LSU baseball will host Sacred Heart
No. 4 LSU hosts Sacred Heart at 6:30 p.m. today in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The game marks the beginning of a five-games-in-five-days stretch for LSU (9-2). The Tigers were scheduled to play at Northwestern State Tuesday; however, the game was postponed until 3 p.m. Thursday due to wintry weather conditions and road closures. The Tigers will host Purdue this weekend in a three-game series.
LSU is ranked No. 4 this week in the Collegiate Baseball magazine after winning two of four games last week. The Tigers defeated Yale twice in a three-game series and dropped a 4-1, rain-shortened (5.1 innings) decision to Louisiana-Lafayette Tuesday.
Sacred Heart (2-1) opened its season last weekend in New Orleans, winning two of three games against Tulane.
“Sacred Heart, as evidenced by its two wins over Tulane, is a very good ball club,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said in a news release. “They’re going to come here with a lot of confidence and play at a high level. Our team is going to be tested this week with five games in five days, but we’re certainly looking forward to the challenge. It’s a very important week for us, the final full week of games before we start SEC play next weekend at Vanderbilt.”
Mainieri said junior right-hander Brady Domangue will start today’s game on the mound for the Tigers, while Sacred Heart coach Nick Giaquinto has yet to announce the Pioneers’ starter.
Domangue, a former junior college all-American at LSU-Eunice, has worked 2.2 innings this season in three relief appearances.
“We want to give Brady a chance to work as a starter, a role he was comfortable with at LSU-Eunice,” Mainieri said. “He injured his knee during the fall and wasn’t able to pitch as many innings as he would normally have, so we’re going to give him a start and allow him to work into a rhythm.”
The Tigers hit .347 (42-for-121) as a team in their four games last week with six doubles, three triples, three homers and 30 runs scored. Sophomore right fielder Mark Laird batted .615 (8-for-13) in four games last week with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored.
Junior catcher/designated hitter Kade Scivicque hit .545 (6-for-11) with one homer, five RBIs and three runs scored. Scivicque is LSU’s leading hitter through 11 games, batting .429 with one double, one homer, six RBIs and nine runs.
Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson extended his hitting streak to nine games during the weekend; Stevenson is hitting .375 this season with two triples, five RBIs and six runs scored.
Sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman has reached base safely in each of the Tigers’ 11 games this season. Bregman is batting .389 with five doubles, six RBIs and seven runs scored.
Junior third baseman Christian Ibarra batted .455 (5-for-11) last week with one double, one homer, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Sacred Heart was led in its series victory against Tulane by freshman infielder Zack Short, who batted .583 (7-for-12) with one double, one triple, one RBI and three runs. Sophomore outfielder Jayson Sullivan hit .455 (5-for-11) during the weekend with one double, three RBIs and four runs.
LSU leads the series with Sacred Heart, 2-0, as the Tigers defeated the Pioneers in 2011 (6-1) and in 2013 (10-2) in Baton Rouge.
Sacred Heart, located in Fairfield, Conn., is a member of the Northeast Conference. Other schools in the Northeast Conference include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis and Wagner.