Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman is congratulated by teammates Christian Ibarra (14), Mark Laird (9) and Jake Fraley (23) after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of LSU's 11-1 win over Vanderbilt during the Southeastern Conference tournament Wednesday. The Tigers face Arkansas at noon Saturday in the semifinal round.

LSU (41-14-1) vs. Arkansas (37-21)

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

WHERE: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Ala.

RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as low as No. 14 and has high as No. 8. Arkansas is ranked as low as No. 27 and as high as No. 20.

STARTING PITCHERS: LSU, Jr. RH Aaron Nola (9-1, 1.42) vs. Arkansas, LH Colin Poche (3-0, 2.55).


RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1 and LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.




WHAT TO WATCH: The streaking Tigers take a five-game winning streak and some incredibly hot bats into a key game. A win and LSU gets a bye Friday and moves into Saturday’s semifinals. Nola takes the mound against a Hogs team that he stifled last month. He had a career-high 13 strikeouts in a win over Arkansas in a series earlier this year. LSU has scored 67 runs in the last five games.

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: The Hogs have thrown their best two arms already this week in Chris Oliver and Trey Killian. Arkansas’ No. 2 pitcher, Jalen Beeks (5-4, 2.11), did not make the trip to Hoover because of an injury. Coach Dave Van Horn plans to piece together his pitching Thursday.

IN THE HOLE (with loss): vs. Vanderbilt/Ole Miss, 3 p.m. Friday.

IN THE HOLE (with win): TBA, noon Saturday.