Tigers host Tulane at The Box

LSU renews its 114-year-old rivalry with Tulane Tuesday night when the Tigers play host to the Green Wave at 6:30 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (7-3) won three of its four games last week, including a weekend series victory over Central Florida in Alex Box Stadium.

Tulane (5-4) dropped two of three games last weekend at Southern California.

"I'm certainly very familiar with the great rivalry between LSU and Tulane, and I'm looking forward to being a part of it once again," said first-year LSU coach Paul Mainieri, a letterman on the Tigers' 1976 team. "Tulane has an excellent ball club, and they will provide us with a tremendous challenge in what should be a great environment for college baseball."

Mainieri said sophomore right-hander Louis Coleman (2-1) will start Tuesday's game on the mound. Coleman defeated Northwestern State last Wednesday, limiting the Demons to one run on five hits in 6.1 innings with no walks and six strikeouts.

Tulane coach Rick Jones will counter with senior right-hander Matt Goebel (0-0), who will make his first start of the season. Goebel has not allowed an earned run in four relief innings, recording no walks and one strikeout.

LSU centerfielder Jared Mitchell was named Monday as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week by the league office. Mitchell, a product of Westgate High School in New Iberia, La., hit .462 (6-for-13) in LSU's series victory over Central Florida last weekend with one double, one homer, three RBI and four runs.

For the entire week -- including the Tigers' 6-2 victory over Northwestern State last Wednesday -- Mitchell batted .471 (8-for-17) in four games with one double, one homer, five runs and three RBI.

Mitchell, who is also a wide receiver on the LSU football team, recorded one steal and a .500 on-base percentage in leading the Tigers to three wins.

Mitchell is LSU's second-leading hitter through the first 10 games of the 2007 season, batting .333 (14-for-42) with one double, one homer, 10 runs, six RBI and four steals.

Mitchell's fellow true freshman, leftfielder Blake Dean, also had a very productive weekend. Dean hit .455 (5-for-11) in the UCF series with one double, one run and four RBI. Senior rightfielder Steven Waguespack hit .400 (6-for-15) in four games last week with two doubles, one homer, three runs and five RBI.

Mitchell, Waguespack and designated hitter Jordan Mayer each launched homers in Saturday's 13-6 win over UCF as LSU recorded season-highs of 13 runs and 13 hits.

As a team, the Tigers hit .301 (43-for-143) in their four games last week with 11 doubles, one triple and three homers. LSU has reached double figures in hits in four of its last five games

Tulane is led at the plate by shortstop Cat Everett, who is batting .400 (14-for-35) with two doubles and six RBI. Outfielder Warren McFadden is batting .353 with team-highs of two homers and nine RBI.

LSU has won its last seven meetings with Northwestern State, including last season's 12-0 victory in Alex Box Stadium. Northwestern State's last win in Baton Rouge came in 1999, when the Demons posted a 12-6 victory.

The LSU-Tulane series has been even over the past five seasons, with each team winning seven of the last 14 meetings. The teams split their two meetings last season, as LSU posted a 4-3 win in Alex Box Stadium before Tulane recorded a 12-5 victory at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.


Tulane Green Wave (5-4) at LSU Fighting Tigers (7-3)


Tuesday, February 27 – 6:30 p.m.


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


  • $8 adults, $5 children ages 3-12 -- available at Alex Box Stadium two hours prior to first pitch


  • LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates (WDGL-FM 98.1 in Baton Rouge)


Cox Sports Television (tape-delayed telecast begins at 9 p.m.)


LSU leads, 158-121-3


LSU – So. RHP Louis Coleman (2-1, 5.52 ERA, 14.2 IP, 1 BB, 15 SO)

TU – Sr. RHP Matt Goebel (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 0 BB, 1 SO)

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