Freshman Landon Marceaux will start Tuesday's game on the mound for LSU.
Emilie Bowen

Tigers Travel to Face Northwestern State

Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

No. 10 LSU Fighting Tigers (11-4) at Northwestern State Demons (7-6)

DATE/TIME
Tuesday, March 12 – 6 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, La.

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 10 Collegiate Baseball, No. 11 Baseball America, No. 13 USA Today
NSU – unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates, including WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
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SERIES RECORD VS. NORTHWESTERN STATE
LSU leads the series with Northwestern State, 59-11, and the Tigers have won 21 of the past 22 meetings, including two wins over the Demons last season – a 9-5 victory on May 15 in Baton Rouge, and a 9-5 win on June 3 in an elimination game at the NCAA Corvallis (Ore.) Regional. The Demons’ only win in the past 22 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 14-1 career mark against Northwestern State.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU – Fr. RH Landon Marceaux (1-1, 7.90 ERA, 13.2 IP, 9 BB, 11 SO)
NSU – Sr. RH Cullen McDonald (1-0, 0.69 ERA, 13.0 IP, 0 BB, 7 SO)

QUOTING PAUL MAINIERI
“We very aware of the caliber of the Northwestern State program – we had to have a five-run rally in the ninth inning last year to beat these guys in the regional at Corvallis. We’re going to their park, and I know they’re excited about us going up to play in Natchitoches. I’m sure it’s going to be a packed house and a very challenging environment. We’re still finding out about our team; there are some areas in which we need to find answers and improve upon. I think we’re moving in the right direction, and we’ve just got to keep getting better.”

ABOUT THE TIGERS
• LSU won three of four games last week, including a 2-1 series victory over the weekend versus California in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field … the Cal series featured two comeback wins for the Tigers, including a two-run, walk-off single Friday in the bottom of the ninth inning by junior shortstop Josh Smith to lift LSU to a 4-3 victory … Smith, who posted a 13-game hit streak from February 16 through March 9, is batting a team-high .415 (22-for-53) on the year with five doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and 18 runs scored
• LSU erased an early 4-1 deficit in Game 2 of the Cal series on Saturday, and freshman first baseman Cade Beloso blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning of the seven-inning game to provide the winning 5-4 margin … the dinger was the second of the game for Beloso, who also launched a solo shot and now has four homers this season ... for the week, Beloso hit .357 (5-for-14) in four games with two homers, five RBI and three runs scored
• Sophomore catcher Brock Mathis enjoyed a productive week at the plate, batting .455 (5-for-11) in four games with one double, one triple, two homers, three RBI and three runs scored
• Sophomore right-hander Devin Fontenot recorded a brilliant relief effort in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader versus California, firing four shutout innings to earn the win … Fontenot limited the Bears to two hits with one walk and three strikeouts, firing 60 pitches and improving his record to 2-0 … Fontenot made three appearances during the week, allowing no runs on two hits in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts
• Senior third baseman Chris Reid launched his second career homer – a solo shot – in Saturday’s Game 2 win over California – Reid’s first homer came on March 5, 2016, versus Fordham when the Baton Rouge native was a freshman … Reid has played in 11 of LSU’s 15 games (five starts) and is hitting .348 (8-for-23) with three doubles, one homer, six RBI and seven runs scored
• Senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis has performed brilliantly through the first four weeks of the season, batting .356 (21-for-59) with two doubles, four homers, 24 RBI and 15 runs … Duplantis has 289 career hits, just 63 shy of the SEC record of 352 held by former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss (1995-98)

ABOUT THE DEMONS
• Northwestern State is 7-6 overall, and the Demons have won four of their six home games this season … NSU opened Southland Conference play last weekend, dropping two of three games at Abilene Christian
• NSU is batting .258 as a team with 24 doubles, five triples and eight homers; the Demons have stolen 19 bases in 22 attempts
• Northwestern State is led at the plate by junior shortstop Caleb Ricca, who is batting .392 with seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBI
• NSU senior right-hander Cullen McDonald will make his third start of the season – he hasn’t allowed a walk this season in 13 innings, and he’s limited opponents to a .208 batting average

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