How do you gauge if a team will be a contender in a given season? If said team can win a weekend conference series, at one of the projected better teams in said conference, that would be a pretty good bellweather.
That's just what LSU did in Starkville, MS, this past weekend, taking two of three from Mississippi State to open the SEC schedule. LSU was paced by Mason Katz's stupid hot hitting and Ryan Eades strong pitching on Saturday, winning the first two games 6-4 and 7-3 before falling 10-2 to State on Sunday.
Friday night, Mason Katz's boomstick saved the day. After a rocky beginning from Aaron Nola (5.2IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER), Katz came through in the 10th inning with a two-run homer, his second of the day.
Nola might see himself switched with Eades after another rocky performance on Friday night. Mainieri told Eades that he could pitch his way into the Friday slot and the past two weeks he's arguably been the better of the two. While Nola hasn't been...