Tigers, Cajuns set to do battle in Pontiff Classic

Mark Menard
April 10, 2017 - 9:45 pm

Ninth-ranked LSU baseball (22-11) is gearing up for what is traditionally a key in-state matchup. The Tigers will square off with the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (18-13- 1) in the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Classic in Metairie, La., on Tuesday night.

Tigers skipper Paul Mainieri has had a quick hook for his pitching staff in midweek games this season, using as many as 13 against Grambling last week. On his weekly radio show Mainieri said that the Tiger faithful should indeed expect more of the same on Tuesday.

“I don’t know if you’ll see 13 or not, but you’ll see a lot,” he said.

Mainieri stated his goals are to keep Zach Hess sharp, and to give all of his relievers more bullpen time. As for the matchup against the Ragin’ Cajuns, Mainieri believes his guys are in for a fight.

“They were preseason-ranked for a reason,” Mainieri said. “They’ve got good ballplayers all over the field. They have a midweek starter that they’ve been pitching on a regular basis that has been really good over the last several starts. We’re gonna have a tremendous challenge tomorrow night, and it should be an electric atmosphere. We’re looking forward to it.”

LSU will start Matthew Beck against Louisiana’s Jack Burk in a battle of freshman right-handers. Game time is set for 7pm, and we’ll bring it to you on WWL AM & FM, starting with pregame coverage at 6:30pm.

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