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LSU welcomes three teams to the Box

Second-ranked LSU (4-0) plays host to Virginia Tech (1-1), Toledo (1-2) and Texas Southern (2-3) this weekend in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU plays host to Virginia Tech on Friday then faces Toledo and Texas Southern

The Tigers meet Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. CT Friday, they play Toledo at 6 p.m. CT Saturday, and LSU faces Texas Southern at 3 p.m. CT Sunday.

In addition, the LSU opponents will play one another throughout the weekend – Texas Southern meets Toledo at 1 p.m. Friday; Virginia Tech faces Texas Southern at 1 p.m. Saturday, and Toledo takes on Virginia Tech at 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free this weekend to the non-LSU games.

LSU improved to 4-0 Wednesday night with a 7-3 victory at Southeastern Louisiana, the Tigers’ second road win in four games.

“We’re looking forward to getting back home this weekend to face three very capable ball clubs,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “I like to schedule teams that LSU has never played or rarely plays, and facing different teams in the same weekend gives our players an idea of how we would prepare for a postseason weekend. I like the way the team is coming together so far, and this weekend represents another opportunity to improve and to learn more about what it takes to succeed at this level.”

Mainieri said the Tigers’ weekend starters are junior right-hander Aaron Nola versus Virginia Tech, junior left-hander Kyle Bouman versus Toledo and freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ versus Texas Southern.

Virginia Tech will counter with senior right-hander Brad Markey on Friday, Toledo will start senior right-hander Cameron Palmer on Saturday, and junior right-hander Devin Kanorik will start Sunday’s game for Texas Southern.

Nola enjoyed a strong 2014 debut for LSU, defeating New Orleans on Friday night with a six-inning outing. He limited the Privateers to no runs on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Bouman posted a win in his first LSU outing, defeating New Orleans on Saturday in a game played at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La. Bouman held the Privateers to one run on three hits in five innings with no walks and one strikeout.

Poche’ earned a win Sunday over Grambling in his LSU debut, allowing no runs on four hits in six innings with no walks and three strikeouts

LSU junior second baseman Conner Hale leads the Tigers with a .538 (7-for-13) batting average, and he has collected two RBI and three runs. Sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman is batting .500 (7-for-14) with one double and three RBI, and sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson is hitting .417 (5-for-12) with two RBI and one run scored.

LSU will play both Virginia Tech and Toledo for the first time in school history. LSU and Texas Southern have met on one previous occasion – the first round of the 2008 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in the original Alex Box Stadium. LSU defeated Texas Southern, 12-1, and went on to win the regional and super regional and advance to the College World Series for the first time during Mainieri’s tenure.

Virginia Tech was 40-22 last season and played host to an NCAA Regional in Blacksburg, where Oklahoma upset the Hokies and advanced to the Super Regional against LSU.

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