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Baseball Streaks Into Series at Arkansas
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Published: April 11, 2013, 11:01 AM (CT)
Updated: April 12, 2013, 08:21 AM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. – Top-ranked LSU (32-2, 11-1) meets No. 10 Arkansas (24-10, 8-4 SEC) this weekend in a three-game conference series at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.

All three games can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge), and the games on Saturday and Sunday will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

Live video, audio and stats may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net. Streaming video will be blacked out on Saturday and Sunday in Louisiana and other states that receive Cox Sports Television (see below for details).

LSU has won 14 straight games and is tied with Vanderbilt (11-1) for the overall SEC lead. LSU has won nine consecutive SEC games, marking its longest league win streak since the 2008 club won 12 straight conference games.

LSU’s 32-2 mark is the Tigers’ best 34-game record in the history of the Fighting Tiger program. The Tigers are 11-1 in SEC play for the first time since the 1997 club was also 11-1.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing at Arkansas - it’s a tough environment and we certainly respect their program, but we’re not going to be in awe of anyone,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We’ve had some tremendous ball games with them over the years, and this weekend should provide the same type of excitement.”

Sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola will start Game 1 on the mound Friday for the Tigers, followed by junior right-hander Ryan Eades on Saturday and sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn on Sunday. Nola is No. 2 in SEC in strikeouts with 62; Eades is fourth in the league in ERA (1.30) and fifth in strikeouts (51). The Tigers’ team ERA (2.39) is No. 2 in the SEC.

Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn will counter on the mound with junior right-hander Barrett Astin on Friday, junior right-hander Ryne Stanek on Saturday and senior left-hander Randall Fant on Sunday. The Razorbacks have the best team ERA in the nation (1.56).

LSU leads the SEC with a .322 team batting average, and the Tigers are No. 2 in home runs with 28. Arkansas is ninth in batting average (.276) and eighth in dingers with 14.

The Tigers are led at the plate by senior first baseman Mason Katz, who is hitting .447 with 13 homers and an NCAA-leading 60 RBI. Freshman shortstop Alex Bregman is hitting .444 with 10 doubles, six triples, three homers and 35 RBI.

Arkansas freshman outfielder/infielder Tyler Spoon is hitting .336 with six doubles, three homers and 35 RBI, while sophomore infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson is batting .320 with seven doubles, triples, two homers and 22 RBI.

LSU leads the all-time series with Arkansas, 54-26, and the Tigers have won seven of their last eight SEC regular-season series versus the Razorbacks, including a three-game sweep last season in Baton Rouge. The only series win for Arkansas over LSU in the past eight seasons came in 2011, when the Razorbacks swept three games from the Tigers at Baum Stadium.

The Tigers are 18-8 against Arkansas over the past eight seasons, including two wins over the Razorbacks in the 2009 College World Series.

#1 LSU Fighting Tigers (32-2, 11-1 SEC) at #10 Arkansas Razorbacks (24-10, 8-4 SEC)

DATES/TIMES
Friday, April 12 – 6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, April 13 – 6 p.m. CT
Sunday, April 14 – 1 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. (10,737)

RANKINGS
LSU – No.  1 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 2 by USA Today; No. 3 by Baseball America
UA – No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 10 by USA Today; No. 10 by Baseball America

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

TV
Friday - none
Saturday - Cox Sports Television
Sunday – Cox Sports Television

INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net – live video, audio and stats (Live streaming video shared from Arkansas' Razorvision will available to Geaux Zone members, but will be blacked out on Saturday and Sunday in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Virginia)

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads the series with Arkansas, 54-26, and the Tigers have won seven of their last eight SEC regular-season series versus the Razorbacks, including a three-game sweep last season in Baton Rouge. The only series win for Arkansas over LSU in the past eight seasons came in 2011, when the Razorbacks swept three games from the Tigers at Baum Stadium. The Tigers are 18-8 against Arkansas over the past eight seasons, including two wins over the Razorbacks in the 2009 College World Series.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1
LSU – So. RHP Aaron Nola (5-0, 2.55 ERA, 53.0 IP, 10 BB, 62 SO)
UA – Jr. RHP Barrett Astin (2-1, 2.31 ERA, 39.0 IP, 9 BB, 28 SO)

Game 2
LSU – Jr. RHP Ryan Eades (7-0, 1.30 ERA, 55.1 IP, 13 BB, 51 SO)
UA – Jr. RHP Ryne Stanek (3-2, 1.90 ERA, 42.2 IP, 16 BB, 38 SO)

Game 3
LSU – So. LHP Cody Glenn (5-1, 3.12 ERA, 43.1 IP, 11 BB, 18 SO)
UA – Sr. LHP Randall Fant (2-1, 1.71 ERA, 31.2 IP, 3 BB, 27 SO)

 

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