May 1, 2014 11:09 PM by LSU Sports Information

Tigers Set For Clash In College Station

BATON ROUGE, La. - Fifth-ranked LSU (34-11-1, 12-8-1 SEC) travels to College Station, Texas this weekend for a three-game Southeastern Conference series against Texas A&M (28-18, 10-11 SEC)

Game 1 will start at 6:30 p.m. CT Friday, Game 2 will begin at 12 p.m. CT Saturday, and first pitch for Game 3 is set for 1 p.m. CT Sunday.

The games can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including Baton Rouge flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM. Live audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at

Friday's game will be televised by the CBS Sports Network, Saturday's game will be televised by ESPN2 and Sunday's game will be televised by ESPNU.

LSU, winners of 14 of its last 17 games, is in third place in the SEC Western Division standings after winning two of three games over Tennessee last weekend. The Tigers trail Alabama and Ole Miss by just a half-game with nine SEC games remaining in the regular season.

LSU, ranked No. 5 this week by Perfect Game, has appeared in the Top 10 of a major college baseball poll for 46 consecutive weeks, and the Tigers have won 21 of their 27 SEC series over the past three seasons.

LSU is hitting .341 as a team in its last five games, collecting 35 runs on 56 hits, including 14 doubles, one triple and three homers. The Tigers batted .351 in last weekend's Tennessee series, scoring 20 runs on 34 hits.

LSU all-American right-hander Aaron Nola, the 2013 SEC Pitcher of the Year, will start Friday's game on the mound for the Tigers. Nola leads the league this season in strikeouts (95) and ERA (1.40),and he is also No. 5 in the nation in strikeouts. Nola is No. 9 on the LSU career list for strikeouts with 306.

Texas A&M is No. 3 in the SEC in hitting with a .287 team batting average. The Aggies are led at the plate by junior infielder Cole Lankford, who is hitting .335 with nine doubles, four homers and 37 RBI. The LSU pitching staff is fifth in the SEC with a 2.48 ERA.

"Texas A&M has a very potent lineup and some great arms in their pitching staff," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Playing them on the road is also tough because they have a great environment and their fans are very passionate about their team. We played very well through the month of April, winning 14 of 17 games; now we want to play better in May than we did in April and ultimately be at our best in June."

The Aggies are 11th in the SEC in pitching with a 3.58 team ERA, while LSU is No. 8 in hitting with a .277 batting average.

LSU outfielder Jake Fraley was named SEC Freshman of the Week Tuesday after hitting .533 (8-for-15) in the Tigers' four games last week with two doubles, six RBI, three runs, one stolen base and a .529 on base-percentage. In LSU's SEC series victory over Tennessee, Fraley batted .455 (5-for-11) with two doubles, three RBI, three runs, one steal and a .462 on-base percentage.

Sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman hit .444 (8-for-18) in LSU's four games last week with two doubles, three RBI and two runs. Bregman was 6-for-15 (.400) in the Tennessee series with two doubles, three RBI, two runs and one steal.

LSU leads Texas A&M, 15-14-1, in the all-time series between the schools; the first meeting occurred in 1907 in Baton Rouge (3-2 LSU win). LSU has won nine of the last 10 meetings with Texas A&M, including a 2-1 series victory over the Aggies last season in College Station. Prior to last season, the most recent meeting between the teams came in the 2004 NCAA Super Regional in Baton Rouge, as LSU swept two games to advance to the College World Series. LSU's most famous visit to College Station came 25 years ago in May, 1989 when the Tigers defeated the top-ranked Aggies twice on the final day of the NCAA Central Regional to advance to the College World Series.


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