Baseball to Face SLU Thursday at 'The Box'

by Bill Franques
Baseball Media Session - Feb. 23 +0
Baseball to Face SLU Thursday at 'The Box'

UPDATE: On Wednesday morning, this game was officially postponed to Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT due to expected rain throughout the day on Wednesday. More Info.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Second-ranked LSU (6-1) plays host to Southeastern Louisiana (5-3) at 6:30 p.m. CT Wednesday Thursday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The radio broadcast of the game will be carried in Baton Rouge only via WTGE-FM 100.7 WDGL-FM 98.1, and live audio and stats for the contest may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net. The game may be viewed live online on SEC Network +, accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app.

“Southeastern has had an excellent program for a long time, and every time we’ve played them during my years here, it’s been a very competitive ball game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We faced them last year in the NCAA Regional, and we were able to earn a very hard-fought victory. They certainly have our attention, and we know we need to play very well in order to win.”

Mainieri said freshman right-hander Doug Norman will start the game for the Tigers in his second career collegiate appearance, while SLU coach Matt Riser will counter with junior left-hander Domenick Carlini. Norman pitched 4.2 innings in his collegiate debut last Wednesday against Nicholls State, allowing four earned run on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

“I’m looking for Doug to be much more comfortable on the mound this week than he was in his first college game,” Mainieri said. “I thought under the circumstances he pitched pretty well last week and threw strikes the entire outing.”

LSU remained No. 2 in the Baseball America poll and advanced to No. 3 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings after winning three of four games last week. LSU recorded a three-game sweep of Boston College, outscoring the Eagles, 31-9, and batting .378 (42-for-111) in the series with 12 doubles, four triples and four homers.

LSU senior catcher Kade Scivicque batted .545 (6-for-11) last week, collecting one double, two homers, four RBI, five runs, a 1.182 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage. In LSU’s three-game sweep over Boston College, Scivicque hit .667 (4-for-6) with two homers, four RBI and five runs. He was 3-for-4 with two homers, three RBI and three runs in the Tigers’ 16-2 win over BC on Saturday.

On the year, Scivicque, named SEC Co-Player of the Week on Monday, is hitting a team-best .500 (9-for-18) with one double, three homers, seven RBI and seven runs.

Junior centerfielder Andrew Stevenson batted .429 (6-for-14) in four games last week with three triples, three RBI, six runs and two stolen bases. Stevenson collected two triples in Saturday’s win over Boston College, becoming the 12th LSU player to record two triples in a game and the first Tiger to accomplish the feat since Leon Landry had two triples against Brown during the 2010 season. Stevenson was 5-for-9 (.556) in the three games against Boston College with three triples, two RBI, six runs and two steals …

Senior outfielder Jared Foster was 4-for-7 (.571) in two starts against Boston College as LSU’s lead-off hitter. Foster collected two doubles and one triple to go along with two RBI and four runs scored.

Southeastern Louisiana is hitting .285 as a team with three home runs and 10 steals in 16 attempts. Junior outfielder Julian Service is batting .444 with three doubles and two RBI, senior infielder Kevin Carr is hitting .440 with four doubles and four RBI, and sophomore infielder Carson Crites is hitting .381 with five RBI.

LSU leads SLU, 65-17, in a series that began in 1937. The Tigers defeated SLU twice in 2014 – an 8-4 victory in the first round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional on May 30 and a 7-3 win on February 19 in Hammond. LSU has won 19 of the last 20 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 38-3 mark against Southeastern Louisiana since 1990.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions (5-3) at #2 LSU Fighting Tigers (6-1)

DATE/TIME
Wednesday, Feb. 25 Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. CT

STADIUM
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field (10,326) in Baton Rouge, La.

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

RADIO
WTGE 100.7 FM in Baton Rouge
LSUsports.net – live audio and live stats

ONLINE TELECAST
The game may be viewed on SEC Network +, accessible at SECNetwork.com and the Watch ESPN app

SERIES RECORD
LSU leads, 65-17, in a series that began in 1937. The Tigers defeated SLU twice in 2014 – an 8-4 victory in the first round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional on May 30 and a 7-3 win on February 19 in Hammond. LSU has won 19 of the last 20 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 38-3 mark against Southeastern Louisiana since 1990.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU – Fr. RHP Doug Norman (0-1, 7.71 ERA, 4.2 IP, 0 BB, 3 SO)
SLU – Jr. LHP Domenick Carlini (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 2 BB, 11 SO)

 

Midweek SEC Baseball Schedule
Feb. 24-25, 2015

Tuesday, Feb. 24
Alabama def. Savannah State, 7-2
Georgia def. Presbyterian, 3-0
Ole Miss def. Arkansas State, 2-1
Davidson at South Carolina, Postponed to TBD
Lipscomb at Tennessee, Postponed to TBD
Auburn def. Georgia Tech, 7-1
Mississippi State  def. Alcorn State, 10-2
Vanderbilt  def. Tennessee-Martin, 16-3
Alabama def. Savannah State, 4-2
Florida def. Florida Atlantic, 10-8
Texas A&M def. Houston Baptist, 4-1

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Morehead State at Kentucky, Postponed to TBD
Kennesaw State at Georgia, Postponed to March 25, 4 p.m. CT
Central Arkansas at Ole Miss, Postponed to April 21, 6:30 p.m. CT
Tennessee def. Belmont, 4-1
Vanderbilt def. Western Kentucky, 10-6
Texas A&M def. Incarnate Word, 7-0

Thursday, Feb. 26

California at Arkansas, Canceled
4 p.m. – Alabama A&M at Auburn | SEC Network + (ppd from Wed.)
6:30 p.m. – Southeastern Louisiana at LSU | SEC Network +  (ppd from Wed.)