On deck: Florida at LSU _lowres

Associated Press file photo by NATI HARNIK -- Florida right-hander Logan Shore will start Thursday's series opener against LSU.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 11. Florida is the consensus No. 1 team in the nation.

RECORDS: LSU 37-16 (17-10 SEC) Florida 43-9 (18-8 SEC)

PROJECTED STARTERS: Thursday — LSU, So. RH Alex Lange (7-3, 3.76) vs. Florida, Jr. RH Logan Shore (10-0, 2.29); Friday — LSU, Jr. RH Riley Smith (1-0, 7.36) vs. Florida, Jr. LH A.J. Puk (2-3, 2.88); Saturday — LSU Jr. LH Jared Poché (6-4, 4.00) vs. Florida, So. RH Alex Faedo (10-1, 3.59)


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: Pitching on five days rest after a 121-pitch outing against Tennessee, Lange goes up against his close friend Logan Shore. Florida has won 18 straight Shore starts.

ABOUT THE GATORS: The Gators are without their leading hitter, Peter Alonso, all weekend but the pitching staff leads the nation in strikeouts (544), strikeouts per nine innings (10.4) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.42).