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No. 1 Baseball to Open Series Against Kansas
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Published: March 11, 2010, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: March 11, 2010, 09:13 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - Top-ranked LSU (12-0) looks to extend its season-opening win streak as the Tigers play host to  Kansas (9-3) in a three-game series in Alex Box Stadium.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Friday, with Game 2 set for 2 p.m. Saturday and Game 3 starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The games will be carried by the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. The Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM. Live video, audio and stats of all three games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

None of the three games this weekend will be televised.

LSU extended its season-opening win streak to 12 games on Tuesday as the Tigers posted an 18-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers are 12-0 for the first time since 1997, when LSU won its first 19 games of the season en route to the school's fourth national championship.

LSU has won 18 straight home games dating back to last season, and the Tigers have won 27 of their last 28 games overall. LSU has a 94-20 mark since April 22, 2008.

"We're looking forward to a great series this weekend with Kansas," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "They are one of the top teams in the Big 12, and they're expected to challenge Texas and Texas A&M for the conference title. They swept Texas in a three-game series last season, and they played in a (NCAA) regional. They have a tremendous program, so we know we'll definitely be tested this weekend."

Mainieri said that sophomore right-hander Joey Bourgeois will start Friday's game on the mound against the Jayhawks. Bourgeois pitched brilliantly Saturday in a win over Pepperdine, outdueling Waves ace Matt Bywater. Bourgeois fired seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit with two walks and three strikeouts.

Pepperdine's only hit against Bourgeois was an infield single by centerfielder Brian Humphries. Bourgeois fired 97 pitches in the win as he improved his record to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.08 on the season

Freshman left-hander Jordan Rittiner (2-0) will start Game 2 of the series on Saturday, and junior right-hander Austin Ross (2-0) will start Sunday's series finale.

Kansas coach Ritch Price will counter with junior right-hander T.J. Walz (2-1) on Friday, senior right-hander Cameron Selik (3-0) on Saturday and senior right-hander Brett Bollman (1-1) on Sunday.

LSU is hitting .341 as a team with 15 homers and 25 stolen bases in 31 attempts. Junior cather Micah Gibbs leads the Tigers at the plate, batting .452 (19-for-42) with three doubles, three homers and 15 RBI.

Junior centerfielder Leon Landry is batting .415 (17-for-41) with three doubles, three triples, 13 RBI, 13 runs and six steals. Senior first baseman Blake Dean is hitting .388 (19-for-49) with five doubles, two homers and 17 RBI.

Kansas is hitting .307 as a team this season with six homers and seven stolen bases in eight attempts. The Jayhawks are led by junior outfielder Jimmy Waters, who is batting .351 (13-for-37) with three homers and 18 RBI. Junior outfielder Brian Heere is hitting .333 (14-for-42) with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 11 RBI.

This weekend marks the third time the Tigers and Jayhawks have met in a three-game series in Baton Rouge. LSU swept Kansas in three games in 1990; however, the Jayhawks returned the favor in 2003, sweeping three games from the Tigers in the original Alex Box Stadium.

Kansas Jayhawks (9-3) at # 1 LSU Fighting Tigers (12-0)

DATES/TIMES 
Friday, March 12 - 7 p.m. CT; Saturday, March 13 - 2 p.m. CT; Sunday, March 14 - 1 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. (10,150)

RANKINGS
LSU - No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 1 by USA Today/ESPN; No. 1 by NCBWA; No. 2 by Baseball America
Kansas - unranked
 
RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
The Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM

INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net - live video, audio and stats for all three games

TV
None
 
SERIES RECORD
Series Tied, 3-3
LSU swept the Jayhawks in three games in Baton Rouge in 1990; KU swept the Tigers in three games in Baton Rouge in 2003

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1
LSU - So. RHP Joey Bourgeois (2-0, 2.08 ERA, 17.1 IP, 7 BB, 16 SO)
KU - Jr. RHP T.J. Walz (2-1, 1.80 ERA, 20.0 IP, 5 BB, 18 SO)

Game 2
LSU - Fr. LHP Jordan Rittiner (2-0, 1.29 ERA, 14.0 IP, 3 BB, 7 SO)
KU - Sr. RHP Cameron Selik (3-0, 1.40 ERA, 19.1 IP, 7 BB, 16 SO)

Game 3
LSU - Jr. RHP Austin Ross (2-0, 5.28 ERA, 15.1 IP, 3 BB, 19 SO)
KU - Sr. RHP Brett Bollman (1-1, 3.86 ERA, 14.0 IP, 2 BB, 9 SO)

 

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