WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as the No. 2 national seed and is No. 1 in five polls. Though UL-Lafayette is not a national seed, it was ranked No. 16 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll.


RADIO: LSU BROADCAST: WDGL-FM, 98.1 (Baton Rouge); KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Lafayette); WWL-AM, 870, WWL-FM, 105.3 (New Orleans); UL-LAFAYETTE BROADCAST: KPEL-FM, 96.5, KPEL-AM, 1420

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Pitching matchup

Alex Lange

6-3, RHP, Freshman

STATS: 11-0, 1.76 ERA,

97 IP, 110 Ks, 43 BBs

What They Said: “How could you expect any freshman to do what he’s done? He’s been absolutely dominant. … What he has done is absolutely remarkable. We don’t take him for granted. He battles every day and prepares every day. He has an inordinate amount of composure and poise, and he’s so humble.”

— LSU coach Paul Mainieri

Analysis: What more can be said about Lange? There was a reason why he was named the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Magazine on Wednesday. Actually, there were several reasons. Whether it was his SEC-leading 1.76 ERA, his .206 opponent’s batting average or his 2.6:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, Lange proved he was one of the best pitchers in the nation during his rookie campaign.

Wyatt Marks

6-3, RHP, Freshman

STATS: 6-1, 3.32 ERA,

59.2 IP, 62 Ks, 16 BBs

What They Said: “He threw against us earlier this year, but I didn’t face him, so we’ll see what happens. He’s a taller guy at 6-foot-3, and he’ll come at you with a fastball and a 12-6 breaking ball. We’ll have to attack his fastball and see what he can do with his breaking ball.”

— LSU center fielder Andrew Stevenson

Analysis: Marks has been given quite a task: Take on the role of the No. 3 starter and help pitch the Ragin’ Cajuns to an appearance in Omaha. So far, so good for the freshman. In his first career regional outing last week against Rice, Marks went 4.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits. Though Marks likely won’t need to have a long outing with relievers like Will Bacon and Greg Milhorn in the pen, he’ll still look to smother a potent LSU offense.

Lawrence Barreca