What a start for LSU Baseball in 2021! Take out the unfortunate game two loss to Air Force and this Tiger team is performing at elite levels. To date, the biggest challenge has been top 30 Louisiana- Lafayette and LSU came out victorious on the road 11-2.
This weekend’s challenge will be a 2-6 Oral Roberts team that is struggling a tad offensively, hitting .223 as a team but they do have some quality pitching led by Isaac Coffey. Coffey has a 1.54ERA in 11.2 IP with 16K’s to just 1BB and an opponent batting average of just .167. Coffey is also a two-way player and is 2-5 with a double and a RBI.
Offensively, The Golden Eagles are led by Ryan Cash and Caleb Denny. Cash leads the team with 10 hits and is hitting .323 on the season while Denny has 9 hits, 3 Home Runs and is batting .290. The Golden Eagles are 4-9 on stolen base attempts, while opponents are 8-11.
LSU is led by great pitching and a young group of players that are enjoying the long ball early in the season. The Tigers lead the nation with 21 home runs and seem to be bringing back the old school “Geauxrilla Ball” days. They rank 8th nationally in hits with 96. This is a very positive change and can be credited to second year hitting coach Eddie Smith.
Dylan Crews is the highest ranked prospect to come to college after turning away about $2,000,000 to come to Baton Rouge. He would’ve more than likely been a first to early second round draft pick, but really wanted to come to college and he has not disappointed at all. He is hitting .457 with 16 hits, 5 home runs and an OBP of .568 as the leadoff hitter. He has power and can hit the ball out of the park anywhere in the stadium as he has already proven in just nine games. He has recorded a hit in every game and the last player to do this was Antoine Duplantis and his streak was 19 games in a row to start his career. Crews really reminds me of Alex Bregman with his approach at the plate. He plays like a seasoned veteran and he also has a very strong arm in right field.
LSU is dealing with an injury bug currently with two starters out. Gio DiGiacomo has a leg injury and Cade Doughty has a shoulder injury. Thankfully neither ended up being as serious as feared and both may be back just in time for SEC play. In their absence there has been zero drop off in production at the plate and Brody Drost has emerged and is hitting .444 with 8 hits and 2 home runs.
Landon Marceaux, Jaden Hill and AJ Labas should be the starting trio this weekend and all three have flashed some brilliance already. Combined, Marceaux and Hill have thrown 21 innings and have a 0.00 ERA. Labas has thrown 8.1 innings with 14K’s. Labas has been hit on but his stuff is good. Pitch placement is key and with the warmer weather approaching, expect to see him get dialed in.
Prediction: LSU gets the sweep. Crews will extend his hit streak and will have another exceptional weekend. LSU has won seven in a row and look for that streak to be at 10 after Sunday.