Game 1 of the LSU-MSU series is set for 6:30 p.m. CDT Friday, Game 2 will start at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday, and Game 3 begins at 1:30 p.m. CDT Sunday.
"We are looking forward to a trip
"One thing I'm not looking forward to is facing the Bulldogs, because they are playing very well right now. Our team has made some important strides in recent games. We've got some tough games ahead of us, but the kids are feeling confident that we're improving. We're looking forward to playing in what I consider one of the great venues in college baseball."
LSU is in fifth place in the SEC West with a 6-8-1 record. The Tigers captured two of three games from Ole Miss last weekend in Alex Box Stadium.
Junior left-hander Charlie Furbush (3-4, 4.29 ERA) will start Friday's game on the mound for LSU. Furbush pitched effectively in last Friday's 4-3 LSU win over Ole Miss, scattering 10 hits over 6.1 innings while allowing three runs with one walk and two strikeouts.
Sophomore left-hander Ryan Byrd (5-1, 3.65 ERA) will start Game 2 at Mississippi State after a brilliant outing last Saturday versus Ole Miss. Byrd fired LSU's first complete game of the season, limiting the Rebels to two runs on seven hits in nine innings with no walks and three strikeouts.
Byrd's win marked the first SEC
complete-game victory for an LSU pitcher since Clay Dirks defeated
LSU freshman designated
hitter/outfielder Blake Dean was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the
Week Monday by the league office in
Dean extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a ninth-inning homer in Wednesday's loss to UNO – he is hitting .397 (31-for-78) during the streak with six doubles, one triple, two homers, 12 RBI and 13 runs.
Freshman first baseman Sean Ochinko is hitting .421 (8-for-19) in the Tigers' last five games with two doubles and two RBI. Sophomore second baseman Nicholas Pontiff is also swinging at hot bat, hitting .400 (8-for-20) in the last five games with one double, four RBI and four runs.
LSU is batting .305 (53-for-174) as a team in its last five contests, averaging nearly 11 hits per outing.
MSU shortstop Brandon Turner is batting a team-high .431 (56-for-130) with 10 doubles, one triple, one homer and 33 RBI. Catcher Edward Easley is hitting .400 (52-for-130) with seven doubles and a team-best eight homers.
First baseman Mitch Moreland leads the Bulldogs with 13 doubles and 40 RBI, and he has contributed five homers.
The Tigers have won eight of the
last 13 meetings between the clubs, though
LSU has won three of its last four
LSU Fighting Tigers (21-17-1, 6-8-1
SEC) at # 15
Friday, April 20 – 6:30 p.m. CDT; Saturday, April 21 – 2 p.m. CDT; Sunday, April 22 – 1:30 p.m. CDT
Dudy Noble Field in
LSU – Jr. LHP Charlie Furbush (3-4, 4.29 ERA, 56.2 IP, 23 BB, 59 SO)
MSU – So. RHP Chad Crosswhite (4-1, 3.31 ERA, 32.2 IP, 15 BB, 27 SO)
LSU – So. LHP Ryan Byrd (5-1, 3.65 ERA, 44.1 IP, 8 BB, 28 SO)
MSU – Jr. LHP Justin Pigott (3-3, 5.50 ERA, 52.1 IP, 10 BB, 34 SO)
LSU – TBA
MSU – Sr. RHP Josh Johnson (2-2, 7.02 ERA, 33.1 IP, 12 BB, 40 SO)