Tigers Open SEC Tournament Tuesday vs. Georgia

SEC TOURNAMENT No. 9 seed LSU Tigers (34-21, 13-17 SEC) vs. No. 8 seed Georgia Bulldogs (30-23, 13-17 SEC)

by Bill Franques | Sr. Associate Communications Director
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SEC TOURNAMENT
No. 9 seed LSU Tigers (34-21, 13-17 SEC) vs. No. 8 seed Georgia Bulldogs (30-23, 13-17 SEC)

DATE/TIME
•    Tuesday, May 25 @ 4:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network)

STADIUM
•    Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.

RADIO
•    LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
•    Live audio at www.LSUsports.net/live

STATS
Live stats at www.LSUstats.com

TV/ONLINE
•    The game will be televised on the SEC Network and streamed on SEC Network +

RANKINGS
•    LSU – No. 21 NCAA RPI
•    UGA – No. 41 NCAA RPI

SERIES RECORD VS. GEORGIA
LSU leads the all-time series with Georgia, 68-24-3, and Tuesday’s game marks the first meeting between the schools since March 22-24, 2019, when UGA won two of three games over the Tigers in Athens. LSU has won 10 of its last 13 SEC regular-season series versus UGA, and the Tigers have an 17-9-2 advantage over the Bulldogs in games played over the past 12 seasons. Tuesday’s game marks the first LSU-Georgia matchup in the SEC Tournament since 2009, when the Tigers won two tournament games over the Bulldogs. LSU is 9-2 all-time versus Georgia in SEC Tournament games.

LSU HISTORY IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT
LSU has a league-best 88-44 (.667) all-time record in the SEC Tournament, and the Tigers own a conference-high 12 tournament titles … Alabama and Mississippi State are second behind LSU with seven tournament titles … LSU has won six of the past 12 SEC Tournament crowns, claiming the title in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2017 … the Tigers are 38-10 under 15th-year coach Paul Mainieri in SEC Tournament games … at the last SEC Tournament held in 2019, LSU posted a 3-2 record and was defeated by Vanderbilt in the semifinal round … LSU has reached the semifinal round in seven straight SEC Tournaments (2013-19).

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ABOUT THE TIGERS
LSU is No. 21 in the most recent official NCAA RPI rankings, and the Tigers are ranked No. 2 nationally in strength of schedule … LSU has won five of its last seven SEC series, including the last three in a row … the Tigers have won nine of their last 13 games overall … LSU won four of its five SEC road series this season – at Kentucky, at Ole Miss, at Auburn and at Texas A&M.

Paul Mainieri
LSU coach Paul Mainieri is No. 1 among active NCAA Division I Baseball coaches with 1,501 career wins in 39 seasons (six seasons at St. Thomas, six seasons at Air Force, 12 seasons at Notre Dame and 15 seasons at LSU) … Mainieri is No. 7 all-time among NCAA Division I Baseball coaches with the 1,501 career victories … LSU’s 13-6, 12-inning win at Texas A&M on May 21 marked the 1,500th victory of Mainieri’s collegiate career – he is only the fifth NCAA Division I Baseball coach to win 1,500 games and a national championship – the other four who have accomplished the feat are Augie Garrido (Cal State Fullerton/Texas), Gene Stephenson (Wichita State), Jim Morris (Miami) and Mark Marquess (Stanford).

Cade Doughty
Sophomore third baseman Cade Doughty led LSU to a series win at Texas A&M over the weekend, batting .333 (5-for-15) with one double, one homer, six RBI and three runs scored … he also recorded 13 assists on defense and posted a 1.000 fielding percentage in 15 chances … in the Tigers’ Game 2 win over the Aggies, Doughty doubled, homered and collected five RBI … his two-out, three-run homer in the fifth inning erased a 6-3 deficit and the game remained tied at 6-6 until the top of the 13th, when Doughty’s two-run double highlighted a six-run outburst in the 12-6 LSU victory … he added an RBI single in the fourth inning of LSU’s 8-2 win over Texas A&M that clinched the Tigers’ third straight SEC series victory … Doughty is No. 5 in the SEC in RBI this season with 53.
 
Tre’ Morgan
Freshman first baseman Tre’ Morgan is hitting .431 (25-for-58) in his last 13 games with three doubles, one triple, one homer, seven RBI, 17 runs and four stolen bases … he hit .375 (6-for-16) in last weekend’s series win at Texas A&M with one double, one RBI and three runs scored … Morgan is No. 3 in the SEC in cumulative batting average (.370), No. 1 in hits (80), No. 1 in runs scored (59), No. 4 in triples (4), No. 2 in doubles (15), No. 3 in on-base percentage (.461) and No. 5 in stolen bases (14).

Gavin Dugas
Leftfielder Gavin Dugas homered twice, drove in three runs and scored three times in last weekend’s series win at Texas A&M … Dugas posted a .571 on-base percentage in the series, as he walked three times and was hit by a pitch on three occasions … he is No. 2 in the SEC in RBI this season with 60, No. 4 in home runs (16), and No. 8 in slugging percentage (.617).

Dylan Crews
Freshman rightfielder Dylan Crews enters Tuesday’s game versus Georgia riding an eight-game hitting streak … Crews is No. 9 in the SEC in batting average (.347), No. 6 in hits (74), No. 4 in runs scored (56), No. 3 in total bases (129), No. 7 in on-base percentage (.448) and No. 6 in walks (37).

Ma’Khail Hilliard
Senior right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard clinched LSU’s series win over Texas A&M on Saturday by limiting the Aggies to two runs on six hits in seven innings with no walks and two strikeouts … he blanked Texas A&M through the first three innings and allowed only single runs in the fourth and sixth innings … since moving into the weekend starting rotation four weeks ago – when he defeated top-ranked Arkansas – Hilliard is 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 24.1 innings with four walks and 18 strikeouts … he is limiting opponents to a .186 batting average in that four-game span.

Landon Marceaux
Junior right-hander Landon Marceaux is No. 3 in the SEC in cumulative ERA (2.04), and he is No. 2 in the league in innings pitched and No. 8 in strikeouts (98) … Marceaux posted a streak earlier this season of 33.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS
•    Georgia is 30-23 overall and recorded a 13-17 mark in SEC regular-season games … the Bulldogs finished fifth in the SEC Eastern Division … Georgia is hitting .275 as a team with 56 homers and 21 steals in 31 attempts … the Bulldogs are No. 9 in the SEC in cumulative batting average.
•    The Bulldogs are led at the plate by infielder Josh McAllister, who is batting .352 with six doubles, one triple, nine homers and 29 RBI … infielder Connor Tate is batting .344 with six doubles, one triple, 10 homer and 33 RBI … catcher Corey Collins has team-highs of 13 doubles and 35 RBI.
•    The UGA pitching staff has a 3.87 cumulative ERA and the Bulldogs are limiting opponents to a .226 batting average … Georgia is No. 5 in the SEC in team ERA … senior left-hander Ryan Webb is No. 7 in the SEC in opponent batting average (.198)