LSU is in ninth place in the
overall league standings, one-half game behind
Game 1 of the LSU-Vanderbilt series is set for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday, Game 2 begins at 2 p.m. CT Saturday and Game 3 starts at 1 p.m. CT Sunday.
Friday's game will be televised
live by Cox Sports Television (Cable Ch. 37 in
"It's a difficult task ahead of us," said LSU coach Smoke Laval. "Vanderbilt is well-disciplined, well- coached, scrappy team with tremendous arms. You don't know if you should try to get into their bullpen or not. They just keep coming out with quality arms.
"We've won four of our last five weekend series and we hope to continue that. I think our players know the task at hand."
LSU swept a three-game SEC series
last weekend at
The Tigers have won four of their
last five league series, including three series wins over teams that were ranked
at the time of the series –
Junior left-hander Clay Dirks (4-4,
4.97 ERA) will take the mound for the Tigers in Friday's series opener. Dirks
earned his first SEC win of the season last Friday, limiting
Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin will counter Friday with senior right-hander Matt Buschmann (4-4, 4.18 ERA), marking a change in the Commodores' rotation. Sophomore left-hander David Price (6-4, 4.01 ERA), Vanderbilt's Friday night starter all season, will start on Saturday this weekend against LSU freshman right-hander Louis Coleman (5-3, 4.33 ERA).
Senior Will Harris helped lead LSU
to the three-game series sweep at
Harris, LSU's starting third baseman, delivered clutch hits for the Tigers in the Auburn series, launching a solo homer in Game 1 on Friday to ignite a three-run third inning. Harris' RBI double in the fifth inning of Game 3 on Sunday broke a scoreless tie and again was the catalyst for a three-run outburst.
The LSU pitching staff posted a
sterling 2.33 ERA in the
Coleman pitched the Tigers to
victory in Game 2 of the
Junior right-hander Jonathan Wilhite pitched a career-high 4.2 relief innings last Sunday to defeat
Freshman centerfielder Jarred Bogany is hitting .405 (15-for-37) in the Tigers' last 10 games with four RBI and five runs. Bogany is LSU's leading hitter overall, batting .344 (43-for-125) with four doubles, two triples, 12 RBI, 17 runs and six stolen bases.
Freshman second baseman J.T. Wise
produced a career-high four RBI in Sunday's win at
Vanderbilt, batting .298 on the year with 35 home runs, is paced by freshman third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who is hitting .344 with 14 doubles, 15 homers and 51 RBI.
LSU leads the all-time series with Vanderbilt, 46-25, as the teams first met in 1954.
The Tigers have won 10 of the 17
meetings between the schools this decade, including a 2-1 SEC series victory
last season in
The teams have split their last four series. The Commodores captured two of three games from LSU in 2002 and in 2003 before the Tigers posted 2-1 series victories in 2004 and 2005.
Vanderbilt Commodores (28-21, 12-12)
at #25 LSU Fighting Tigers (32-17, 11-13)
Friday, May 12 – 6:30 p.m. CDT; Saturday, May 13 – 2 p.m. CDT; Sunday, May 14 – 1 p.m. CDT
Alex Box Stadium (7,760) in
LSU (#25 NCBWA)
Cox Sports Television (Cable Ch. 37
LSU leads, 46-25 (first meeting in 1954)
LSU – Jr. LHP Clay Dirks (4-4, 4.97 ERA, 67.0 IP, 15 BB, 65 SO)
VU – Sr. RHP Matt Buschmann (4-4, 4.18 ERA, 64.2 IP, 20 BB, 61 SO)
LSU – Fr. RHP Louis Coleman (5-3, 4.33 ERA, 68.2 IP, 24 BB, 45 SO)
VU – So. LHP David Price (6-4, 4.01 ERA, 83.0 IP, 26 BB, 122 SO)
LSU – Jr. LHP Daniel Forrer (1-2, 6.18 ERA, 55.1 IP, 22 BB, 50 SO)
VU – So. RHP Ty Davis (5-4, 3.81 ERA, 49.2 IP, 19 BB, 49 SO)