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COLUMBIA, South Carolina –
- What: LSU (44-8, 19-7) vs. South Carolina (31-22, 12-15)
- When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
- Where: Carolina Stadium, Columbia, SC
- Starting pitchers: LSU So. LHP Jared Poché (7-1, 2.87 ERA) vs. USC Jr. LHP Jack Wynkoop (8-4, 2.83 ERA)
- TV: SEC Network
- Online: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index
- In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
- On deck: at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Friday
- In the hole: at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Saturday
Links To Know
- Notebook: Jared Foster’s “answered prayer” has him back in the starting lineup; Lange moved to Game 3 for rest
What’s At Stake
- How about a regular season SEC championship? That’s not a bad prize for LSU tonight if the Tigers win AND Vanderbilt loses at Alabama. LSU would secure the SEC West title as well. The Tigers are gunning for a 16th SEC title and an 18th SEC West crown.
What To Watch
- Vanderbilt’s result: The Commodores’ game at Alabama (7 CT) starts an hour after LSU-USC (6 CT) begins. If the Crimson Tide pull the upset and the Tigers take Game 1, there could be a delayed SEC championship celebration from LSU late in the Columbia night.
- Poché’s rebound: Jared Poché lasted just 3.2 innings in his last start in the series opener against Missouri. He allowed seven hits and three runs in a stay on the mound that was tied for the shortest of his career. The last time he had such an outing – about two months ago at Arkansas – Poché followed with a superb next six starts.
- Rusty Foster: Jared Foster is expected to get the start at second base after returning from what was thought to be ineligibility. Foster hasn’t played in nearly two weeks (the series finale at Mississippi State). He’s struggled in his last few games played. He’s 5 for his last 29. His batting average has dropped by 52 points over the last six weeks.
Know Your Opponent
- The Gamecocks are on the NCAA regional bubble. A series win over top-ranked LSU could be just the nudge to push them into the NCAA field. They’ve los six of nine SEC series this season, but two of the three wins have come against two of the league’s top teams – Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.