Non-conference play is over, and it is time to find out if these LSU Tigers are as great as we think they are.
After another 5-0 week for LSU last week, they started off this week strong with a 16-0 victory over New Orleans in its midweek game.
Tommy White has returned at third base, which put Tre Morgan back at his original spot, first base.
Here, we will break down our takeaways as LSU is heading into conference play on the road against No. 11 Texas A&M this coming weekend. We’ll discuss the play of Thatcher Hurd and Jared Jones, fielding percentage, strikeouts and stolen bases.
Freshman 1st baseman Jared Jones, who hit 2 home runs tonight, says he needed to simplify things at the plate. Jones said he was looking for a ball to his barrel on. pic.twitter.com/FC7ARmMHEV
— Cole Hernandez (@Ct_hernandez) March 11, 2023
Jared Jones had an unreal week. He went six for 10 with four homers, 11 RBI and five runs scored as he helped LSU sweep Samford in the last non-conference series before the Tigers travel to Texas A&M. Between him and Cade Beloso, LSU looks to be in a nice place at first base.
LSU finished last in the conference last season with a 96% fielding percentage. 96% would be great for a lot of things, but that won’t cut it if you want to win the College World Series. But this season, LSU is first in the SEC with a fielding percentage of 99%. The Tigers are also top five in the conference in double plays with 10.
LSU ranks as the No. 4 team in the SEC with 122 strikeouts. Usually, being highly ranked is a good thing. Not this time. When you get into tough conference games, regional, super regionals and maybe even the College World Series, having a lot of strikeouts will get you eliminated.
Last season, LSU was the second-worst team in the SEC as far as steal attempts are concerned. The Tigers were 22-29 in steals on the season. The only team that attempted fewer steals was the Georgia Bulldogs, which went 20-24 on steals. The next closest team was Alabama at 51. As for this season, not much has changed on that front. LSU is last in the conference in steals with only 10 so far. That hasn’t caused any issues so far, but it will be worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
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