The game will be televised
regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast and the Jumbo Sports Network (Cable Ch.
LSU won its sixth straight SEC
series last weekend, capturing two of three games at
LSU was in sixth place in the Western Division on April 15 with a 5-8 league record, but posted a 13-4 mark the rest of the way to finish at the top of the division standings with an 18-12 record.
LSU coach Smoke Laval said senior
left-hander Lane Mestepey (6-7, 4.71 ERA) will start Friday's series opener for
LSU. Mestepey is 2-0 in five previous appearances (three starts) against
Mestepey pitched in LSU's 7-5 victory over the Bulldogs last Friday, allowing four runs on six hits in 5.2 innings with one walk and one strikeout. He was not involved in the decision, as the Tigers posted a three-run, eighth-inning rally to secure the win.
MSU coach Ron Polk is expected to counter Wednesday with senior right-hander Alan Johnson (3-6, 4.54 ERA).
LSU shortstop Derek Hebert produced
the game-winning hit in both of the Tigers' victories at
LSU left-handed relief ace Jason Determann was named SEC Pitcher of the Week Monday as he earned a win and a save last weekend at Mississippi State. He appeared in a total of three games last week, posting a 1.17 ERA in 7.2 innings as he allowed one run on eight hits with three walks and nine strikeouts.
Determann worked six innings in the
After throwing 47 pitches on Friday, Determann returned to the mound on Sunday to register his seventh save of the season. He pitched the final 2.2 innings, allowing no runs on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Determann fanned the final two MSU batters with runners at second and first and one out with LSU clinging to a 3-2 lead.
For the entire season, Determann is 4-0 in 23 relief appearances with a 1.80 ERA and seven saves – in 50 innings, he has recorded eight walks and 59 strikeouts and opponents are batting just .238 against him.
LSU has a 49-30 all-time record in the SEC Tournament, and the Tigers captured tournament titles in 1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 2000. LSU has played in the SEC Tournament championship game in three of the past five seasons (2000, 2001 and 2003).
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, May 25 – 10 a.m. CDT
RANKINGS: LSU (# 6 ESPN/Sports
Weekly, # 9 Baseball
RADIO: statewide on LSU
Sports Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in
INTERNET: radio broadcast and live stats of all three games at www.LSUsports.net
TV: Comcast Sports
Southeast (Cable Ch. 13 in
LSU -- Sr. LHP Lane Mestepey (6-7, 4.71 ERA, 91.2 IP, 22 BB, 47 SO)
MSU – Sr. RHP Alan Johnson (3-6, 4.54 ERA, 75.1 IP, 30 BB, 57 SO)