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ON DECK | Auburn at LSU

Top-15 foes collide as the SEC stretch run reaches a fever pitch

Auburn at LSU

Game 1 | 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Game 2 | 7 p.m. Friday

Game 3 | Noon Saturday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RECORDS: Auburn 32-18, 14-10 SEC; LSU 32-17, 15-9

RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV/LIVESTREAM: ESPN2 (Thursday), SEC Network (Saturday)/SEC Network+, WatchESPN.com

ON THE WEB: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUBaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES: LSU came back to win a road series on The Pains last season with 8-6 and 10-5 triumphs after dropping the opener 8-5. LSU has a healthy 99-72 lead on the series and has won 11 of the last 13 meetings.

LAST TIME OUT: LSU dropped a mid-week game vs. South Alabama, 7-6 on Tuesday.

RANKINGS

Auburn – No. 13 Baseball America, No. 14 USA Today (coaches), No. 14 D1Baseball.com, No. 16 Perfect Game No. 15 NCBWA (writers), No. 16 Collegiate Baseball

LSU – No. 10 Collegiate Baseball, No. 11 USA Today (coaches), No. 11 NCBWA (writers), No. 11 D1Baseball.com, No. 11 Perfect Game, No. 15 Baseball America

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Thursday | Auburn, Jr. LH Andrew Mitchell (5-2, 3.21 ERA, 28 IP, 23 SO/12 BB, .232 opponent batting average) vs. LSU, Jr. RH Alex Lange (5-5, 3.27 ERA, 74.1 IP, 91 SO/28 BB, .245 OBA)

Friday | Auburn Jr. RH Keegan Thompson (5-3, 2.08 ERA, 69.1 IP, 51 SO/11 BB, .209 OBA) vs. LSU, Sr. LH Jared Poche (8-3, 3.33 ERA, 73 IP, 49 SO/22 BB, .227 OBA)

Saturday | Auburn So. RH Casey Mize (6-1, 1.39 ERA, 64.2 IP, 86 SO/8 BB, .205 OBA vs. LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (5-1, 4.09 ERA, 66 IP, 55 SO/16 BB, .251 OBA)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

Auburn – CF Jonah Todd .383 (72-for-188), 45 R, 13 2B, 3 3B, 31 RBIs, 8-11 SB; DH Conor Davis .302 (38-126), 22 R, 9 2B, 1 HR, 23 RBIs; OF Daniel Robert .300 (51-170), 30 R, 10 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 37 RBIs, 9-9 SB; 3B Josh Anthony .292 (54-185), 35 R, 13 2B, 2 HR, 31 RBIs, 7-9 SB; SS Luke Jarvis .282 (46-163), 31 R, 10 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBIs; 2B Jay Estes .281 (55-196), 32 R, 16 2B, 24 RBIs

LSU – RF Greg Deichmann .333 (62-for-186), 38 R, 10 2B, 16 HR, 57 RBIs; 2B Cole Freeman .330 (61-185), 35 R, 10 2B, 1 HR, 28 RBIs, 11-17 SB; OF Antoine Duplantis .319 (61-191), 37 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 42 RBIs, 15-19 SB; CF Zach Watson .316 (43-136), 20 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 17 RBIs, 8-10 SB; 1B/C Nick Coomes .306 (26-85), 14 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBIs; SS Kramer Robertson .297 (57-192), 56 R, 13 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBIs, 7-10 SB; DH/LF Beau Jordan .295 (28-95), 17 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBIs; 3B Josh Smith .275 (46-167), 32 R, 9 2B, 3 HR, 35 RBIs   

OUT OF THE BULLPEN

Auburn – RH Cole Lipscomb 4-0, 5 saves, 2.61 ERA, 38 IP, 32 SO/11 BB; RH Calvin Coker 3-1, 2 saves, 3.79 ERA, 40.1 IP, 31 SO/8 BB; RH Ryan Watson 1-1, 5.13 ERA, 26.1 IP, 21 SO/9 BB; RH Cory Herndon 1-1, 5.23 ERA, 32.2 IP, 16 SO/21 BB

LSU – RH Hunter Newman 1-1, 7 saves, 0.98 ERA, 18.1 IP, 20 SO/11 BB; LH Nick Bush 1-1, 2.70 ERA, 16.2 IP, 17 SO/15 BB; RH Matthew Beck 1-0, 3.15 ERA, 20 IP, 17 SO/8 BB; RH Caleb Gilbert 2-1, 3 saves, 3.43 ERA, 31.2 IP, 35 SO/6 BB; RH Zack Hess 5-1, 3.43 ERA, 42 IP, 52 SO/20 BB

Auburn stats

LSU stats

UP NEXT

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SEC ranks (conference games only)

Batting average -- LSU 5th (.272), Auburn 6th (.269)

Slugging % -- LSU 8th (.386), Auburn 4th (.400)

On-base % -- LSU 2nd (.372), Auburn 4th (.363)

Runs scored – LSU 2nd (133), Auburn 3rd (132)

Doubles – LSU 5th (41), Auburn 1st (52)

Home runs – LSU 11th (16), Auburn 11th (16)

Walks taken – LSU 5th (93), Auburn 2nd (106)

Strikeouts (low to high)LSU 1st (151), Auburn 7th (192)

Stolen bases – LSU 4th (23), Auburn 7th (20)

ERA – LSU 10th (4.54), Auburn 3rd (3.71)

Opponent BA – LSU 11th (.263), Auburn 5th (.252)

Batters struck out – LSU 8th (191), Auburn 11th (177)

Runs allowed – LSU 7th (113), Auburn 3rd (102)

Walks allowed – LSU 11th (100), Auburn 1st (52)

Fielding percentage -- LSU 1st (.985), Auburn 8th (.973)


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