BATON ROUGE – The Northwestern State baseball team will play its final mid-week game of the 2014 season on Tuesday at 6:30 when the Demons travel to face NO. 10 LSU at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television, and will be broadcast on 100.7 KZBL-FM in Natchitoches. The live audio feed can be heard on NSUDemons.com.
“We’re excited about going to play in the ‘The Box,'” said Demon head baseball coach Lane Burroughs. “A lot of guys grow up in Louisiana, and wanted to play there out of high school, and I get that.
“I respect Coach (Paul) Manieri and LSU, probably the most tradition-rich program in the country,” he said. “We’re going there to win, and not just to say we played LSU at Alex Box.”
The Demons (30-21), who clinched a spot in the Southland Conference Championships with a sweep of New Orleans, and Tigers (36-14-1) faced each other earlier this season at Brown-Stroud Field, and LSU took the contest 8-1. It put together a two-run fourth and three-run sixth inning to take control of the game.
The Demons had five hits and stranded six runners in the first four innings. They got their only run in the fourth inning, closing the gap to 4-1 on a sacrifice fly by Nathan Lyons to score Chase Daughdrill, who reached on a one-out single and moved around to third on an Edwin Gomez base hit.
Senior left-hander Andrew Adams (1-1, 2.93 earned run average) will start on the hill for the Demons on Tuesday. He has 20 appearances, all in relief, and has pitched 27.2 innings this year.
Left-hander Jared Poché, who started against the Demons on March 6, will start for the Tigers on Tuesday. He was moved to the weekend rotation for LSU, but was unable to pitch on Sunday due to a rainout.
In the first game this season, he tossed five innings and gave up the lone run on five hits along with five strikeouts.
Andrew Stevenson is LSU’s leading hitter at the plate with a .335 batting average and 34 runs scored. He was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the first matchup between the two teams.
Connor Hale has a .305 batting average, and Alex Bregman has 31 runs batted in, which leads LSU. Bregman and Hale were both 1-of-4, and Bregman knocked in two runs in on March 6.
Chase Daughdrill leads NSU at the plate with .309 batting average, and Bret Underwood (.308) and Caleb Dugas (.300) follow him. Daughdrill has 37 runs batted in on the season, and Dugas has 37 runs scored.
After LSU, NSU will travel to Southeastern Louisiana to open a crucial league series at 6:00 on Thursday. The Demons still have a chance to claim a share of the SLC championship, but will have to sweep SLU and get help.