Tigers tangle with the Wave

LSU (11-6) opens a six-game homestand at 6:30 p.m. tonight as the Tigers play host to Tulane (13-5) in Alex Box Stadium.

LSU will wear throwback uniforms Wednesday night that resemble the attire the Tigers wore in the early 20th Century. Former LSU infielder Warren Morris, the hero of the 1996 College World Series championship game, will sign autographs in Alex Box Stadium from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Tickets for the game are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12. Tickets are available at Alex Box Stadium two hours prior to first pitch, or they may be purchased and printed at www.LSUsports.net.


The LSU-Tulane game will be carried by the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge). Live audio and video of the game may also be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.


LSU has lost five straight games, including a three-game sweep last weekend at Tennessee to open Southeastern Conference play.


“We’re going to have to play much better in order to beat an outstanding team like Tulane,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our kids are still very upbeat and optimistic; no one has a negative mindset, but we realize we have to improve, especially on offense. I think we have a solid pitching staff that can hold the opposition to three to five runs per game. We have to be able to produce more runs in order to win against some very tough competition.


“Let me add that our players are excited to have the opportunity to wear throwback uniforms for Wednesday night’s game. It’s a great way to honor the LSU players of the past who helped to establish the rich history of this program.”


Mainieri said junior left-hander Ryan Byrd (1-0, 8.80) will start on the mound for the Tigers, though LSU will likely use several pitchers in preparation for this weekend’s SEC series versus Arkansas.


Tulane coach Rick Jones will counter with junior right-hander Jonathan Garrett (1-1, 1.96 ERA).


The Tigers are batting .305 on the year with 23 home runs; however, LSU has scored fewer than six runs in each of its past five games.


LSU outfielder Derek Helenihi had a productive week for the Tigers at the plate, hitting .364 (4-for-11) in the Tennessee series with one triple, two RBI and one run.


Helenihi, who will start in right field against Tulane, is the Tigers’ leading overall hitter, batting .400 (14-for-35) with one double, two triples, six RBI and 10 runs. He is batting a team-best .538 (7-for-13) with runners in scoring position.


LSU sophomore second baseman Ryan Schimpf is hitting .365 with three homers and eight RBI; sophomore leftfielder Blake Dean is batting .356 with four homers and 19 RBI and junior first baseman Matt Clark has a .351 average with team-highs of eight homers and 21 RBI.


Tulane is led at the plate by outfielder Warren McFadden, who is batting .346 (18-for-52) with six doubles and seven RBI. Catcher Jared Dyer is hitting .339  with three homers and 11 RBI, and infielder Rob Segedin is batting .333 with one homer and 19 RBI.


Tulane is hitting .287 as a team, and the Green Wave have launched 17 home runs.

LSU leads the overall series with Tulane, 158-123-3, as the teams first met in 1893. Tulane holds a 10-7 series advantage over LSU since 2001. The Green Wave won both meetings with the Tigers last season by scores of 8-3 in Alex Box Stadium and 16-9 at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.


The teams will meet for a second time this season on April 22 at Tulane’s Turchin Stadium.


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