Tigers looking to break 5-game slide

LSU (26-16) plays host to New Orleans (22-20) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium, marking the Tigers' final non-conference home game.

The game will be broadcast statewide on the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge), and it will be televised by Cox Sports Television (Cable Ch. 37 in Baton Rouge).

 

LSU coach Smoke Laval said senior right-hander Chris Cahill (0-0, 3.60 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday's game on the mound. Cahill, who transferred to LSU prior to last season from Florida Gulf Coast University, will make just his second career start for the Tigers. His first start came on March 12, 2005 versus Western Illinois.

 

Cahill has worked five innings in four relief appearances this season, recording four walks and five strikeouts.

 

Second-year UNO coach Tom Walter is expected to counter Tuesday with freshman right-hander Branon Johnson (0-4, 6.55 ERA).

 

The Privateers, batting .309 as a team, have won four straight games, scoring 49 runs in the four victories.

 

"UNO can definitely swing the bats," Laval said. "Coach Walter and his staff have done a great job in implementing their offensive plan. When they add a few more arms to their pitching staff, watch out."

 

UNO outfielder Michael Epping is batting .401 (57-for-142) on the year with eight doubles, six homers and 42 RBI. Second baseman Johnny Giavotella is hitting .373 (59-for-158) with eight doubles, six triples, five homers and 34 RBI.

 

LSU senior catcher Matt Liuzza extended his current hitting streak to 11 games last weekend during the Tigers' series at Ole Miss. Liuzza hit .417 (5-for-12) in the three-game series against the Rebels with one double and two runs scored. Liuzza is the Tigers' leading hitter in SEC games, batting .365 (23-for-63) with seven doubles, one homer, seven RBI and eight runs.

 

Senior right fielder Quinn Stewart increased his SEC-leading home run total to 19 with a pair of dingers in the Ole Miss series. Stewart hit one home run in five consecutive games from April 15-22 before the HR streak ended in Game 3 at Ole Miss. Stewart is hitting .331 on the year with eight doubles, three triples, 19 homers and 48 RBI.

 

Freshman infielder J.T. Wise continues to lead the Tigers in hitting, batting .350 (55-for-157) on the year with 12 doubles, eight homers and 31 RBI. Wise is hitting .338 (24-for-71) in SEC games with four doubles, five homers and 13 RBI.

 

Wednesday's game marks the second meeting this season between the clubs as LSU posted a 6-5, 11-inning victory over UNO on March 28 at Maestri Field. Designated hitter Jason Ogata's RBI double in the top of the 11th inning proved to be the game-winning hit for LSU.

 

LSU leads the all-time series with UNO, 46-30, and the Tigers have won 16 of the last 17 meetings with the Privateers. UNO's only win in that span was a 5-4 victory in 2003 at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.

 

Laval has an 8-1 career mark against UNO during his five seasons as LSU's coach.

 

 

New Orleans Privateers (22-20)

at LSU Fighting Tigers (26-16)

 

DATE/TIME 

 

Wednesday, April 26 – 6:30 p.m. CDT

 

 

STADIUM

 

Alex Box Stadium (7,760) in Baton Rouge, La.

 

 

TV

 

Cox Sports Television (Cable Ch. 37 in Baton Rouge)

 

 

SERIES RECORD

 

LSU leads, 46-30 (first meeting in 1976)

 

 

PITCHING MATCHUP

 

LSU:  Sr. RHP Chris Cahill (0-0, 3.60 ERA, 5.0 IP, 4 BB, 5 SO)

 

UNO:  Fr. RHP Branon Johnson (0-4, 6.55 ERA, 44.0 IP, 30 BB, 40 SO)


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