Tigers square off with Tulane

Second-ranked LSU (22-2) begins at four-game road swing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Tigers meet Tulane (14-12) in Turchin Stadium.

LSU has won 16 of its past 17 games, including a three-game SEC sweep of Auburn last weekend in Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers’ 22-2 mark matches the best 24-game record in school history. LSU’s 1986, 1989 and 1997 teams were also 22-2 through 24 games.

“We’re certainly very pleased with the season we’ve had so far, but there is such a long way to go,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We’re not even halfway through the regular season, so there is still a lot of work to do, beginning with our game at Tulane. It’s always exciting to go down to New Orleans and face Tulane in a tremendous environment for college baseball, and our players are definitely looking forward to the opportunity.”

Mainieri said sophomore right-hander Russell Reynolds (0-0, 0.90 ERA) will start on the mound for the Tigers, while Tulane coach Rick Jones will counter with junior left-hander Brady Wilson (1-1, 3.97 ERA).

LSU freshman shortstop Alex Bregman hit a remarkable .632 (12-for-19) in the Tigers’ four wins last week with two doubles, three RBI and six runs scored. He collected three hits in each of the Tigers’ four games, including the three-game sweep of Auburn.

Bregman, who is riding a 12-game hitting streak, batted a sizzling .692 (9-for-13) in the Auburn series with one double, two RBI, five runs scored, two steals and a .714 on-base percentage. Bregman is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .422 with eight doubles, two triples, two homers, 22 RBI, seven stolen bases and 26 runs scored.

Senior first baseman Mason Katz hit .538 (7-for-13) in the Auburn series with one double, one homer and five RBI. Katz leads the SEC this season in home runs (10) and RBI (37), and he is No. 2 in slugging percentage (.805).

Freshman outfielder Mark Laird batted .500 (6-for-12) against Auburn, recording one double and one RBI while scoring seven runs from the No. 2 spot in the LSU batting order.

Tulane is led at the plate by senior infielder Brennan Middleton, who is hitting .330 with five doubles and six RBI. Senior infielder/outfielder Sean Potkay is batting .291 with team-highs of 11 doubles, two homers and 17 RBI. Tulane is batting .249 as a team with six home runs and 16 steals in 26 attempts.

LSU leads Tulane, 175-125-3, in a series that began with the first intercollegiate athletic event in LSU history, a 10-8 victory for the Fighting Tiger baseball squad over Tulane in 1893. LSU has won eight of its 10 meetings with Tulane over the past five seasons, and the Tigers currently hold a four-game win streak in the series. Tulane’s last victory over LSU was a 9-1 win on May 18, 2010 in New Orleans.

Last season, LSU defeated Tulane 5-0 on March 6 at Turchin Stadium and 9-5 on May 1 in Alex Box Stadium. The teams will meet again this season on April 24 in Alex Box Stadium.

The game can be heard on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge). Live audio and stats of the game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

Tuesday’s game will be televised by Cox Sports Television.

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