Baseball Takes on Southern Tuesday at The Box
Communications Sr. Associate
Southern Jaguars (4-7) at #13 LSU Fighting Tigers (8-4)
Tuesday, March 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La. (10,326)
Tickets available at www.LSUtix.net
LSU – No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 16 by Baseball America
Southern – unranked
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM
Live audio at www.LSUsports.net/live
Live stats at www.LSUstats.com
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LSU leads the series with its intra-city rival, 51-2, as the squads first met in 1970. LSU has won 12 consecutive games over Southern, including an 11-1 win in their last meeting on April 5, 2016, in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The Jaguars’ last win over the Tigers came on May 3, 2005, a 9-5 Southern triumph in the original Alex Box Stadium. Southern’s only other win in the series occurred on March 6, 2001, an 11-6 victory in the original Alex Box Stadium.
LSU – Jr. RHP Cam Sanders (0-0, 11.25 ERA, 4.0 IP, 5 BB, 8 SO)
Southern – TBA
Roger Cador Night – LSU will make a special pregame presentation to former Southern baseball coach Roger Cador. Cador was Southern’s coach from 1985-2017, and he led the Jaguars to 14 SWAC titles and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.
QUOTING PAUL MAINIERI
“We just finished the first half of a 10-games-in-13-days stretch; we played five games last week, and we have five very challenging games this week. I think our young men are up to that challenge because the more you play, the better you get. Tuesday night will be special because we’re going to honor Roger Cador, who is one of the legends of college baseball. He’s done so much for the game, for young people and for our community, and I thought it was fitting that we honor him with a special tribute before the game.”
ABOUT THE TIGERS
· LSU won four of five games last week, and the Tigers are No. 13 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, marking the 118th consecutive week the Tigers have appeared in the poll.
· As a staff, LSU pitchers allowed just 11 runs on 30 hits in five games last week, recording a 2.25 ERA and a .196 opponent batting average.
· Sophomore right-hander Zack Hess was named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week on Monday after he fired a career-high 13 strikeouts on Friday to lead LSU to a victory over Toledo … Hess worked seven innings, allowing one run on six hits with no walks while throwing 109 pitches … his 13 strikeouts marked the most by an LSU pitcher since March 28, 2015, when Alex Lange recorded 13 Ks versus Kentucky … Hess, who defeated Texas last weekend while posting 10 strikeouts, has recorded 25 strikeouts in 15.1 innings this season.
· Sophomore third baseman Jake Slaughter hit .421 (8-for-19) in five games last week with one homer, six RBI and four runs scored.
· Senior outfielder/DH Beau Jordan also hit .421 (8-for-19) last week with one double, one triple, one homer, three RBI and five runs … Jordan’s triple in Saturday’s game against Sacred Heart was the first triple of his four-year career.
· Junior outfielder Antoine Duplantis batted .389 (7-for-18) last week with one homer, four RBI, five runs and one stolen base … Duplantis is the only LSU player to have reached base safely in all 12 of the Tigers’ games this season
· Junior second baseman Brandt Broussard and junior catcher Hunter Feduccia are riding current hit streaks of 10 and nine games, respectively.
ABOUT THE JAGUARS
· Southern is led by first-year head coach Kerrick Jackson, who took over the program after longtime coach Roger Cador announced his retirement at the end of last season. Cador was Southern’s coach from 1985-2017, and he led the Jaguars to 14 SWAC titles and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.
· The Jaguars are 4-7 this season and dropped two of three games last weekend at Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a Southwestern Athletic Conference series.
· Southern is hitting .281 this season with 20 doubles, three triples, three homers and 30 steals in 41 attempts.
· Freshman infielder Zavier Moore is hitting .343 on the year and has a team-high 10 RBI; both freshman outfielder Michael Wright (.410) and junior infielder Tyler LaPorte (.405) are hitting over .400.