16:45 LRN Sportscast April 22nd

A big Southeastern Conference baseball series begins tonight at Alex Box Stadium as LSU hosts Mississippi State. The Tigers and Bulldogs are chasing Texas A&M for first place in the SEC West. LSU is one game back, while State is two games back of the Aggies. Coach Paul Mainieri says it makes sense that a lot is on the line this weekend at the Box…
cut 18 (19) “…part of the country”
Good pitching match-up for tonight’s game. Jared Poche goes for LSU, while State counters with Dakota Hudson, one of the top draft prospects in this summer’s Major League Baseball draft. First pitch is at 7 PM.

The 20th ranked Ragin Cajuns begin a Sun Belt series tonight against Texas State at the Tigue. UL Lafayette is in second place in the Sun Belt as they’ve won 13 of its last 16. The Bobcats are in fourth place in the conference and have lost five straight.

Elsewhere…ULM is at Arkansas State. The Warhawks have lost four of their last six, but took a series from Georgia State last weekend.

Louisiana Tech begins a weekend series against Old Dominion tonight. The Bulldogs are tied for fourth in Conference USA as they are 8-7 in league play. The Monarchs are 7-8.

And there’s a big Southland series in Hammond as Southeastern Louisiana hosts McNeese State. The Lions lead the league with a 13-2 conference record, while the Cowboys are 12-6. There’s an outstanding pitching match-up in game one as Kyle Cedotal starts for SLU. McNeese counters with Kaleb Fontenot. Both have an ERA below 2.