LSU hosts Lamar for mid-week game

From LSU Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. – Eighth-ranked LSU (24-8-1) plays host to Lamar (18-14) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 game may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at

Wednesday's contest is LSU's annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Game, as the Tigers will wear blue batting helmets in support of the early detection and treatment of prostate cancer in men.

LSU, ranked in the Top 10 of at least one poll for 43 consecutive weeks, is riding a four-game win streak, including a three-game SEC sweep of Mississippi State last weekend.

The LSU-Lamar game matches two of the nine active NCAA Division I coaches with more than 1,200 career wins – LSU's Paul Mainieri and Lamar's Jim Gilligan.

"We certainly have a big challenge this week in taking on an excellent Lamar program," Mainieri said. "They're coming off of a three-game sweep in their conference, so they'll arrive with a lot of momentum and confidence. Jim Gilligan  is one of all-time coaching greats in college baseball, and he'll have his team extremely well-prepared. We're facing a veteran pitcher with a very good arm, so we'll have to be focused and ready to play well.

"This game also carries a lot significance because it promotes awareness of prostate cancer. I encourage every man, age 45 and older, to have a prostate cancer screening done on an annual basis. Early detection is critical to successful treatment."

Mainieri said junior left-hander Henri Faucheux (1-0, 2.51 ERA) will start Wednesday's game on the mound for the Tigers, marking his first career LSU start. Gilligan will counter with senior right-hander J.T. Autrey (4-1, 2.28 ERA).

LSU's 17-4 win over Mississippi State on Sunday marked the most runs for the Tigers in an SEC game since they scored 18 runs in a win over Florida on May 4 of last season. The Tigers collected 20 hits on Sunday, the most hits for LSU in an SEC contest since it accumulated 23 hits in a win at Mississippi State on May 16, 2009.

LSU outfielder Sean McMullen hit .583 (7-for-12) to lead the Tigers to four straight wins last week, collecting two doubles, one triple, one homer, five runs and five RBI. McMullen batted .625 (5-for-8) in the Tigers' three-game SEC sweep of Mississippi State with two doubles, one triple, three RBI, three runs and a .692 on-base percentage.

Sophomore rightfielder Mark Laird batted .462 (6-for-13) in the Tigers' four games last week with two doubles, one triple and five RBI. Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson hit .429 (6-for-14) with two RBI and five runs scored, while senior third baseman Christian Ibarra batted .400 (4-for-10) with a homer, two RBI and seven runs scored.

Junior catcher/DH Kade Scivicque collected seven RBI in four games last week, including a grand slam – LSU's second of the season – in Sunday's win over Mississippi State.

Lamar is hitting .291 as a team with nine homers and 32 steals in 44 attempts. The Cardinals are led at the plate by senior infielder Sam Bumpers, who is hitting .339 with seven doubles, four homers and 16 RBI. Junior catcher Brandon Provost is batting .325 with five doubles, one homer and 16 RBI, while senior outfielder Jude Vidrine is hitting .311 with seven doubles, one triple and 22 RBI.

Lamar leads the all-time series with LSU, 5-3; however, the Tigers have won the last three meetings between the clubs. The teams have met in each of the past two seasons in Baton Rouge - LSU defeated Lamar, 5-4, on April 18, 2012, and the Tigers posted an 8-1 win over the Cardinals on February 19, 2013.