BATON ROUGE -- LSU hopes to build upon the momentum created in two straight victories when the Tigers play host this weekend to Central Florida in Alex Box Stadium.
Game 1 of the LSU-UCF series is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Game 2 will start at Noon Saturday, and Game 3 begins at Noon Sunday.
Tickets for each game are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12. Tickets are available at Alex Box Stadium each day two hours prior to first pitch, or they may be purchased and printed at http://www.lsusports.net/?SPSID=27865&SPID=2173&DB_OEM_ID=5200.
Admission to any of the Tigers’ games versus UCF is just $4 for adults and $2 for youth when fans present an LSU men’s or women’s basketball ticket from this weekend’s action (men’s game vs. Florida, women’s game vs. Alabama).
Friday’s LSU-UCF game will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge). Saturday’s game can be heard on WTGE 107.3 FM in Baton Rouge only and Sunday’s game will be carried in Baton Rouge only on WDGL 98.1 FM.
The audio broadcasts, streaming video and live stats are available in the Geaux Zone at http://www.lsusports.net/?SPSID=27865&SPID=2173&DB_OEM_ID=5200.
LSU enters Friday’s contest having won its last two games, an 8-4 victory at Stetson on Sunday and a 6-2 win over Northwestern State Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium.
UCF, a member of Conference USA, dropped two of three games to Maryland last weekend in Orlando, Fla.
After collecting just seven hits in two games at Stetson last Friday and Saturday, LSU has amassed 24 hits in its last two contests. The Tigers are hitting .329 (24-for-73) in their last two outings.
“I’m encouraged by the way we’ve played in the last two ball games, but we still have a long way to go,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I’m very happy with the victories and with the effort we’ve received from our players, but we must continue to improve. This weekend’s series should tell us a lot about our team because Central Florida, like Stetson last week, is a program with great tradition.”
Freshman center fielder Jared Mitchell is 5-for-10 in LSU’s last two games with one RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore third baseman J.T. Wise has three hits in his last six at-bats, including one double and one triple. Wise has driven in two runs and scored twice in the Tigers’ last two contests.
Freshman first baseman Sean Ochinko has four RBI in the last two games with one run scored.
Junior left-hander Charlie Furbush (1-1) will start Friday’s game on the mound for LSU. Furbush, who defeated Saint Mary’s (Calif.) in LSU’s season opener on Feb. 9, was charged with the loss in Game 1 of last weekend’s Stetson series. Furbush allowed seven runs (five earned) on nine hits in 4.2 innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
UCF coach Jay Bergman, in his 25th season at the school, will counter on Friday with sophomore left-hander Mitch Houck (0-1).
The Golden Knights, batting .264 as a team, are led at the plate by sophomore infielder Kiko Vazquez, who is hitting .379 with three homers and 10 RBI.
This weekend’s series marks the teams’ first meeting since 2004, when LSU won two of three games over the Golden Knights in Orlando. The Tigers lead the overall series, 11-3, including a 4-0 mark in games played in Baton Rouge. LSU swept two-game series from the Golden Knights in 1993 and in 1999 at Alex Box Stadium.
SERIES FACTSUCF Golden Knights (3-5) at LSU Fighting Tigers (5-2)
DATES/TIMES Friday, Feb. 23 – 7 p.m. CST; Saturday, Feb. 24 – 12 p.m. CST; Sunday, Feb. 25 – 12 p.m. CST