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LSU hosts Georgia for SEC series at home

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BATONROUGE, La. – No. 6 LSU (18-4, 1-2 SEC) opens a three-game SoutheasternConference series at 7 p.m. Friday as the Tigers play host to Georgia in AlexBox Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Game2 starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and first pitch for Game 3 is 12 p.m. Sunday.

Thegames can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including Baton Rougeflagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM. The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised byCox Sports Television.

Livevideo, audio and stats of the games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

LSUopened SEC play last weekend by dropping two of three games at No. 3Vanderbilt. Georgia lost two of three at home to Mississippi State last weekendin its initial league series.

LSU's9-0 victory over South Alabama on Wednesday marked the Tigers' eighth shutoutof the season. The LSU record for most shutouts in a season is 10 by the 1996national championship club.

TheBulldogs are guided by first-year coach Scott Stricklin, who led Kent State tothe College World Series in 2012.

"Thestate of Georgia produces tremendous baseball talent every year, and Georgia'steam always has excellent players," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "The talentcombined with the hard-nosed style of Coach Stricklin makes Georgia anoutstanding ball club. This weekend presents a huge challenge to our playersthat I know they're looking forward to, especially playing at home."

Mainierisaid junior right-hander Aaron Nola (4-0) will start Friday's game for theTigers, while Stricklin will counter with sophomore left-hander Ryan Lawlor(2-1).

Nolatied his career high with 12 strikeouts in last Friday's win at Vanderbilt.Nola was not involved in the decision of a classic pitchers' duel withVanderbilt's Tyler Beede, but he limited the Commodores to one run on six hitsin 6.2  innings with two walks and 12 Ks.

Nolaallowed an earned run in the second inning of Friday's game, ending a streak of54 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. He had last given up anearned run on May 23, 2013 against Arkansas in the SEC Tournament.

LSUis No. 7 in the SEC with a .288 team batting average, and the Tigers are fifthin the league with a 1.97 team ERA. Georgia is sixth in team batting average(.289) and 14th in team ERA (4.23).

TheTigers are led at the plate by junior catcher Kade Scivicque, who is hitting.400 with two doubles, two homers and 12 RBI. Sophomore centerfielder AndrewStevenson is batting .390 with four triples and 14 RBI, while sophomoreshortstop Alex Bregman is hitting .359 with six doubles, one homer and 14 RBI.

Junioroutfielder/third baseman Hunter Cole is Georgia's leading hitter, batting .360with eight doubles, one homer and 14 RBI. Junior outfielder Conor Welton ishitting .314 with one homer and 10 RBI, and junior infielder Nelson Ward andsophomore catcher Zack Bowers have each collected seven doubles and two homers.

LSUleads the all-time series with Georgia, 60-22-2, including a 2-1 series victorythe last time the teams met on April 27-29, 2012 in Baton Rouge. LSU has wonseven of its last nine SEC regular-season series versus UGA. LSU has a 9-7-1advantage over the Bulldogs in games played over the past six seasons, whichincludes two wins over the Bulldogs in the 2009 SEC Tournament.

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