LSU host McNeese State to open an eight-game homestand

From LSU Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. – Ninth-ranked LSU (20-8-1) opens an eight-game homestand at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when the Tigers play host to McNeese State in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The game can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including Baton Rouge flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM. Live video, audio and stats of the games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at

LSU will continue its homestand this weekend when the Tigers resume Southeastern Conference play against Mississippi State.

"We've got a very challenging week ahead, but I'm so glad we're back at home for a while after being on the road for four games in a row and for two of the past three weekends," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We're looking forward to being back at 'The Box' to face an excellent McNeese State team. They've won six of their first nine conference games, and it's very evident in looking at their numbers that they have a potent lineup. We'll be ready to play at our best, and we hope to build some momentum heading into the weekend."

Mainieri said LSU junior left-hander Cody Glenn (1-1, 4.39 ERA) will start the game on the mound for the Tigers, while first-year McNeese State coach Justin Hill, a pitcher at LSU in 2001 and 2002, will counter with senior right-hander Michael Desabrais (0-0, 3.38 ERA).

Junior catcher/designated hitter Kade Scivicque led the Tigers in hitting last week, batting .400 (6-for-15) in four games with one double, one homer, two RBI and two runs. Scivicque is also LSU's leading hitter on the year, batting .372 (32-for-86) with four doubles, three homers and 16 RBI.

Junior infielder Conner Hale batted .375 (6-for-16) in four games last week with one double and three runs scored. Hale is batting a team-best .324 (11-for-34) in the Tigers' nine SEC games with one double and four runs scored.

Junior outfielder Chris Sciambra launched the first home run of his career on Sunday at Florida, a two-run blast. Freshman outfielder Jake Fraley hit .429 (3-for-7) in two starts last week with one double, two RBI, one run, one steal and a sacrifice bunt.

Senior right-hander Kurt McCune fired five shutout innings in two appearances last week against Tulane and Florida. McCune did not allow a hit in five innings while recording two walks and five strikeouts.

LSU is 20-0 this season when leading after eight innings, and the Tigers are 13-3 when scoring first. LSU has played 10 errorless games this season, and the Tigers are 9-0-1 in those contests. LSU is 16-7 when the opponent starts a right-handed pitcher, and the Tigers are 4-1-1 when the opponent starts a left-hander.

McNeese State is hitting .301 as a team with 12 home runs and 42 steals in 54 attempts. The Cowboys are led at the plate by senior infielder Chayse Marion, who is batting .374 with seven doubles, two homers and 22 RBI. Senior outfielder Jackson Gooch is hitting .346 with four doubles, one triple, one homer and 24 RBI, while junior outfielder Lucas Quary is hitting .356 with two doubles, four homers and 16 RBI.

LSU leads the overall series with McNeese State, 27-9, including a 7-3 win over the Cowboys last season in Baton Rouge. The Tigers have won nine straight games over the Cowboys; McNeese State's last win over LSU came in 2000, a 4-3 decision in Lake Charles.