Tigers ride four-game streak into UNO game

by Elliott Brown, The Reveille

The No. 1 LSU baseball team will try to continue its dominanceagainst in-state opponents when the Tigers take on the Universityof New Orleans Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium.

Coming into the game, the Tigers (15-2) are on a four-gamewinning streak and have won 13 of their last 14 games. During thatsame stretch, LSU has gone 5-0 against Louisiana opponents withwins coming against Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe and SoutheasternLouisiana.

Over the weekend, the Tigers won their first two games againstSoutheastern before rain forced the cancellation of Sunday’sgame.

UNO (9-11) comes into Baton Rouge, La., following a three-gameseries over the weekend with ULM. The Privateers dropped the firsttwo games but rallied back to win the third game on the heels of aMike Nuckles 12th-inning walk-off home run.

The longball has proven to be the heart of UNO’s offense thisseason. The Privateers have hit 31 home runs this year, compared to18 for the Tigers.

UNO coach Randy Bush said coming into this season he did notexpect the team to display the power at the plate it has shown sofar.

“We’ve hit more than I thought we would,” Bush said. “It’s beena pleasant surprise. I thought we would have to manufacture moreruns.”

Bush also said the Privateers are ready to deal with theatmosphere of Alex Box Stadium.

“I think it’s something our players look forward to every year,”Bush said. “We have a lot of players from around here, and it’ssomething they’ve heard about and are excited about.”

Last season LSU split two games against the Privateers, winning7-2 in Baton Rouge and losing 5-4 at Zephyr Field.

The Tigers have won 11 of their last 12 games against UNO.