WHO: LSU (27-13, 10-7 SEC) at Kentucky (27-13, 11-6)
WHEN: Noon Sunday
WHERE: Cliff Hagan Stadium, Lexington, Ky.
RADIO: WDGL-FM 98.1; WWL-AM, 870
RANKINGS: LSU is ranked No. 9 by Baseball America. Kentucky is ranked No. 14 by Baseball America.
LIKELY STARTERS: LSU, Fr. RHP Eric Walker (5-0, 2.48 ERA, 54.1 IP, 12 BB, 52 K) vs. UK, So. RHP Justin Lewis (5-2, 3.14, 51.2 IP, 13 BB, 39 K)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Can freshman right-hander Eric Walker once again act as the stabilizing force in the LSU rotation? Even though LSU possesses two talented, experienced starters in Alex Lange and Jared Poché, Walker has been the most consistent arm. He has thrown at least six innings and given up three or fewer earned runs in six of his last seven starts, the lone outlier being his first SEC road start. He’ll have to deal with the uncomfortable pitching conditions presented by Cliff Hagan Stadium that have rattled LSU’s pitchers thus far. Walker must certainly do a better job locating the strike zone than LSU’s staff did Friday, walking 18 in 17 innings.
ON THE WILDCATS: Walker will face one of his toughest lineups of the year in Kentucky, especially considering the Wildcats could have as many as six left-handed bats in the lineup (as they did against right-hander Alex Lange). Kentucky showed off its offensive prowess with 12 runs on 16 hits — both season highs against LSU — in the first game. UK has sent more than 90 batters to the plate in the first two games of the series. The difference between the first and second games was Kentucky’s clutch hitting. The Wildcats went 7 for 13 with two outs in Game 1, extending innings and ballooning pitch counts. They didn’t come close to that production in Game 2, going 0 for 9 with two outs and 0 for 6 with the bases loaded, allowing Lange to stay in the game until the sixth, which in turn allowed Zack Hess to close the game.
Recapping the weekend
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Greg Deichmann fielded what looked like a one-out single in the ninth innin…
LEXINGTON, Ky. — In its 17th inning of Friday baseball, LSU took its first lead.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky lived up to its reputation in the first game of a Friday doublehea…