LSU coach Smoke Laval said
sophomore right-hander Michael Bonura (2-0, 2.73 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 strong outing last
Bonura exited the game in the fifth
inning last Tuesday after experiencing soreness in his arm, and
Tulane coach Rick Jones is expected to counter Tuesday with freshman right-hander Stephen Porlier (4-3, 3.43 ERA).
Tulane and LSU have met in Zephyr Field 10 times since 1998, with the Green Wave holding a 7-3 advantage in those contests.
"We always look forward to playing Tulane at such a first-class facility like Zephyr Field. It's a match-up of two programs that have been to the College World Series a total of five times since 2000. It's an atmosphere our players look forward to experiencing."
LSU won two of three games over No. 8 Alabama last weekend as the Tigers posted their second consecutive SEC series victory over a ranked team. The Tigers have now won six of their last eight games and four of their last six SEC contests.
Freshman second baseman J.T. Wise produced a magnificent week at the plate, batting .538 (7-for-13) in four games with one double, two homers, six runs and 10 RBI. Wise also walked four times and posted a .647 on-base percentage to go along with a 1.077 slugging percentage
Wise led the Tigers to the series
Wise then converted on a critical RBI opportunity in the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday, launching a three-run homer to break a 5-5 tie and propel LSU to an 8-6 win. Wise hit .545 in the series win over the Crimson Tide with one homer, one double, three runs and seven RBI.
Freshman right-hander Louis Coleman
pitched the Tigers to victory in Game 1 over
Senior catcher Matt Liuzza extended
his hitting streak to seven games with an excellent series versus
Senior right fielder Quinn Stewart
hit two homers in the
LSU launched 10 home runs in its four games last week, including two apiece by Wise,
Stewart, third baseman Will Harris
and designated hitter Jordan Mayer. LSU hit three 3-run blasts in last Tuesday's
Tulane, which is hitting .280 as a team, is led at the plate by outfielder Warren McFadden (.365, 15 2B, 28 RBI) and first baseman Mark Hamilton (.343, 8 2B, 8 HR, 38 RBI).
The LSU-Tulane series has been
nearly even during
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LSU leads, 158-120-3 (first meeting in 1893)
LSU: So. RHP Michael Bonura (2-0, 2.73 ERA, 26.1 IP, 9 BB, 24 SO)
TU: Fr. RHP Stephen Porlier (4-3, 3.42 ERA, 42.0 IP, 17 BB, 29 SO)