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New Orleans Privateers (11-5) at No. 1 LSU Tigers (15-1)

DATE/TIME
·Tuesday, March 14 @ 6:30 p.m. CT

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

RANKINGS
·LSU – No. 1 in all college baseball polls
·UNO - unranked

RADIO
·LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates, including 98.1 in Baton Rouge
·Live audio for LSU games at www.LSUsports.net/live; Live stats for LSU games at www.LSUstats.com

ONLINE
·The game will be streamed live on SEC Network +

LSU SERIES RECORD VS. NEW ORLEANS
·LSU leads the all-time series with New Orleans, 63-37, as the teams split their two meetings last season; LSU posted an 11-3 win over the Privateers on March 2 in Baton Rouge before UNO defeated the Tigers, 9-4, on April 26 in New Orleans … the Tigers have won 12 of the past 15 matchups between the schools … former LSU coach Paul Mainieri played for two seasons at UNO under former Privateers coach Ron Maestri in 1978 and ’79 … eighth-year UNO coach Blake Dean played at LSU under Mainieri from 2007-10 as an outfielder/first baseman, earning 2008 first-team all-America honors and helping lead the Tigers to the 2009 College World Series title.

QUOTING COACH JAY JOHNSON
“We’ve had an intense schedule with a lot of games recently, and we’ve been going pretty hard, so I’m glad our players had some time off before we meet an excellent UNO team. We’re facing a very good opponent with 11 wins this season and some talented veteran players. Obviously (UNO coach) Blake Dean is well-known here, and he’s done a really nice job there, and he’s a very good coach. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him and talking to him, and we’re looking forward to that challenge on Tuesday night.”

ABOUT THE TIGERS
·LSU won all of its five games last week and Tigers enter this week riding a 10-game win streak … the 10-game win streak is LSU’s longest since the 2017 Tigers won 17 in a row from May 11 through June 17 … LSU’s 15-1 start this season is the Tigers’ best record through 16 games since the 2015 team also posted a 15-1 mark.

·LSU batted .349 (52-for-149) in its five games last week with 11 doubles, one triple and 15 homers, and the Tigers outscored their opponents, 56-4 … the Tigers’ pitching staff posted a 0.73 ERA in five games last week, allowing three earned runs in 37 innings … LSU limited its opponents to 15 hits and a .119 batting average in five games.

·Sophomore third baseman Tommy White batted .438 (7-for-16) in LSU’s five wins last week with three doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and nine runs … he also walked once and was hit by three pitches, posting a .550 on-base percentage … he homered, doubled and collected four RBI in LSU’s win over Lamar on Wednesday night before posting two doubles, two homers and nine RBI in the Tigers’ three-game sweep of Samford … in the Tigers’ win over Samford on Sunday, White launched LSU’s first grand slam of the season … White raised his cumulative average to .395, and he has collected seven doubles, five homers and 23 RBI in 13 games this season.

·Freshman first baseman Jared Jones batted .600 (6-for-10) for LSU last week with four homers, 11 RBI and five runs … he homered four times in four consecutive plate appearances over the course of the Tigers’ games versus Samford on Friday and Saturday … in Friday’s game, Jones launched two 2-run homers in his final two plate appearances, and in Saturday’s game, he unloaded two 3-run dingers in his first two plate appearances … he added an RBI single in Sunday’s win over Samford, as the Tigers completed a three-game sweep … Jones is batting .356 on the year, and he has a team-high six homers this season … he is second on the club with 21 RBI.

·Freshman rightfielder Paxton Kling is hitting .640 (16-for-25) during LSU’s 10-game win streak with three doubles, one triple, three homers, six RBI and 13 runs … junior centerfielder Dylan Crews is batting .529 (18-for-34) during the Tigers’ 10-game win streak with six doubles, four homers, 18 RBI and 19 runs … Crews is riding a 14-game hitting streak entering Tuesday night’s game versus New Orleans.

·Sophomore right-hander Thatcher Hurd posted two wins in two starts last week, working a total of 11 scoreless innings with three walks and 18 strikeouts … Hurd allowed just four hits and limited opponents to a .111 batting average in his two outings … he defeated Butler on Monday night, firing six shutout innings with three hits, one walk and 11 strikeouts, just one strikeout shy of his career high … Hurd then posted a win over Samford on Sunday, working five scoreless innings and limiting the Bulldogs to one hit with two walks and seven strikeouts … Hurd pitched 3.2 perfect innings versus Samford before allowing a batter to reach base … he lowered his cumulative ERA to 2.04, and he has 25 strikeouts in 17.2 innings this season.

·Junior right-hander Paul Skenes improved to 4-0 this season with a win Friday night over Samford, working six innings and limiting the Bulldogs to one run on two hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts … Skenes’ cumulative ERA is 0.75 and he has recorded 48 strikeouts in 24 innings this season while limiting opponents to a .099 batting average.

ABOUT THE PRIVATEERS
·UNO is 11-5 this season, and the Privateers have won four straight games, including a three-game sweep over Mississippi Valley State last weekend in New Orleans.

·UNO is hitting .321 as a team with 38 doubles, two triples, 25 homers and six steals in 12 attempts … the Privateers are led offensively by Tristan Moore, who is hitting .450 with three doubles, four homers and 16 RBI … Tyler Bischke is hitting .418 with six doubles, three homers and 18 RBI … Jorge Tejeda is batting .348 and has two doubles, four homers and 16 RBI.

·The Privateers’ pitching staff has compiled a 5.66 ERA with 132 strikeouts in 132.0 innings.

(Release via LSU Athletics)

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5 Comments
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ccomeaux13 months
When 2 hitters not named Crews are leading your stats … watch out
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Ignignot13 months
Looks like UNO can hit. We'll see if our arms are up for the challenge.
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Tigercowboy13 months
10 run rule in effect I’m assuming.
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LSUMANINVA13 months
I think UNO might say no to the run rule.
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