HAWKINS FIELD (3,700)
Game 1 • Friday, April 22 • 6 p.m. CT
Game 2 • Saturday, April 23 • 2:30 p.m. CT
Game 3 • Sunday, April 24 • 2 p.m. CT
Radio: 560 AM WNSR
TV: Friday (None), Saturday (SportSouth/Fox Sports Houston), Sunday (ESPN2), ESPN3.
Series History: Vandy trails 33-51.
The Coaches: LSU head coach Paul Mainieri is 1063-590-7 (.643) in his 29th year as a head coach. Mainieri is 199-98-2 (.674) in his fifth season at LSU. Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin is 460-320 overall in 15 years as a head coach. Corbin is 354-182 in 9 years at VU.
Tentative Pitching Matchups
LSU - Fr. RHP Kurt McCune (5-2, 2.40 ERA, 60.0 IP, 16 BB, 47 SO)
VU - Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (7-2, 1.79 ERA, 60.1 IP, 25 BB, 73 SO)
LSU - Fr. RHP Kevin Gausman (2-4, 4.39 ERA, 53.1 IP, 17 BB, 49 SO)
VU - Jr. LHP Grayson Garvin (7-1, 2.44 ERA, 59.0 IP, 11 BB, 53 SO)
LSU - Sr. RHP Ben Alsup (5-3, 3.06 ERA, 50.0 IP, 17 BB, 33 SO)
VU - Sr. RHP Taylor Hill (2-0, 3.17 ERA, 48.1 IP, 11 BB, 48 SO)
The Tigers are batting .291 as a team with 60 doubles, nine triples, 26 homers and 65 steals on the year. The LSU pitching staff has a 4.05 ERA with 275 strikeouts and a .240 opponent batting average.
LSU is ranked No. 5 in the SEC in team batting average, and the Tigers are No. 8 in the league in staff ERA.
The Tigers are led at the plate by sophomore rightfielder Raph Rhymes, who is batting .366 with 11 doubles, two homers and 26 RBI. Junior centerfielder Mikie Mahtook is hitting .365 with seven doubles, three triples, 10 homers and 36 RBI, while sophomore shortstop Austin Nola is hitting .318 with 10 doubles, two triples, two homers and 32 RBI.
Vanderbilt is batting .305 with 65 doubles, eight triples, 17 homers and 43 stolen bases. The Commodores' pitching staff has a 2.35 ERA with 342 strikeouts and a .217 opponent batting average.
Vanderbilt is No. 2 in the SEC in team batting average and the Commodores are first in the league in team ERA.
Vanderbilt is led at the plate by junior infielder Aaron Westlake, who is hitting .380 with 12 doubles, one triple, six homers and 28 RBI. Sophomore infielder Anthony Gomez is batting .354 with five doubles, one triple and 28 RBI, while junior infielder Jason Esposito is hitting .329 with 10 doubles, five homers and 30 RBI.
|6.7||Runs Per Game||6.3|
|9.4||Hits Per Game||10.1|
|227||Runs Batted In||201|
|4.05||Earned Run Average||2.35|
|4.4||Runs Allowed Per Game||2.8|
|7.8||Hits Allowed Per Game||7.0|