LSU baseball hits road to Auburn 

March, 23, 2012
Remember the crazy "Gorilla Ball" days when it wasn't unusual for a team to hit nine home runs in a conference series?

If you weren't already aware that those days are long gone, consider this weekend's series between No. 13 LSU (17-4, 2-1) and Auburn (13-8, 2-1) at Auburn. The series begins with a 6 p.m. opener today and continues at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Both teams have nine home runs for the season, the obvious result of repeated NCAA attempts to restrict bat performance. Both teams have staff earned run averages below 4.00, which would have been great a few years ago, but these days it makes LSU (3.17 ERA) and Auburn (3.42 ERA) eighth and ninth in the SEC, respectively, in pitching.

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