On Deck: Tennessee at LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Aaron Nola checks the runner on first against Mississippi State. Nola will start Friday's game against Tennessee at Alex Box Stadium.

Tennessee (25-14, 7-11) at LSU (31-10-1, 10-7-1)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as low as No. 10 and as high as No. 6. Tennessee is not ranked.

STARTING PITCHERS: LSU, Jr. RH Aaron Nola (7-1, 0.88) vs. UT, Jr. RH Peter Lenstrohm (1-1, 2.13)

REST OF THE ROTATION: Saturday — LSU, Fr. LH Jared Poché (6-3, 2.59) vs. UT, LH Andy Cox (3-1, 1.62); Sunday — LSU, TBA vs. UT, Sr. RH Nick Williams (4-4, 3.54).

TV: None.

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






WHAT TO WATCH: Nola will face a team that ranks in the middle of the SEC in most offensive categories. Like all series, the Tigers will lean on the tall, lanky, hard-throwing righty to deliver an eighth win in his 11th start this season. LSU is expected to stay with a shuffled batting order, with Andrew Stevenson in the leadoff spot and Sean McMullen in the No. 4 hole. It’s unclear who will bat third.

KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: Lenstrohm, a junior college transfer from Arizona, makes his first career start at UT. The junior has thrown 25 innings of relief. Tennessee began the season 15-1 before tumbling in SEC play.

IN THE HOLE: Tennessee at LSU, 6:30 p.m. Saturday.