Saturday’s pitching matchup
LSU RHP Ryan Eades
Record /ERA: 8-1, 2.81
POSTSEASON: Blame the weather or Eades’ recent track record, But in last week’s NCAA regional, he struggled with command and rhythm. Eades went just 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. But he hit two batters, walked three more and threw a wild pitch. “It wasn’t worth a damn,” Eades said of his outing.
SCOUTING REPORT: Eades can work in the mid-90s with his fastball, but his command needs to be sharper. His changeup, working between 79 and 82 mph, has good break and command. It’s useful in unusual counts to hitters. There’s his “slurvy” curveball in the low 80s, too.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “Eades is similar to what we have with (Dillon) Overton. He can run it up there 90-plus but he can be a finesse guy when he needs to.”
— Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway
OU LHP Dillon Overton
RECORD/ERA: 9-2, 2.91
POSTSEASON: Overton, fresh off a bout with tendinitis in his throwing arm, was steady last week in a no decision against Connecticut during the Sooners’ 5-3 victory. The junior went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Critically, he was efficient over 83 pitches.
SCOUTING REPORT: Since his injury, Overton’s velocity has dropped, hanging mostly around 85-88 mph. He only touched 90 mph twice last week. He relies on his changeup more than ace Jonathan Gray. Right-handed lineups, such as LSU’s, tend to see a progression of fastball, changeups and a curve thrown in.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “He’s just a pitch-ability lefty, and kind of like what we’ve seen from the guys at South Carolina and Kentucky. Not a soft-tossing lefty, though.”
— LSU assistant coach Will Davis