No. 13 Baseball Begins Busy Week Against Grambling
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE - No. 13 LSU (5-2) plays host to Grambling State (5-2) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium.
The LSU-Grambling State game will be carried by the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, with Baton Rouge affiliate WDGL 98.1 FM serving as the flagship station. Live video and audio of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said the Tigers are looking forward to the opportunity to take the field again after dropping two of three games last weekend to Appalachian State.
"Our players realize that they are going to face adversity over the course of a long baseball season," Mainieri said. "A team is measured by how it responds in the difficult times, and it's up to us to respond in the right way. Grambling just came off of a great series in which they swept Florida A&M, so I'm sure they will come in here with a lot of confidence and challenge us on Tuesday night."
Mainieri said that freshman left-hander Cody Glenn (1-0) will make his first career collegiate start on Tuesday night. Glenn, a native of Houston, earned a win in relief last Wednesday versus McNeese State, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
LSU's pitching staff has a cumulative 2.14 ERA through seven games as the Tigers have surrendered just 15 earned runs in 63 innings. Opponents are batting only .210 against the LSU staff, which has recorded 68 strikeouts and 16 walks.
Sophomore catcher Ty Ross is LSU's leading hitter through seven games, batting .400 (6-for-15) with three RBI. Junior first baseman/outfielder Mason Katz is hitting .333 (7-for-21) and has two doubles, one triple and a team-high six RBI
Second baseman Casey Yocom led the Tigers at the plate in four games last week, batting .333 (5-for-15) with one double and one RBI, and freshman outfielder/infielder Jared Foster also hit .333 (3-for-9) last week with two RBI. Senior third baseman Tyler Hanover batted .364 (4-for-11) in the Appalachian State series with one run scored.
Grambling coach James Cooper will send sophomore left-hander Joel Deleon (0-1) to the mound on Tuesday against LSU. Deleon worked 5.1 innings in a start last Wednesday at Stephen F. Austin, allowing six runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
GSU is led at the plate by sophomore infielder Thomas Brown, who is hitting .433 with two doubles, one triple, and seven RBI, and by junior infielder Elias Todman, Junior catcher Darren Farmer is hitting .414 with two doubles and team-highs of two homers and 12 RBI.
Grambling is hitting .315 as a team with 18 extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases in seven games.
LSU won the only prior meeting between the teams, 8-4, on April 8, 2009 in Alex Box Stadium.
Grambling State Tigers (5-2) at #13 LSU Fighting Tigers (5-2)
Tuesday, Feb. 28 - 6:30 p.m. CT
Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. (10,326)
LSU - No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 14 by Baseball America; No. 20 by ESPN/USA Today
Grambling State - unranked
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
The Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM
Pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to first pitch
www.LSUsports.net - live video, audio and stats
LSU leads the series, 1-0. LSU defeated Grambling in the teams' only prior meeting, 8-4, on April 8, 2009 in Alex Box Stadium.
LSU - Fr. LHP Cody Glenn (1-0, 6.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO)
GSU -- So. LHP Joel Deleon (0-1, 10.12 ERA, 5.1 IP, 4 BB, 2 SO)