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Jones practices says he will play vs UCLA

lsuLSU”s hottest hitter says he is a “go” for LSU’s first game in the 2013 College World Series Sunday night against UCLA.

Second baseman Jacoby Jones, who is battling a virus says so.

“I was feeling a little weak, had a virus or some infection. My throat was a little sore,” said Jones. “But, I am feeling good now. Have some good medicine in me. I will be good to go, trust me.”

Jones took part in hitting and bunting drills at LSU’s practice Saturday afternoon at Bellevue East high school.

Head coach Paul Mainieri says he can’t say for sure that Jones will play because he does not know how Jones will feel Sunday. Jones was 5 for 7 in two Super Regional wins over Oklahoma, including a home run, triple, and double.

LSU would appear to have a huge edge in hitting. As a team, the Tigers are batting .308, UCLA .250.

“They’re (UCLA) offensive statistics don’t jump out at you. but they are tough outs,” said head coach Paul Mainieri. “We are not taking them lightly because they have a team batting average of .250 or whatever it is.”

LSU’s next win will be their 58th of the season. That would set an LSU and SEC record for victories in a season.