(1) LSU vs. (7) Mississippi State
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Regions Park/Hoover, Ala.
RECORDS: LSU 42-14, Mississippi State 35-21
TUESDAY'S SCORES: Mississippi State 9, Arkansas 1; LSU had a bye
LAST MEETING/SERIES: The Tigers and Bulldogs opened SEC play way back in mid-March, with LSU winning the first two games 3-2 (10) and 4-3 and State storming back to take the finale 7-1. The Bulldogs lead the series 192-170-1. The teams are 7-7 in league tournament play but haven’t met in Hoover since 2005 when Mississippi State rolled LSU 9-2 in the opening round on the way to the tournament crown.
RANKINGS: LSU – No. 2 Collegiate Baseball, No. 2 Baseball America, No. 5 USA Today/ESPN, No. 7 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association; Mississippi State, No. 21 Collegiate Baseball, No. 24 Baseball America, No. 25 USA Today/ESPN, No. 26 NCBWA
RADIO: 98.1-FM, XM 199, Sirius 213 TV: SportSouth
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
LSU, Fr. RH Aaron Nola (6-4, 4.03 ERA, 73.2 IP,70 SO/6 BB, .259 opponent BA) vs. Mississippi State, Jr. RH Chris Stratton (10-1, 2.16 ERA, 95.2 IP,115 SO/19 BB, .210 opponent BA)
Winner aces Kentucky at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Loser faces the Arkansas-Ole Miss elimination game winner at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.