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LSU starting pitcher Ma'Khail Hilliard (52) pitches against Alabama, Saturday, May 12, 2018, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

WHO: LSU at Auburn

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Plainsman Park

TV: SEC Network

ONLINE: SECN+

RADIO: WDGL-FM 98.1; WWL-AM, 870

RANKINGS: Auburn is ranked No. 24 by Baseball America; LSU is unranked

LIKELY STARTERS: Auburn — Jr. RHP Casey Mize (9-3, 2.73 ERA, 89 IP, 8 BB, 124 K); LSU — Fr. RHP Ma’Khail Hilliard (8-4, 3.66 ERA, 64 IP, 26 BB, 59 K)

ON TWITTER: @ByLukeJohnson

SCOUTING REPORT, Auburn: Mize is the best pitcher LSU will face this season. The presumed No. 1 pick in June’s draft has compiled an unreal 124:8 strikeout to walk ratio. He has three pitches he can not only throw for strikes but can command in the zone — and all of them are elite pitches.

SCOUTING REPORT, LSU: Hilliard has an 8.66 ERA and has allowed almost two walks and hits per inning in his last four starts. Those numbers are largely because of two poor starts in which he struggled to locate. Either he could not find the strike zone (like his start against Alabama with five walks in three innings) or caught too much of it (as he did against South Carolina, with eight hits in 2 2/3 innings).

Follow Luke Johnson on Twitter, @ByLukeJohnson.