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BATON ROUGE – As the weather has gotten hotter in recent days, so too have the LSU bats.
The No. 6 Tigers, who are hitting .277 on the season, hit .364 as a team in winning three of four games last week. LSU hit .351 in winning two of three against Tennessee over the weekend by scores of 8-7 and 9-4 around a 6-3 loss. The Tigers collected 34 hits in the three games.
“Pitching has carried our team for much of this season, but our hitters were really locked in and did an outstanding job last week,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said on Monday. “Our approach at the plate has been excellent. The teams we’re playing down the stretch all swing the bats well, so our offense will need to continue to be a factor for us to have success.”
LSU (33-11-1, 12-8-1 Southeastern Conference) travels to Texas A&M (27-18, 10-11 SEC) for a three-game series this weekend.
Freshman outfielder Jake Fraley of Middletown, Del., led the offensive barrage by hitting .533 (8-for-15) last week with six RBIs and three runs scored. He hit .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles and three RBIs against Tennessee. Fraley is batting .338 on the season with five doubles, a triple, a home run and 21 RBIs. He is hitting .333 in SEC games with eight RBIs.
Sophomore Alex Bregman appears to have exited a slump. He hit .444 in the last four games with three RBIs and two doubles. He was 6-for-15 against Tennessee for .400 and has raised his average to .296.
LSU VS. ALCORN STATE: The Tigers host Alcorn State (8-36, 8-11 Southwestern Athletic Conference) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Freshman right-hander Parker Bugg (2-1, 1.65 ERA) of San Diego will start for the Tigers.