The LSU Tigers open up a season-ending, three-game, SEC series, on Thursday evening, against the Mississippi St. Bulldogs. First-pitch, in Starkville, Mississippi, is set for 6 pm. Bill Franques, of lsusports.net, has a preview, below.

LSU head coach Paul Mainieri

LSU (34-19, 11-16 SEC) concludes the 2011 regular season beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday as the Tigers face Mississippi State (33-19, 13-14 SEC) in a three-game conference series at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville, Miss.

Game 2 of the series starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and the series finale begins at 2 p.m. Saturday.