May 16, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 8 LSU (36-16) plays its final non-conference regular-season game of the season at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Tigers meet Northwestern State (30-21) in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The game will be carried on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge, Live audio of the game may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net/live with live stats at www.LSUstats.com.
The game may be viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.
LSU was 5-0 in its games last week, as the Tigers swept a doubleheader at Notre Dame on Wednesday before recording a three-game SEC series sweep at Tennessee. The Tigers have won eight straight games, including six in a row in SEC play.
LSU is No. 12 in this week’s official NCAA RPI rankings as the Tigers play their final four regular-season games of the year, beginning Tuesday versus Northwestern State and concluding with a three-game series against top-ranked Florida this weekend in Baton Rouge.
“We’re into the final week of the regular season, and I’m very proud of what are team has accomplished over the past two weeks,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We’ve placed ourselves in a position where all of the goals that we set in the preseason are still within reach. We do have, however, four very challenging games this week beginning with an excellent Northwestern State team.”
Second baseman Cole Freeman batted .455 (5-for-11) in LSU’s five games last week with one triple, one homer, three RBI, four runs and one stolen base. Freeman also walked seven times and recorded a .684 on-base percentage. Freeman, a junior from Mandeville, La., batted .571 (4-for-7) in the Tennessee series with one triple, one homer, three RBI, four runs, four walks and a .750 on-base percentage.
Designated hitter Bryce Jordan batted .455 (5-for-11) against Tennessee with one homer, two RBI and two runs. LSU hit .304 (31-for-102) in the three games against the Vols with two doubles, two triples, four homers and four stolen bases.
The LSU pitching staff limited Tennessee to a .235 (23-for-98) average while recording 18 strikeouts. During LSU’s eight-game win streak, the pitching staff has a 2.71 ERA while allowing a .237 opponent batting average and one home run.
Northwestern State is batting .263 as a team with 22 home runs and 81 steals in 108 attempts. Senior infielder/outfielder Cort Brinson is batting .305 for the Demons with 12 doubles, one homer and 33 RBI, and sophomore infielder David Fry is hitting .291 with 16 doubles, seven homers and 24 RBI. Junior catcher Daniel Garner is hitting .283, and he has 17 doubles, three homers and 30 RBI.
LSU leads the series with Northwestern State, 55-11, and the Tigers have won 17 of the past 18 meetings, including a 9-6 victory over the Demons last season in Baton Rouge. The Demons’ only win in the past 18 games with LSU was a 5-2 victory on April 12, 2011, in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. Mainieri has a 10-1 career mark against Northwestern State.
Northwestern State Demons (30-21) at #8 LSU Fighting Tigers (36-16)
Tuesday, May 17 – 6:30 p.m. CT
Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU – No. 8 by Baseball America; No. 8 by USA Today; No. 10 by D1 Baseball
NSU – unranked
LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge); live audio and live stats at www.LSUsports.net
SEC Network + (online only; accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app)
LSU leads the series with Northwestern State, 55-11, and the Tigers have won 17 of the past 18 meetings, including a 9-6 victory over the Demons last season in Baton Rouge. The Demons’ only win in the past 18 games with LSU was a 5-2 victory on April 12, 2011, in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU coach Paul Mainieri has a 10-1 career mark against Northwestern State.
LSU – Sr. LHP John Valek III (6-2, 4.03 ERA, 58.0 IP, 9 BB, 46 SO)
NSU – Fr. RHP Austin Reich (2-1, 1.77 ERA, 20.1 IP, 12 BB, 20 SO)