LSU-South Alabama Matchup Wednesday At The Box
Communications Sr. Associate
South Alabama Jaguars (9-7) at #16 LSU Fighting Tigers (11-6)
Wednesday, March 14 – 6:30 p.m. CT
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La. (10,326)
Tickets available at http://bit.ly/2FAnc5K
LSU – No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 17 by Baseball America
South Alabama – unranked
SEC Network+ - the game may be viewed at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app
Wednesday’s game marks the 41st meeting between LSU and South Alabama in a series that began in 1971 and USA leads, 25-15. South Alabama posted a 7-6 win over the Tigers last season (May 9) in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The teams also met on March 19, 2014, in Baton Rouge when LSU recorded a 9-0 win over the Jaguars. The 2014 contest was the first meeting between the schools since the 1997 NCAA South I Regional in Baton Rouge, when the Tigers defeated the Jaguars twice on the regional’s final day to advance to the College World Series. The schools met seven times in NCAA Regional games from 1989 through 1997, and LSU posted a 5-2 mark in those contests.
LSU – Fr. RHP AJ Labas (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO)
USA – Jr. LHP Caleb Yarborough (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.1 IP, 4 BB, 4 SO)
Tickets are available for $3.14 in recognition of “National Pi Day”
QUOTING PAUL MAINIERI
“We tried to challenge our team in the early portion of our schedule, and I think we’ve had one of the more difficult non-conference slates in the nation. We’ve found out an awful lot about our team, because sometimes the adversity tells you things that you need to know before SEC play begins. South Alabama represents the final non-conference game before we open the SEC season, and they’re as good as anybody. South Alabama has a rich tradition and history, and (South Alabama coach) Mark Calvi is doing a great job with their program. They’re going to be fired up and ready for us, and we’ll have to do the same.”
ABOUT THE TIGERS
• LSU won three of five games last week, and the Tigers are No. 16 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, marking the 119th consecutive week the Tigers have appeared in the poll … LSU has been ranked every week since the beginning of the 2012 season.
• Junior outfielder Antoine Duplantis needs one base hit to reach the 200-hit mark in his LSU career … Duplantis has a career batting average of .319 (199-for-624).
• Freshman right-hander AJ Labas will make his third career start on Wednesday versus South Alabama. In his two previous starts, Labas fired two shutout innings versus Southeastern Louisiana on March 4, and he recorded three scoreless frames -- including three strikeouts with the bases loaded in the second inning – at Louisiana-Lafayette on March 7.
• Junior catcher Hunter Feduccia started in four of LSU’s five games last week and batted .385 (5-for-13) with three doubles, one homer, four runs and seven RBI, and he threw out two base runners attempting to steal … in the Tigers’ 14-1 win over Hawaii on Sunday, Feduccia was 2-for-2 at the plate with two doubles and a career-best four RBI … Feduccia has a team-best 15 RBI this season, and he is second on the club in slugging percentage (.622).
• Senior utility player/pitcher Austin Bain hit .462 (6-for-13) in four games last week with two doubles, five RBI and four runs scored … Bain started Games 2 and 3 of the Hawaii series at first base, marking the first time he’s played that position in his four-year college career.
• Freshman outfielder Daniel Cabrera batted .455 (5-for-11) in four games last week with three doubles, two RBI and three runs, and junior third baseman Chris Reid hit .455 (5-for-11) in four games last week with three RBI and two runs scored.
• Junior right-hander Cam Sanders earned his first career LSU win on Tuesday over Southern, limiting the Jaguars to two runs on two hits in 5.1 innings with two walks and a career-best eight strikeouts … Sanders also recorded two outs in a relief appearance on Sunday versus Hawaii and is expected to take on an expanded role as a weekend reliever.
• Freshman right-hander Devin Fontenot recorded six strikeouts in 2.2 innings over two relief appearances, including a dominating relief effort on Wednesday night at Louisiana-Lafayette, where he struck out five of the six batters he faced.
ABOUT THE JAGUARS
• South Alabama posted a 40-21 record in 2017, and the Jaguars participated in the NCAA Hattiesburg Regional, where they recorded a 1-2 mark.
• South Alabama is 9-7 this season, and the Jaguars won two of three games at Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend.
• The Jaguars are hitting .246 as a team with 27 doubles, two triples, 13 homers and 14 steals in 20 attempts. South Alabama is scoring an average of 6.75 runs per game.
• Junior outfielder Travis Swaggerty leads South Alabama in batting average (.340), homers (4) and RBI (34).
• Junior outfielder Dylan Hardy is batting .319 with four doubles, one triple, one homer, 31 RBI and a team-best 18 runs scored.