Friday, March 29, 2013

SEC Weekend: LSU @ Missouri

♦ Be sure to check out Sam Nasci's Mizzou Matchup preview of the South Carolina Gamecocks here at

♦ Also check out our off-season South By Southeast posts about South Carolina Baseball:
♦ And for you LSU fans coming into Columbia, MO, for the weekend, check out The SEC Fan's Guide to Mizzou Baseball for everything you need to know

♦ Be sure to take a look at Missouri Baseball Lookalikes at  Some of the links are broken, but its still funny.  Ed Harris as Tim Jamieson?

Freshman pitcher Mitch Sewald inspires team with speeches (LSU Reveille)
Mitch Sewald is the only LSU baseball player that hasn’t seen an inning of play this season.
For now, the freshman right-handed pitcher’s words are stronger than his pitch — he has the prominent role of delivering postgame speeches to the Tigers.
. . .
The team coined the Twitter hashtag #SpeechbyMeech to celebrate the weekly dialogue. After LSU’s 2-0 victory against Nicholls on March 3, Twitter was abuzz with shout-outs to Sewald. Bregman tweeted, “Big Meech was incredible today. Purely #Inspirational.”

But content of the speech — like the rules of Fight Club — cannot be spoken of.

It’s for team ears only. Sewald disclosed that he sometimes discusses the team’s upcoming matchups, but that’s all he’ll say...
New trio has LSU baseball team on fire (The Town Talk)
...Freshman shortstop Alex Bregman of Albuquerque, N.M., freshman center and right fielder Mark Laird of Monroe and junior college transfer third baseman Christian Ibarra are three reasons why LSU has such a glimmering look to it early on as they complement crusty senior left fielder Mason Katz and senior first baseman Raph Rhymes, who are performing like Brandon Larson and Eddy Furniss in '97...
LSU Impressive In Sweep of Auburn (And The Valley Shook)
LSU did just about everything well this weekend. They outscored Auburn 22 to 7 and racked up 34 hits in the process. LSU made just one error on the weekend, which was a booted grounder by Jacoby Jones on Sunday. On the very next batter, Jones turned a double play to wipe out his mistake. Lastly, LSU's starting pitching went a combined 21 innings and allowed a total of just five earned runs.
Next weekend, LSU travels to Missouri to face a pretty weak team. Missouri has managed to win their Sunday game against both South Carolina and Tennessee for a 2-4 conference record. LSU has a great opportunity to have seven or eight wins in their first nine conference games before the schedule really toughens up.


♦  Current SEC Rankings:  Missouri is 2-4 in the SEC, putting them tied for 4th in the SEC East; tied for 9th overall

♦ According to the latest Division 1 Baseball Attendance Report from, LSU has averaged 10,713 in attendance for their first 20 home games so far this season.  That puts them in 1st place on the list.

Missouri's average attendance at Taylor Stadium in 2012 was 824.

Taylor Stadium attendance in 2013 is not at all a clear picture at this point.  Mizzou had 15 home games on their schedule to-date.   4 of those were cancelled outright, one of those replaced by a D-II game. 5 were rescheduled (some were rescheduled more than once), resulting in no less than 3 double headers (all three in chilly conditions).  The end result is that the records for attendance at the 12 home games are incomplete at this time.  The all-time record attendance of 3,145 for that Friday game against South Carolina is less than one third of LSU's average attendance.

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