Three strikes: Recapping the Tigers’ weekend and a look ahead

1 Hey, they can hit too LSU hitters have rarely had to bail out their pitching and defense this season. But they did it this weekend. The Tigers committed seven errors, and pitchers allowed 31 hits. Hitting coach Javi Sanchez and his batters had 34 hits and 20 runs. That’s a good sign for the future.

2 Still in this thing LSU’s rough start to the SEC season (3-5-1) had the Tigers in a precarious position with then-top 15 Mississippi State coming to town. LSU swept State and hasn’t lost a series since. Alabama and Ole Miss (13-8) are just a half-game ahead in the race for the SEC West title. Florida (15-6) leads the league.

3 Lineup taking shape With three SEC series left in the regular season, coach Paul Mainieri is beginning to find his go-to group. The Tigers’ lineup Sunday might be the most potent, at least at the plate: Jake Fraley in left, Sean McMullen at DH, Kade Scivicque catching, Conner Hale at second and Tyler Moore at first.

Ross Dellenger