There haven’t been a lot of get-back-on-the-horse games needed for the LSU baseball team this season, but one of them arrives Tuesday.
The fourth-ranked Tigers entertain Tulane at 6:30 p.m. looking to spit out the bad taste left from a 5-3 loss to Georgia on Sunday in a game when LSU had a chance to sweep.
Erasing that sting isn’t completely possible because a loss in the SEC carries more weight than a non-conference win. But Tulane (29-15) comes in with a respectable RPI (59), so the Tigers (35-10) could recoup a bit of momentum with a victory.
What also has to be on LSU’s mind is how big a game this is to the Green Wave.
Tulane won’t get a better chance to bolster its NCAA Tournament hopes the rest of the season, so winning at Alex Box Stadium – something the Wave hasn’t done since 2007 – looms large.
The Tigers will send Joe Broussard (4-0) to the mound for his sixth start of the season and another audition to carve a role as the fourth starter for LSU in the postseason. Broussard has given up seven runs in 15.1 innings as a starter this season.
For Tulane, Baton Rouge native Alex Byo takes the mound for his second start of the season. Byo is 6-3 and has been steady most of the season. He started against the Tigers on March 6 and pitched well, but was overshadowed by LSU freshman Aaron Nola in a 5-0 Tiger triumph.
In the first game, Byo allowed 10 hits but only four runs in 7.2 innings.
With a road trip on the horizon to Ole Miss, it’s also vital that LSU rekindle its offense after a lackluster performance in the series finale against Georgia.
The Tigers scattered nine hits in the 5-3 setback, but were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and rolled into a pair of double plays. The Wave pitching staff has a 3.36 ERA and foes are hitting just .257 against them.