BATON ROUGE -- Third-ranked LSU (32-9) begins a five-game homestand at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when the Tigers play host to Southeastern Louisiana (28-13) in Alex Box Stadium.
The game will be carried by the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, with Baton Rouge affiliate WDGL 98.1 FM serving as the flagship station. Live video, audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live (get access to free live video with a two-day trial).
The LSU-SLU game will be televised live by Cox Sports Television.
LSU enters this week's action with a 12-6 conference mark, and the Tigers lead the SEC Western Division by three games over Ole Miss and Arkansas. LSU has a 6-3 mark against teams ranked in the Top 3 in the nation at the time of their series meeting with the Tigers. In three of the past four weeks, LSU has faced No. 3 Arkansas, No.1 Florida and No. 2 Kentucky.
The Tigers have 15 games remaining in the regular season, 12 SEC games and three non-conference contests, including Wednesday's matchup with Southeastern Louisiana.
"This is the time of year where we want to be playing at our best," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "This is a very important week for our team, beginning with Southeastern on Wednesday night. I have the greatest respect for (SLU coach) Jay Artigues and the program he's built there. They have another excellent team, and we're looking forward to being back in our home ball park to face a tremendous challenge."
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Mainieri said that sophomore right-hander Joe Broussard (4-0, 4.15 ERA) will start Wednesday's game on the mound for Tigers, while SLU will counter with senior right-hander Josh Janway (2-2, 2.95 ERA).
LSU junior leftfielder Raph Rhymes solidified his standing as the nation's leading hitter, raising his cumulative average on the season to an amazing .500 (70-for-140). Rhymes batted .688 (11-for-16) in LSU's four games last week with three doubles, one homer, seven RBI, four runs, a 1.063 slugging percentage and a .688 on-base percentage.
Along with batting .500 through LSU's 41 games this season, he has collected 10 doubles, two homers, 44 RBI and 30 runs while posting a .614 slugging percentage and a .541 on-base percentage ... Rhymes is hitting .517 (31-for-60) in SEC games with three doubles, two homers, 15 RBI and nine runs.
Senior third baseman Tyler Hanover had a productive week at the plate, batting .462 (6-for-13) in LSU's four games with one RBI, one run and a .533 on-base percentage. Hanover hit .500 (5-for-10) in the Kentucky series with one run scored.
Goody earned two saves last week, preserving wins over Lamar on Wednesday and Kentucky on Friday. He was dominant in the Kentucky outing, striking out the side in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 5-4 LSU win. Goody, who was named last week to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, is 1-0 this season with a 0.90 ERA and six saves in 20 innings (21 appearances). He has recorded two walks and 30 strikeouts, and opponents are batting just .159 against him.
Rumbelow turned in two excellent relief appearances against Lamar on Wednesday and Kentucky on Sunday. In two outings, he worked 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit with six strikeouts.
SLU is hitting .275 as a team with five home runs and 56 steals in 87 attempts. The Lions are led at the plate by junior infielder Brock Hebert, who is hitting.401 with 17 doubles, one triple, one homer and 26 RBI. Senior infielder Jonathan Pace is batting .375 with 10 doubles, one triple, one homer and 28 RBI, while senior outfielder Cody Gougler is batting .294 with 11 doubles, three homers and 34 RBI.
LSU leads the overall series with Southeastern Louisiana, 61-17, and the Tigers defeated the Lions 7-3 last season (March 1) in Baton Rouge.
LSU has won 15 of the last 16 meetings between the schools -- SLU's win in that stretch came in 2008, a 6-3 victory over the Tigers in the original Alex Box Stadium. LSU has a 34-3 mark against Southeastern Louisiana since 1990.
Southeastern Louisiana Lions (28-13) at #3 LSU Fighting Tigers (32-9)
Wednesday, April 25 - 6:30 p.m.
Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU - No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 4 by Baseball America; No. 6 by USA Today/ESPN
SLU - unranked
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LSU leads the overall series with Southeastern Louisiana, 61-17, and the Tigers defeated the Lions 7-3 last season (March 1) in Baton Rouge. LSU has won 15 of the last 16 meetings between the schools -- SLU's win in that stretch came in 2008, a 6-3 victory over the Tigers in the original Alex Box Stadium. LSU has a 34-3 mark against Southeastern Louisiana since 1990.
LSU - So. RHP Joe Broussard (4-0, 4.15 ERA, 26.0 IP, 7 BB, 26 SO)
SLU - Sr. RHP Josh Janway (2-2, 2.95 ERA, 36.2 IP, 16 BB, 18 SO)