Baseball Looks to Steal Another from LSU, This Time on the Road

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Redshirt senior Tyler Mapes will get the start against LSU on Tuesday
Redshirt senior Tyler Mapes will get the start against LSU on Tuesday

April 21, 2014

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NEW ORLEANS - Back on March 25 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, Tulane's baseball program defeated LSU in 11 innings by a score of 3-2. The Green Wave will look to pick up another victory against the nationally-ranked program on Tuesday at Alex Box Stadium for a scheduled 6:30pm CT start.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN3, which can be viewed by clicking on the `ESPN3' link on the TulaneGreenWave.com baseball schedule page. Live stats can be followed there, as well, and the game will be broadcast on the home of Tulane baseball for the 2014 season, 88.3 FM WRBH.

The game will also be regionally televised on CST.

Tulane is coming off a rough series in Charlotte in which they dropped two contests by scores of 2-0 and 2-1. The third game of the series was rained out, which was the second occurrence of the season that the Green Wave had a Conference USA game washed out because of weather. Tulane did win a midweek game against McNeese State last Tuesday, defeating the Cowboys 3-2 in 10 innings. On the season now, Tulane is 15-22 overall.

LSU is 30-10-1, having won two of three at No. 10 Ole Miss, including a 13-inning, 4-3 tilt against the Rebels last Thursday. The Tigers have won series against Arkansas and Mississippi State in the last two weekends.

During the March 25 contest against the two teams, Tulane posted seven hits, including a 2-for-5, two RBI performance from freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais. Fellow freshman infielder Jake Willsey went 2-for-5 in the contest, and he scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the tenth on a walk-off single by sophomore outfielder Richard Carthon.

With that victory, Tulane snapped a six-game losing skid to their in-state rival.

At the dish, Tulane is hitting .223, while Carthon leads the squad with a .296 batting average. Carthon and freshman third baseman Hunter Hope are tied for the team lead in hits with 40, while Carthon owns the most runs on the team with 23. Junior first baseman Garrett Deschamp leads the team in RBI with 26, while he and senior outfielder pace the team with 11 doubles each.

LSU is hitting .268 as a team, and have two individuals with .300 batting averages or better: Andrew Stevenson at .355 and Kade Scivicque at .313. Connor Hale is right on the cusp of .300, hitting .299. Scivicque and Sean McMullen are tied for the team lead with four home runs each.

Tulane will send redshirt senior Tyler Mapes to the mound to face the Tigers after his scheduled Saturday start got rained out. Mapes has posted one of the top seasons in the league this year for a pitcher, having gone 4-2 with a 1.97 ERA for the Green Wave. Mapes has fanned 40 batters while walking only eight on the season. In 50.1 innings, he has allowed just 46 hits.

LSU will send southpaw Kyle Bouman to the hill to counter Mapes on Tuesday. Bouman is 3-2 on the year with a 3.24 ERA in seven starts. The junior transfer from Jefferson County Community College has allowed 30 hits in 33.1 innings, while striking out 19 and walking five.

Following the game at LSU, Tulane will return to Greer Field at Turchin Stadium for a three-game weekend series against non-conference opponent Wichita State.

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