Paul Mainieri meets ‘close’ friend, former UNO teammate Tim Jamieson when LSU meets Missouri _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri laughs off a joke by one of his players during hitting practice, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

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General Info

  • What: (40-8, 16-7) vs. Missouri (28-21, 14-10)
  • When: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: LSU So. LHP Jared Poché (7-1, 2.65) vs. MU Jr. RHP Reggie McClain (6-5, 3.69)
  • TV: None
  • In-game updates on Twitter: @DellengerAdv
  • On deck: vs. Missouri, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • In the hole: vs. Missouri, 2 p.m. Sunday

Links To Know

What’s At Stake

  • LSU is this close [index finger and thumb an inch apart] to securing a top eight national seed. The Tigers need to just finish the job. A series win over Missouri would do it. That starts, of course, with a victory in Game 1. There’s more at stake than just a national seed, too: championships. The Tigers are two wins back of Vanderbilt in the overall standings and are tied atop the SEC West with Texas A&M.

What To Watch

 Jared Poche hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last five starts. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

Jared Poche hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in his last five starts. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

  • Poché’s recent stretch: Jared Poché in the midst of a torrid stretch. The sophomore lefty has allowed 10 earned runs in his last six starts, spanning 43.1 innings. He’s struck out 24 and walked six during that stretch. It all follows what he called the worst outing of his baseball-playing career at Arkansas on March 19.
  • Andrew Stevenson hammy: The Tigers star center fielder has been recovering quickly from a hamstring injury suffered a week ago. He’s expected to be 100 percent and play in the series opener, coach Paul Mainieri. Stevenson is a key cog for this LSU team and a player ranked among the top 30 in the college game, according to
  • Foster at the plate: Jared Foster has fell into a bit of a skid lately. He’s 5 for his last 29 after going 2-for-15 at Mississippi State last week. He hasn’t hit a home run in what seems like ages (it’s been 14 games). He’s stuck at eight homers.

Know Your Opponent

  • Missouri has an RPI of 57 despite winning six of eight SEC series. The Tigers are a ghastly 4-7 in midweek games and are on the bubble of making an NCAA regional.