LSU Meets Hawaii This Weekend At The Box
Communications Sr. Associate
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (7-4) at #13 LSU Fighting Tigers (9-5)
Friday, March 9 – 7 p.m. CT
Saturday, March 10 – 6:30 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 11 – 2 p.m. CT
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La. (10,326)
Tickets available at http://bit.ly/2Gcni0x
LSU – No. 13 by Collegiate Baseball; No. 16 by Baseball America
Hawaii – unranked
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This weekend’s series marks the first baseball meeting between LSU and Hawaii. The Tigers are 19-10 all-time against members of the Big West Conference – LSU is 2-0 vs. Fresno State; 3-2 vs. UC Irvine; 7-4 vs. Cal State Fullerton and 7-4 vs. Long Beach State.
LSU – So. RHP Zack Hess (2-1, 6.46 ERA, 15.1 IP, 8 BB, 25 SO)
Hawaii – Jr. RHP Jackson Rees (1-0, 0.93 ERA, 19.1 IP, 5 BB, 19 SO)
LSU – Jr. RHP Caleb Gilbert (1-0, 5.62 ERA, 16.0 IP, 2 BB, 10 SO)
Hawaii – Jr. LHP Dominic DeMiero (1-0, 1.89 ERA, 19.0 IP, 5 BB, 11 SO)
LSU – Fr. RHP Nick Storz (first collegiate appearance) OR Fr. RHP Ma’Khail Hilliard (3-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, 5 BB, 11 SO)
Hawaii – Sr. RHP Neil Uskali (2-1, 2.55 ERA, 17.2 IP, 7 BB, 12 So) OR So. RHP Logan Pouelsen (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 2 BB 9 SO)
LSU Calendar Board Giveaway on Saturday
QUOTING PAUL MAINIERI
“We love playing different teams in our non-conference schedule that LSU has never played before, and I thought our fans would enjoy watching us play the University of Hawaii. Their head coach, Mike Trapasso, played at Oklahoma State, and he coached as an assistant at Georgia Tech for many years. Their pitching staff has a combined ERA of 1.74, and they’ve got four starting pitchers with ERAs below 2.50. We’ve watched them on tape, and they’ve got great arms, and their offense is much better than the numbers would indicate. It’s going to be three great games; it’s going to have a feel for us like an SEC series, and that’s how we’re going to approach it.”
ABOUT THE TIGERS
• LSU is 1-1 so far this week with an 8-2 win over Southern on Tuesday night, and a 4-3, 10-inning loss at Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday night. The Tigers are No. 13 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball poll, marking the 118th consecutive week the Tigers have appeared in the poll. .
• 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, allo wing 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 on February 23 while posting 10 strikeouts, has recorded 25 strikeouts in 15.1 innings this season
• Freshman right-hander Nick Storz may make his first career LSU appearance on the mound on Sunday. Storz had a bone spur removed from his shoulder during the offseason, delaying his 2018 debut. Storz, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was selected in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. If Storz is not physically ready to start on Sunday, freshman right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard will be LSU’s Game 3 starter.
• Junior outfielder Antoine Duplantis is the only LSU player to have reached base safely in all 14 of the Tigers’ games this season. He is hitting .333 on the year with two doubles, two triples, one homer nine RBI and 14 runs.
• Outfielder Beau Jordan leads LSU in homers with three, and his twin brother, first baseman/catcher Bryce Jordan, has a team-best 12 RBI.
ABOUT THE RAINBOW WARRIORS
• Hawaii is a member of the Big West Conference for baseball, and the Rainbow Warriors are 7-4 this season. Hawaii has a three-game sweep over Air Force, and the Rainbow Warriors have split four-game series against BYU and Loyola Marymount.
• Hawaii’s team ERA is 1.74, as the Rainbow Warrior pitchers have allowed just 19 earned runs in 98 innings with 35 walks and 77 strikeouts.
• Hawaii is hitting .244 as a team with 17 doubles, one triple, three homers and five steals in nine attempts. The Rainbow Warriors are scoring an average of 3.5 runs per game.
• Sophomore outfielder Adam Fogel leads Hawaii in batting average (.351), doubles (6), triples (1), homers (2), RBI (8) and runs scored (8).
• Five players on the Rainbow Warriors’ 34-man roster are natives of the state of Hawaii and 15 are California natives.