At 8 p.m. Saturday, when the first game of the Baton Rouge super regional gets underway, LSU and Mississippi State begin to write a new chapter in a rivalry rich with drama and intrigue. Here are three storylines to follow:

1. The last time they met ... Tigers pulled off the sweep!

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LSU players celebrate after a home run by Mike Papierski on Friday, May 19, 2017, in Starkville, Miss.

LSU wrapped up the regular season by sweeping Mississippi State and earning a share of the SEC title. Here's how it happened:

Game 1: Pair of pitching decisions worked out well for LSU coach Paul Mainieri in series opener against Mississippi State

Game 2: LSU clinches outright SEC Western Division title with 11-5 win at Mississippi State

Game 3: LSU offense powers sweep of Mississippi State, as Tigers earn a share of the SEC title


2. Circumstances surrounding Andy Cannizaro's exit from LSU still irk Paul Mainieri

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Former LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro and head coach Paul Mainieri talk near the dugout during a 2015 NCAA Regional game at Alex Box Stadium.

Surely, you know the story by now. In search of a new coach last fall, Mississippi State snatched up Cannizaro, a 38-year-old ex-Tulane standout with two years of coaching experience. Cannizaro’s quick exit from LSU in November left some players in tears and had Mainieri shuffling his staff 10 weeks before preseason practice and two weeks before baseball's fall signing day.

Circumstances surrounding Cannizaro's exit irk LSU's Mainieri

Are feelings still raw? In late May, Mainieri referred to Cannizary as the "coach leaving in November." Cannizaro saw a tweet about Mainieri's remarks and responded by posting an eye roll emoji.

Andy Cannizaro rolls his eyes after Paul Mainieri refers to him as the coach who left in November


3. Mississippi State has been known to walk Greg Deichmann - a lot

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LSU's Greg Deichmann takes swings in the cage during batting practice Friday, May 19, 2017, at Mississippi State.

Mississippi State was not planning on letting LSU slugger Greg Deichmann beat it in the two teams' regular season ending series, and it resulted in Deichmann drawing 10 walks, five of which were intentional. “Every time he gets intentionally walked, it’s a base runner for us and it gives us an opportunity to score,” Mainieri said.