LSU junior right-hander Ryan Eades can increase his win total this season to the combined number he had in his first two seasons if he gets a victory against Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.
Eades, who played at Northshore High School in Slidell, is 8-1 with a 2.29 ERA. He had a 4-1 record as a freshman and a 5-3 record as a sophomore last season.
LSU has lost just twice in the 13 starts Eades has made. After consecutive subpar outings in which he lasted just four innings each at Arkansas and Alabama, Eades has lasted seven, six and 6.1 innings in his last three starts. His ERA in those three games is 1.41.
Even though Tigers ace Aaron Nola isn’t pitching this weekend as he rests for his start in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday, the regular-season finale Saturday features one of the top pitching matchups of the SEC season as Eades will be opposed by Rebels ace Bobby Wahl (9-0, 1.43).
LSU will play its first game in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday in Hoover, Ala. The second-seeded Tigers will play the winner of a Tuesday game between the yet-to-be-determined No. 7 seed and No. 10 Auburn.
The first game Wednesday will be played at 9:30 a.m. and LSU will play 30 minutes after the conclusion of that game.
LSU won one game and lost two in the SEC Tournament last season.
Infielder Mason Katz continued to move up on some of LSU’s career lists in the Tigers’ 7-1 victory against Ole Miss on Thursday.
Katz went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and three runs scored. His homer produced his 174th career run batted in, tying Ryan Patterson for 10th place on the career list. His 50 career doubles are tied with Aaron Hill for 10th most.
The Tigers are second in the SEC with a team ERA of 2.35. All 16 of the pitchers who have thrown for LSU this season have an ERA under 4.00.
The highest ERA on the team is the 3.86 compiled by freshman right-hander Taylor Butler in three relief appearances. Seven Tigers have ERAs of under 2.00.
Former LSU left-hander Ronnie Rantz sang the national anthem prior to the Tigers’ game against Ole Miss on Friday night. He played at LSU in 1991 and 1992.
Rantz’s performance was part of the festivities for the dedication of Skip Bertman Field. Rantz was one of a few dozen of Bertman’s former players who were on hand.
LSU’s 48th regular-season win Friday night broke the record previously held by the 1986 and 1989 teams, which were 47-12. ... The Tigers’ victory against the Rebels on Thursday was the ninth time in 10 SEC series that LSU won the first game. Aaron Nola started the first seven openers and Cody Glenn the last three. ... LSU has clinched its 17th consecutive regular-season series win against Ole Miss in Baton Rouge. ... Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said he might rest some starters Saturday.
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