Friday, Feb. 10 – 6:30 p.m. CST; Saturday, Feb. 11 – 2 p.m. CST; Sunday, Feb. 12 – 1 p.m. CST
STADIUM: Alex Box Stadium
RANKINGS: LSU (# 17 Collegiate
Baseball, #19 Sports Weekly/ESPN, # 22 Baseball
TICKETS: $8 adults, $5 children ages 3-12 -- available at Alex Box Stadium each day two hours prior to first pitch
- Free Schedule Magnets courtesy of the LSU Bookstore to all fans in attendance
- Pregame recognition of the family of the late DeWayne "Beetle" Bailey, former LSU assistant coach
- First 500 fans receive an LSU Baseball T-shirt courtesy of Russell Athletic
- Following the game, kids 12 and under get to run the bases
FRIDAY AND SUNDAY
statewide on LSU Sports Network
(WDGL 98.1 FM in
statewide on LSU Sports Network
(WTGE 107.3 FM in
INTERNET: radio broadcast, streaming video and live stats of all three games in the Geaux Zone powered by USAgencies at www.LSUsports.net
SERIES RECORD: first meeting
LSU -- Jr. LHP Clay Dirks (10-4, 3.24 ERA, 94.1 IP, 27 BB, 67 SO in 2005)
UNF – Sr. RHP Jacob
UNF -- TBA
LSU – TBA
UNF – TBA
Game 1 of the series is set for 6:30 p.m. CST Friday, Game 2 begins at 2 p.m. CST Saturday and Game 3 starts at 1 p.m. CST Sunday.
The games will be broadcast
statewide on the LSU Sports Radio Network. The games on Friday and Sunday can be
The audio broadcast, streaming video and live stats are also available in the Geaux Zone powered by USAgencies at www.LSUsports.net.
None of the three games will be televised.
The 2005 Tigers posted a 40-22 overall mark, winning 13 of their final 17 conference games to claim the SEC Western Division crown. LSU then played host to an NCAA Regional tournament for the 16th consecutive season.
"We don't have the 20-home run guys
we had last season,"
LSU, which finished the 2005 season ranked No. 18 in the nation, features 15 returning lettermen – including seven pitchers and six position players with starting experience -- and a 14-man signing class.
Junior left-hander Clay Dirks, an
all-conference selection last year, will take the mound for the Tigers in
Friday's season opener. Dirks posted a 10-4 mark with a 3.24 ERA last season,
and he fired three complete games, including a shutout at
"Clay Dirks will go Friday night because he's the guy who deserves that spot," LSU pitching coach Brady Wiederhold said. "He's won 18 games over the last two years pitching in the SEC, so he really deserves to be given the ball to start the year."
"Dusty and I have been very close
friends for a long time,"
North Florida opened its 2006
season last weekend by splitting two games at
The LSU lineup will be bolstered this season by the return of senior catcher Matt Liuzza, the 30th-round draft selection of the Chicago Cubs last summer. Liuzza, a superb defender behind the plate, batted .251 (43-for-171) in 2005 with 10 doubles, three homers, 24 RBI and 30 runs. Liuzza is a career .301 hitter with 16 homers and 95 RBI in three seasons (159 starts).
The LSU infield will rely upon the leadership of senior Will Harris, who has made 105 starts during his career. Harris endured a difficult 2005 season, batting just .213; however, he hit .329 in 2004 with nine doubles, seven homers and 39 RBI. Harris, a first baseman in his first three collegiate seasons, will play third base in 2006.
Two more seniors with considerable experience – Bruce Sprowl (96 career starts) and Quinn Stewart (70 career starts) – return to the LSU outfield. Sprowl hit. 264 (38-for-144) last season with double, two triples, two homers, 13 RBI, 28 runs and five steals. Stewart hit .250 (29-for-116) in 2005 with seven doubles, two triples, three homers, 13 RBI and 19 runs.
Sophomore Michael Hollander (.246, 1 HR, 14 RBI) returns as the Tigers' projected starting shortstop. He saw substantial playing time as a freshman, appearing in 44 games (38 starts).
Steven Waguespack, a
Four true freshmen – outfielder
Jarred Bogany, infielder J.T. Wise, catcher Robert Lara and infielder Jason
Ogata – will be counted upon to make immediate contributions. Bogany