FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas baseball team will conclude its 2001 home schedule this weekend when it hosts No. 1 LSU in a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Baum Stadium.
Game times for the series are set for 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday and Saturday and 1:07 p.m. CT on Sunday. Friday’s game will be televised live by College Sports Southeast and can be seen in Central Arkansas on Little Rock’s KLRA WB42. Sunday’s game will be televised by the Guaranty Sports Network and can be seen on cable systems throughout Louisiana.
The Razorbacks (24-26, 8-16 SEC) take a three-game winning streak into the series after defeating No. 30 Oral Roberts 10-0 on Tuesday. Ranked No. 1 in the ESPN/Baseball Weekly coaches poll and No. 2 in both the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls, the Fighting Tigers (36-13-1, 17-7 SEC) are riding an eight-game winning streak and hold a one-game lead on Ole Miss (35-14-1, 16-8 SEC) for first place in the SEC Western Division and overall standings.
Arkansas junior right-handed pitcher Charlie Isaacson (3-6, 6.62 ERA) will get the start against LSU freshman left-hander Lane Mestepey (8-1, 3.10 ERA) in the series opener. UA sophomore right-hander Gary Hogan Jr. (3-3, 2.58 ERA) will look for his third win in as many decisions when he takes the mound Saturday against Tiger senior right-hander Jason Scobie (3-1, 5.07 ERA). Sunday’s game will feature a pair of left-handed seniors as Arkansas’ Wes McCrotty (3-2, 5.45 ERA) – the winner in Tuesday’s victory over ORU – takes the mound against LSU’s Tim Nugent (6-1, 3.05 ERA).
LSU swept last year’s three-game series between the teams in Baton Rouge, La., and holds a 27-10 lead in the all-time series.
Sunday will be Senior Day at Baum Stadium with the Razorbacks honoring their six seniors – McCrotty, outfielder Scott Crossett, outfielder Jeff Hoefler, outfielder Brian Kirby, right-handed pitcher Jeremy Rankin and catcher/infielder Kyle Washburn – prior to the series finale.
This marks the second year in a row Arkansas has finished its home schedule with a series against the nation’s top-ranked team. Last year, the Hogs took two of three games from consensus No. 1 South Carolina in their final home series.