Let’s start out with a major quote from LSU Head Coach Paul Maineri. “Certainly there are a lot of things we need to do to get back on track. We’re only 12 games into the season, and you learn a lot about your team as the season wears on. I’m certainly learning a lot about our team, and there will definitely be some changes. One of those changes will be to get (second baseman) Cade Doughty back in the lineup (after a shoulder injury). I feel strongly that he is not only one of the best players on our team, but in our league. Having Cade back gives us a much better balance in our lineup; we’re hopeful that he can play on Tuesday night, and once he gets back in there, it’s going to make a big difference for us.”
Step one to getting LSU back on track, have Cade Doughty return to the roster after a small shoulder injury. The fact that Maineri lists him as hopeful is definitely a great sign as conference play approaches.
The Bayou Bengals take on the Tigers of Texas Southern, with Freshman Javen Coleman taking the mound where he hopes to keep his momentum going after pitching an inning in the Oral Roberts series and recording 2 strikeouts in the process. Previously he started against Nicholls State and had a not so great showing allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in just 1.2 innings pitched.
LSU leads the overall series 4-0 and with a good outing from Coleman expect that to extend to 5-0. Expect to see a motivated LSU team tonight. The way to growth is to learn from your mistakes.
A few things I will be paying attention to tonight and tomorrow(LSU vs UNO) will be the catcher situation. I am sure that we will see both Alex Milazzo and Jake Wyeth behind the plate. Also, with Doughty potentially back that means that Zach Arnold will more than likely take over at shortstop again.
Texas Southern enters this game on a 3 game winning streak after sweeping Prairie View over the weekend. Prior to that, they were 0-9.
Final prediction from me is LSU 15 Texas Southern 4.