Youngstown State (1-3) & Nicholls (1-2) vs. No. 11 LSU Combating Tigers (3-1)
Friday, February 26 – Youngstown State at LSU, 7 p.m. CT
Saturday, February 27 – Youngstown State at LSU, 2 p.m. CT
Saturday, February 27 – Nicholls at LSU, 6:30 p.m. CT
Alex Field Stadium, Skip Bertman Discipline
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• YSU – unranked
• Nicholls – unranked
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SERIES RECORDS VS. YOUNGSTOWN STATE & NICHOLLS
LSU is assembly Youngstown State – which performs within the Horizon League – for the primary time on the baseball diamond. LSU is 7-0 all-time in opposition to members of the Horizon League – the Tigers are 1-0 vs. Cleveland State and 6-0 vs. Illinois-Chicago. The opposite Horizon League members are Detroit Mercy, Inexperienced Bay, IUPUI, Milwaukee, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Purdue Fort Wayne, Robert Morris and Wright State.
LSU leads the all-time sequence with Nicholls, 55-24, although the Colonels defeated the Tigers, 4-2, on February 19 of final season in Thibodaux. The Tigers have gained 28 of the final 31 conferences with the Colonels. Nicholls’ solely wins in its final 31 video games versus LSU had been final season’s victory; a 6-3 triumph on February 18, 2015, in Baton Rouge; and a 3-1 win on April 15, 2009, additionally in Baton Rouge.
YSU at LSU (Recreation 1)
LSU – Jr. RH Jaden Hill (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 0 BB, 5 SO)
YSU – LH Colin Clark (0-1, 15.43 ERA, 4.2 IP, 1 BB, 4 SO)
YSU at LSU (Recreation 2)
LSU – Jr. RH AJ Labas (0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3.1 IP, 1 BB, 8 SO)
YSU – LH Collin Floyd (0-1, 7.94 ERA, 5.2 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO)
Nicholls at LSU
LSU – Jr. RH Landon Marceaux (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 0 BB, 4 SO)
NICH – So. LH Tyler Theriot (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.1 IP, 0 BB, 0 SO)
QUOTING PAUL MAINIERI
“Youngstown has two actually superb left-handed beginning pitchers; one in every of them (Colin Clark) was picked to be the pitcher of the yr of their league. I am anticipating a hard-nosed, Northern college to return down right here with good left-handed pitchers, which presents its personal challenges. I believe that they’re going to compete actually laborious, and we’ll have some superb ball video games. Nicholls beat us final season in Thibodaux, so it goes with out saying we cannot be taking them frivolously. The truth is, their beginning pitcher Saturday evening (Tyler Theriot) is the man who pitched so effectively in opposition to us final yr and beat us.”
ABOUT THE TIGERS
• Eleventh-ranked LSU is 3-1 on the yr after splitting two video games with Air Power on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Louisiana Tech, 16-7, on Monday evening, and posting an 11-2 win at UL-Lafayette on Wednesday evening.
• LSU pounded out 14 hits on Wednesday evening for the second consecutive recreation, because the Tigers additionally had 14 hits in opposition to Louisiana Tech on Monday evening. LSU has scored 27 runs on 28 hits in its previous two video games mixed versus Louisiana Tech and UL Lafayette.
• Sophomore second baseman Cade Doughty led the offensive effort with three hits and two RBI, and junior leftfielder Gavin Dugas added three hits and two runs scored. Freshman pinch hitter Brody Drost highlighted a five-run outburst within the eighth with a two-run blast over the right-field fence, his first collegiate residence run.
• LSU freshmen pitchers Garrett Edwards and Will Hellmers mixed to restrict UL Lafayette to 1 run via the primary 5 innings Wednesday evening. Edwards, making his first profession collegiate begin, restricted the Cajuns to 1 run on three hits in three innings with one stroll and 4 strikeouts. Hellmers, making his first profession collegiate look on the mound, retired six straight batters – together with two strikeouts – within the fourth and fifth innings to earn the win.
• Junior leftfielder Gavin Dugas posted a career-best six RBI in Monday’s win over Louisiana Tech, together with a grand slam within the sixth inning that erased a 6-2 deficit … Dugas grew to become the primary LSU participant to hit a grand slam since February 15, 2019, when Antoine Duplantis hit a grand slam versus UL-Monroe.
• Freshman Jordan Thompson adopted Dugas’ grand slam with a solo homer to offer the Tigers a 7-6 lead over Louisiana Tech en path to the 16-7 victory … the homer was the primary of Thompson’s collegiate profession … the sixth-inning homers by Dugas and Thompson marked the primary time LSU hit a number of homers in the identical inning since Might 5, 2019, versus Ole Miss, when the Tigers blasted three homers in a single body.
• LSU rightfielder Dylan Crews was named Tuesday because the SEC Freshman of the Week by the league workplace. Crews, a product of Longwood, Fla., loved an excellent collegiate debut, serving to to guide LSU to 2 wins within the Tigers’ first three video games. Crews hit .583 (7-for-12) over the weekend with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored. He additionally walked 4 instances and recorded an on-base share of .688.
In LSU’s 16-7 win over Louisiana Tech on Monday evening, Crews was 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI, two walks and one run. With LSU trailing 4-0 within the backside of the third inning, his solo homer woke up the Tigers’ offense and sparked a comeback that resulted in a nine-run victory.
• Monday evening’s win over Louisiana Tech marked the primary three-homer recreation for the Tigers since February 18, 2020, versus Southern.
• Junior right-hander Jaden Hill, LSU’s Friday evening starter, seems on the 2021 Golden Spikes Award Watch record … Hill began the Tigers’ season opener final Saturday versus Air Power, firing 4 shutout innings (62 pitches) and permitting three hits with no walks and 5 strikeouts.
ABOUT THE PENGUINS
• LSU was initially scheduled to play UC Riverside this weekend; nevertheless, UC Riverside elected to not start its season till March to COVID-19 issues. Youngstown State is 1-3 this season after starting the yr by shedding three of 4 video games at Troy … the Penguins will play Nicholls Friday afternoon in Thibodaux earlier than touring northwest to Baton Rouge for a Friday evening matchup with LSU.
• The Penguins are hitting .230 as a workforce with 5 residence runs … YSU is led offensively by junior infielder Phillip Glasser, who’s batting .313 with two doubles, two steals and two runs scored.
ABOUT THE COLONELS
• Nicholls is 1-2 this season getting into its Friday afternoon recreation versus Youngstown State in Thibodaux … the Colonels dropped two of three video games final weekend to Jap Illinois in a season-opening residence sequence.
• Tyler Theriot, Nicholls’ scheduled beginning pitcher versus LSU on Saturday evening, defeated the Tigers final season in Thibodaux … Theriot began the sport and labored 5.1 innings, limiting LSU to 1 run on two hits with 4 walks and 7 strikeouts.
• The Colonels are batting .235 as a workforce with one residence run … Nicholls is led on the plate by former LSU outfielder Wes Toups, who’s hitting .385 this season with one double, one homer and three RBI.