LSU infielder Conner Hale primed to return for weekend series against Auburn _lowres

LSU infielder Conner Hale (20) drives in two on a triple for the game-winning RBI's in the 16th inning of an 8-5 extra inning win during Alabama's SEC baseball game vs. No. 5 LSU, Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Hoover Met in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Alabama Media Group, Vasha Hunt)


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HOOVER, Ala. –

General Info

What: LSU (25-5, 6-4 SEC) vs. Alabama (15-13, 4-6)

When: 3 p.m. Friday

Where: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Alabama

Starting pitchers: LSU Fr. RHP Alex Lange (5-0, .120) vs. UA Jr. RHP Will Carter (1-3, 5.91)

TV: None

In-game updates on Twitter: @Dellenger Adv

On deck: at Alabama, 2 p.m. Saturday

In the hole: vs. UNO, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Links To Know

Gamer: LSU blows three saves but survives ‘crazy’ 16-inning game in 8-5 win over Alabama

Video: Alex Bregman on freshman Beau Jordan’s improbable, game-saving catch and double play in the 14th inning

Video: Watch that Jordan-Bregman-Chinea double play in the 14th inning

What’s At Stake

After two straight weeks of LSU losing series openers, the Tigers have a chance to secure the three-game set in Game 2. It’s not just any other game. Here’s a shot for LSU to win a series on the road over a team with a top 20 RPI.

What To Watch

Beau Jordan: Does he get a third straight start? Jordan made that improbable, game-saving catch in the 14th inning, and he smashed an RBI double in the 13th in the first SEC start of his career. He went 1-for-7 at the plate in replacement of the injured Jake Fraley (hamstring). Fraley was healthy enough, at least, to bat. He pinch hit late in the game.

All Lange: LSU used six relievers on Thursday, making its bullpen somewhat limited for Friday’s afternoon game. Good thing the Tigers have the SEC ERA leader, Alex Lange, hurling Friday. Said coach Paul Mainieri: “I told Alex Lange I’m going to give him the ball tomorrow. Just give it back to me when the game’s over.”

Know Your Opponent

Will Carter is exactly who an LSU team that struggled hitting through eight innings Thursday wants on the mound. Carter has allowed 43 hits and 25 runs in 35 innings pitched. He’s walked (21) more than he’s struck out (18).