 on the season. Oklahoma comes into the weekend winners of 5 of their last 6 games. Tanner Treadway won Big 12 player of week, hitting .500 with 8 extra base hits. LSU will start A. J. Labas (1-1, 3.97 ERA) against the Sooners.

After tweaking with his starting lineup in the first two weeks, LSU coach Paul Mainieri, seems to have found a starting 9 he’s happy with. Expect LSU to feature this lineup over the weekend:

  • 3B – Zach Mathis
  • C – Alex Milazzo
  • 1B – Cade Beloso
  • RF – Daniel Cabrera
  • DH – Saul Garza
  • 2B – Cade Doughty
  • CF – Giovanni DiGiacomo
  • LF – Maurice Hampton Jr.
  • SS – Collier Cranford

After a somewhat of a slow start (by LSU standards) LSU can really get some momentum by playing well as SEC play is just around the corner when the tigers take on Ole Miss on March 13th.

LSU fans can catch all three of the Tigers’ games in Houston on Cox Sports Television (CST).

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