BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One of the special nights in local sports here in Baton Rouge is upon us – the opening night of LSU Baseball season.
One of the major headlines coming into the season was the fact that LSU lost 8 of its 9 offensive players, but the Tiger's staff is adamant that that should not be considered a weakness and that they still have guys with game-time experience.
The lone returning starter, Jake Fraley gives us a glimpse of the Tigers' mindset heading into the matchup. "We're focused on a good Cincinnati team with a good pitching staff and good hitters," said Fraley. "We know it's going to be a tough competitive and very fun weekend coming up."
Head Coach Paul Mainieri says there was a little bit of tradition and strategy in picking Jared Poche to pitch on opening night.
"Well, I think it's one of those unwritten rules in baseball at all levels that it's an honor to start the opening game of the year," said Mainieri. "Obviously, Alex Lange deserves it just as much as Jared Poche. But, it's Jared's third year. I think it's going to be his final year. You know, he's pitched on the biggest stages. He pitched Friday night all year last year. He pitched the opening game last year. He pitched the first game of the World Series so I don't think anything will be too big for him."
LSU vs. Cincinnati will see the opening pitch at 7 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium. The game will air on SEC Network+.