LSU whips Vanderbilt 11-1 to open SEC tournament _lowres

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri, left and Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin, right, go over the ground rules before the start of LSU's 11-1 win over Vanderbilt during the 2014 SEC tournament in Hoover, Alabama.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 15 and as low as No. 25. Vanderbilt is ranked as high as No. 3 and as low as No. 6.

RECORDS: Vanderbilt 24-5, 6-3 SEC; LSU 19-9, 4-5

PROJECTED STARTERS: Thursday — Vandy, So. RH Jordan Sheffield (4-1, 2.27) vs. LSU, Jr. LH Jared Poché (3-3, 2.38 ERA); Friday — Vandy, So. RH Kyle Wright (4-1, 1.60) vs. LSU, So. RH Alex Lange (2-2, 5.02); Saturday — Vandy, Jr. RH Hayden Stone (0-1, 3.44) vs. LSU, Sr. LH John Valek III (5-1, 2.92)

TV: SEC Network

RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1 (Baton Rouge); KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Lafayette); WWL-AM, 870, WWL-FM, 105.3 (New Orleans)

ONLINE STREAMING: ESPN3.com

PRE- AND POSTGAME: blogs.theadvocate.com/linedrives; theadvocate.com/sports

IN-GAME UPDATES: @Chandler_Rome

WHAT TO WATCH: Poché makes a second start in three weeks on four days rest. His last short-rest start resulted in five innings of two-run ball in College Station.

ABOUT VANDERBILT: Vandy, which LSU has never taken a series from under Paul Mainieri, has the second-lowest ERA and WHIP in the SEC.