LSU head coach Paul Mainieri
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Baseball to Face UNO Tuesday in Privateer Park
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Published: May 16, 2011, 10:54 PM (CT)
Updated: May 17, 2011, 07:57 AM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU (33-19) plays its final non-conference regular-season game of the season at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Tigers face New Orleans (3-47) at Privateer Park.

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

LSU swept Tennessee in a three-game conference series over the weekend, extending the Tigers' home win streak to nine games. LSU has also won nine of its last 11 games overall and seven of its last nine SEC contests.

"This is certainly a crucial game for us; it's a game we have to win," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I like the way we're playing right now, and it's important that we continue to build on the momentum we've created over the past few weeks."

Mainieri said junior right-hander Tyler Jones will start on the mound Tuesday for the Tigers, while UNO coach Bruce Peddie will counter with senior right-hander Tyler Sanders.

LSU hit a blistering .439 (50-for-114) in the Tennessee series, collecting 12 doubles, two triples, and one homer while outscoring the Volunteers, 32-6. Centerfielder Mikie Mahtook led the Tigers to the three-game sweep of Tennessee over the weekend, batting .643 (9-for-14) with one triple, one homer, six RBI, six runs and two stolen bases. Mahtook extended his consecutive games reached-base streak to 66, as he has reached base safely in all 52 games this season and in the final 14 games of last season.

Mahtook is hitting .370 on the year with 11 doubles, four triples, 13 homers, 50 RBI, 54 runs and 28 steals. He has a chance to become the first player since 1974 to lead the SEC in both home runs and stolen bases.

Sophomore rightfielder Alex Edward hit .615 (8-for-13) in the Tennessee series with two doubles and four RBI, while sophomore first baseman Mason Katz batted .500 (7-for-14) with three doubles and seven RBI.

The Tigers are batting .301 as a team with 93 doubles, 12 triples, 31 homers and 82 steals on the ye01ar.  The LSU pitching staff has a 4.30 ERA with 359 strikeouts and a .251 opponent batting average.

UNO is batting .212 with 64 doubles, four triples, 11 homers and 14 stolen bases.  The Privateer pitching staff has an 8.99 ERA with 211 strikeouts and a .361 opponent batting average.

UNO's home run and RBI leader is senior outfielder/first baseman Nolan Church, who is hitting .223 with four dingers and 22 RBI.

LSU leads UNO, 52-34, in a series that began in 1976. The Tigers won their first meeting this season with the Privateers, 13-0, on February 22 in Alex Box Stadium.

LSU Fighting Tigers (33-19) at New Orleans Privateers (3-47)

GAME DATE/TIME
Tuesday, May 17 - 6:30 p.m.

STADIUM
Privateer Park in New Orleans, La.

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

INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net - live audio and stats

TV
None

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads UNO, 52-34, in a series that began in 1976. The Tigers won their first meeting this season with the Privateers, 13-0, on February 22 in Alex Box Stadium.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU - Jr. RHP Tyler Jones (3-0, 6.75 ERA, 30.2 IP, 22 BB, 22 SO)
UNO - Sr. RHP Tyler Sanders (1-10, 8.45 ERA, 65.0 IP, 23 BB, 41 SO)

 

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