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Baseball Travels to Face Tulane
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Published: March 24, 2014, 05:52 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 4 LSU (20-4-1) travels to New Orleans on Tuesday to face Tulane (12-11) at 6:30 p.m. CT in Turchin Stadium.

The game will not be televised, but it can be heard in Baton Rouge flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM and free in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live (NOTE: due to a conflict with the LSU women's basketball NCAA Tournament game, the game will not be available on the full LSU Sports Radio Network).

The Tigers are just a half-game out of first place in the SEC standings after last weekend’s SEC series victory over Georgia. LSU will resume conference play this weekend at Florida.

“We’ve got a very challenging week ahead with all of our games on the road, beginning Tuesday night at Tulane,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “It’s always a great atmosphere when we go down there to play, and I think the teams really enjoy competing against one another. Tulane is a talented club that’s been playing very well, so we’ve got to be ready to play our best in order to have a chance to beat them.”

LSU recorded an 9-0 victory over South Alabama last Wednesday and a 4-0 win over Georgia on Friday, marking the Tigers’ eighth and ninth shutouts of the season. The LSU record for most shutouts in a season is 10 by the 1996 national championship club.

Saturday’s LSU win over Georgia was career victory No. 1,199 for Mainieri, now in his 32nd season as a collegiate coach. With one more win, Mainieri, a member of the 2014 ABCA Hall of Fame induction class, will become only the ninth NCAA Division I active coach to have 1,200 career victories.

Catcher Kade Scivicque leads LSU in hitting with a .366 average, and he’s collected three doubles, two homers and 14 RBI. Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson is hitting .353 with four triples and 14 RBI, while sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman is batting .337 with six doubles, one homer and 15 RBI.

LSU sophomore rightfielder Mark Laird collected six hits in 14 at-bats in the Tigers’ four games last week, batting .429 with one double, one RBI, two runs, three walks, one steal and a .529 on-base percentage. Senior third baseman Christian Ibarra hit .400 in the Georgia series (4-for-10) with one double, one RBI and two runs, while senior leftfielder Sean McMullen batted .357 (5-for-14) against the Bulldogs with two doubles, one triple, one RBI and one run scored.

LSU lowered its cumulative team ERA to 1.81 by allowing just three runs in the three-game Georgia series. Junior left-hander Zac Person highlighted the bullpen effort, making two relief appearances in the series and pitching 4.1 scoreless innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Junior right-hander Joe Broussard appeared in all three games against the Bulldogs and earned his fifth save of the year in Game 2 on Saturday, preserving a 2-1 win by striking out the final UGA batter in the ninth inning with a runner at first base. Broussard has allowed no runs and just three hits this season in 10.1 innings (13 appearances) as the Tigers’ closer.

Tulane enters Tuesday’s game batting .240 as a team with six homers and 17 steals in 22 attempts. Sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon is the Green Wave’s leading hitter, batting .317 with three doubles, one triple and 12 RBI. Freshman infielder Hunter Hope is batting .315 with seven doubles, two homers and 17 RBI, while junior infielder Garrett Deschamp is hitting .301 with eight doubles, one triple, one homer and 24 RBI.

LSU leads the all-time series with Tulane, 177-125-3, in a series that began with the first intercollegiate athletic event in LSU history, a 10-8 victory for the Fighting Tiger baseball squad over Tulane in 1893. LSU has won 10 of its 12 meetings with Tulane over the past six seasons, and the Tigers currently hold a six-game win streak in the series. Tulane’s last victory over LSU was a 9-1 win on May 18, 2010 in New Orleans.

#4 LSU Fighting Tigers (20-4-1) at Tulane Green Wave (12-11)

DATE/TIME
Tuesday, March 25 – 6:30 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La.

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 4 by USA Today; No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 8 by Baseball America
TU – unranked

RADIO
WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge

INTERNET
LSUsports.net – live audio and stats

TV
None

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads the all-time series with Tulane, 177-125-3, in a series that began with the first intercollegiate athletic event in LSU history, a 10-8 victory for the Fighting Tiger baseball squad over Tulane in 1893. LSU has won 10 of its 12 meetings with Tulane over the past six seasons, and the Tigers currently hold a six-game win streak in the series. Tulane’s last victory over LSU was a 9-1 win on May 18, 2010 in New Orleans.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU – Jr. LHP Cody Glenn (1-1, 4.37 ERA, 22.2 IP, 3 BB, 11 SO)
TU – Fr. RHP Corey Merrill (0-1, 5.79 ERA, 14.0 IP, 10 BB, 10 SO)

 

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