LSU baseball sticking with same pitching rotation against Auburn

Gage Jump will start game one against Auburn on Friday night. PHOTO BY: LSU Athletics

After claiming its first SEC series of the season against Missouri, LSU has decided to keep its pitching rotation the same against Auburn.

Gage Jump will start game one against Dylan Watts and Luke Holman will go game two against Auburn’s Tanner Bauman. LSU has not named a game three starter, but Nate Ackenhausen is likely to go get the start like he has the last couple SEC series. He’ll be matched up with Carson Meyers if he does start.

Jump has a 4.22 ERA compared to Watts’ 5.66, Holman has a 2.78 ERA compared to Bauman’s 4.84 and Ackenhausen has a 6.14 ERA compared to Myers’ 3.72.

LSU head coach Jay Johnson said he’s excited to finally be back at home after playing the last two SEC series on the road.

“We’re excited to be back at home,” Johnson said. “It feels like we haven’t played an SEC series at home in about a month-and-a-half. Auburn is a team we have a lot of respect for, and they have a coach we have a lot of respect for. They’ve maybe had an even more difficult league schedule than we’ve had.”

LSU is on a hot streak for the first time since conference play started and has own four of its last five games. It’ll face an Auburn team that has heavily struggled this season and sits in last place in the SEC.

Still, Auburn did manage to take a game off both No. 2 Arkansas and No. 4 Tennessee, teams that both swept LSU.

The Tigers will be gunning for a sweep this weekend as they look to claw back into the SEC Tournament picture. LSU has the head-to-head tiebreaker over Missouri who currently sits above them in the SEC standings.

“We’re expecting a tough, hard-fought weekend. There are very good players on both sides, even though we’ve both struggled a little bit. We’re very happy to be back at Alex Box this weekend.”

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