Setting up the Series: LSU

Ole Miss will try to put some distance between itself and the rest of the Western Division when LSU visits for a three-game set. The Tigers and Rebels open Red/Blue Weekend with a 6:35 Friday first pitch.

LSU (21-11, 5-7) at No. 18 Ole Miss (22-11, 7-5)

Game Times

Friday - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday - 4 p.m.

Sunday - 1:30 p.m.

Radio and Video Access

All three games can be heard state-wide on the Ole Miss Radio Network and on Yahoo Sports. The first and last games are also available for viewing courtesy of OleMissSports.tv. (The SEC executes a conference-wide blackout on Saturdays frm 3-6 p.m.) Friday's game will be televised on CSS Delay. Saturday's game will be available on XM Ch. 199. Sunday's game will be televised by JSN. David Kellum will handle the play-by-play with Gary Darby providing color.

Last Time Out

The Rebels are white hot with a seven-game win streak overall and a four-game conference streak. Ole Miss just completed a two-game sweep of South Alabama on the heels of a dominating three-game sweep of then-No. 6 Vanderbilt last weekend. With the wins, the Rebels lead the SEC West by one game over Auburn at 7-5 and would be the No. 2 seed in Hoover if the league tournament began today. LSU traveled to Hattiesburg and defeated Southern Mississippi, 8-4, Wednesday and is also coming off an SEC series win, taking two of three from Alabama in Baton Rouge, La., last weekend. The Tigers are two games back of Ole Miss in the West, good enough for a third-place tie inside the division. LSU is ninth overall in the conference and would miss the SEC Tournament if it began today.

Series Info

LSU has captured seven of its last nine regular-season series with Ole Miss, and the Tigers have a 15-10 record against the Rebels this decade. LSU won two of three games over Ole Miss last season in Baton Rouge after the Rebels swept three games from the Tigers in 2006 in Oxford. Mike Bianco has an 11-13 career mark against LSU in his eight seasons as the Ole Miss coach. LSU leads the overall series 156-134 with the teams first meeting in 1906.

Scouting LSU

Derek Helenihi leads LSU with a .375 average, and he has collected eight doubles, three triples, one homer and 18 RBI. First baseman Matt Clark is hitting .343 with five doubles and a team-best 13 homers. Designated hitter Blake Dean is batting .311 with five doubles, two triples, seven homers and a team-high 29 RBI. LSU is hitting .301 as a team with 39 home runs on the year. The Tigers' pitching staff has a 3.96 ERA with 251 strikeouts and 95 walks in 284.1 innings.

Probable Pitchers

Friday -Lance Lynn RHP 6-5, 260 JR. (4-0, 3.63)

Jordan Brown RHP 6-0, 192 JR. (3-0, 4.91)

Saturday - Drew Pomeranz LHP 6-5, 220 FR. (2-1, 2.10)

Blake Martin LHP 6-2, 193 JR (1-1, 3.96)

Sunday - Cody Satterwhite RHP 6-4, 205 JR. (3-1, 4.38)

TBA

Around the SEC

Alabama (5-7) at Tennessee (7-5)

Arkansas (3-8) at Florida (8-4)

South Carolina (6-6) at Auburn (6-6)

Kentucky (7-5) at Georgia (9-3)

Vanderbilt (5-6) at Mississippi State (3-9)

LSU's official athletic web site, LSUSports.net, contributed to this report.

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