Who: Hawaii at LSU
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Alex Box Stadium
Radio: WDGL-FM 98.1; WWL-AM, 870
Rankings: LSU is ranked No. 16 by Baseball America. Hawaii is not ranked.
Friday’s likely starters
LSU — So. RHP Zack Hess (2-1, 6.46 ERA, 15 1/3 IP, 8 BB, 25 K)
UH —Jr. RHP Jackson Rees (1-0, 0.93 ERA. 19 1/3 IP, 5 BB, 19 K)
Scouting report, LSU: The Zack Hess on display the past two weeks represents the best-case scenario for LSU: Hess struck out 23 in 13 innings against only two walks. Though his fastball velocity has been impressive in those outings, his top weapon has been his slider, with which he racked up 17 of 23 strikeouts in his past two starts. Hess has been able to use it with equal effectiveness in and out of the strike zone, which has set up his power fastball. While it is unfair to expect him to maintain that level of dominance, he appears to have settled into a role as LSU’s full-fledged ace.
Scouting report, Hawaii: Just two regular players are hitting above .300 (Adam Fogel at .351, Ethan Lopez at .317). Through 11 games, Hawaii is sporting a team batting average of .244, a slugging percentage of .330 and is scoring 3.5 runs per game. But Hawaii’s pitching staff, particularly its starters, have done a nice job carrying the burden while the lineup comes together. Hawaii's four pitchers have given up just 13 earned runs in 71 innings — a 1.65 ERA.