BATON ROUGE, La. – Top-ranked LSU (7-1) plays host to Yale (0-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in Game 1 of a three-games series in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. Game 2 will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, and first pitch for Game 3 is Noon on Sunday.
The games on Friday and Sunday can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including flagship WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Saturday’s game can be heard in Baton Rouge only on WTGE 100.7 FM.
Live video, audio and stats of the games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. None of the three LSU-Yale games will appear on network television. Fans may join the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/join and watch HD-quality video online, on an iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
LSU is ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball magazine poll released Monday. The 2014 LSU team is the fifth Tiger squad to earn the top ranking during the eight-season tenure of coach Paul Mainieri.
The Tigers dropped a 4-1, rain-shortened (5.1 innings) decision to No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday, ending LSU’s 32-game, nearly three-year-old win streak against Louisiana schools.
Yale plays its 2014 season opener on Friday night against the Tigers. The Bulldogs were 13-24 overall last season, 10-10 in the Ivy League.
During Mainieri’s tenure as LSU coach, the Tigers have played an Ivy League school in each of the past five seasons. In that period, the Tigers are 2-0 vs. Harvard, 4-0 vs. Brown, 2-1 vs. Princeton and 3-0 vs. Dartmouth.
“We embrace the opportunity to face Ivy League schools, because they have tough, hard-nosed players,” Mainieri said. “They play with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and they provide a very competitive atmosphere. We’ re looking forward to some great ball games this weekend as we continue to develop as a team.”
Mainieri said junior right-hander Aaron Nola (2-0) will start Friday’s game on the mound for the Tigers, followed by junior left-hander Kyle Bouman (2-0) on Saturday and junior left-hander Cody Glenn (1-1) on Sunday.
Yale coach John Stuper is expected to counter with senior left-hander David Hickey (4-2 in 2013) on Friday, true freshman right-hander Chasen Ford on Saturday and senior right-hander Michael Coleman (3-4 in 2013) on Sunday.
Nola was named Monday by Collegiate Baseball magazine as one of its National Players of the Week. Nola, a Baton Rouge native, fired a no-hitter for seven innings Friday night versus Virginia Tech before leaving the game due to a pitch count restriction. Nola threw 87 pitches in seven shutout frames, allowing no hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
It was the deepest an LSU pitcher had gone in a game without giving up a hit since April 15, 1995, when right-hander Brian Winders threw 8.2 hitless innings at Ole Miss.
Nola improved to 2-0 with Friday’s win over the Hokies, and he has a 0.00 ERA in 13 innings with one walk and 14 strikeouts.
LSU’s leading hitter entering the series is junior first baseman Conner Hale, who is batting .417 with one double and three RBI. Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson is batting .381 with two triples and five RBI, and sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman is hitting .375 with three doubles and four RBI.
Yale’s leading returning hitter is senior infielder Jacob Hunter, who batted .319 in 2013 with five doubles and six RBI. Sophomore outfielder/catcher Brent Lawson hit. 290 with seven doubles and 13 RBI, while junior infielder David Toups led the Bulldogs in homers (2) and RBI (18).
Yale won the only previous meeting between the schools in 1908, a 7-1 Bulldog victory over LSU in New Haven, Conn.
Yale Bulldogs (0-0) at #1 LSU Fighting Tigers (7-1)
Friday, February 28 – 7 p.m. CT
Saturday, March 1 – 2 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 2 – 12 p.m. CT
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La. (10,326)
LSU – No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 2 by USA Today; No. 7 by Baseball America
Yale - unranked
Friday and Sunday - LSU Sports Network affiliates, including flagship WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
Saturday – in Baton Rouge only on WTGE 100.7 FM
LSUsports.net – live video, audio and stats at www.LSUsports.net/live
Saturday – Mardi Gras beads will be given to fans as they enter the gates
Sunday – All kids ages 12 and under can run the bases of Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field after the game
Yale won the only previous meeting between the schools in 1908, a 7-1 Bulldog victory in New Haven, Conn. During Paul Mainieri’s tenure as LSU coach, the Tigers have played an Ivy League school in each of the past five seasons. In that period, the Tigers are 2-0 vs. Harvard, 4-0 vs. Brown, 2-1 vs. Princeton and 3-0 vs. Dartmouth.
LSU – Jr. RHP Aaron Nola (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 13.0 IP, 1 BB, 14 SO)
YALE – Sr. LHP David Hickey (4-2, 2.15 ERA, 37.2 IP, 9 BB, 35 SO in 2013 season)
LSU – Jr. LHP Kyle Bouman (2-0, 1.64 ERA, 11.0 IP, 0 BB, 4 SO)
YALE – Fr. RHP Chasen Ford (first collegiate appearance)
LSU – Jr. LHP Cody Glenn (1-1, 3.60 ERA, 10.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO)
YALE – Sr. RHP Michael Coleman (3-4, 3.13 ERA, 54.2 IP, 13 BB, 18 SO in 2013 season)