Six games are scheduled for Alex Box Stadium this weekend
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Baseball to Meet Three Teams at The Box
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Published: February 20, 2014, 05:52 PM (CT)
Updated: February 20, 2014, 06:56 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. – Second-ranked LSU (4-0) plays host to Virginia Tech (1-1), Toledo (1-2) and Texas Southern (2-3) this weekend in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The Tigers meet Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. CT Friday, they play Toledo at 6 p.m. CT Saturday, and LSU faces Texas Southern at 3 p.m. CT Sunday.

In addition, the LSU opponents will play one another throughout the weekend – Texas Southern meets Toledo at 1 p.m. Friday; Virginia Tech faces Texas Southern at 1 p.m. Saturday, and Toledo takes on Virginia Tech at 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free this weekend to the non-LSU games.

The LSU games can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network on Friday and Sunday, and in Baton Rouge on Saturday on WTGE 100.7 FM. Live video, audio and stats of the games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

Friday’s LSU game versus Virginia Tech will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

LSU improved to 4-0 Wednesday night with a 7-3 victory at Southeastern Louisiana, the Tigers’ second road win in four games.

“We’re looking forward to getting back home this weekend to face three very capable ball clubs,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “I like to schedule teams that LSU has never played or rarely plays, and facing different teams in the same weekend gives our players an idea of how we would prepare for a postseason weekend. I like the way the team is coming together so far, and this weekend represents another opportunity to improve and to learn more about what it takes to succeed at this level.”

Mainieri said the Tigers’ weekend starters are junior right-hander Aaron Nola versus Virginia Tech, junior left-hander Kyle Bouman versus Toledo and freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ versus Texas Southern.

Virginia Tech will counter with senior right-hander Brad Markey on Friday, Toledo will start senior right-hander Cameron Palmer on Saturday, and junior right-hander Devin Kanorik will start Sunday’s game for Texas Southern.

Nola enjoyed a strong 2014 debut for LSU, defeating New Orleans on Friday night with a six-inning outing. He limited the Privateers to no runs on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Bouman posted a win in his first LSU outing, defeating New Orleans on Saturday in a game played at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La. Bouman held the Privateers to one run on three hits in five innings with no walks and one strikeout.

Poche’ earned a win Sunday over Grambling in his LSU debut, allowing no runs on four hits in six innings with no walks and three strikeouts

LSU junior second baseman Conner Hale leads the Tigers with a .538 (7-for-13) batting average, and he has collected two RBI and three runs. Sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman is batting .500 (7-for-14) with one double and three RBI, and sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson is hitting .417 (5-for-12) with two RBI and one run scored.

LSU will play both Virginia Tech and Toledo for the first time in school history. LSU and Texas Southern have met on one previous occasion – the first round of the 2008 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in the original Alex Box Stadium. LSU defeated Texas Southern, 12-1, and went on to win the regional and super regional and advance to the College World Series for the first time during Mainieri’s tenure.

Virginia Tech was 40-22 last season and played host to an NCAA Regional in Blacksburg, where Oklahoma upset the Hokies and advanced to the Super Regional against LSU.

Toledo is coached by Cory Mee, a former assistant coach under Mainieri at Notre Dame.

#2 LSU Fighting Tigers (4-0)
vs. Virginia Tech (1-1) – Friday, Feb. 21 – 7 p.m. CT
vs. Toledo (1-2) – Saturday, Feb. 22 – 6 p.m. CT
vs. Texas Southern (2-3) – Sunday, Feb. 23 – 3 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La. (10,326)

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 2 by USA Today; No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 8 by Baseball America
VT – unranked
TU – unranked
TSU - unranked

RADIO
Friday – LSU Sports Network affiliates, including WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
Saturday - WTGE 100.7 FM in Baton Rouge
Sunday – LSU Sports Network affiliates, including WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge

INTERNET
LSUsports.net – live video, audio and stats

TV
Friday - Cox Sports Television
No TV on Saturday and Sunday

SERIES RECORD
LSU will play both Virginia Tech and Toledo for the first time in school history. LSU and Texas Southern have met on one previous occasion – the first round of the 2008 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in the original Alex Box Stadium. LSU defeated Texas Southern, 12-1, and went on to win the regional and super regional and advance to the College World Series for the first time during Paul Mainieri’s tenure.

PITCHING MATCHUP
Friday
LSU – Jr. RHP Aaron Nola (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 0 BB, 6 SO)
VT – Sr. RHP Brad Markey (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 0 BB, 9 SO)

Saturday
LSU – Jr. LHP Kyle Bouman (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 5.0 IP, 0 BB, 1 SO)
TU – Sr. RHP Cameron Palmer (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 5.0 IP, 5 BB, 4 SO)

Sunday
LSU – Fr. LHP Jared Poche’ (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 0 BB, 6 SO)
TSU – Jr. RHP Devin Kanorik (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 3 BB, 3 SO)

 

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