Dellenger: Paul Mainieri’s moves worked ... and now, LSU is sitting pretty _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri directs traffic against Southeastern on Friday at Alex Box Stadium during the first round of the Baton Rouge regional.

LSU (45-14-1) vs. Houston (45-15)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

STARTING PITCHERS: LSU, Jr. RH Aaron Nola (10-1, 1.49) vs. UH, So. RH Jake Lemoine (6-6, 2.35) or Jr. Aaron Garza (8-4, 2.65)

TV: None (ESPN3)

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

IN-GAME UPDATES: @DellengerAdv

PRE- AND POSTGAME COVERAGE:

blogs.theadvocate.com/linedrives;

theadvocate.com/sports/lsu/

WHAT TO WATCH: LSU has lost once in games in which Nola starts on the mound. He’s started 15 games this season. The Tigers are a huge favorite with their ace hurling. Coach Paul Mainieri will want Nola to go as long as he can. LSU will need a fresh bullpen for a possible regional final.

IN THE HOLE: vs. TBA, NCAA regional, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Sunday