LSU vs. Lamar in Prostate Cancer Awareness Game

by Bill Franques
The Paul Mainieri Show - Week 5 Inside LSU Baseball - Episode 6 +0
LSU vs. Lamar in Prostate Cancer Awareness Game

Lamar Cardinals (14-26) at No. 9 LSU Fighting Tigers (26-15)
Prostate Cancer Awareness Game

Tuesday, April 23 – 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field (10,326)

Tuesday’s contest is LSU’s annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Game, as the Tigers will wear light blue batting helmets in support of the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer in men.

LSU – No. 9 Perfect Game, No. 13 D1 Baseball, No. 14 Baseball America, No. 15 Collegiate Baseball
Lamar – unranked

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LSU leads the all-time series with Lamar, 7-6, including last season’s 8-0 victory for the Tigers over the Cardinals in Baton Rouge. This will mark the eighth straight season (2012-19) in which LSU and Lamar have met on the diamond. LSU has won six of the previous seven meetings this decade – the Cardinals’ win in that span came in 2016 in Beaumont, Texas, when Lamar posted a 12-11 victory.

LSU – Fr. RH Landon Marceaux (1-2, 8.41 ERA, 20.1 IP, 11 BB, 18 SO)
Lamar – So. RH Jack Dallas (0-4, 6.04 ERA, 25.1 IP, 17 BB, 20 SO)

“I’m real proud of the way our guys came together last weekend and won the series over Florida, and I think it gives our team more confidence going forward. Now, our focus shifts to Lamar, and it seems like it’s been a while since we’ve won a midweek game. These games are important, because they affect your RPI, but they’re also difficult to play in between SEC weekend series where our players expend so much effort and emotion. We’re going to do everything we can to win Tuesday night and keep our momentum going.”

“This game also carries a lot significance because it promotes awareness of prostate cancer. I encourage all men over 40 to have a prostate cancer screening done on an annual basis. Early detection is critical to successful treatment.”

• LSU is 11-7 in the Southeastern Conference, and the Tigers are one game behind first-place Arkansas in the SEC Western Division and two games behind Georgia in the overall league standings
• LSU posted a series win over Florida last weekend, batting .368 (43-for-117) in three games with 33 runs, eight doubles, two triples and four homers
• Senior outfielder Antoine Duplantis led LSU to a series win over Florida, batting .563 (9-for-16) in three games with seven RBI, three runs and a .563 on-base percentage … he was 4-for-5 with an RBI in Thursday night’s game against the Gators, and he helped clinch the series win on Saturday with a 3-for-5, four-RBI effort …. he increased his season RBI total to 44, which leads the team and ranks No. 5 in the SEC
• Duplantis increased his career hits total to 321, and he is fourth on the all-time LSU hits list … Duplantis is chasing the LSU career hits record, which is 352 set by first baseman Eddy Furniss (1995-98)
• Freshman right-hander Cole Henry defeated Florida on Friday night in Baton Rouge with a superb effort, limiting the Gators to one run on four hits in 5.1 innings with no walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts … his strikeouts total was the most by an LSU pitcher in an SEC game since March 28, 2015, when Alex Lange recorded 13 Ks against Kentucky … Henry’s 12 Ks also represented the most by an LSU freshman since the aforementioned Lange outing versus Kentucky in 2015 … Henry’s victory over Florida marked his fourth SEC win this season, and he has recorded a team-high 60 strikeouts in 49.2 innings while limiting opponents to a .228 batting average
• Junior shortstop Josh Smith batted .538 (7-for-13) in the Florida series with two doubles, one homer, three RBI and eight runs scored … sophomore outfielder Daniel Cabrera batted .429 (6-for-14) against the Gators with one double, one triple, one homer and six RBI
• Sophomore right-hander Eric Walker posted a win over Florida on Saturday, limiting the Gators to two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings with no walks and five strikeouts … junior right-hander Todd Peterson earned his second save of the season on Friday with an outstanding effort against the Gators, working 3.2 scoreless innings and limiting UF to three hits with no walks and one strikeout.

• Lamar is coached by former LSU player and assistant coach Will Davis, who was a catcher at LSU from 2004-07, and he worked as an assistant under Paul Mainieri from 2008-15. Davis is in his third season at the helm of the Lamar program.
• Lamar is hitting .279 as a team with 30 home runs and 29 stolen bases in 38 attempts … the Lamar pitching staff has a 5.03 cumulative ERA
• Lamar is led at the plate by junior infielder JC Correa, who is hitting .315 with team-highs of five homers and 29 RBI … senior infielder Robin Adames leads the club in homers with six and is second on the team in RBI (22)