LSU likely to close 2015 SEC schedule at South Carolina

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman tags out South Carolina's Max Schrock after Schrock made it to the bag safely but slid past it in the eighth inning of a game April 28, 2013, at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers will likely close the 2015 SEC regular season at South Carolina. Show caption
Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman tags out South Carolina's Max Schrock after Schrock made it to the bag safely but slid past it in the eighth inning of a game April 28, 2013, at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers will likely close the 2015 SEC regular season at South Carolina.

The LSU baseball team will end the 2015 regular season by traveling to two-time national champion South Carolina and will host newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri, according to a tentative schedule.

The SEC will release a final schedule this summer.

The Tigers open next season at Alex Box Stadium with a three-game series against Kansas (Feb. 13-15), then host Boston College (Feb. 20-22) and Princeton (Feb. 27-March 1) in three-game weekend series before conference play starts.

LSU caps a season-opening 17-game nonconference slate with three games in Houston for the Minute Maid Classic, a yearly event in which teams play at the Houston Astros’ ballpark.

LSU will play Nebraska, Houston and Baylor at the event. Mississippi State and Texas A&M will also be a part of the weekend.

The Tigers open the SEC season at home with a three-game set against Ole Miss (March 13-15) and end it traveling to Columbia, S.C., for a duel with the Gamecocks (May 14-16).

In other SEC series, LSU hosts Kentucky (March 27-29), Auburn (April 10-12), Texas A&M (April 24-26) and Missouri (May 8-10) and travels to Arkansas (March 20-22), Alabama (April 3-5), Georgia (April 17-19) and Mississippi State (May 1-3).

Dates for the 2015 SEC schedule are subject to change for television purposes. The new SEC Network will be up and running this summer.

LSU’s midweek game schedule next year is highlighted by a home game against Southeastern Louisiana on Feb. 25, a meeting with Louisiana-Lafayette on April 1 at Zephyr Field and the final midweek nonconference game, at UNO on May 12.

LSU will play Tulane twice in midweek action, one at home and the other on the road. Other midweek games include Nicholls State, Stephen F. Austin, Grambling, McNeese State, Southern, Alcorn State, Northwestern State and Lamar.

The Tigers have completed their nonconference series schedule for 2016.

They’ll host Cincinnati, Sacramento State, Fordham and Ball State in three-game weekend series in the pre-SEC slate.

In 2017, Air Force, Maryland and Hawaii will visit Alex Box before SEC play begins. LSU is still searching for a fourth nonconference series in 2017.

Freshman hurlers

On Saturday, two highly rated freshman pitchers will clash at Alex Box Stadium.

Jared Poché (4-1, 2.22) is set to pitch for LSU, and Robert Tyler (1-1, 2.13) will start for Georgia. Poché, a rookie from Lutcher, has been moved up in the rotation from Sunday to Saturday. He’ll try to shake off any effects from his SEC debut in a third-game start last weekend at Vanderbilt. He walked five batters, one intentionally, in 4.1 innings against the Commodores.

“It was a little rocky,” Poché said.

He’ll go against Tyler, who was drafted in the summer in the 28th round.

“Best pitcher in the state of Georgia coming out of high school last year,” coach Paul Mainieri said.

Injury update

Starting pitcher Kyle Bouman is “unlikely” to pitch in Sunday’s game against Georgia, Mainieri said Thursday. Bouman was questionable for the game after spraining his ankle during practice Monday. … Reliever Alden Cartwright, a Runnels grad, was set to begin throwing as early as this weekend. Cartwright suffered a strained deltoid muscle in his shoulder at Vanderbilt.