LSU's Tyler Jones will start against Southeastern Louisiana
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Published: February 28, 2011, 06:16 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - No. 7 LSU (7-0) continues its early-season homestand at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Tigers play host to Southeastern Louisiana (6-1) in Alex Box Stadium.

Live video, audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/HDbaseball. The contest can be also be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.

LSU is ranked No. 7 this week in the Collegiate Baseball magazine poll, and the Tigers are No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN ranking. The Tigers have won their first seven games by a combined score of 82-18 while recording a .356 team batting average and a 2.00 team ERA.

LSU is undefeated through seven games for the third straight season. The Tigers began the 2009 season with nine straight wins, and LSU started the 2010 season with a 12-0 mark.

"This is a big game that is certainly generating a lot of excitement," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Southeastern has a very good club and (SLU coach) Jay (Artigues) has done a fantastic job with their program. They will be the best team we've faced so far, so our players will have to be prepared for a tremendous challenge."

Mainieri said that junior right-hander Tyler Jones (1-0) will start on the mound for the Tigers. Jones, a transfer from Madison (Wisc.) College, picked up his first NCAA Division I win last Tuesday over New Orleans, limiting the Privateers to just three hits in five shutout innings with no walks and six strikeouts.

Artigues will counter with sophomore left-hander Jordan Hymel (1-0), who defeated Tulane last Tuesday in Hammond.

The Tigers have scored in double figures in four straight games, marking the first time LSU has achieved that standard since the 2009 season. LSU scored in double figures in six straight games from Feb. 25-March 4, 2009

LSU second baseman JaCoby Jones was named SEC Freshman of the Week Monday after batting a blistering .636 (7-for-11) last week with one double, one homer, six RBI, five runs and two steals. Jones led the Tigers to a three-game weekend sweep over Holy Cross by hitting .750 (6-for-8) with one double, one homer, four RBI, four runs and two steals.

Jones recorded four hits in the Game 1 victory over the Crusaders, becoming the first LSU freshman to collect four hits in a game since catcher Micah Gibbs accomplished the feat versus New Orleans on May 13, 2008.

Jones is hitting a team-best .571 (12-for-21) on the year with one double, two homers, nine RBI, eight runs and three stolen bases. S

LSU sophomore first baseman Alex Edward hit .500 (6-for-12) last week with one double and six RBI, while sophomore rightfielder Mason Katz batted .462 (6-for-13) with three doubles, one triple and five RBI. Junior shortstop Austin Nola hit .455 (5-for-11) last week with oen double, one triple, one homer and six RBI, and sophomore designated hitter Raph Rhymes drove in nine runs while batting .438 (7-for-16) with four doubles.

SLU is hitting .319 as team with eight homers and 11 steals in 16 attempts. Junior shortstop Justin Boudreaux has been one of the Lions' top hitters, batting .400 with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBI.

LSU leads the overall series with Southeastern Louisiana, 60-17, and the Tigers defeated the Lions 9-5 last season (May 4) in Baton Rouge.

LSU has won 14 of the last 15 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 33-3 mark against Southeastern Louisiana since 1990.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions (6-1) at #7 LSU Fighting Tigers (7-0)

GAME DATE/TIME
Tuesday, March 1 - 6:30 p.m.

STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. (10,150)

RANKINGS
LSU - No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 9 by ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 by Baseball America
SLU - unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates/flagship station is WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge

INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net - live audio, video and stats

TV
None

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads, 60-17, in a series that began in 1937

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU - Jr. RHP Tyler Jones (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 0 BB, 6 SO)
SLU - So. LHP Jordan Hymel (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 5.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO)

 

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