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Published: March 12, 2013, 06:17 PM (CT)
Updated: March 13, 2013, 08:47 AM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - No. 2 LSU (15-1) plays to host Nicholls State (9-8) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium. The series marks the final game for the Tigers prior to the start of SEC play Friday at Mississippi State.

The game can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge). Live video, audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

Wednesday's game is Prostate Cancer Awareness Night. The theme of the night is "Stay Ahead of the Count and Get Checked!" to encourage men to have prostate exams that allow for early detection of cancer. The Tigers will be wearing light blue batting helmets in support of the cause, and the first 1,500 fans will receive a Prostate Cancer Awareness t-shirt. Volunteers will be stationed on the concourse of Alex Box Stadium to provide fans with information regarding the disease and how to protect themselves.

The Tigers have won 10 straight games since dropping a 9-4 decision to BYU on February 23. LSU was 5-0 last week with wins over Stephen F. Austin and Sacred Heart and a three-game sweep of Washington.

Wednesday's game marks the second meeting between the teams this season. The Tigers blanked the Colonels, 2-0, on March 3 in Alex Box Stadium.

"We know what we have in front of us this weekend, but our focus right now is completely on Nicholls State," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We won a very tough ball game against them just a little over a week ago, so we're aware of the type of club they have. Our goal is continue to play at a high level against Nicholls and then look ahead to the weekend."

Mainieri said that LSU freshman right-hander Russell Reynolds (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will make his first career collegiate start Wednesday against the Colonels. Nicholls coach Seth Thibodeaux will counter with junior right-hander Brandon Jackson (0-0, 4.50 ERA).

LSU senior first baseman Mason Katz led LSU to its five wins last week by launching three homers and recording 10 RBI. Katz hit .353 (6-for-17) on the week with one double, three dingers, six runs scored and 10 RBI. Katz unloaded two homers and collected five RBI in Saturday's win over Washington, marking the first two-homer game of his LSU career. Katz is hitting .328 on the year, and he leads the Tigers with five homers and 24 RBI. He is batting .400 (14-for-35) over the past 10 games with three doubles, one triple, four homers and 19 RBI.

Freshman shortstop Alex Bregman batted .474 (9-for-19) in the Tigers' five wins last week with three doubles, one triple, two RBI and seven runs scored. Bregman is LSU's second-leading hitter on the year, batting .391 (25-for-64) with five doubles, two triples, one homer, 14 RBI, 16 runs and five steals. During LSU's 10-game win streak, Bregman is hitting .400 (16-for-40) with three doubles, two triples, one homer and eight RBI.

Freshman outfielder Mark Laird is batting a sizzling .500 (16-for-32) over the last 10 games with one double, five RBI, 13 runs scored and a .590 on-base percentage. Junior third baseman Christian Ibarra is hitting .414 (12-for-29) over the last 10 games with three doubles, seven RBI and five runs scored, and senior outfielder Raph Rhymes has posted a .400 (16-for-40) average over the past 10 contests with six doubles, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored.

The Colonels are led at the plate by senior outfielder Mike Barba, who is hitting .327 with two doubles, two triples and four RBI. Senior outfielder Matt Richard is batting .324 with four doubles, two triples, one homer and 11 RBI, and junior infielder Philip Lyons is hitting .300 with seven doubles, one homer and seven RBI.

Nicholls is hitting .262 as a team with five home runs and 25 stolen bases in 44 attempts.

LSU has a 49-22 all-time mark against Nicholls State, and the Tigers have won 22 of the last 23 meetings with the Colonels. NSU's only win in its last 23 games versus LSU was a 3-1 victory over the Tigers on April 15, 2009 in Alex Box Stadium.

Nicholls State Colonels (9-8) at #2 LSU Fighting Tigers (15-1)

DATE/TIME
Wednesday, March 13 - 6:30 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge,  La. (10,326)

RANKINGS
LSU - No. 2 by USA Today; No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 7 by Baseball America
NSU - unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
The Baton Rouge affiliate WDGL 98.1 FM
Pregame show starts 30 minutes prior to first pitch

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

TV
None

SERIES RECORD
LSU has a 49-22 all-time mark against Nicholls State, and the Tigers have won 22 of the last 23 meetings with the Colonels, including a 2-0 victory earlier this season (March 3) in Alex Box Stadium. NSU's only win in its last 23 games versus LSU was a 3-1 victory over the Tigers on April 15, 2009 in Alex Box Stadium.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU - Fr. RHP Russell Reynolds (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 2.0 IP, 0 BB, 1 SO)
NSU - Jr. RHP Brandon Jackson (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO)

PROMOTION
Wednesday's game is Prostate Cancer Awareness Night. The theme of the night is "Stay Ahead of the Count and Get Checked!" to encourage men to have prostate exams that allow for early detection of cancer. The Tigers will be wearing light blue batting helmets in support of the cause, and the first 1,500 fans will receive a Prostate Cancer Awareness t-shirt. Volunteers will be stationed on the concourse of Alex Box Stadium to provide fans with information regarding the disease and how to protect themselves.

 

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