LSU travels to Houston

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 1, 2005

BATON ROUGE – Second-ranked LSU (7-0) plays away from Alex Box Stadium for the first time the season as the Tigers travel to Houston (2-6) this weekend for a three-game series at Cougar Field. Game 1 begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Game 2 is set for 3 p.m. Saturday and Game 3 will be played at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Games 1 and 3 on Friday and Sunday can be heard statewide on the LSU Sports Network (WDGL-FM 98.1 in Baton Rouge). Game 2 on Saturday can be heard in Baton Rouge only on WTGE 107.3 FM.

The Saturday and Sunday games will be televised statewide by the Jumbo Sports Network. The Baton Rouge affiliates for JSN are WGMB Fox 44 (Cable Ch. 6) on Saturday and WVLA NBC 33 (Cable Ch. 3) on Sunday.

Laval will send senior left-hander Lane Mestepey (2-0, 0.66 ERA) to the mound on Friday. Mestepey defeated UALR last Friday, limiting the Trojans to one run on four hits in 6.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.

Mestepey has worked 395.1 innings during his career and needs just three innings to become LSU’s all-time leader in innings pitched. The LSU record for innings pitched is held by Scott Schultz (1992-95), who fired 398 innings in four seasons.

Sophomore left-hander Clay Dirks (2-0, 3.27 ERA) will start Saturday’s contest for LSU and junior left-hander Greg Smith (2-0, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound on Sunday. The remainder of Houston’s rotation will be announced this weekend.