LSU to host Tennessee Tech

Sizing up the weekend competition at The Box.

SERIES FACTS

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (0-0) at #16 LSU Fighting Tigers (3-1)

 

DATES/TIMES 

Friday, Feb. 17 – 6:30 p.m. CST; Saturday, Feb. 18 – 2 p.m. CST; Sunday, Feb. 19 – 1 p.m. CST 

 

STADIUM:  Alex Box Stadium (7,760) in Baton Rouge, La.

  

RANKINGS: LSU (# 16 Collegiate Baseball, #19 Sports Weekly/ESPN, # 20 Baseball America)

                     Tennessee Tech (unranked)

 

TICKETS:  $8 adults, $5 children ages 3-12 -- available at Alex Box Stadium each day two hours prior to first pitch; tickets may also be purchased and printed at www.LSUsports.net

 

SPECIAL EVENTS/PROMOTIONS

SATURDAY

  • Fans will receive a free 2006 LSU Baseball Poster as they exit the stadium (beginning after the 7th inning stretch)

SUNDAY

  • Following the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases on the Alex Box Stadium field

 

RADIO

FRIDAY AND SUNDAY

statewide on LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge)

 

SATURDAY

statewide on LSU Sports Radio Network (WTGE 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge)

 

INTERNET:  audio broadcast, streaming video and live stats of all three games in the Geaux Zone powered by USAgencies at www.LSUsports.net

 

TV:  none

 

SERIES RECORD:  first meeting

 

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Game 1

LSU -- Jr. LHP Clay Dirks (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 1 BB, 6 SO)

TTU – Jr. RHP Zac Cole (first outing for Tennessee Tech)

 

Game 2

LSU – Jr. RHP Derik Olvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.1 IP, 0 BB, 5 SO)

TTU – So. RHP Billy Welsh (2005 stats:  2-1, 9.00 ERA, 38.0 IP, 16 BB, 16 SO)

 

Game 3

LSU – Jr. LHP Daniel Forrer (0-0, 3.38 ERA, 5.1 IP, 2 BB, 7 SO)

TTU – So. LHP Jake New (first outing for Tennessee Tech)

 

BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 16 LSU (3-1) plays host to Tennessee Tech (0-0) this weekend in a three-game series at Alex Box Stadium.

 

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 heard in Baton Rouge on WDGL 98.1 FM, and the Baton Rouge affiliate for Saturday's game is WTGE 107.3 FM.

 

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.

 

Junior left-hander Clay Dirks will take the mound for the Tigers in Friday's contest against Tennessee Tech. Dirks fired four shutout innings last Friday against North Florida before the game was suspended due to heavy rain. Dirks limited North Florida to two hits in four innings with one walk and six strikeouts.

 

Tennessee Tech, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, posted a 13-42 record last season. Friday's game will mark the season opener for the Golden Eagles, led by third-year coach Matt Bragga, a former player at Kentucky.

 

Junior right-hander Zac Cole, a newcomer to the Tennessee Tech pitching staff, is expected to start Friday's game for the Golden Eagles.

 

LSU leads the Southeastern Conference with a .375 batting average after the Tigers pounded out 14 hits in a 15-3 win over Centenary Tuesday night.

 

Five LSU players are hitting over .400, including outfielder Jarred Bogany (.727, 2 2B, 2 RBI), first baseman/outfielder Steven Waguespack (.500, 2 2B, 3 RBI), designated hitter/first baseman J.T. Wise (.429, 2 2B, 5 RBI), shortstop Michael Hollander (.417, 3 RBI, 6 R) and outfielder Bruce Sprowl (.412, 2 RBI, 4 R).

 

This weekend's series carries special significance for Sprowl because his younger brother, Brian, is a junior second baseman/outfielder for Tennessee Tech. The Sprowls are natives of Knoxville, Tenn.

 

Bogany, who injured his right wrist prior to Tuesday's game with Centenary, might return to the lineup in three weeks, team trainer Beau Lowery said Wednesday.

 

Bogany, a freshman from Houston, tore a tendon sheath in his right wrist during batting practice on Tuesday and missed the win over Centenary. He was examined on Wednesday by LSU team doctors.

 

Bogany, who made his collegiate debut last weekend versus North Florida, was named Monday as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week by the league office.

 

The LSU pitching staff enters the weekend series with the second-best ERA in the SEC (1.95). South Carolina is No. 1 with a 1.86 ERA.

 

LSU has limited its opponents to a .208 batting average while recording 41 strikeouts in 37 innings.


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