LSU's Aaron Nola (1-0, 1.83 ERA)
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Baseball Preps for SEC Slate, Faces Washington
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Published: March 07, 2013, 05:59 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - No. 3 LSU (12-1) plays to host Washington (4-8) this weekend in a three-game series in Alex Box Stadium. The series marks the final non-conference weekend for the Tigers prior to opening SEC play March 15 at Mississippi State.

Game 1 of the LSU-Washington series is set for 7 p.m. CT Friday, Game 2 starts at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday, and Game 3 begins at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The games can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge). Live video, audio and stats of the games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

The Tigers have won seven straight games since dropping a 9-4 decision to BYU on February 23. LSU is 2-0 this week with a 9-2 win over Stephen F. Austin Tuesday and a 10-2 victory over Sacred Heart Wednesday.

"We plan to treat this series like an SEC weekend," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We'd like to simulate the preparation and atmosphere that we'll experience in our league each week. The weather should be warmer this weekend, so we're hoping for some great crowds to give our players a taste for what it's like when we start playing SEC games. Washington has a very talented club with SEC-caliber players, so we're looking forward to a strong challenge."

LSU's starting pitchers this weekend - sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola, junior right-hander Ryan Eades and sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn - have not allowed an earned run in 27.2 consecutive innings of work, dating back to February 24, when Eades allowed a run in the sixth inning against Southeastern Louisiana.

Nola posted a career-best strikeouts total when he registered 11 Ks against Brown last Friday. Nola didn't figure in the decision of the Tigers' 4-3 win, but he limited the Bears to just one unearned run on three hits in seven innings with no walks.

Eades was dominant in his outing last Saturday against Brown, firing a career-high 11 strikeouts while limiting the Bears in six innings to no runs on five hits with no walks.

Glenn earned two victories in two starts last week, firing 14 shutout innings while defeating Louisiana-Lafayette and Nicholls State. Glenn worked seven scoreless innings at UL-Lafayette on Feb. 26, limiting the Cajuns to no runs on three hits with no walks and one strikeout while firing 69 pitches. He defeated Nicholls last Sunday with another seven shutout innings, this time allowing no runs on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts while throwing 90 pitches. Glenn has not allowed an earned run in 19 total innings this season, and he is limiting opponents to a .141 batting average.

LSU senior leftfielder Raph Rhymes and senior first baseman Mason Katz each enter the Washington series riding 11-game hit streak. Rhymes leads LSU with a .396 batting average, and he has collected five doubles, 10 RBI and 12 runs. Katz is batting .333 with four doubles, one triple, two homers and a team-high 17 RBI.

The Tigers are hitting .320 as a team with eight home runs and 12 stolen bases in 17 attempts.

Washington senior outfielder Jayce Ray is hitting .391 with four doubles and six RBI, and sophomore infielder Robert Pehl is batting .349 with five doubles, one homer and eight RBI. The Huskies are batting .251 as a team with two homers and seven steals in 10 attempts.

This weekend's series marks the first meeting in baseball between LSU and Washington. The Tigers are 21-6-1 all-time against Pacific-12 teams - LSU is 6-1-1 against Arizona State, 2-0 vs. Oregon State, 7-3 vs. Southern California, 3-1 vs. Stanford and 3-1 vs. UCLA.

Washington Huskies (4-8) at #3 LSU Fighting Tigers (12-1)

DATES/TIMES
Friday, March 8 - 7 p.m. CT; Saturday, March 9 - 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 10 - 1 p.m.

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

RANKINGS
LSU - No. 3 by USA Today; No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 8 by Baseball America
UW - unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
The Baton Rouge affiliate WDGL 98.1 FM
Pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to first pitch

INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net - live video, audio and stats

TV
None

SERIES RECORD
This weekend's series marks the first meeting in baseball between LSU and Washington. The Tigers are 21-6-1 all-time against Pacific-12 teams - LSU is 6-1-1 against Arizona State, 2-0 vs. Oregon State, 7-3 vs. Southern California, 3-1 vs. Stanford and 3-1 vs. UCLA.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1
LSU - So. RHP Aaron Nola (1-0, 1.83 ERA, 19.2 IP, 4 BB, 26 SO)
UW - Jr. RHP Austin Voth (2-1, 2.95 ERA, 21.1 IP, 4 BB, 31 SO)

Game 2
LSU - Jr. RHP Ryan Eades (2-0, 0.49 ERA, 18.1 IP, 2 BB, 22 SO)
UW - Jr. RHP Nick Palewicz (2-2, 5.19 ERA, 17.1 IP, 4 BB, 10 SO)

Game 3
LSU - So. LHP Cody Glenn (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 19.0 IP, 3 BB, 11 SO)
UW - So. RHP Tyler Davis (0-1, 7.07 ERA, 14.0 IP, 5 BB, 8 SO)

 

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