Southeastern comes calling

The Tigers set to square off against the Southeastern Lions from Hammond.

No. 15 LSU (6-1) plays host to Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium as the Tigers continue a 19-game season-opening homestand.

LSU has won four straight games, including a three-game weekend sweep of Tennessee Tech last weekend.

Tuesday's game will be broadcast statewide on the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge).

The audio broadcast, streaming video and live stats are also available in the Geaux Zone powered by USAgencies at www.LSUsports.net.

LSU coach Smoke Laval said freshman right-hander Louis Coleman will start Tuesday's game on the mound for the Tigers. Coleman made his collegiate debut on Feb. 14 versus Centenary, earning a victory in 5.2 innings of work. Coleman limited the Gents to two runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts as LSU posted a 15-3 win.

First-year Southeastern Louisiana coach Jay Artigues is expected to counter with senior right-hander Jason Waguespack (0-0) who will make his first start this season. In two relief appearances, Waguespack has pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit with one walk and three strikeouts.

Waguespack is also SLU's leading hitter, batting .294 (5-for-17) with two doubles and two RBI. The Lions, despite hitting just .214 as a team, have posted series victories over Stetson and Jacksonville State.

LSU leads the overall series with SLU, 54-16, and the Tigers have won the last eight meetings between the schools. LSU is 27-2 against the Lions since 1990 -- SLU's only wins in that span came in 1991 (15-2) and in 2002 (4-3), both in Alex Box Stadium.

LSU's three-game sweep last weekend of Tennessee Tech marked the Tigers' eighth straight regular-season series victory, dating back to last season. The Tigers' last series loss came on April 8-10, 2005 versus South Carolina.

Senior third baseman Will Harris batted .467 (7-for-15) in the Tigers' four victories last week, collecting one triple, two homers, seven RBI and four runs. He belted two homers in LSU's Feb. 19 win over Tennessee Tech, marking his first career two-HR game, and it was the first two-homer game by an LSU player since April 22, 2005, when outfielder Ryan Patterson hit two home runs at Arkansas.

Harris also recorded his first career triple in the Game 1 win over Tennessee Tech, one of three triples for the Tigers in the series-opening contest. The three triples tied an LSU single-game record, most recently set on March 29, 2005, versus New Orleans.

Senior catcher Matt Liuzza raised his batting average to a team-best .450 (9-for-20) after a solid weekend against Tennessee Tech. Liuzza helped lead the Tigers to the Game 3 win over the Golden Eagles by going 3-for-4 with one double, one RBI and three runs scored. Liuzza had six hits in nine at-bats last week with two doubles, one RBI and five runs scored.

LSU's weekend pitching effort was highlighted by the outing of junior right-hander Derik Olvey, who registered a Game 2 win over Tennessee Tech. He limited the Golden Eagles to one run on three hits in seven innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Olvey, who is now 2-0 on the year with a 0.59 ERA, has allowed just one run on seven hits in 15.1 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts.

Junior left-hander Clay Dirks earned his 19th career LSU win by defeating Tennessee Tech in Game 1. Dirks limited TTU to one earned run on three hits in five innings with one walk, and he tied his career-best with eight strikeouts.

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