LSU (8-6) defeated Lipscomb, 8-4,
on Sunday to end a four-game losing skid. Centenary (8-10) won two of three
"Our game with Centenary is a great
opportunity for our program," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We're looking
forward to playing in front of our fans in the
"Our team will need to be focused in order to win because Centenary is a very hard-nosed club that beat LSU the last time the teams played in Shreveport (in 2005). We need to play with great effort because this will be a very competitive game."
Tuesday's game marks the sixth time
in eight seasons LSU has traveled to Fair Grounds Field to face Centenary. The
Gents defeated LSU – ranked No. 2 in the nation at the time – by a 6-1 score in
the teams' last meeting in
LSU has won 23 of the last 24 meetings in the overall series with Centenary, including a 15-3 victory last season in Alex Box Stadium.
Mainieri said true freshman
right-hander T.J. Forrest, a product of Haughton (
"It's a great storyline for T.J.
Forrest," Mainieri said, "because his hometown is only about 10 miles from
Forrest was the 44th-round selection of the Florida Marlins in last summer's MLB Draft.
Centenary coach Ed McCann will
counter Tuesday with junior left-hander Johnny Noland (0-2). Noland is in his
first season at Centenary after transferring from Saddleback (
LSU right-hander Jared Bradford was named Monday as one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball magazine.
Bradford, a junior from
LSU freshman centerfielder Jared Mitchell sparked LSU's offensive effort against Lipscomb on Sunday, as he was 4-for-4 at the plate with a walk, an RBI, three runs and two stolen bases. Mitchell lifted his season average to .328 (19-for-58) with team-highs of 16 runs and six steals.
Shortstop Michael Hollander enjoyed a productive series versus Lipscomb, batting .444 (4-for-9) in three games with one double, one homer, three RBI and two runs. Including the Tigers' game last Tuesday versus Tulane, Hollander hit .455 (5-for-11) for the week with two doubles, one homer, three runs and four RBI.
True freshman right-hander Matt Jackson delivered a solid relief outing against Lipscomb Saturday in just his
second career collegiate appearance.
LSU launched five homers in the final two games of the Lipscomb series – DH Ryan Schimpf and third baseman J.T. Wise belted their first homers of the year on Saturday, and Hollander and second baseman Chris Jackson unloaded their first homers of the season on Sunday. Catcher Sean Ochinko's dinger on Saturday was his second this season.
Centenary is led at the plate by outfielder Calvin Sanchez, who is batting .370 (20-for-54) with four doubles, one homer and nine RBI. Outfielder Matt Webb is hitting .347 (17-for-49) with five doubles, two triples, one homer and eight RBI.
LSU Fighting Tigers (8-6) vs. Centenary Gents (8-10)
Tuesday, March 6 – 7 p.m.
Fair Grounds Field in
LSU leads, 27-8-1
LSU – Fr. RHP T.J. Forrest (first career collegiate appearance)
CC – Jr. LHP Johnny Noland (0-2, 5.21 ERA, 19.0 IP, 6 BB, 15 SO)