POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 10:34am
Baton Rouge, La — Second-ranked LSU (37-4) begins an eight-game homestand at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when the Tigers play host to Tulane (20-20) in Alex Box Stadium.
The game can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge), and live video, audio and stats may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net . The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television.
LSU’s 37-4 mark is the best 41-game record in the history of the Fighting Tiger program. LSU has won 19 of its last 21 games and holds a four-game lead over Arkansas in the SEC Western Division.
The Tigers are one game behind Vanderbilt in the overall SEC standings. LSU’s 15-3 league mark is the school’s best through 18 conference games since the 1986 club was also 15-3.
LSU enters Wednesday’s matchup with a 24-game win streak against in-state foes, and the Tigers have won 31 straight mid-week regular-season games. LSU’s last loss to an in-state opponent came on April 12, 2011, when the Tigers dropped a 5-2 decision to Northwestern State in Alex Box Stadium.
That loss to Northwestern State was also LSU’s last defeat in a mid-week regular-season contest.
“LSU-Tulane is a tremendous rivalry, and we always look forward to meeting them,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “They’ve been playing well since we faced them about a month ago, and I know they’re going to come here with a lot of intensity and enthusiasm. We’re now in the final stretch of the regular season, so these next few weeks will be very important in helping us achieve our goals.”
Mainieri said junior right-hander Kurt McCune will start on the mound for the Tigers, while Tulane coach Rick Jones will counter with sophomore right-hander Randy LeBlanc.
McCune, who missed the first eight weeks of the season due to a stress fracture in his back, pitched brilliantly over the final two innings of the Tigers’ 16-inning win at Alabama on Saturday. He earned the victory by shutting out Alabama over the final two frames, recording two strikeouts and allowing just one single.
LSU freshman shortstop Alex Bregman leads the Tigers at the plate, batting .414 with 11 doubles, seven triples, five homers and 41 RBI. He leads the SEC in batting average, hits (72), runs scored (45), total bases (112) and triples.
LSU senior first baseman Mason Katz is hitting .397, and he leads the SEC in home runs (13) and RBI (60). Katz is tied for the league lead in total bases (112) with Bregman.
Tulane is led at the plate by senior infielder Garrett Cannizaro, who is hitting .256 with nine doubles, two homers and 24 RBI. Senior infielder/outfielder Sean Potkay is batting .255 with 12 doubles, two homers and 25 RBI.
LSU leads Tulane, 176-125-3, in a series that began with the first intercollegiate athletic event in LSU history, a 10-8 victory for the Fighting Tiger baseball squad over Tulane in 1893. LSU has won nine of its 11 meetings with Tulane over the past six seasons, and the Tigers currently hold a five-game win streak in the series, including a 14-1 victory last month (March 26) in New Orleans. Tulane’s last victory over LSU was a 9-1 win on May 18, 2010 in New Orleans.