No. 12 LSU (23-9, 7-5 SEC) at No. 5 Arkansas (25-7, 8-4 SEC) – Crescent City Sports
• Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. CT
• Friday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. CST
• Saturday April 16 at 2 p.m.
Baum-Walker Stadium, George Cole Ground
LSU – No. 12 USA Today; Baseball No. 15 D1; College Baseball No. 17
· ARK – No. 5 USA Today; Baseball No. 6 D1; College Baseball No. 6
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• All three games can be watched live on SEC Network+
• Friday’s game will be televised on the SEC Network
LSU SERIES RECORD VS. ARKANSAS
• LSU leads the all-time series with Arkansas, 75-36, and the Tigers have won 13 of the last 16 and seven of the last nine SEC regular season series against the Razorbacks… Arkansas, however, has won the last two series meetings, taking two of the Tigers’ three games in 2019 at Fayetteville and 2021 at Baton Rouge. …the Tigers are 39-18 against Arkansas the past 17 seasons, including two wins over the Razorbacks in the 2009 College World Series.
LSU – Sr. RH Ma’Khail Hilliard (3-0, 4.11 ERA, 35.0 IP, 5 BB, 33 SO)
ARK – Sr RH Connor Noland (5-1, 2.61 ERA, 48.1 IP, 10 BB, 60 SO)
LSU – So. HR Blake Money (2-2, 4.68 ERA, 42.1 IP, 14 BB, 46 SO)
ARK – P. LH Hagen Smith (5-2, 4.54 ERA, 41.2, 20 BB, 45 SO)
LSU – TBD
ARCHE – So. RH Jaxon Wiggins (4-0, 4.81 ERA, 43.0 IP, 22 BB, 47 SO)
QUOTE COACH JAY JOHNSON
“Our team has been competitive in every game this season, and I would support them in terms of confidence. Playing free baseball is so important to the success of our team. There are still so many games left on the schedule – it’s about pitching hitting, playing catch, quality batting. Hopefully by playing well we produce positive results and positive feelings are generated. I’m very proud of the team for the way they performed in the game. Mississippi State; we prepared well and that led to success this weekend.
LSU recorded a three-game SEC sweep at Mississippi State over the weekend…the sweep was LSU’s first in the SEC since March 2019 against Kentucky and the Tigers’ first league sweep on the road since May 2017 at Mississippi State… the sweep also marked LSU’s ninth straight series win at Starkville; the Tigers last lost a series at Starkville in 2003.
The Tigers’ scheduled game against Lamar on Tuesday night has been postponed due to rain…LSU begins Week 5 of SEC play at 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.…LSU, which is 7-5 in the SEC, is in a three-way tie for second place in the Western Division, one game behind first-place Arkansas (8-4).
True freshman outfielder Josh Pearson was named co-SEC freshman as he led LSU to a series sweep at Mississippi State over the weekend, batting .455 (5 for 11) in three games with two home runs, six RBIs and two runs scored… Pearson hit two home runs and had five RBIs in Sunday’s 13-3 win, giving LSU its first road sweep SEC since May 2017, also at Mississippi State… his fifth-inning three-run homer highlighted a five-run outburst that broke a 1-1 tie and propelled LSU to victory.
LSU hitters have been hit by a pitch 74 times in 32 regular season games…the Tigers lead the nation in hitters hit by pitches, and the closest SEC teams in that category are Auburn and Kentucky with 48 HBP… LSU is near the top of the SEC in several offensive categories, including batting average (No. 2 – .303); slugging percentage (#2 – .536); base percentage (#2 – 0.421); runs scored (No. 2 – 286); hits (No. 2 – 335); RBI (#2 – 267); double (No. 2 – 72); home runs (#4 – 57) and total bases (#2 – 592).
Right-hander Paul Gervase made a save in each of the first two games of LSU’s sweep at Mississippi State, helping the Tigers clinch their ninth straight win at Starkville … Gervase worked a perfect 2.2 innings in two appearances during of the weekend with two saves and six strikeouts… he worked the final inning of LSU’s 5-2 win Friday night and retired the team in order while recording two strikeouts… Gervase pitched the final 1.2 innings of Saturday’s game, preserving a 4-3 LSU win.
· LSU’s pitching team is No. 3 in the SEC in ERA (3.43); No. 3 in opponent’s batting average (.221); and No. 3 for fewest earned runs allowed (109).
Arkansas is No. 10 in the SEC in batting average per team, as the Razorbacks hit .285 with 49 home runs and 33 interceptions in 35 attempts… Arkansas is No. 4 in the SEC in ERA team (3 .59), and his staff is averaging more than 11 strikeouts per nine innings.
Game 1 starting pitcher Connor Noland is No. 6 in the SEC with a 2.61 ERA, and he’s fourth in the league in strikeouts with 60… Game 3 starting pitcher Jaxon Wiggins is No. 9 SEC batting average opponent (.205).
Cayden Wallace has a team-high 32 RBIs, and he’s hitting .315 with eight doubles, one triple and five home runs… Brady Slavens also has 32 RBIs, and he’s hitting .276 with seven doubles, three triples and six home runs … Braydon Webb leads Arkansas in home runs with nine.