BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU has both taken and dodged some big punches from in-state opponents in midweek games this year, but with the history between LSU and Tulane baseball, don't be surprised if Tuesday is a classic.
The Green Wave is not ranked anymore, but did find itself in the top 25 earlier this season. Tulane will throw Patrick Duester, who dusted off Nicholls State after the Colonels defeated LSU, and boasts a 0.34 ERA this season.
The Tigers will give sophomore Russell Reynolds his third start of the season. His only win was two weeks ago against McNeese State. He struggled at times in last Tuesday's game at Southern.
As always, head coach Paul Mainieri said he knows what's at stake when it comes to this rivalry.
"Let's face it," Mainieri said. "When you're the number one ranked team in the country, when you have the history of an LSU, that's a big game for teams to play, but we take that as a compliment."
"I've played number one teams in the country and I've been a number one team in the country," said Tulane head coach David Pierce. "And, they're as good as the ones I've seen."
"We approach them the same way. We're going to go after Tulane and give them our best shot. We're going to give our best shot at Southeastern and Nicholls and everybody else that we play in the middle of the week because that's our responsibility to do that," Mainieri explained.
"Tulane fans and the city of New Orleans gets excited about this rivalry and this game against LSU. I think it's great for this area, the region, the city and it's great for college baseball," Pierce added.
The first pitch will be thrown at 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans.