The 5th-ranked LSU Tigers open-up SEC play tonight, playing host to the top-ranked Florida Gators, in the opening game of a three-game, weekend series. Bill Franques, of, has the story, below.

No. 5 LSU (16-1, 0-0) opens Southeastern Conference action at 6 p.m. Friday when the Tigers open a three-game series against top-ranked Florida (15-2, 0-0) in Alex Box Stadium.

First pitch for Game 2 of the series is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and Game 3 will start at 12 p.m. Sunday.