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LSU Baseball Report
For Immediate Release – May 3, 2021

Southern Jaguars (13-25) at LSU Fighting Tigers (26-17)


DATE/TIME
·Monday, May 3 @ 5 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)

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

RADIO
·LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
·Live audio at www.LSUsports.net/live; Live stats at www.LSUstats.com

ONLINE
·The game will be streamed SEC Network +, accessible at Watch ESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app

SERIES RECORD VS. SOUTHERN
LSU leads the series with its intra-city opponent, 55-3, as the squads first met in 1970. Monday’s game marks the second meeting this season between the teams – LSU defeated Southern, 16-1, on March 3 in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU had won 14 consecutive games over Southern before the Jaguars posted a 7-2 win over the Tigers on April 9, 2019, at SU’s Lee-Hines Field. The Jaguars’ other wins over the Tigers came on May 3, 2005, a 9-5 Southern triumph in Alex Box Stadium, and on March 6, 2001, an 11-6 victory at “The Box.” LSU is 49-2 all-time against Southern in games played at Alex Box Stadium.

PITCHING MATCHUP
LSU – Fr. RH Will Hellmers (6-1, 3.09 ERA, 32.0 IP, 10 BB, 31 SO)
SU – Fr. LH Christian Davis (0-3, 21.94 ERA, 5.1 IP, 5 BB, 3 SO)

ABOUT THE TIGERS
·LSU is No. 24 in the most recent RPI rankings, and the Tigers are ranked No. 1 in strength of schedule, having played the most difficult schedule in the nation through the first 11 weeks of the season … LSU has 63 home runs in 43 games this season; with one more home run, LSU will tie its total for the entire 2019 season; the Tigers hit 64 home runs in 66 games in 2019 … for the first time this year, LSU played without capacity restrictions in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field for all three games of the Tigers’ series versus Arkansas.

·Senior right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard, making his first start in an SEC game since 2019, defeated top-ranked Arkansas on Saturday … Hilliard worked five innings and limited the Razorbacks to one run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts … he fired 79 pitches, 51 for strikes, and improved his record to 4-0 this season … Hilliard also earned a win over Grambling State Tuesday in a starting role, limiting GSU to no runs and one hit in three innings with no walks and five strikeouts … for the entire week, Hilliard was 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA in eight innings, allowing one run on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.

·Freshman right-hander Garrett Edwards shut out top-ranked Arkansas in three relief innings on Saturday, helping to boost LSU to a 5-4 victory … Edwards started the sixth inning in relief of Ma’Khail Hilliard and blanked the Razorbacks through the eighth inning, retiring nine of the 10 batters he face … Edwards allowed just one hit with no walks and two strikeouts, throwing 43 pitches – 28 for strikes … Edwards also fired one scoreless inning on Tuesday versus Grambling State, allowing no hits and no walks with one strikeout.

·Junior centerfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo batted .417 (5-for-12) in three of LSU’s four games last week with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored … he was 4-for-5 in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader versus No. 1 Arkansas with one double, two RBI and two runs scored … sophomore third baseman Cade Doughty batted .357 (5-for-14) in four games last week with one homer, three RBI and three runs scored … Doughty’s three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning on Saturday versus Arkansas gave LSU a lead it would not relinquish in a 5-4 win … rightfielder Dylan Crews hit .357 (5-for-14) in four games last week with two RBI and two runs scored … his clutch two-out, RBI single in the second inning on Saturday versus Arkansas extended LSU’s lead to 4-0 in game the Tigers would win by a 5-4 margin.

ABOUT THE JAGUARS
·Southern is 13-25 overall, and the Jaguars have an 11-8 mark in the Southwestern Athletic Conference … Southern has a .242 team batting average with 18 home runs and 56 stolen bases in 74 attempts

·The Jaguars are led at the plate by outfielder Tremaine Spears, who is hitting .322 with eight doubles, three homers and 21 RBI … infielder O’Neill Burgos is hitting .319 with seven doubles, three triples, four homers and 22 RBI … catcher Taj Porter has a team-high five home runs.

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