Tigers Face Jaguars at Lee-Hines Field

by Bill Franques
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Tigers Face Jaguars at Lee-Hines Field

No. 8 LSU Fighting Tigers (23-10) at Southern Jaguars (17-15)

Tuesday, April 9 – 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPN +)

Lee-Hines Field on the Southern University campus

LSU – No. 8 Collegiate Baseball, No. 8 USA Today, No. 9 D1 Baseball, No. 12 Baseball America
SU – unranked

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LSU leads the series with its intra-city opponent, 53-2, as the squads first met in 1970. LSU has won 14 consecutive games over Southern, including a 17-4 win earlier this season (Feb. 27) 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. The Tigers are 6-0 all-time at Lee-Hines Field with wins over the Jaguars in 1991, 1993, 1995, 2004, 2008 and 2015.

LSU – Fr. RH Landon Marceaux (1-1, 6.75 ERA, 18.2 IP, 9 BB, 17 SO)
SU – Jr. RH Eli Finney (1-2, 6.99 ERA, 28.1 IP, 13 BB, 21 SO)

“This is going to be a tough game at Southern. (SU coach) Kerrick Jackson has done a tremendous job in developing his program. They’ve really made a lot of improvement since the first time we played them this year, and we’re going to have to be prepared for a significant challenge. I’m sure their players will be fired up to play us, especially in their ball park. ”

• LSU is 8-4 in the Southeastern Conference after posting a 2-1 series win last weekend over ninth-ranked Texas A&M in Baton Rouge … the Tigers are tied with Arkansas and Ole Miss for first place in the SEC Western Division, and LSU is just one game behind Georgia (9-3) in the overall league standings
• Over the past three weekends, LSU has played No. 5 Georgia, No. 2 Mississippi State and No. 9 Texas A&M, winning five of the nine games against Top 10 opponents and posting series wins over Mississippi State and Texas A&M
• LSU has won six of its past seven games overall, posting a 2.00 team ERA in 63 innings
• Junior shortstop Josh Smith led LSU to a series win over ninth-ranked Texas A&M last weekend, batting .500 (6-for-12) in three games with one double, two homers, three RBI and four runs scored … with the score tied 1-1 in the eighth inning of Game 1 Friday night, Smith launched a solo homer that proved to be the game-winning blow in LSU’s 2-1 victory … Smith added a two-run blast in the eighth inning of Game 3 on Saturday night to cap the series victory for the Tigers
• For the entire five-game week, Smith helped lead LSU to four wins, batting .471 (8-for-17) with one double, three homers, six RBI and five runs scored … he is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .359 (42-for-117) on the year with eight doubles, five homers, 19 RBI and 38 runs scored
• Senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis has 309 career hits at LSU and has a chance to become the all-time hits leader in SEC history; former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss is the all-time SEC hits leader with 352 from 1995-98 … Duplantis is No. 5 on the LSU career hits list, and he is just sixth LSU player to collect 300 career hits … he is one hit shy of tying former LSU All-American Todd Walker (1992-94) for fourth place on the all-time LSU hits chart

• Southern is 10-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and the Jaguars are in first place in the Western Division
• The Jaguars are hitting .303 as a team with 57 doubles, 13 triples, 19 homers and 87 steals in 104 attempts
• Southern is led at the plate by junior catcher/first baseman Hunter David, who is batting .425 with six doubles, one homer and 28 RBI … senior outfielder Jayvean Williams is hitting .394 with 27 RBI, senior infielder Tyler Laporte is hitting .357 with three homers and a team-high 39 RBI, and junior infielder Coby Taylor has a team-leading six home runs