Sr. LHP Jared Poché
10-3, 3.13 ERA, 95 IP, 63K/32BB
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Poché did not have his sharpest outing the last time he faced Mississippi State, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. The Bulldogs have a .306 batting average against left-handed pitching. But this is also the postseason, and Poché has tended to thrive this time of year (as long as his defense plays well). In 12 career postseason appearances, Poché is 7-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 69 innings. Also of note: Poché is one win shy of matching Scott Schultz’s LSU career record of 38, and it would be fitting if Poché tied the mark in his final start at Alex Box Stadium.
Fr. RHP Denver McQuary
3-3, 4.67 ERA, 54 IP, 40K/47 BB
RJr. RHP Jacob Billingsley
2-3, 4.44 ERA, 52.2 IP, 52K/37 BB
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Mississippi State coach Andy Cannizaro left his options open, not naming a rotation for the weekend beyond ace Konnor Pilkington. His decision likely boils down to whether he wants to go with the hot hand, or the guy who's had some success against LSU. Junior right-hander Jacob Billingsley threw the game of his life last week against Southern Miss, holding a potent lineup to one run in nine innings. His longest outing before then was five innings. McQuary logged a career-high 5.2 innings against LSU in May, and while his overall numbers were ugly (five walks, six earned runs), he did a nice job stabilizing the game after LSU scored three runs in the first inning against him. The Tigers got to him again in the sixth inning, but he showed signs of being able to tame the LSU lineup.