LAFAYETTE (Press Release) – For the sixth time in the 16-year history of the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic, Louisiana and No. 14 LSU will meet on the diamond for a charitable midweek contest on Tuesday evening inside the Shrine on Airline. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.
Fans planning to make the trip to Metairie can expect a good one as all five of the previous meetings between the two schools have been decided by four runs or less, including last year’s 3-1 decision that went in the favor of the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Louisiana (19-20, 8-7) is coming off its third Sun Belt series victory of the season, taking the final two games of a weekend clash against South Alabama at Russo Park. In both contests, the offense was served by big bats, including three home runs on Sunday afternoon, while Brandon Young and Jack Burk each picked up wins with solid outings on the mound.
Entering Tuesday’s game, Todd Lott continues to pace the offense with a .328 (38-for-116) average, while Hayden Cantrelle is hitting .326 (47-for-144) with a .569 slugging percentage. Lott has reached base safely in 21-straight contests and Cantrelle ranks first in the Sun Belt and 12th in the NCAA in stolen bases with 25 on the season.
The starting pitcher for Louisiana has not been announced.
LSU (24-13, 9-6) is coming of a difficult weekend on the road, dropping two of three games to Missouri. The Tigers also dropped their most recent midweek contest, falling to Southern, 7-2, at home on April 9.
Three different Tigers are hitting over .300 this year, with Zach Watson leading the way with a .357 average (50-for-140) in 35 starts. Watson paces the team with 13 doubles and has 26 RBI. LSU has not named a starting pitcher for the contest.
Louisiana has been successful as of late in the series with wins in the last two meetings, both of which came during the 2018 campaign. However, LSU holds the lead in the all-time series, 54-26.
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