LSU heads to Athens

The No. 2 LSU Tigers will take on the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs this weekend at Foley Field in Athens, Ga. in one of the most highly anticipated series of the season.

LSU (21-7, 6-3 SEC) heads to Athens this weekend to face the Georgia Bulldogs (24-3, 7-2 SEC) in a contest the pits the conference’s top two teams against one another.

 

The Bulldogs head into the weekend holding a one-game lead over Florida (6-3) in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. LSU enters the series in second place in the SEC West, two games behind Arkansas (8-1).

 

The Tigers have won seven straight SEC series, dating back to April 18-20, 2000 when the Bulldogs topped the Tigers in Baton Rouge.

 

Anthony Ranaudo (2-2, 3.08) will start Friday night's 6 p.m. CST contest, with Louis Coleman (6-1, 1.23 ERA) and Austin Ross (4-2, 2.48 ERA) set to follow on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

 

Coleman, who leads the league in wins, is holding opponents to a .181 batting average, and he is No. 3 in strikeouts (50).

 

Ranaudo's 60 strikeouts are best in the SEC, and he is No. 2 in the league in opponent batting average (.191).

 

Ross is No. 5 in the SEC in opponent batting average (.200), fresh off pitcher of the week honors after last weekend's performance against Ole Miss.

 

The Bulldogs will throw right-hander Trevor Holder (5-1, 3.06 ERA), left-hander Alex McRee (2-0, 1.80 ERA) and right-hander Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.11 ERA).

 

The Tigers are fifth in the league with a .306 batting average, while the Bulldog offense boasts a .323 average.

 

LSU has homered 44 times on the year, while Georgia has allowed the fewest home runs among the SEC teams (14).

 

D. J. LeMahieu remains hot at the plate for Mainieri, batting .355 on the year with two doubles, three triples, three homeruns and 15 RBI.

 

Georgia is led by first baseman Rich Poythress, who's .451 average and 49 RBI are both good for best in the league.

 

LSU leads the overall series, 51-17-2. Though they dropped their 2008 meeting, the Tigers have won four straight series over the Bulldogs prior to last season.

 

 

#2 LSU (21-7, 6-3) at #1 Georgia (24-3, 7-2)

 

DATES/TIMES 

Friday, April 3 – 6 p.m. CT; Saturday, April 4 – Noon CT; Sunday, April 5 – 11 a.m. CT

 

STADIUM

Foley Field in Athens, Ga.

 

RANKINGS

LSU - No. 2 by Baseball America, No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 5 by USA Today/ESPN

Georgia – No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 1 by USA Today/ESPN; No. 6 by Baseball America

  

RADIO

·         LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates

·         The Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM

 

TV

Saturday’s game will be televised live by Comcast Sports Southeast; the game will be replayed at 6 p.m. CT on Cox Sports Television (Cable Ch. 37 in Baton Rouge)

 

SERIES RECORD

LSU leads, 51-17-2

 

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Game 1

LSU – So. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (2-2, 3.08 ERA, 38.0 IP, 13 BB, 60 SO)

UGA – Sr. RHP Trevor Holder (5-1, 3.06 ERA, 35.1 IP, 10 BB 34 SO)

 

Game 2

LSU – Sr. RHP Louis Coleman (6-1, 1.23 ERA, 36.2 IP, 10 BB, 50 SO) 

UGA -- Jr. LHP Alex McRee (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 20.0 IP, 17 BB, 25 SO)

 

Game 3

LSU – So. RHP Austin Ross (4-2, 2.48 ERA, 36.1 IP, 3 BB, 33 SO)

UGA – So. RHP Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.11 ERA, 30.2 IP, 9 BB, 36 SO)


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