WHO: No. 2 seed Southeastern Louisiana (37-20) vs. No. 1 seed LSU (44-17)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Alex Box Stadium
RADIO: WDGL-FM 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB-FM, 103.7
RANKINGS: LSU is ranked No. 4 by Baseball America. Southeastern Louisiana is not ranked.
SATURDAY'S LIKELY STARTERS: LSU, Jr. RHP Alex Lange (8-5, 2.59 ERA, 97.1 IP, 33 BB, 118 K); Southeastern Louisiana, Jr. RHP Mac Sceroler (9-1, 3.24 ERA, 97.1 IP, 30 BB, 108 K)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The numbers illustrate how dominant Alex Lange has been for LSU over his past 10 starts. In that span, Lange has pitched at least seven innings eight times, including four complete games, and hasn't given up more than three runs in any of those starts. Three times he's held teams scoreless, and two of those clean sheets have come in his past three starts. The junior right-hander has three double-digit strikeout games in that 10-game stretch, and he did not issue any walks in outings against Auburn on May 11 and against Kentucky on May 25 in the SEC tournament. Most importantly, Lange has earned victories in five of his past seven starts (one no-decision, one loss). Put simply, Lange is pitching about as well as he possibly could with the MLB draft looming.
ON SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA: Even without winning the Southland Conference regular-season crown or the league tournament, the Lions entered the Baton Rouge regional with the highest seed they have ever attained in the NCAA tournament. LSU has seen Southeastern once this season, beating the Lions 8-2 in Baton Rouge on March 22. But Matt Riser's club has won 15 of its past 21 games, including an eight-game winning streak from the end of April to the beginning of May. The Tigers will face Southeastern's ace, Mac Sceroler, who has scuffled lately but is 9-1 on the season.