McNeese Cowboys (16-14) at LSU Tigers (21-12)

• Tuesday, April 8 @ 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
• Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field (10,726)
• LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
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• Tuesday’s game will be streamed on SEC Network +

LSU leads the overall series with McNeese, 33-12, and the Tigers posted a 7-4 win over the Cowboys last season (May 16) in Baton Rouge … LSU has won 15 of its past 18 games versus McNeese … LSU, however, has just a 4-3 advantage in the last seven meetings between the schools since 2016 … McNeese defeated LSU 7-0 in 2016 in Baton Rouge and 5-4 in 2017 in Lake Charles … LSU recorded a 13-3 win over the Cowboys in 2018 in Baton Rouge before McNeese defeated the Tigers, 2-0, in 2019 at Alex Box Stadium … LSU has won the last three matchups, all in Baton Rouge – a 14-1 win in 2021, a 6-3 victory in 2022 and the 7-4 win on May 16 of last season.

“We’ve got to be able to finish the games that we can win, and we’ve certainly tried to do that. We’ll try a different way. We need to improve our overall execution – put hitters away with two strikes and get off the field with two outs.”

• Junior right-hander Luke Holman defeated sixth-ranked Vanderbilt on Thursday night, limiting the Commodores to four earned runs on four hits in 5.2 innings with no walks and 10 strikeouts … he threw 97 pitches in the outing, recording 62 for strikes, and he pitched 4.1 perfect innings before allowing a Vanderbilt baserunner in the fifth inning … Holman is 6-1 this season with a 2.01 ERA in 34.2 innings … he has recorded 13 walks and 71 strikeouts, and he’s limiting opponents to a .174 batting average.

• Sophomore left-hander Griffin Herring recorded the save in Thursday’s win over No. 6 Vanderbilt … he worked 3.1 innings and allowed no runs on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts … Herring is 2-0 this season with a 2.42 ERA and three saves in 22.1 innings with seven walks and 31 strikeouts.

• Freshman outfielder Ashton Larson was LSU’s leading hitter in its four games last week, batting .364 (4-for-11) with one homer, one RBI and two runs scored.

• Junior third baseman Tommy White hit .333 (5-for-15) in four games last week with two homers, four RBI, six runs, three walks and a .472 on-base percentage … White is the Tigers’ leading hitting on the year, batting .321 with four doubles, 11 homers, 29 RBI and 32 runs.

• Sophomore first baseman Jared Jones homered once and collected four RBI and two runs in four games last week … Jones is tied with Tommy White for the team lead in homers with 11 … sophomore catcher Brady Neal also produced four RBI last week with one homer and three runs scored.

• McNeese has a 16-14 overall mark, and the Cowboys are 2-4 in Southland Conference play … McNeese dropped two of three games at Lamar last weekend in a Southland Conference series.
• McNeese head coach Justin Hill was a pitcher at LSU in 2001 and 2002 … he is in his 11th season at the helm of the Cowboys program.
• McNeese his hitting .251 as a team this season with 51 doubles, 13 triples and 21 home runs … outfielder Conner Westenburg is hitting .306 on the year, and he leads the Cowboys in doubles (12), homers (5) and RBI (24) … outfielder Cooper Hext has six doubles, five triples, two homers, 13 RBI and 12 steals in 13 attempts.
• The McNeese pitching staff has a 5.39 cumulative ERA, and the Cowboys have recorded 264 strikeouts in 267.1 innings … opponents are batting a cumulative .277 against the Cowboys staff, which has allowed 28 home runs this season.