Tigers travel to take on Tulane

No. 18 LSU (26-12) begins a four-game road swing at 7 p.m. Tuesday when the Tigers meet Tulane (23-15) at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.

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 Tuesday against Northwestern State, limiting the Demons to no runs on four hits in 4.2 innings with one walk and four strikeouts.


Bonura exited the game in the fifth inning last Tuesday after experiencing soreness in his arm, and Laval said he will work with a pitch count against Tulane.


Tulane coach Rick Jones is expected to counter Tuesday with freshman right-hander Stephen Porlier (4-3, 3.43 ERA).


Laval said the Tigers relish the opportunity to play their traditional rival in the home of the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.


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 victory over Alabama, providing  the game-winning hits in Games 1 and 2. He delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday to break a 6-6 tie and lift the Tigers to a 7-6 victory.


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 Alabama, limiting the Tide to five earned runs on nine hits in 8.2 innings with five walks and four strikeouts. The outing was the longest of Coleman's career as he recorded his second straight victory in his two appearances as LSU's Friday night starter


Senior catcher Matt Liuzza extended his hitting streak to seven games with an excellent series versus Alabama. Liuzza hit .455 (5-for-11) in the series with one double, one homer, three runs and three RBI. Liuzza is LSU's leading hitter in SEC games, batting .353 (18-for-51) with six doubles, one homer, six runs and seven RBI.


Senior right fielder Quinn Stewart hit two homers in the Alabama series, raising his SEC-leading total to 16. Stewart is batting .343 on the year with eight doubles, three triples, 16 homers and 42 RBI.


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 win over Northwestern State, a 12-0 victory that was stopped in the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule.


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 Laval's five seasons as the coach of the Tigers, with LSU winning seven of the 13 meetings since 2002. The Tigers defeated the Wave earlier this season (March 7) by a 4-3 count in Alex Box Stadium.



# 18 LSU Fighting Tigers (26-12)

at Tulane Green Wave (23-15)




Tuesday, April 18 – 7 p.m. CDT





Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.





LSU (# 18 USA Today/ESPN)


Tulane (unranked)





Statewide on LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge)





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)


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