Baseball to Make First Visit to Tulane Campus Since '97

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Baseball to Make First Visit to Tulane Campus Since '97

BATON ROUGE — LSU (23-16-1) faces Tulane (27-12-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Turchin Stadium, marking the Tigers’ first game on the Green Wave’s campus since 1997.

From 1998-2007, LSU and Tulane met either in Zephyr Field or in the Louisiana Superdome whenever the Tigers traveled to the Greater New Orleans area.

The LSU-Tulane game can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including flagship station WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Live audio and stats are also available in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television (Cable Ch. 37 in Baton Rouge).

LSU is 0-3-1 in its last four games, including two one-run losses. The Tigers battled to a 10-10 tie with seventh-ranked Georgia on Sunday.

“We’ve had some tough losses lately,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, “but I’m confident our guys will bounce back and play well this week. Our players have shown tremendous resiliency all season, and I would expect the same beginning on Tuesday night. We’re excited about the opportunity to play in New Orleans against an outstanding Tulane club.”

Mainieri said that junior left-hander Ryan Verdugo will start on the mound Tuesday versus Tulane. Verdugo fired a complete-game victory in his last start on April 13 at Ole Miss, limiting the Rebels to two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Tulane coach Rick Jones is expected to counter with freshman right-hander Robby Broach (4-1, 3.35 ERA).

LSU freshman catcher Micah Gibbs hit .636 (7-for-11) in the Georgia series with one double, four RBI and two runs. In LSU’s five games last week, Gibbs batted .467 (7-for-15) with one double, four RBI and two runs, and he also threw out three base runners attempting to steal.

Gibbs, who became the Tigers’ starting catcher on March 30, raised his cumulative average to .348 (24-for-69) with five doubles, one homer and 16 RBI.

Another LSU freshman, centerfielder Leon Landry, batted .467 (7-for-15) in the Tigers’ five games last week with one triple, one homer, four RBI and two runs. Landry hit .455 (5-for-11) in the Georgia series with one triple, two RBI and one run.

Landry leads the Southeastern Conference this season with five triples.

The Tigers collected 16 hits in Sunday’s game versus Georgia, marking LSU’s highest hits total in an SEC game this season.

LSU’s pitching was highlighted last week by the outings of junior right-hander Louis Coleman, who did not allow an earned run in nine innings of work. In appearances against Nicholls State and Georgia, Coleman gave up just two unearned runs on seven hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Coleman defeated Nicholls State in a starting role last Tuesday as he limited the Colonels to no runs on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts. He pitched four innings of relief Friday versus Georgia, allowing two unearned runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Tulane is led at the plate by infielder Seth Henry, who is batting .341 with 12 doubles, four triples, four homers and 39 RBI. Catcher Jared Dyer is hitting .328 with six doubles, one triple, five homers and 25 RBI, and infielder Rob Segedin is batting .327 with 12 doubles, one triple, four homers and 38 RBI.

Tulane is hitting .290 as a team with 37 homers on the year.

LSU leads the overall series with Tulane, 159-123-3, including a 7-5 victory earlier this season (March 19) in Baton Rouge. Tulane holds a 10-8 series advantage over LSU since 2001.

LSU Fighting Tigers (23-16-1) at Tulane Green Wave (27-12-1)
 
DATE/TIME 
Tuesday, April 22 ? 6 p.m. CDT

STADIUM
Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La.

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

INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net ? live audio and stats

TV
Cox Sports Television (Cable Ch. 37 in Baton Rouge)

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads, 159-123-3 (the teams first met in 1893)

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU ? Jr. LHP Ryan Verdugo (6-2, 2.70 ERA, 46.2 IP, 18 BB, 38 SO)
TU ? Fr. RHP Robby Broach (4-1, 3.35 ERA, 43.0 IP, 19 BB, 33 SO)