Anthony Ranaudo has been penciled in to start Sunday's game 3.
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Baseball Travels to Knoxville to Face Tennessee
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Published: March 25, 2010, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: March 25, 2010, 01:25 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - Fourth-ranked LSU (17-3, 2-1 SEC) resumes Southeastern Conference play this weekend when the Tigers travel to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers (11-10, 0-3 SEC).

Game 1 of the series starts at 7 p.m. ET Friday, Game 2 begins at 3 p.m. ET Saturday and first pitch for Game 3 is 2 p.m. ET 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 audio and stats may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

Friday's game will televised live by CSS, and it will be shown live in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette on Cox cable channel 4. Friday's game may be viewed live online at ESPN360.com, and it will also be tape delayed at 9:30 p.m. CT on Cox Sports Television.

Game 2 on Saturday will be televised live by Fox Sports Net (cable channel 38 in Baton Rouge). Sunday's Game 3 will not be televised.

LSU is ranked No. 4 this week in the Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and USA Today/ESPN polls, and No. 7 in the Baseball America poll released Monday. The Tigers have appeared in the Top 10 of at least one college baseball poll for 29 consecutive weeks, a streak that began on May 19, 2008.

LSU opened defense of its '09 Southeastern Conference title last weekend by winning two of three games over 13th-ranked Arkansas in Alex Box Stadium. LSU has now won 14 of its last 15 SEC regular-season series, dating back to April 2008.

Tennessee was swept last weekend at South Carolina to open conference play.

Friday's game marks LSU's first contest away from Alex Box Stadium, and coach Paul Mainieri said the Tigers are looking forward to playing in a new environment.

"We're looking forward to going on the road for the first time; it's an opportunity for the team to bond and build chemistry in a different environment," Mainieri said. "Tennessee is an extremely dangerous team. They have some of the top players in the country at their positions, and they also have very talented arms on the mound. They have obviously enjoyed success against us over the past few years, so we know we have a tremendous challenge this weekend."

#4 LSU Fighting Tigers (17-3, 2-1) at Tennessee Volunteers (11-10, 0-3)

DATES/TIMES 
Friday, March 26 - 7 p.m. ET; Saturday, March 27 - 3 p.m. ET; Sunday, March 28 - 2 p.m. ET

STADIUM
Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

RANKINGS
LSU - No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 4 by USA Today/ESPN; No. 4 by NCBWA; No. 7 by Baseball America
UT - unranked
 
RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates/Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM

INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net - live audio and stats for all three games
Friday's game can be seen live online at www.ESPN360.com

TV
Friday - Televised live by CSS; game will be shown live in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette on Cox cable channel 4; game will also be tape delayed at 9:30 p.m. CT on Cox Sports Television

Saturday - Televised live by Fox Sports Net

Sunday - No TV
 
SERIES RECORD
LSU leads, 44-21
UT has a 7-2 mark against LSU over the past three seasons. The Vols have won the last three series meetings, including a 2-1 series victory last season in Baton Rouge. Tennessee posted a three-game sweep over LSU in the Tigers' last visit to Knoxville in 2008.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1
LSU - Jr. RHP Austin Ross (2-1, 4.88 ERA, 27.2 IP, 7 BB, 33 SO)
UT - Jr. LHP Bryan Morgado (2-1, 4.55 ERA, 29.2 IP, 15 BB, 31 SO)

Game 2
LSU - So. LHP Chris Matulis (3-0, 1.47 ERA, 18.1 IP, 10 BB, 15 SO)
UT - Sr. RHP Stephen McCray (2-2, 0.89 ERA, 30.1 IP, 8 BB, 16 SO)

Game 3
LSU - Jr. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 2 BB, 6 SO)
UT - So. LHP Steven Gruver (1-0, 3.00 ERA, 18.0 IP, 3 BB, 20 SO)


 

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