By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU is making a last-minute change to its Southeastern Tournament pitching plans.
Freshman Todd Peterson, expected to start Wednesday’s opener against Missouri, has been suspended one game for a violation of team rules, LSU coach Paul Mainieri confirmed to Tiger Rag Tuesday night.
Instead sophomore Caleb Gilbert will take the ball against Missouri. The game is scheduled to start at approximately 4:30 p.m. in Hoover, moved back one time slot from its originally scheduled start time due to rain Tuesday.
Gilbert, a Hoover native, made an SEC Tournament start for the Tigers last season. He allowed one earned run in 5.1 innings in LSU’s 1-0 loss to Florida in the semifinals. He’s pitched to a 3.09 ERA in 35 innings this season across 23 appearances (three starts).
As for a pitch or innings count on Gilbert, Mainieri said he’d play it by ear.
“We’ll just see how the game goes,” Mainieri wrote via text.
Missouri will counter with freshman lefty TJ Sikkema, one of the league’s top rookies. He’s 8-1 this season with a 2.28 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 75 innings.