LSU's Kevin Gausman
Photo by:Hilary Scheinuk, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
Baseball Begins Alabama Series on Friday
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Published: April 13, 2012, 12:47 AM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - Third-ranked LSU (27-7, 8-4 SEC) begins a three-game SEC series against Alabama (13-20, 4-8 SEC) at 7 p.m. CT Friday. Game 2 of the series starts at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday, and first pitch for Game 3 is 12 p.m. CT Sunday.

The games will be carried by the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, with Baton Rouge affiliate WDGL 98.1 FM serving as the flagship station. Live video, audio and stats of the games on Friday and Saturday may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. On Sunday, live audio and stats will be available in the Geaux Zone with live video available at www.ESPN3.com

Friday's game will not be televised. Saturday's game will be televised by Cox Sports Television, and Sunday's game will be televised by ESPN2.

"We have a tremendous amount of respect for Alabama and the way they play the game," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "They certainly have our attention because they beat us in two of three games last year, and they just swept three games last weekend from Auburn, a team that beat us two out of three a few weeks ago." 

Mainieri said that sophomore right-hander Kevin Gausman (5-1, 2.83 ERA) will start Friday's game for the Tigers, followed by sophomore right-hander Ryan Eades (4-1, 2.70 ERA) on Saturday and freshman right-hander Aaron Nola (4-1, 3.32 ERA) on Sunday. 

Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard will counter with junior right-hander Trey Pilkington (1-2, 3.51 ERA) in Game 1, freshman left-hander Justin Kamplain (1-2, 3.23 ERA) in Game 2 and freshman left-hander Jon Keller (1-1, 3.74 ERA) in Game 3.

LSU enters the Alabama series ranked No. 4 in the SEC in batting average (.302) and No. 4 in team ERA (3.10).

LSU junior outfielder Raph Rhymes continues to lead the SEC in batting average (.465), though he has missed the Tigers' last three games with a concussion suffered on April 6 at Florida when he was hit by a pitch. Rhymes may return to the Tigers' lineup on Friday night as a designated hitter.

  SEC Overall
Eastern    
Kentucky 9-3 30-4
Florida 7-5 26-7
Tennessee 6-6 20-13
Georgia 6-7 21-13
South Carolina 5-7 24-10
Vanderbilt 4-8 14-19
Western    
LSU 8-4 27-7
Arkansas 7-5 24-8
Auburn 6-6 18-14
Ole Miss 6-7 23-11
Mississippi St. 5-7 21-12
Alabama 4-8 13-20
SEC Weekend Schedule
All Times Central and Subject to Change
Thursday
Georgia def. Ole Miss, 8-4
Friday
Florida at Tennessee, 5 p.m.
Ole Miss at Georgia, 6 p.m.
Auburn at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m. (CSS)
Mississippi St. at South Carolina, 6 p.m.
Kentucky at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m.
Alabama at LSU, 7 p.m. (Geaux Zone)
Saturday
Ole Miss at Georgia, 1 p.m.
Auburn at Vanderbilt, 2 p.m.
Florida at Tennessee, 2 p.m. (SportSouth)
Kentucky at Arkansas, 2 p.m.
Mississippi St. at South Carolina, 3 p.m.
Alabama at LSU, 6:30 p.m. (CST/Geaux Zone)
Sunday
Alabama at LSU, noon (ESPN2)
Kentucky at Arkansas, noon
Mississippi St. at South Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Florida at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Auburn at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.

Junior rightfielder Mason Katz is batting .350 for the Tigers with 11 doubles, one triple, six homers and 28 RBI, while sophomore catcher Ty Ross is hitting .320 with four doubles, one homer and 25 RBI.

Alabama is 12th in the SEC in both team batting average (.255) and team ERA (4.96).

The Crimson Tide is led at the plate by Ben Moore, who is hitting .361 with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 18 RBI. Senior outfielder Taylor Dugas is batting .347 with nine doubles, four triples, two homers and 18 RBI, while Jared Reaves is hitting .328 with six doubles, one triple, two homers and 18 RBI.

Alabama leads the overall series with LSU, 192-155-3, in a series that began in 1906. The Tigers, however, have a 31-12 overall mark against Alabama over the past 12 seasons (2000-11). LSU has won nine of its last 12 SEC regular-season series versus the Tide. The Tigers have also won five of the last six SEC series over Alabama, though the Tide posted a 2-1 series victory last season in Tuscaloosa. 

Alabama Crimson Tide (13-20, 4-8 SEC) at #3 LSU Fighting Tigers (27-7, 8-4 SEC)
 
DATES/TIMES
Friday, April 13 - 7 p.m. CT; Saturday, April 14 - 6:30 p.m. ET; Sunday, April 15 - 12 p.m. CT
 
STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. (10,326)
 
RANKINGS
LSU - No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 5 by Baseball America; No. 7 by USA Today/ESPN
UA - unranked
 
RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
The Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM
Pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to first pitch
 
INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net - live video, audio and stats on Friday and Saturday; live audio and stats on Sunday
www.ESPN3.com - live video on Sunday
 
TV
Friday - No TV
Saturday - Cox Sports Television
Sunday - ESPN2
 
SERIES RECORD
Alabama leads the overall series with LSU, 192-155-3, in a series that began in 1906. The Tigers, however, have a 31-12 overall mark against Alabama over the past 12 seasons (2000-11). LSU has won nine of its last 12 SEC regular-season series versus the Tide. The Tigers have also won five of the last six SEC series over Alabama, though the Tide posted a 2-1 series victory last season in Tuscaloosa.
 
PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1
LSU - So. RHP Kevin Gausman (5-1, 2.83 ERA, 54.0 IP, 17 BB, 70 SO)
UA - Jr. RHP Trey Pilkington (1-2, 3.51 ERA, 25.2 IP, 4 BB, 20 SO)
 
Game 2
LSU - So. RHP Ryan Eades (4-1, 2.70 ERA, 50.0 IP, 9 BB, 40 SO)
UA - Fr. LHP Justin Kamplain (1-2, 3.23 ERA, 39.0 IP, 23 BB, 32 SO)
 
Game 3
LSU - Fr. RHP Aaron Nola (4-1, 3.32 ERA, 40.2 IP, 4 BB, 41 SO)
UA - Fr. LHP Jon Keller (1-1, 3.74 ERA, 33.2 IP, 10 BB, 20 SO)
 
 

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