LSU at Auburn: Series preview

LSU at Auburn: Series preview
Zack Watson scored the winning run in the thrilling come-from-behind victory. (Source: WAFB)

AUBURN, AL (WAFB) - LSU finishes its SEC regular season play against the Auburn Tigers at Plainsman Park beginning Thursday night.

The Tigers are one game ahead of Auburn for third place in the SEC West going into this week's series.

SERIES SCHEDULE:
Thursday: 6 p.m.
Friday: 6 p.m. 
Saturday: 1 p.m.

TV: Thursday on ESPNU and Friday on the SEC Network

ONLINE: All three games may be viewed on SEC Network+, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

RECORDS LSU AU
OVERALL 32-21 35-18
CONFERENCE 14-13 13-14
STREAK W2 L4
HOME 29-8 27-5
AWAY 3-12 7-13
NEUTRAL 0-1 1-0

National Rankings:
LSU: No. 28 (Collegiate Baseball)
Auburn: No. 22 (Perfect Game), No. 24 (Baseball America)

OFFENSE LSU AU
BATTING AVG .293 .281
HOME RUNS 41 59
TRIPLES 15 3
DOUBLES 102 94
RUNS/GAME 6. 5.2
STOLEN BASES 49-60 28-37

Auburn's top hitters:
Jay Estes: .323 batting average, 14 doubles, 26 RBI
Brendan Venter: .318 batting average, 11 doubles, 12 home runs, 40 RBI 
Will Holland: .301 batting average, 11 doubles, 8 home runs, 39 RBI 
Steven Williams: .298 batting average, 9 doubles, 9 home runs, 41 RBI

PITCHING LSU AU
ERA 4.51 4.22
STRIKEOUTS 451 477
WALKS 200 183
BATTING AVG .248 .247
SAVES 10 14

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Game 1
LSU: Zack Hess (6-4, 4.24 ERA, 76.1 IP, 36 BB, 91 SO)
AU: Tanner Burns (4-4, 3.36 ERA, 61.2 IP, 28 BB, 65 SO)

Game 2
LSU: Ma'Khail Hilliard (8-4, 3.66 ERA, 64.0 IP, 26 BB, 59 SO)
AU: Casey Mize (9-3, 2.73 ERA, 89.0 IP, 8 BB, 124 SO)

Game 3
LSU: TBA
AU: TBA

Auburn's bullpen aces:
Matt Cronin: 2-1, 2.76 ERA, 16 appearances (0 starts), 9 saves
Jake Reindl: 2-1, 3.15 ERA, 15 appearances (0 starts), 4 saves

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