The SEC West Division is there for the taking if the 3rd-ranked Tigers (38-11, 16-8) can follow the script they’ve stuck to most of the season.
For the Commodores (24-24, 11-13) this weekend is a chance to at worst avoid a losing SEC season if they can win at least one game.
There are some other streaks, trends and milestones to keep an eye on as well.
LSU is looking to win all five SEC home series in a season for the first time since 2003. That team won the league championship with a 20-9 mark and advanced to the College World Series.
The Tigers are 7-1 in SEC openers this season and have not lost a home opener this season. Vanderbilt is 1-7 in the first game of league weekend play and 0-4 on the road.
With four more wins in the last seven games, the Tigers could finish with their most regular-season wins since 1997 when that national championship club won 45 on the way to a school-record 57 wins. LSU has already eclipsed its win total from the last two seasons and the Tigers’ 16 league wins top each of the last two years as well.
LSU still has a shot at matching its record for SEC wins (22) with sweeps of Vanderbilt and South Carolina. The Tigers were 22-5 in 1986 and 22-7 in 1997.
The final home weekend of the season is complete with several promotions and specials.
Friday – New LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will be available for fans to meet in the first and second innings in the Fan Zone. Trey Hodges, the 2000 CWS MVP, is also expected to be on hand.
Saturday – LSU will honor the program’s seniors prior to the game. The first 2,000 fans in the stadium will receive an LSU baseball towel. Former Tiger All-American Lloyd Peever will be on hand for the ceremonial first pitch. There will also be a special presentation with former LSU offensive lineman Dr. Chris Rich and 1998 CWS hero Warren Morris. And the night is scheduled to end with a fireworks display, weather permitting.
Sunday – The first 2,000 fans will get a LSU baseball mouse pad. Kids are welcome to run the bases after the game and Mike’s Kid Club Members can play catch as well.
Here is the roster the Tigers will play with this weekend:
Position players – Ty Ross, Jordy Snikeris, Tyler Moore, Grant Dozar, JaCoby Jones, Casey Yocom, Austin Nola, Beau Didier, Tyler Hanover, Evan Powell, Raph Rhymes, Arby Fields, Mason Katz, Jared Foster, Alex Edward, Beau Didier
TV added, game time changed
The final game of LSU’s series at South Carolina next week has been picked up for coverage by ESPN.
The Tigers and Gamecocks will play at noon instead of 6 p.m., and the game will be carried on ESPNU.