LSU moved into the No. 1 position Monday in the Baseball America magazine poll for the first time this season. The Tigers, ranked No. 2 by Baseball America last week, supplanted North Carolina at the top of the poll.
The Tigers remained No. 1 Monday in both the Collegiate Baseball and USA Today/ESPN rankings.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said true freshman left-hander Chris Matulis (1-0), a product of Boynton Beach, Fla., will start the game on the mound for the Tigers. Matulis earned his first career collegiate victory Wednesday versus Southern, allowing one run on five hits in five innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
“I thought Chris pitched very well last week,” Mainieri said, “and we’re looking forward to seeing how he reacts to pitching in a different environment. UNO has an excellent program; they defeated us twice last season before we finally beat them in a 15-inning game in our third meeting. (UNO coach) Tom Walter is one of the best coaches in the country, and he’s done a fantastic job with the program there”.
UNO, which has advanced to an NCAA Regional in each of the past two seasons, is 4-4 this season. Walter will send junior right-hander Jim McGonigle (0-1) to the mound to start Tuesday’s game.
LSU posted a 4-0 mark last week, defeating Southern 11-5 on Wednesday before posting a three-game sweep of UCF over the weekend. The Tigers outscored the Knights 40-6 in the series while hitting .405 (47-for-116) as a team with seven doubles, eight homers and 13 stolen bases.
LSU has won 23 straight regular-season games, dating back to last season. The Tigers have also swept six consecutive regular-season series, a streak that began on April 27, 2008.
Sophomore shortstop DJ LeMahieu led LSU to its four wins last week, batting .667 (10-for-15) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI, 10 runs and two stolen bases. In the Tigers’ three-game sweep of UCF, LeMahieu hit .700 (7-for-10) with one double, two homers, six RBI, eight runs and one steal.
LeMahieu leads the Tigers in cumulative batting average, hitting .625 (15-for-24) on the year with two doubles, three triples, two homers, 10 RBI, 12 runs and two stolen bases.
Junior catcher/first baseman Sean Ochinko also had a very productive series, batting .833 (10-for-12) against UCF with one double, eight RBI and three runs. Ochinko collected a career-best four hits in Friday’s win, and he posted a career-high four RBI in Saturday’s victory.
Sophomore centerfielder Leon Landry hit three homers in four games last week, increasing his season total to five home runs in the Tigers’ seven games. Landry has already equaled his home run output of last season, when hit five dingers.
Junior rightfielder Jared Mitchell batted .500 (7-for-14) last week with two doubles, one triple, two homers, seven runs and seven stolen bases. Mitchell launched two dingers in Sunday’s win over UCF, marking his first career multi-HR game …
LSU leads the overall series with UNO, 49-33, though the Privateers have won three of the last four meetings, including two of three last season.
The Tigers have won three of the last four meetings at Maestri Field. The last three LSU-UNO games at Maestri Field have been decided by two runs or less, with two of the contests going into extra innings.
#1 LSU Tigers (7-0) at UNO Privateers (4-4)
Tuesday, March 3 – 6:30 p.m. CT
Maestri Field in New Orleans, La.
LSU - No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, USA Today/ESPN and Baseball America
UNO - unranked
- LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates
- The Baton Rouge affiliate is WDGL 98.1 FM
- Pregame show starts at 6:15 p.m.
www.LSUsports.net – live video, audio and stats in the Geaux Zone.
LSU leads, 49-33
LSU – Fr. LHP Chris Matulis (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 1 BB, 5 SO)
UNO – Jr. RHP Jim McGonigle (0-1, 16.20 ERA, 3.1 IP, 4 BB, 0 SO)