After 17 pitches Saturday, Louis Coleman returns to the mound
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SEC Rivals Meet in CWS Winner's Bracket
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Published: June 14, 2009, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:38 AM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

OMAHA, Neb. -- Top-ranked LSU continues its quest for its sixth national championship at 6 p.m. Monday when the Tigers face seventh-ranked Arkansas in the College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium.

The game 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 of the games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

Monday’s game will be televised by ESPN2 in HD.

LSU, the NCAA Tournament No. 3 national seed, enters Monday’s game riding an 11-game win streak. The Tigers opened the CWS with a 9-5 victory over Virginia Saturday. The win marked the Tigers’ first CWS-opening victory since 2000.

LSU has a 118-44 (.728) all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and owns the highest winning percentage in tournament history.

The Tigers are making their 15th College World Series appearance and their second in a row LSU is 31-19 (.620) at the CWS with five national titles (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000).

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said senior right-hander Louis Coleman (13-2, 2.74 ERA) will start for the Tigers on Monday versus Arkansas. (Watch pregame interview with pitching coach David Grewe)

Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn will counter with sophomore right-hander Brett Eibner (5-4, 4.61 ERA).

“We know we have a tremendous challenge ahead of us,” Mainieri said. “Arkansas is probably the hottest team in the country right now. Anytime you face another SEC club, you know you have to be at your best to win.”

Coleman, a first-team all-American from Schlater, Miss., fired a complete-game shutout against the Hogs on May 2 at Fayetteville. Coleman fired nine scoreless innings in the contest, limiting Arkansas to two hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

The Tigers enter Monday’s game hitting .316 as a team with 96 homers and 111 stolen bases. Sophomore second baseman DJ LeMahieu, the second-round selection this week by the Chicago Cubs in the MLB Draft, is batting .345 on the year with 12 doubles, three triples, four homers and 40 RBI.

Second-team all-conference outfielder Ryan Schimpf is hitting .337 with 18 doubles, one triple, 20 homers and 65 RBI, and first-team all-SEC designated hitter Blake Dean is batting .332 with 17 doubles, 15 homers and 66 RBI.

Schimpf was the fifth-round draft choice of the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week, while Dean was selected in the 10th round by the Minnesota Twins.

Arkansas has won all six of its NCAA Tournament games, including a 10-6 victory over Cal State Fullerton in its CWS opener on Saturday.

The Razorbacks are led by first baseman Andy Wilkins, who is hitting .330 with 17 doubles, 19 homers and 57 RBI. Shortstop Ben Tschepikow is batting .318 with 10 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 47 RBI, and outfielder Chase Leavitt is hitting .301 with 12 doubles, two triples, one homer and 30 RBI.

#7 Arkansas Razorbacks (40-22) vs. #1 LSU Fighting Tigers (52-16)

DATE/TIME
Monday, June 14 -- 6 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.

RANKINGS
LSU - No. 1 by Baseball America; No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 1 by NCBWA
Arkansas No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 7 by NCBWA; No. 8 by Baseball America

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
The Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM

INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net live audio and stats

TV
Monday’s game will be televised by ESPN2

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads the series with Arkansas, 47-22, including a series victory this season in Fayetteville. Arkansas won Game 1 of the series, 11-4, before the Tigers posted consecutive victories over the Razorbacks by scores of 5-0 and 4-3.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU Sr. RHP Louis Coleman (13-2, 2.74 ERA, 115.0 IP, 19 BB, 125 SO)
UA So. RHP Brett Eibner (5-4, 4.61 ERA, 70.1 IP, 33 BB, 66 SO)

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