LSU baseball weekend series primer: Watch coach Jay Johnson talk about No. 1 Tigers at Auburn

Dylan Crews, Tommy White
Dylan Crews and Tommy "Tanks" White, along with the rest of the No. 1-ranked Tigers, properly disposed of Southeastern during on Tuesday night, 10-0. Now, Auburn's on deck. PHOTO BY Michael Bacigalupi
LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson previews SEC weekend series against Auburn

No. 1 LSU Tigers (36-8, 15-5 SEC) at Auburn (25-18-1, 9-12 SEC)


  • Friday, May 5 @ 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
  • Saturday, May 6 @ 8 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
  • Sunday, May 7 @ 1 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)


  • Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala. (4,096)


  • LSU – No. 1 in all polls; No. 3 in NCAA RPI
  • Auburn – unranked in polls; No. 35 in NCAA RPI


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  • Saturday’s game will be televised on the SEC Network
  • All three games will be streamed on SEC Network +


·        LSU has a 109-78 advantage over Auburn in a series that began in 1907 … LSU has won 21 of its last 29 games versus Auburn, including six wins in the past 10 meetings … Auburn, however, posted a 2-1 series victory at LSU last season … LSU has won seven of the last nine and 15 of the last 23 SEC regular-season series between the clubs, dating back to 1999 … Auburn’s two series wins in the past nine series came in 2018 at Auburn and in 2022 at Baton Rouge.


“Auburn can swing the bat as well as anybody. They have a really good lineup, really good top of the order. We’re going to have to pitch and defend well. (Auburn left-hander Tommy) Vail has thrown really well on Fridays, and they have guys with very good stuff out of the bullpen. Auburn is another great opponent; to me, all 10 of these SEC weekends are the same, meaning you have to play really well to win one game, let alone win a series.”


  • LSU has won four straight games, including an SEC series sweep over Alabama last weekend … LSU’s 36-8 record is its best through 44 games since 2015, when the Tigers were 37-7 … LSU’s 15-5 SEC record this season is the Tigers’ best conference mark through 20 games since the 2013 club was 16-4 in league play.
  • The Tigers have won seven straight SEC games and have posted consecutive weekend sweeps over Ole Miss and Alabama … LSU’s seven-game SEC win streak is its longest in a single season since 2017, when the Tigers won eight straight league games from May 6-May 20 … LSU last Sunday completed back-to-back SEC sweeps for the first time since the 2017 Tigers posted consecutive sweeps over Auburn and Mississippi State to close the regular season.
  • The Tigers have recorded 18 come-from-behind wins this season, including overcoming a five-run deficit on April 29 vs. Alabama … LSU trailed Alabama, 6-1, entering the bottom of the third inning, and the Tigers rebounded for a 12-8 victory … LSU has staged comebacks from four-run deficits on four occasions this season – LSU trailed Southern, 4-0, in the bottom of the third inning on Feb. 21 (W, 18-4); the Tigers trailed Texas A&M, 4-0, in the top of the fourth inning on March 18 (W, 12-7); LSU trailed South Carolina, 7-3, in the top of the eighth inning on April 7 (W, 8-7); and LSU trailed Alabama 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning on April 30 (W, 13-11).
  • LSU enters this week at or near the top of several NCAA statistical categories … the Tigers are No. 1 in the nation in shutouts pitched (8); No. 1 in on-base percentage (.447); No. 2 in runs scored (440); No. 3 in slugging percentage (.573); No. 3 in scoring average (10.0 runs per game); No. 3 in strikeouts pitched per nine innings (11.4); No. 4 in hit-by-pitch (98); No. 5 in hits allowed per nine innings (7.33); and No. 10 in batting average (.318).
  • LSU centerfielder Dylan Crews is No. 1 in the nation in batting average (.486), No. 1 in on-base percentage (.633) and No. 1 in runs scored (73); Crews is No. 2 in walks (49) and No. 6 in slugging percentage (.851) … third baseman Tommy White is No. 1 in the nation in RBI per game (1.82), and he is No. 1 in total RBI (73) … right-hander Paul Skenes is No. 1 in the nation in strikeouts (124), strikeouts per nine innings (17.08) and WHIP (0.75) … Skenes is No. 3 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.33), No. 4 in hits allowed per nine innings (5.10) and No. 6 in ERA (1.93) … second baseman Gavin Dugas is No. 7 in the nation in hit-by-pitch (20).
  • Junior centerfielder Dylan Crews was named SEC Player of the Week on Monday after leading LSU to a three-game sweep of Alabama … he hit .545 (6-for-11) in the Alabama series with two homers, eight RBI and five runs scored … Crews blasted a three-run homer in the third inning of last Friday’s game, increasing a 1-0 LSU lead to 4-0 in an eventual 8-6 victory … he was on base four times in five plate appearances last Sunday with two walks and two hits, including a solo homer, and he collected three RBI in the Tigers’ 13-11 win.
  • Junior right-hander Paul Skenes defeated Alabama last Friday night, limiting the Crimson Tide to one run on five hits in 6.0 innings with no walks and nine strikeouts … Skenes increased his nation’s-leading strikeout total to 124 this season, and he lowered his SEC-best ERA to 1.93 … Skenes also leads the SEC in innings pitched (65.1) and in opponent batting average (.159).
  • LSU catcher Hayden Travinski launched the go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning last Saturday night, erasing a 7-5 deficit and lifting the Tigers to a 12-8 win over Alabama … Travinski provided a game-winning home run for the second straight weekend, as he provided a three-run blast in the ninth inning of LSU’s 7-6 win on April 23 at Ole Miss.
  • Making just his third appearance of the season after recovering from Tommy John surgery a year ago, sophomore LHP Javen Coleman posted a relief win over Alabama last Saturday … he entered the game in the fourth inning and subdued Alabama’s bats to allow LSU to execute a rally from an early deficit … Coleman worked 2.1 scoreless innings against the Crimson Tide with no hits, three walks and six strikeouts … last Saturday’s win was Coleman’s first since February 19, 2022, when he earned a relief victory over Maine.
  • Third baseman Tommy White and first baseman Jared Jones each homered twice and collected five RBI in the Alabama series … catcher Alex Milazzo hit .500 (3-for-6) in the series with three RBI and four runs scored … he also walked twice, posted a .625 on-base percentage and delivered a sacrifice bunt to drive in a run … Milazzo’s two-out RBI single in the seventh inning last Sunday broke a 9-9 tie and lifted the Tigers to a 13-11 win over Alabama.


·        Auburn, which advanced to the College World Series last season, is 9-12 in the SEC and tied with Alabama for third place in the Western Division … Auburn is No. 7 in the SEC with a .289 team batting average, and the Tigers have hit 64 home runs with 34 steals in 41 attempts.

·        Outfielder Bobby Peirce is batting a team-high .373 with seven doubles, two triples, five homers and 22 RBI … catcher Ike Irish is hitting .370 with 19 doubles, one triples, three homers and 52 RBI … Peirce and Irish rank No. 8 and No. 10, respectively, among the SEC’s batting average leaders … Irish and Auburn outfielder Kason Howell are tied for the SEC lead in doubles with 19 … outfielder Bryson Ware leads Auburn with 18 homers and 52 RBI, and he is batting .347 on the year.

·        Auburn’s pitching staff is No. 13 in the SEC with a 6.38 cumulative ERA, and the Tigers have recorded 392 strikeouts in 385.0 innings.

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