With only two weekend series' remaining before LSU (7-1) opens SEC play against Mississippi State, Brown (0-0) and Nicholls State (6-3) will travel to Alex Box Stadium to take on the Tigers. LSU is coming off a weekend that saw them spilt with BYU and defeat Southeastern Louisiana pretty handily. The Tigers also defeated UL-Lafayette on Tuesday in a matchup that switched some things up for LSU.
Following the UL-Lafayette game, Paul Mainieri decided to switch up his starting rotation by moving sophomore Cody Glenn into the Sunday starter spot. This gives the Tigers another hard-throwing pitcher in their starting rotation.
In terms of what LSU has been able to do at the plate in recent games, the Tigers are now up to a team .326 batting average and will look to improve that against Brown on Friday night.
Brown, the first LSU opponent of the weekend, is playing their first series of 2013 this weekend after going 9-35 in 2012. Coach Mainieri is very excited to share the field with an Ivy League school this weekend.
"Brown is a fantastic institution," said Mainieri. "We really enjoy playing these Ivy League schools most years. They are interesting because of their academic rules. This will actually be their first series of the year, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to opening down here."
While not much is known about Brown up to this point in 2013, the Bears will have a hard time competing with LSU if they aren't able to push runs across.
LSU has been on a tear over their last couple of games, scoring a combined 24 runs over their last two contests. Mason Katz believes that Tiger fans will yet again see an active weekend at the plate from LSU.
"We have been rolling on the offensive side of things recently," said Katz. "I think it continues this weekend because everything is starting to come together for everyone after getting several games under our belts."
The second opponent of the weekend for LSU, Nicholls State, will look to steal a game from the Tigers. The Colonels have had a solid start to 2013 by taking two out of three from Houston Baptist, defeating Tulane, and taking two out of three from Towson. The three losses for Nicholls were to Houston Baptist, UL-Lafayette, and Towson.
Mainieri enjoys playing fellow Louisiana schools and this weekend will be no different. He only had one concern to deal with heading into the game against the Colonels.
"I always enjoy playing schools from our state," said Mainieri. "It creates a great atmosphere at the stadium. I look forward to playing Nicholls State, we just won't be starting be starting Brent Bovillain against them because he used to play there. The way Cody Glenn pitched on Tuesday really allowed us to hold off on throwing Bonvillain."
The Colonels enter the weekend hitting .292 as a team and will look to build on that in their two games against Brown prior to taking on LSU. The Nicholls pitching staff has also been solid thus far in 2013, collecting a team ERA of 3.19.
Brown has yet to release who their starting pitchers will be this weekend, but here are the pitching matchups for LSU in their matchups with Brown and Nicholls State.
LSU – So. RHP Aaron Nola (1-0, 2.84 ERA, 12.2 IP, 15 SO)
Brown - TBA
LSU- Jr. RHP Ryan Eades (1-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 11 SO)
Brown - TBA
LSU – So. LHP Cody Glenn (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, 6 SO)
Nicholls State – Jr. LHP Taylor Byrd (2-0, 4.09 ERA, 11.0 IP, 12 SO)
With three games over the weekend for LSU, Tiger fans can expect to see some offense from the home team. All in all, it should be a productive weekend for LSU before diving into the heart of their 2013 schedule.
Weekend Primer: Brown and Nicholls State
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