No. 15 Baseball Travels to Face Tulane

by Bill Franques
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No. 15 Baseball Travels to Face Tulane

BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 15 LSU (20-8) travels to New Orleans Tuesday to take on Tulane (18-10) at 6:30 p.m. in Turchin Stadium.

Live 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 it can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.

The Tigers won three of four games last week, including an SEC series victory over Ole Miss in Alex Box Stadium.

“I thought our team showed a lot of character in winning the series against Ole Miss,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “But what happened over the weekend has no effect on our game Tuesday night. We relish our rivalry with Tulane, and we look forward to playing in a very competitive environment.”

Mainieri said freshman right-hander Joe Broussard (0-1, 3.86 ERA) will make his first career collegiate start on the mound Tuesday.

“Joe deserves this opportunity because he’s pitched very well for us as a reliever,” Mainieri said. “I like the way he pitches, and the I like the way he competes with every pitch.”

Tulane coach Rick Jones will counter with sophomore left-hander David Napoli (1-1, 2.00 ERA).

Junior outfielder Mikie Mahtook, named SEC Player of the Week on Monday, led the Tigers at the plate last week, batting .643 (9-for-14) in four games with two homers, two triples, six RBI and six runs scored. Mahtook batted .636 (7-for-11) in the series win over Ole Miss with two homers, one triple, five RBI, four runs scored and one stolen base.

He launched two homers in the Game 1 victory over the Rebels, marking the fourth two-dinger game of his career. Mahtook, who is riding a 14-game hitting streak, is now batting .515 (17-for-33) in SEC games with one double, one triple, four homers and 10 RBI.

The Tigers are batting .308 as a team with 49 doubles, seven triples, 22 homers and 50 steals on the year.  The LSU pitching staff has a 4.10 ERA with 205 strikeouts and a .241 opponent batting average.

Mahtook is hitting .404 on the year with six doubles, three triples, 10 homers and 32 RBI. Sophomore designated hitter Raph Rhymes is batting .351 with eight doubles, one homer and 21 RBI while freshman second baseman JaCoby Jones is hitting .347 with four doubles, one triple, three homers and 19 RBI.

Tulane is batting .257 with 43 doubles, seven triples, 11 homers and 24 stolen bases.  The Green Wave’s pitching staff has a 3.47 ERA with 206 strikeouts and a .256 opponent batting average.

Tulane is led at the plate by junior catcher Jeremy Schaffer, who is hitting .387 with 17 doubles, one triple, one homer and 18 RBI while senior outfielder Nick Boullosa is batting .318 with three doubles, one homer and 11 RBI.

LSU leads Tulane, 162-125-3, in a series that began in 1893. The teams split their two meetings last season – LSU posted a 10-4 win in Alex Box Stadium, and Tulane defeated the Tigers 9-1 in Turchin Stadium. LSU has won four of its six meetings with Tulane over the past three seasons.

No. 15 LSU Plays at Tulane Tuesday Night
#15 LSU Fighting Tigers (20-8) at Tulane Green Wave (18-10)

GAME DATE/TIME
Tuesday, April 5 – 6:30 p.m.

STADIUM
Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La.

RANKINGS
LSU – No. 15 by ESPN/USA Today; No. 17 by Baseball America; No. 26 by Collegiate Baseball
TU – unranked

RADIO
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates/flagship station is WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge

INTERNET
www.LSUsports.net – live audio and stats

TV
Cox Sports Television

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads Tulane, 162-125-3, in a series that began in 1893. The teams split their two meetings last season – LSU posted a 10-4 win in Alex Box Stadium, and Tulane defeated the Tigers 9-1 in Turchin Stadium. LSU has won four of its six meetings with Tulane over the past three seasons.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU – Fr. RHP Joe Broussard (0-1, 3.86 ERA, 16.1 IP, 8 BB, 19 SO)
TU – So. LHP David Napoli (1-1, 2.00 ERA, 18.0 IP, 8 BB, 19 SO)