ON DECK | Nicholls State at LSU

Back on a nice roll, the Tigers entertain Colonels before heading to Houston for major three-day test

Nicholls State at LSU

WHEN | 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE | Alex Box Stadium

RECORDS | LSU 7-1, Nicholls State 4-3

RADIO: 100.7-FM (Baton Rouge)

TV/LIVESTREAM: SEC Network+/WatchESPN.com

IN-GAME UPDATES: TigerBlitz.com

TWITTER: @RandyRosetta, @BillyEmbody, @LSUbaseball

LAST MEETING/SERIES | LSU claimed a 9-4 victory in Thibodaux last season to improve to 52-23 all-time vs. the Colonels. But Nicholls has been as pesky as any of the state’s Southland Conference teams to the Tigers, including wins in Alex Box Stadium in two of the last four College World Series seasons – most recently 6-3 in 2015.

RANKINGS

LSU – No. 3 Collegiate Baseball, No. 2 Perfect Game, No. 3 NCBWA (writers), No. 3 USA Today (coaches), No. 4 Baseball America, No. 4 D1Baseball.com

PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS

Nicholls State, Sr. LH Mike Hanchar (1-0, 0.75 ERA0, 12 IP, 16 SO/1 BB) vs. LSU, Fr. RH Zach Hess (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 8 SO/3BB, .192 OBA)

OFFENSIVE LEADERS

Nicholls State – LF Lee Clark .385 (5-for-13), 4 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs; SS Joey Morales .318 (7-for-22), 7 R, 1 2B; RF Gavin Wenby .286 (6-for-21), 3 R, 3 2B, 6 RBI

LSU – SS Kramer Robertson .483 (14-for-29), 11 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 3-3 SB; 2B Cole Freeman .480 (12-for-25), 8 R, 2 2B, 6 RBIs, 5-6 SB; 1B Jake Slaughter .462 (12-for-26), 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs); C Mike Papierski .389 (7-for-18, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBIs; RF Greg Deichmann .375 (9-for-24), 7 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBIs; 3B Josh Smith .333 (8-for-24), 7 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs

PITCHING LEADERS

Nicholls State – RHP Adam Tarver 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 5 SO/0 BB; RHP Kyle Craft 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 3 SO/0 BB; RHP Daniel Goff 1-0, 3.12 ERA, 8.2 IP, 5 SO/1 BB

LSU – RH Hunter Newman 1 save, 3.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 SO/2 BB, RH Todd Peterson 4.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 SO/1BB, RH Austin Bain 3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 5 SO/2 BB, RH Doug Norman (1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 SO/0 BB)

Nicholls State stats

LSU stats 

AROUND THE HORN

  • LSU pitchers have recorded 80 strikeouts and only 25 walks in 67 innings. By contrast, the Tiger hitters have fanned only 38 times while drawing 30 walks.
  • 33 of the LSU’s 90 hits (36.7%) have gone for extra bases. Deichmann and Robertson lead the way with 6 XBH each.
  • The Tigers aren’t stealing as many bases as the last few seasons, but they are 15-for-17 when they do run so far.
  • Papierski produced one of the best offensive weeks of his career with 7 RBIs last week, 5 against Maryland in key situations that helped seal victories on Friday and Sunday. Papierski was 5-for-11 in four games with his first home run this season.
  • Hanchar’s two starts this season have come vs. Wake Forest (4 IP, 1 H, 1 R) and Louisiana-Lafayette (7 IP, 1 H, 1 R). He struck out 6 vs. the Demon Deacons and 9 against the Cajuns.
  • The Colonels are struggling offensively so far, with a .207 team batting average and 35 runs scored. They have remained competitive with a pitching staff with a 2.75 ERA, 48 strikeouts and only 19 walks in 61 innings.

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