Christian Ibarra is among four seniors who will be honored on Tuesday
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Baseball to Hold Home Finale on Tuesday
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Published: May 12, 2014, 02:43 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. – Tenth-ranked LSU (36-14-1) plays its final regular-season home game year at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Tigers meet Northwestern State in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The game can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including Baton Rouge flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM. Live video, audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television and the telecast will be produced by the Jumbo Sports Network.

LSU's four senior players – pitcher Nate Fury, outfielder Sean McMullen, third baseman Christian Ibarra and pitcher Kurt McCune – will be honored before the game as they make their final regular-season appearance in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU, ranked No. 10 this week by USA Today, has appeared in the Top 10 of a major college baseball poll for 48 consecutive weeks.

Tuesday's contest is the Tigers' final non-conference game of the regular season. LSU concludes the regular season with a three-game SEC series at Auburn beginning on Thursday.

The Tigers are in contention to claim their third consecutive SEC Western Division title and their fifth in seven years. LSU is in third place in the West entering the final week of conference play, trailing first-place Ole Miss by two games and second-place Mississippi State by one game

LSU has won three straight Western Division titles on two occasions – 1992-93-94 and 1996-97-98.

“There's a lot at stake going into the final week of the regular season,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “All we can control is how we play over these next four games and try to build our resume for the postseason. We have a tremendous amount of respect for the Northwestern State program – they're having an outstanding year. They've won five straight games and they're in contention for the Southland Conference title. We'll need to be at our best to win the game and hopefully create some momentum heading into the series at Auburn.”

LSU sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson leads the Tigers at the plate, batting .335 with four doubles, five triples and 24 RBI. Junior second baseman Conner Hale is hitting .305 with six doubles, one triple, three homes and 23 RBI, and sophomore rightfielder Mark Laird is batting .290 with nine doubles, one triple and 19 RBI.

Northwestern State has a .266 team batting average with 12 home runs, and the Demons have stolen 63 bases in 90 attempts. Junior infielder Chase Daughdrill is hitting .309 with nine doubles, two homers and 37 RBI, junior outfielder Bret Underwood is batting .308 with 10 doubles, four triples and 15 RBI, and junior infielder Caleb Dugas is hitting .300  with 12 doubles, two homers and 30 RBI.

LSU leads the series with Northwestern State, 53-11, and the Tigers have won 15 of the past 16 meetings, including an 8-1 victory over the Demons earlier this season (March 6) in Natchitoches. The Demons' only win in the past 16 games with LSU was a 5-2 victory on April 12, 2011 in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU coach Paul Mainieri has an 8-1 career mark against Northwestern State.

Northwestern State Demons (30-21) at #10 LSU Fighting Tigers (36-14-1)

DATE/TIME
Tuesday, May 13 – 6:30 p.m. CT

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

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 10 by USA Today; No. 15 by Baseball America; No. 15 by Collegiate Baseball
NSU – unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge)

INTERNET
LSUsports.net – live video and audio in the Geaux Zone/free live stats

TV
Cox Sports Television

PROMOTIONS
Senior Night – Nate Fury, Sean McMullen, Christian Ibarra and Kurt McCune will be honored prior to the game

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads the series with Northwestern State, 53-11, and the Tigers have won 15 of the past 16 meetings, including an 8-1 victory over the Demons earlier this season (March 6) in Natchitoches. The Demons' only win in the past 16 games with LSU was a 5-2 victory on April 12, 2011 in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU coach Paul Mainieri has an 8-1 career mark against Northwestern State.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU – Fr. LHP  Jared Poche' (6-3, 2.58 ERA, 69.2 IP, 23 BB, 43 SO)
NSU – Sr. LHP Andrew Adams (1-1, 2.93 ERA, 27.2 IP, 8 BB, 25 SO)

 

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