The Tigers opened their midweek action for 2020 with a comfortable win over Southern, 8-3. There were a few fireworks at the plate with home runs from Gavin Dugas, Saul Garza, and Hayden Travinski. Travinski scored in his first at bat as a pinch hitter in the 8th. Zack Mathis had a good day in his start at SS, going 2-3 with an RBI and playing well in the position. The pitching performed well, with a solid outing from Brandon Kaminer (2 IP, 2R, 1 BB, 2 K), Ma’Khail Hilliard’s first appearance of the season (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K, which was enough to qualify for the win), and another impressive performance from Nick Storz (3 IP, 2H, 3K)
Tonight the Tigers head down to Thibodaux to face the Colonels in LSU’s annual lone in-state road game. Neither team has announced starters. Nicholls returns 6 batters from last year’s line up that finished 2019 a game under .500 at 27-28. The Colonels are off to a bad start, getting swept in a weekend invitational they were hosting by SIU Edwardsville and George Washington. They’re picked to finish 8th out of 13 teams in the Southland. It’s the classic midweek trap, and one Nicholls has sprung on LSU a few times over the last decade, with an upset win over 2015’s CWS squad and taking last year’s team to extras. Colonel’s head coach Seth Thibodeaux is in his tenth season and has managed to play LSU close almost every year. You can imagine it will be a rowdy crowd down in Thibodaux tonight.
These teams actually scrimmaged against each other in Thibodaux this past fall, which was even televised by Cox Sports. Of course, if you don’t have Cox Sports, you weren’t able to watch that game, much like tonight. Cox Sport’s awful Louisiana blackout rules apply to tonight’s game, even with it airing on the for-pay ESPN+ service. Don’t be mistaken, even if you pay for ESPN+, you still cannot watch tonight’s game because of the blackout.
So it’s radio and live stats, like we used to do it in the old days. At least that’s free and easy. LSU radio will be on 100.7fm in Baton Rouge and streaming free on LSU’s website and their mobile apps, as well as their new tunein page. Live stats from Nicholls are available HERE.