On Deck: Alabama at LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU base runner Andrew Stevenson digs hard on a steal attempt during a game against Arkansas. Stevenson and the Tigers host Alabama this weekend.

LSU (35-13-1, 13-10-1) vs. Alabama (31-18, 13-11)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as low as No. 15 and has high as No. 6. Alabama is ranked as low as No. 23 and as high as No. 19.

STARTING PITCHERS: LSU, Jr. RH Aaron Nola (7-1, 1.58) vs. Bama, Jr. RH Spencer Turnbull (5-4, 2.38).

REST OF THE ROTATION: Saturday — LSU, Fr. LH Jared Poché (6-3, 2.58) vs. Bama, Jr. LH Justin Kamplain (4-3, 3.59); Sunday — LSU, TBA vs. Bama, TBA.

TV: None.

RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1 and LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.

IN-GAME UPDATES: @DellengerAdv




WHAT TO WATCH: Coach Paul Mainieri said Nola had, maybe, the best outing of his career in the Friday win at Texas A&M last week. That’s quite the statement. How will Nola follow up that performance in this, likely his last regular-season start at Alex Box? The Tigers need him to be strong. In a key SEC series, LSU must get the series-opening win. LSU has just once this season won both Game 2 and Game 3 of a series.

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: Turnbull is one of the best pitchers in the league. He’s allowed just 19 earned runs in his 12 starts. The Tide slipped over the past two weeks, falling from its top spot in the SEC West to fourth after back-to-back series losses.

IN THE HOLE: Alabama at LSU, noon Saturday.