LSU Baseball Entertains Arkansas
The eight-ranked LSU Tigers are back in action on Friday night, when they play host to the Arkansas Razorbacks in the opening game of a three-game, weekend, SEC baseball series at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.
The conference series will mark the fifth of the season for LSU, and will conclude an eight-game home stand.
The Tigers, who beat the Lamar Cardinals, 5-0, in non-conference play on Wednesday night, will come in at 25-8-1, overall, and 6-5-1 in SEC play.
Arkansas, who defeated the UNLV Rebels, 9-2, in non-conference action on Wednesday evening, is currently 21-13, overall, and 6-6 in league play.
LSU is currently hitting a .275 as a team, along with 16 home runs, 189 runs batted in, and 26 stolen bases. The Tigers are led, offensively, by Kade Scivicque, who is hitting a .369, and Andrew Stevenson, who is hitting a .347.
Arkansas, is currently hitting a .259 as a team, along with 12 home runs, 154 runs batted in, and 24 stolen bases. The Razorbacks are paced by Joe Serrano and Brian Anderson, who are both hitting a .336.
Pitching-wise, the Tigers bring in a 2.13 team earned run average into the series, with right-hander Aaron Nola, who will start on Friday night, leading the way, with a 6-1 record, and an ERA. of 0.47. Jared Poche (6-2, 2.25) is the likely starter on Saturday night, with Sunday TBA.
The Razorbacks, who currently have an overall 2.30., are paced by junior left-hander Jalen Beeks, who is 5-2 with a 1.05 ERA, with junior right-hander Chris Oliver (3-3, 1.99) right behind.
LSU ranks seventh in the SEC in hitting, and fifth in pitching, while Arkansas ranks 13th in hitting and fourth in pitching.
Game times are 7 o'clock on Friday night, noon on Saturday afternoon, and 1 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.