From LSU Sports
BATONROUGE, La. – No. 3 LSU (14-2) plays host to Nicholls State (8-8) at 6:30 p.m.Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Thegame can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, includingflagship WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Live video, audio and stats of the gamemay be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.
Tuesday'scontest marks the beginning of a two-game homestand for LSU. The Tigers playhost to Southern University at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before traveling toNashville Thursday for a three-game SEC weekend series at Vanderbilt.
Mainierisaid junior right-hander Brady Domangue will start Tuesday's game on the moundfor the Tigers, while Nicholls coach Seth Thibodeaux will counter with juniorleft-hander Mike Hanchar.
Domangue,a former junior college all-American at LSU-Eunice, earned his first career LSUwin last Wednesday versus Sacred Heart, working three innings and allowing onerun on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
"Ourfocus right now is completely upon this game against Nicholls," Mainieri said."They always compete against us at a very high level, and they're just comingoff of a four-game split with BYU. We know how good BYU is because they beat usonce last season. We're looking forward to seeing Brady Domangue again in astarting role; as he continue to get more innings, he can be a factor for usmoving forward."
LSUwon five games in five days last week as the Tigers hit .342 (53-for-155) with10 doubles, one triple and two homers while outscoring the opposition, 37-7.The LSU pitching staff posted a 1.40 ERA during the week and allowed just a.177 opponent batting average (28 hits in 158 at-bats).
TheTigers raised their cumulative team batting average to .319 and lowered theirstaff ERA to 1.54.
Sophomoreshortstop Alex Bregman led LSU to its five wins last week, batting .500 (10-for-20)with one homer, six RBI, four runs and two stolen bases.
Inthe Tigers' three-game sweep of Purdue, Bregman hit .583 (7-for-12) with onehomer and four RBI. He launched a three-run homer on Friday night to highlightthe Tigers' 10-0 win over the Boilermakers.
Bregmanhas reached base safely in all 16 games this season, the only LSU player toaccomplish the feat. He is hitting .429 (24-for-56) this season with fivedoubles, one homer, 12 RBI, 11 runs and five stolen bases.
Sophomorecenterfielder Andrew Stevenson hit .583 (7-for-12) in five games last week withone triple, five RBI, four runs and two stolen bases. Stevenson extended hisactive hitting streak to 14 games entering Tuesday's contest versus NichollsState. Stevenson is hitting .432 on the season with three triples, 10 RBI, 10runs and five steals.
Juniorcatcher/designated hitter Kade Scivicque batted .500 (8-for-16) in the Tigers'five games last week with one double, three RBI and five runs. Scivicque isLSU's leading hitter through the first 16 games of the season, batting .455with two doubles, one homer, nine RBI and 14 runs scored.
Nichollsis batting .231 as team with two homers and 24 steals in 33 attempts. Senioroutfielder Keith Cormier is the Colonels' leading hitter, batting .323 with onedouble, one triple, one homer and 11 RBI. Senior infielder Philip Lyons ishitting .286 with five doubles and 10 RBI.
LSUhas a 50-22 all-time mark against Nicholls State, and the Tigers have won 23 ofthe last 24 meetings with the Colonels, including two wins last season (2-0 and9-3) in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. Nicholls' only win in its last 24games versus LSU was a 3-1 victory over the Tigers on April 15, 2009 in AlexBox Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.