April 4, 2011
#17/#15 LSU Tigers at Tulane Green Wave
First Pitch: 6:37 p.m.
Stadium: Greer Field at Turchin Stadium
Series: LSU Leads Series 171-125-3
Looking at the Green Wave
Tulane will welcome LSU to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium to wrap up their five-game home stand on Tuesday evening in front of a near-sellout crowd in a game that will be televised on Cox Sports Television. The Green Wave will play the Tigers on Tuesday and host South Alabama next Wednesday, but will play a pair of road Conference USA series during that span, as well. Tulane will fly to Orlando this weekend to face off with UCF and travel to Houston to face Rice on April 15-17.
Jeremy Schaffer continues to lead the team at the plate with a .387 batting average, while Nick Boullosa (.318) and Bowen Woodson (.321) are the only other everyday players with batting averages over .300. Over the last ten games, Boullosa has moved his average up by hitting .429 (12-of-28) in the leadoff spot, while Woodson is batting .351 (13-of-37) with four RBI's and ten runs scored. Schaffer continues to lead the nation in doubles, as he is tied with Cody Asche of Nebraska with 17 two-baggers.
The start on the mound will go to sophomore David Napoli, who will be making his third start of the season. The left hander has tossed 18.0 innings this season, including five innings in each of his previous two starts, and has allowed just one run in each of those outings. In his last start, Napoli fanned eight, didn't walk a batter and allowed just three hits to Nicholls State in a no decision. Nick Pepitone continues to lead Conference USA in saves with nine, while Alex Facundus ranks second in C-USA with five wins on the season.
Looking at the Tigers
LSU won three of four games last week, winning a 6-0 midweek tilt versus McNeese State before taking two of three games in an SEC series against Ole Miss in Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers are 20-8 overall, but are 4-6 in their last ten games entering the Tuesday evening ballgame.
Junior outfielder Mikie Mahtook led the Tigers at the plate, batting .643 (9-for-14) in four games with two homers, two triples, six RBI and six runs scored. Mahtook was named the SEC and Louisiana Player of the Week and is riding a 14-game hitting streak into the instate matchup. Freshman second baseman JaCoby Jones batted .400 (4-for-10) in the Ole Miss series with one double, two RBI and three runs scored.
The Tigers will send right hander Joe Broussard to the mound on Tuesday night for his first career start. The freshman will make his eighth appearance of the season and has thrown 16.1 innings with 15 hits and seven runs allowed. He has fanned 19 and walked seven, while opponents are hitting .263. Sophomore right-hander Kevin Berry earned his second save of the season on Friday versus Ole Miss with two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with no walks and two strikeouts to preserve a 7-6 LSU victory.
Inside the Series
LSU holds the advantage in the all-time series with a 171-125-3 overall mark since the two teams first met during the 1893 campaign, in a game won 10-8 by the Tigers. Tulane got their first win the next season with a 12-11 win against LSU during the 1984 slate. Since 1937, these two in-state rivals have met on the diamond and from 1937-1966 the two teams played as Southeastern Conference opponents.
More recently, the two teams have met with national implications on the lines and Tulane holds a slim 15-14 edge since the 2000 season. The two teams split a pair of games last season with LSU winning at home, 10-4, and the Green Wave grabbing a 9-1 win at Turchin Stadium. Since 1966, when location information began to be tracked at Tulane, the Olive and Blue are 32-27 at home and 15-34 in Baton Rouge.