Game 1 of the LSU-UK series is set for 5:30 p.m. CST Friday, Game 2 begins at Noon CST Saturday and Game 3 starts at 11 a.m. CST Sunday.
The games on Saturday and Sunday will be televised by the Jumbo Sports Network. Saturday's game can be seen in Baton Rouge on WGMB (Cable Ch. 6) and Sunday's game will be carried on WBRL (Cable Ch. 10).
LSU coach Smoke Laval said he is looking forward to seeing his club begin SEC competition.
"We're right where we should be,"
"We're going into a very difficult
place to play against a tremendous
Dirks lowered his team-best ERA to 1.84; in 29.1 innings this season, he has recorded six walks and 36 strikeouts, and opponents are hitting just .208 against him.
The series matches two of the SEC's
most potent offensive clubs. Through games of March 12, LSU led the league in
batting average (.340), hits (214), triples (11), total bases (328), slugging
percentage (.521) and sacrifice bunts (19).
LSU infielder J.T. Wise was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday as he hit .563 (9-for-16) in the Tigers' four games last week with one double, one homer, two RBI and two runs. His solo homer against No. 12 Tulane last Tuesday capped a three-run rally for the Tigers, erasing a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning of a game LSU went on to win by a 4-3 score.
Wise is hitting .377 (26-for-69) on the year with six doubles, one homer 14 RBI and eight runs.
Senior right fielder Quinn Stewart enjoyed a record-setting outing in the Tigers' series victory over Stetson last week, becoming the 10th player in LSU history to hit three homers in a single game. He launched three dingers in the Tigers' 11-7 victory over the Hatters on Saturday, and he also provided a sacrifice fly for a total of six RBI on the day. For the series, Stewart hit .455 (5-for-11) with one double, four homers, eight RBI and four runs.
Stewart, who has belted six homers in his last eight games, raised his cumulative average to .357 (25-for-70) with three doubles, two triples, seven homers and 25 RBI. He leads the SEC in total bases (53), slugging percentage (.757) and home runs (7).
LSU leads the all-time series with
The Wildcats' last series victory
over LSU came in 1994 in
# 8 LSU Fighting Tigers (16-3) at
Friday, March 17 – 5:30 p.m. CST; Saturday, March 18 – Noon CST; Sunday, March 19 – 11 a.m. CST
Cliff Hagan Stadium (3,000) in
LSU (# 8 Collegiate Baseball, # 10
LSU leads, 33-15 (first meeting in 1975)
LSU -- Jr. LHP Clay Dirks (3-1, 1.84 ERA, 29.1 IP, 6 BB, 36 SO)
LSU – Jr. RHP Derik Olvey (4-0, 1.85 ERA, 34.0 IP, 5 BB, 23 SO)
LSU – Jr. LHP Daniel Forrer (1-0, 4.55 ERA, 27.2 IP, 12 BB, 31 SO)