LSU's Brady Domangue
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Baseball Starts Stretch of Seven Games in Eight Days
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Published: March 04, 2014, 04:52 PM (CT)
Updated: March 05, 2014, 01:09 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 4 LSU (9-2) plays host to Sacred Heart (2-1) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The game can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including flagship WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Live video, audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

Wednesday’s game marks the beginning of a five-games-in-five-days stretch for LSU. The Tigers were scheduled to play at Northwestern State on Tuesday; however, the game was postponed until 3 p.m. Thursday due to wintry weather conditions and road closures. The Tigers will play host to Purdue this weekend in a three-game series.

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LSU is ranked No. 4 this week in the Collegiate Baseball magazine after winning two of four 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.

Sacred Heart opened its season last weekend in New Orleans, winning two of three games over Tulane.

“Sacred Heart, as evidenced by its two wins over Tulane, is a very good ball club,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “They’re going to come here with a lot of confidence and play at a high level. Our team is going to be tested this week with five games in five days, but we’re certainly looking forward to the challenge. It’s a very important week for us, the final full week of games before we start SEC play next weekend at Vanderbilt.”

Mainieri said junior right-hander Brady Domangue will start Wednesday’s game on the mound for the Tigers, while Sacred Heart coach Nick Giaquinto has yet to announce the Pioneers’ starter.

Domangue, a former junior college all-American at LSU-Eunice, has worked 2.2 innings this season in three relief appearances.

“We want to give Brady a chance to work as a starter, a role he was comfortable with at LSU-Eunice,” Mainieri said. “He injured his knee during the fall and wasn’t able to pitch as many innings as he would normally have, so we’re going to give him a start and allow him to work into a rhythm.”

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.

Sacred Heart was led in its series victory over Tulane by freshman infielder Zack Short, who batted .583 (7-for-12) with one double, one triple, one RBI and three runs. Sophomore outfielder Jayson Sullivan hit .455 (5-for-11) over the weekend with one double, three RBI and four runs.

LSU leads the series with Sacred Heart, 2-0, as the Tigers defeated the Pioneers in 2011 (6-1) and in 2013 (10-2) in Baton Rouge. Sacred Heart, located in Fairfield, Conn., is a member of the Northeast Conference. Other schools in the Northeast Conference include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis and Wagner.

Sacred Heart Pioneers (2-1) at #4 LSU Fighting Tigers (9-2)

DATE/TIME
Wednesday, March 5 – 6:30 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La. (10,326)

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 7 by USA Today; No. 9 by Baseball America
SHU - unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Network affiliates, including flagship WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge

INTERNET
LSUsports.net – live video, audio and stats

TV
None

PROMOTIONS
Kids ages 12 and under can join the Tigers on the field prior to the game for the National Anthem.

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads the series with Sacred Heart, 2-0, as the Tigers defeated the Pioneers in 2011 (6-1) and in 2013 (10-2) in Baton Rouge. Sacred Heart, located in Fairfield, Conn., is a member of the Northeast Conference. Other schools in the Northeast Conference include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis and Wagner.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU – Jr. RHP Brady Domangue (0-0, 10.12 ERA, 2.2 IP, 3 BB, 0 SO)
SHU – TBA

 

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