Baseball Ready to Begin Final SEC Series
Assistant Communications Director
BATON ROUGE, La. – Eighth-ranked LSU (37-14-1, 14-11-1) travels to Auburn (28-25, 10-17 SEC) for the final SEC series of the year beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. CT in Plainsman Park.
Game 2 will be at 6 p.m. CT Friday and the first pitch for Game 3 is set for 1 p.m. CT Saturday
The games can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including Baton Rouge flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM. Live audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. Fox Sports Network will televise game 3 on Saturday.
LSU is in third place in the SEC Western Division standings, while Auburn sits in sixth place.
LSU, ranked No. 10 this week by USA Today, has appeared in the Top 10 of a major college baseball poll for 48 consecutive weeks.
LSU all-America right-hander Aaron Nola, the 2013 SEC Pitcher of the Year, will start Friday's game on the mound for the Tigers. Nola is No. 4 on the LSU career list for strikeouts with 322 and leads the conference in total strikeouts with 111. Nola is also second in the league with a 1.43 ERA).
The LSU pitching staff is fifth in the SEC with a 2.61 cumulative ERA and will face an Auburn club that is No. 7 in the SEC in hitting with a .274 bating average.
Five Tigers combined to throw a no-hitter in Tuesday's six-inning win over Northwestern State. The no-hitter was the first recorded by LSU since March 14, 1979, when Bobby Landry fired a seven-inning no-hitter against Southern Mississippi.
Auburn is led at the plate by sophomore Jordan Ebert, who is hitting .361 for the second-best batting average in the league.
LSU is batting .278 as a team and will face an Auburn staff that owns a 3.09 ERA.
Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson is LSU's top hitter, batting .344 with four doubles, five triples, eight steals and 25 RBI.
LSU sophomore all-American shortstop Alex Bregman, the 2013 National Freshman of the year, was 4-for-5 with a grand slam, two-run home run, single, double and eight RBI in Tuesday's win over Northwestern State. Bregman was just one RBI shy of the school record.
Junior catcher Tyler Moore was also 4-4 with a grand slam, three-run double and RBI single. Moore finished the game with eight RBI.
#8 LSU Fighting Tigers (37-14-1, 14-11-1) at Auburn Tigers (28-25, 10-17 SEC)
Thursday, May 15 – 6 p.m. CT
Friday, May 16 – 6 p.m. CT
Saturday, May 17 – 1 p.m. CT
Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala.
LSU – No. 10 by USA Today; No. 8 by NCBWA; No. 15 by Baseball America
AU – Unranked
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge)
LSUsports.net – live audio in the Geaux Zone/free live stats
Friday – none
Saturday – none
Sunday – Fox Sports Network
LSU leads Auburn, 91-70 in a series that began in 1907. Last season LSU swept the series at home by a combined score of 22-7. The Tigers hold a 27-16 record over Auburn over the previous 14 seasons (2000-13). LSU lost three straight series to Auburn before sweeping the Tigers last season.
LSU – Fr. LHP Jared Poche' (7-3, 2.55 ERA, 70.2 IP, 56 H, 25 R, 23 BB, 43 SO)
AU – RHP Dillon Ortman (9-3, 2.01 ERA, 94 IP, 81 H, 27 R, 15 BB, 58 SO)
LSU –Jr. RHP Aaron Nola (8-1, 1.43 ERA, 94.2 IP, 55 H, 15 R, 22 BB, 111 SO)
AU- LHP Michael O'Neal ( 3-5, 3.82 ERA, 68.1 IP, 71 H, 32 R, 27 BB, 27 SO)
LSU – TBA
AU – TBA