WHO: LSU at Mississippi State
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Dudy Noble Field, Starkville, Miss.
RADIO: WDGL-FM 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; KLWB, 103.7
RANKINGS: LSU is ranked No. 10 by Baseball America. Mississippi State is ranked No. 11.
SATURDAY'S LIKELY STARTERS: LSU, Fr. RHP Eric Walker (6-1, 3.77 ERA, 74 IP, 19 BB, 58 K) vs. MSU, TBA
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The first thing to look out for is rain. The forecast for Saturday in Starkville does not look great for baseball, with storms expected in the area for much of the day. LSU starting pitcher Eric Walker is coming off one of the best starts of his young career. He lost his bid for a no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning, playing a big role in LSU’s comfortable sweep-clinching victory over Auburn last week. Walker had command of his pitches, something that had been an issue for the better part of a month. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in Saturday’s environment: In possible poor weather, on the road and against a solid team with some championship implications on the line.
ON THE BULLDOGS: Much of Mississippi State’s success has been built off its play in close games. Going into the LSU series, the Bulldogs were 11-5 in games decided by one run, including an 8-1 record in Southeastern Conference play. Mississippi State has not announced a starting pitcher for Saturday’s game. The Bulldogs started right-hander Jacob Billingsley for their third game last weekend against Georgia, but Billingsley was removed after recording just one out. One bet might be on 6-foot-5, 253-pound right hander Cole Gordon, who has started five games this season and did not allow a run in either of his last two appearances, spanning eight innings.