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.
PRE- AND POSTGAME COVERAGE:
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.