On deck: Kentucky at LSU _lowres

Associated Press photo by DAVID J. PHILLIP -- LSU pitcher Jared Poché (16) is congratulated by teammates Kade Scivicque (22), Conner Hale (20), Kramer Robertson (3) and Danny Zardon, right, as he leaves the game during the eighth inning March 6 against Houstonat Minute Maid Park.

LSU (22-3, 4-2 SEC) vs. Kentucky (16-9, 2-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Alex Box Stadium

Rankings: LSU is ranked No. 1 in five of six polls. Kentucky is not ranked.

Projected starting pitchers:

- Friday: UK sophomore RHP Zack Brown (2-2, 2.43 ERA) vs. LSU sophomore LHP Jared Poché (5-1, 3.37 ERA)

- Saturday: UK junior RHP Dustin Beggs (3-2, 3.44 ERA) vs. LSU freshman RHP Alex Lange (5-0, 1.42 ERA)

- Sunday: UK junior RHP Kyle Cody (2-2, 4.88 ERA) vs. LSU freshman RHP Jake Godfrey (5-0, 2.25 ERA)

TV: None.

Online Streaming: SEC Network-plus, which is accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app

Radio: WDGL 98.1 FM (Baton Rouge); KLWB 103.7 FM (Lafayette); WWL 870 AM, WWL 105.3 FM (New Orleans)

In-game updates: @DellengerAdv, @BarrecaAdv

Pre- and post-game coverage: blogs.theadvocate.com/linedrives; theadvocate.com/sports/

What to watch: Jared Poché makes his first appearance after what he calls the worst start of his … life. He lasted less than four innings and gave up 10 hits and five runs in a 5-1 loss to Arkansas last Thursday. LSU leads the nation in batting average (.332), but Zack Brown holds teams to a .182 average as a starting pitcher.

Know your opponent: The Wildcats have an RPI of 50 and were swept in their SEC opening series at South Carolina, a three-game set that included two close games. They took two of three from Mississippi State last week.