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Baseball Travels to Take on Southeastern Louisiana
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Published: February 18, 2014, 05:11 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. – Second-ranked LSU (3-0) travels to Hammond, La., on Wednesday to face Southeastern Louisiana (2-1). First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CT at Alumni Field.

The game can be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE-FM 100.7, and live audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

Wednesday’s game will be televised by Cox Sports Television, and it may be viewed in some areas at ESPN3.com.

LSU opened the 2014 season with three straight victories, defeating New Orleans on Friday and Saturday, and Grambling State on Sunday. All 17 LSU position players and 13 pitchers saw action over the weekend, and 15 players made their first appearances in LSU uniforms over the course of the three games.

The LSU pitching staff fired two shutouts while recording a 1.33 ERA and a .163 opponent batting average, and the Tigers committed just one error in three games (109 chances).

Southeastern Louisiana is 2-1 after winning two of three games in season-opening series last weekend at Louisiana Tech.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said junior left-hander Cody Glenn will start Wednesday’s game on the mound for the Tigers, while first-year SLU coach Matt Riser will counter with junior right-hander Sean Kennel.

“We’re very excited about playing in an electric atmosphere before a sold-out crowd in Hammond,” Mainieri said. “Southeastern has an excellent ball club, and Matt (Riser) has done a great job in taking their program over from Jay Artigues, who is now their athletic director. “The game will be a real challenge for our players, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they respond in a tough environment against a very good team.”

Glenn, who pitched one relief inning in Sunday’s win over Grambling, was 7-3 in 2013 with a 2.68 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 84 innings. Kennel was 6-3 with a 3.49 ERA last season, and he recorded 36 strikeouts in 69.2 innings.

LSU sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman is off to a hot start, batting .545 (6-for-11) with one double, three RBI and one run scored. Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson also enjoyed a productive weekend at the plate, hitting .500 (4-for-8) with two RBI. Stevenson’s three hits in Sunday’s win over Grambling State marked the first three-hit game of his LSU career.

Junior second baseman Conner Hale also batted .500 (4-for-8) over the weekend with one RBI and three runs scored. LSU’s first home run of the season was produced by sophomore catcher/first baseman Chris Chinea, who launched a solo shot Sunday versus Grambling.

Friday night’s win over New Orleans drew a paid attendance figure of 12,472, the second-highest attendance mark in LSU history. LSU’s largest paid attendance figure is 12,727 established on April 27, 2013 against South Carolina.

The Lions are led at the plate by junior infielder Jacob Williams, who is batting .455 (5-for-11) with two stolen bases. Junior catcher Sam Roberson is hitting .444 (4-for-9) with one double and two RBI.

LSU leads the overall series with Southeastern Louisiana, 63-17, and the Tigers defeated the Lions, 13-1, last season (Feb. 22) in Baton Rouge. LSU has won 17 of the last 18 meetings between the schools -- SLU’s win in that stretch came in 2008, a 6-3 victory over the Tigers in the original Alex Box Stadium.

LSU has a 36-3 mark against Southeastern Louisiana since 1990. Wednesday’s game marks LSU’s first trip to Hammond since March 10, 2009, when the Tigers posted a 16-5 victory.

LSU has won 33 consecutive regular-season midweek games, dating back to a 5-2 loss to Northwestern State in Baton Rouge on April 12, 2011. That was also the Tigers’ last loss to a Louisiana school. LSU has won 31 consecutive games against in-state opponents, including wins this season over New Orleans (twice) and Grambling.

#2 LSU Fighting Tigers (3-0) at Southeastern Louisiana Lions (2-1)

DATE/TIME
Wednesday, February 19 – 6 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Alumni Field in Hammond, La.

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 2 by USA Today; No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 8 by Baseball America
SLU – unranked

RADIO
WTGE 100.7 FM in Baton Rouge

INTERNET
LSUsports.net – live audio and stats
ESPN3.com - live video

TV
Cox Sports Television

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads the overall series with Southeastern Louisiana, 63-17, and the Tigers defeated the Lions, 13-1, last season (Feb. 22) in Baton Rouge. LSU has won 17 of the last 18 meetings between the schools -- SLU’s win in that stretch came in 2008, a 6-3 victory over the Tigers in the original Alex Box Stadium. LSU has a 36-3 mark against Southeastern Louisiana since 1990. Wednesday’s game marks LSU’s first trip to Hammond since March 10, 2009, when the Tigers posted a 16-5 victory.

LSU has won 33 consecutive regular-season midweek games, dating back to a 5-2 loss to Northwestern State in Baton Rouge on April 12, 2011. That was also the Tigers’ last loss to a Louisiana school. LSU has won 31 consecutive games against in-state opponents, including wins this season over New Orleans (twice) and Grambling.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU – Jr. LHP Cody Glenn (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO in 2014; 7-3, 2.68 ERA, 84.0 IP, 17 BB, 38 SO in 2013)
SLU – Sr. RHP Sean Kennel (first appearance of 2014 season; 6-3, 3.49 ERA, 69.2 IP, 13 BB, 36 SO in 2013)

 

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