LSU coach Smoke Laval said sophomore right-hander Michael Bonura (1-0, 3.32 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday's game on the mound for the Tigers. Bonura, who missed last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, enjoyed a solid outing last Tuesday against Southern, limiting the Jaguars to one run on four hits in 5.2 innings with no walks and five strikeouts.
"Michael Bonura did what he was
supposed to do -- fill up the zone with strikes,"
LSU has won three of it last four games, including a 2-1 SEC series victory at No. 24 Tennessee last weekend. Sunday's 6-2 win in Knoxville featured a four-run outburst in the seventh inning that erased a 2-0 deficit – second baseman J.T. Wise and designated hitter Jordan Mayer each launched a two-run homer in the frame to lift the Tigers to the win.
Wise, who was just 1-for-11 at the plate in the series entering the seventh inning, unloaded his fifth dinger of the season to tie the game at 2-2. Mayer later gave LSU the lead with his two-run blast, his third of the year and his first since March 11 versus Stetson.
Junior right-hander Derik Olvey
pitched brilliantly on Sunday to earn the win as he limited
In his last two outings, Olvey has recorded a 1.53 ERA in 17.2 innings, as he has allowed three earned runs while registering four walks and 20 strikeouts.
Freshman right-hander Louis Coleman
Senior right-hander Chase Dardar
picked up a win and a save last week, as he defeated Southern on Tuesday and
earned the save at Tennesee on Sunday. Dardar, a native of
Dardar earned the save on Sunday in relief of Olvey, as he retired the final Tennesee batter with runners at first and second base to preserve the 6-2 triumph.
Right fielder Quinn Stewart
increased his SEC-leading home run total to 14 Friday as he blasted two dingers
Stewart is batting .333 (42-for-126) on the year with seven doubles, two triples, 14 homers and 39 RBI.
LSU leads the series with
LSU defeated the Demons twice in Alex Box Stadium in 2005, posting a 19-2 victory during the regular season before eliminating Northwestern State from the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with a 12-4 decision.
Northwestern State Demons (15-18) at # 20 LSU Fighting Tigers (23-11)
Tuesday, April 11 – 6:30 p.m. CDT
Alex Box Stadium (7,760) in
LSU (# 20
Cox Sports Television (Cable Ch. 37
LSU leads, 44-10 (first meeting in 1937)
LSU: So. RHP Michael Bonura (1-0, 3.32 ERA, 21.2 IP, 8 BB, 20 SO)
NSU: So. RHP Kyle Broughton (2-4, 4.18 ERA, 47.1 IP, 16 BB, 31 SO)