On deck: Mississippi State at LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- United States Marine Corps Capt. Andrew Kettner, left, holds his son, Sean, 1, as he greets LSU's Cody Ducote (5) during the Soldier Salute segment of LSU's matchup with Vanderbilt on April 9 at Alex Box Stadium.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 15. Mississippi State is ranked as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 11

RECORDS: LSU 26-11, 9-6 SEC; Mississippi State 25-12-1, 8-7

PROJECTED STARTERS: Friday — LSU, Jr. LH Jared Poché (5-3, 2.63 ERA) vs. Mississippi State, Jr. RH Dakota Hudson (4-3, 2.08); Saturday — LSU, So. RH Alex Lange (4-2, 4.88) vs. Mississippi State, Jr. RH Austin Sexton (3-2, 3.96); Sunday — LSU Sr. LH John Valek III (6-1, 3.42) vs. TBA

TV: None

ONLINE STREAMING: On SEC Network Plus, accessible on WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com

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

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

IN-GAME UPDATES: @Chandler_Rome

WHAT TO WATCH: Wearing gold all weekend in honor of the 1996 national championship team, LSU looks to defeat its second top-10 SEC opponent in as many home weekends.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Coming off a sweep at the hands of Texas A&M, Mississippi State enters Alex Box Stadium having never beaten LSU in a series in Paul Mainieri’s tenure.