• First pitch: 6:30 p.m.
• Records: LSU 16-1, MSU 18-2.
• Pitching matchup: LSU RHP Aaron Nola (2-0, 2.77) vs. MSU LHP Jacob Lindgren (2-0, 0.96)
• LSU lineup: RF Chris Sciambra, CF Mark Laird, SS Alex Bregman, LF Raph Rhymes, 1B Mason Katz, 3B Christian Ibarra, 2B Jacoby Jones, C Ty Ross, DH Chris Chinea
• MSU lineup: SS Adam Frazier, CF C.T. Bradford, RF Hunter Renfroe, 1B Alex Detz, C Mitch Slauter, LF Demarcus Henderson, DH Wes Rea, 3B Sam Frost, 2B Brett Pirtle
• What to watch for: Lots to watch for today, including how Rea holds up with his injured quad, and how Lindgren handles his first regular-season SEC start – but his second versus LSU, which he faced in last year’s SEC Tournament. Lindgren gave up three runs on three hits in 4 2/3 innings, and State won 4-3. … Lindgren won’t be getting any mound visits tonight from pitching coach Butch Thompson, who is not with the team because of the death of his father-in-law. … If you’ve not yet read my advance, click here. … Rhymes, LSU’s left fielder, led the SEC in hitting last season with a .431 average. He’s hitting .369 this season, ranking 19th.
• Pregame playlist: A few songs from my iPod to set the tone…
–”Champion,” The Chevin
–”Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair,” Arctic Monkeys
–”Hang Me Up to Dry,” Cold War Kids
–”Weigh You Down,” Crushed Out
–”Hail Hail,” Shovel & Rope