Game 1 of the LSU-Auburn series is set for 7 p.m. CT Friday, Game 2 begins at 7 p.m. CT Saturday and Game 3 starts at 1 p.m. CT Sunday.
The games on Saturday and Sunday will be televised by the Jumbo Sports Network.
"Our players are looking forward to
the challenge of going up to
"We're taking the mindset that we need to control what is within our reach. That's all we can do."
Junior left-hander Clay Dirks (3-4,
5.34 ERA) will take the mound for the Tigers in Friday's series opener. Dirks
turned in a solid no-decision effort in last Friday's win over
Auburn coach Tom Slater will counter Friday with sophomore right-hander Brett Butts (3-5, 6.40 ERA).
Despite working with a depleted
pitching staff, LSU posted an SEC series victory over 11th-ranked
Junior right-hander Jonathan Wilhite, who had pitched just 2.2 innings in SEC games entering the series, earned the relief win in Game 1, allowing one run on two hits in 1.1 innings with one strikeout.
Junior right-hander Edgar Ramirez, who had pitched just 8.2 SEC innings entering the series, earned the relief victory in Game 3, limiting the Hogs to one run on four hits in 4.1 with three walks and a career-best six strikeouts.
Third baseman Will Harris was called upon to close Game 3 on the mound for the Tigers, and he responded by earning his first career save. Making just his sixth pitching appearance this season, Harris preserved the 7-5 victory by pitching a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit with two strikeouts.
LSU senior right fielder Quinn Stewart enters the series ranked No. 2 in the nation in homers with 20. He trails Kellen Kulbacki of James Madison, who has 21 on the year.
Sophomore shortstop Michael
Hollander helped lead the Tigers to the series victory over
The homer was Hollander's fourth of
the season and his first since March 18 at
Freshman centerfielder Jarred
Bogany batted .500 (8-for-16) in four games last week, scoring two runs and
recording a .500 on-base percentage. In the
Bogany is the Tigers' leading hitter this season, batting .348 (40-for-115) on the year with four doubles, two triples, 11 RBI and 15 runs.
Auburn catcher/infielder Josh Donaldson belted home runs in three consecutive games (4/23 at Florida, 4/25 vs. Mercer, 4/28 at Alabama), making him the first AU player to accomplish that feat since Karl Amonite did it over the span of two seasons (June 1, 2003 – Feb. 5, 2005). Donaldson has had back-to-back homer games twice this season.
Auburn infielder Tyler Johnstone has reached base safely in 46 out of 47 games this season. With six more stolen bases, Johnstone will enter AU's top-10 in that career category.
LSU leads the overall series with
LSU has captured five of the last
seven SEC series with
LSU Fighting Tigers (29-17, 8-13)
Friday, May 5 -- 7 p.m. CT; Saturday, May 6 – 7 p.m. CT; Sunday, May 7 – 1 p.m. CT
Neither team is ranked
LSU leads, 75-62 (first meeting in 1907)
LSU – Jr. LHP Clay Dirks (3-4, 5.34 ERA, 60.2 IP, 14 BB, 59 SO)
AU – So. RHP Brett Butts (3-5, 6.40 ERA, 57.2 IP, 21 BB, 38 SO)
LSU – Fr. RHP Louis Coleman (4-3, 4.31 ERA, 62.2 IP, 22 BB, 40 SO)
AU – Fr. LHP Evan Crawford (5-5, 3.84 ERA, 63.1 IP, 35 BB, 44 SO)
LSU – Jr. LHP Daniel Forrer (1-2, 6.35 ERA, 51.0 IP, 21 BB, 46 SO)
AU – Jr. RHP Chris Dennis (3-4, 6.02 ERA, 49.1 IP, 31 BB, 29 SO)