UPDATE: March 3, 9:50 a.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU-Northwestern State baseball game has been postponed due to wintry weather conditions and road closures. The game has been re-scheduled for a 3 p.m. CT first pitch on Thursday at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, La.
Thursday’s game can be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE 100.7 FM, and live audio and stats will be available at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Original Game Preview
BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 4 LSU (9-2) travels to Natchitoches, La. for the first time in 11 years Tuesday to face the Northwestern State Demons (6-4) at 3:30 p.m. at Brown-Stroud Field.
The game can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including flagship WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Live audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.
LSU and Northwestern State will play in Natchitoches for the first time since April 9, 2003, when the Tigers posted a 6-4 win over the Demons.
LSU is ranked No. 4 this week in the Collegiate Baseball magazine after winning two of our games last week. The Tigers defeated Yale twice in a three-game series and dropped a 4-1, rain-shortened (5.1 innings) decision to Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday.
The LSU-Northwestern State game was originally scheduled to start at 7 p.m.; however, the first pitch time was moved to 3:30 p.m. due to a wintry weather forecast.
“This is going to be a sincere challenge for our team, facing a quality opponent on the road in very cold weather,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We’re coming off of a tough loss (to Yale) on Sunday, and now our players face a long bus ride into a hostile environment. We had to go 13 innings to beat Northwestern State last season (a 2-1 LSU win in Baton Rouge), and they have a talented team that’s playing very well right now.”
Northwestern State, under second-year coach Lane Burroughs, has won four straight games, including a three-game sweep of Southern University over the weekend.
Mainieri said freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ (2-0) will start Tuesday’s game on the mound for the Tigers, while the Demons will counter with senior right-hander Steve Spann (2-1).
Poche’, a native of Lutcher, La., has been superb in his first two collegiate starts, posting a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings with no walks and 10 strikeouts. Spann has worked 11 innings in three appearances (two starts), recording a 3.27 ERA with four walks and six strikeouts.
The Tigers hit .347 (42-for-121) as a team in their four games last week with six doubles, three triples, three homers and 30 runs scored. Sophomore rightfielder Mark Laird batted .615 (8-for-13) in four games last week with two doubles, two RBI and four runs scored.
Junior catcher/DH Kade Scivicque hit .545 (6-for-11) with one homer, five RBI and three runs scored. Scivicque is LSU’s leading hitter through 11 games, batting .429 with one double, one homer, six RBI and nine runs.
Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson extended his hitting streak to nine games over the weekend; Stevenson is hitting .375 on the year with two triples, five RBI and six runs scored.
Sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman has reached base safely in each of the Tigers’ 11 games this season; Bregman is batting .389 with five doubles, six RBI and seven runs scored. Junior third baseman Christian Ibarra batted .455 (5-for-11) last week with one double, one homer, three RBI and two runs scored.
The Demons, hitting .270 as a team with no home runs, are led at the plate by junior infielder Caleb Dugas, who is hitting .333 with five doubles, seven RBI and seven runs. Junior infielder Chase Daughdrill is batting .286 with two doubles and a team-best 11 RBI, while junior outfielder Bret Underwood is hitting .293 with four doubles and a team-high five steals.
LSU leads the series with Northwestern State, 52-11, and the Tigers have won 14 of the past 15 meetings, including a 2-1, 13-victory over the Demons last season (March 20) in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The Demons’ only win in the past 15 games with LSU was a 5-2 victory on April 12, 2011 in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU coach Paul Mainieri has a 7-1 career mark against Northwestern State.
#4 LSU Fighting Tigers (9-2) at Northwestern State Demons (6-4)
Tuesday, March 4 – 3:30 p.m. CT
Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, La.
LSU – No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 7 by USA Today; No. 9 by Baseball America
NSU - unranked
LSU Sports Network affiliates, including flagship WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
LSUsports.net – live audio and stats
LSU leads the series with Northwestern State, 52-11, and the Tigers have won 14 of the past 15 meetings, including a 2-1, 13-victory over the Demons last season (March 20) in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The Demons’ only win in the past 15 games with LSU was a 5-2 victory on April 12, 2011 in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU coach Paul Mainieri has a 7-1 career mark against Northwestern State. Tuesday’s game marks LSU’s first trip to Natchitoches since April 9, 2003, when the Tigers posted a 6-4 win over the Demons.
LSU – Fr. LHP Jared Poche’ (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 13.0 IP, 0 BB, 10 SO)
NSU – Sr. RHP Steve Spann (2-1, 3.27 ERA, 11.0 IP, 4 BB, 6 SO)