The most anticipated Louisiana rival game returns as Tulane (9-15) takes on No. 4 LSU (18-7, 4-2 SEC) at 6:30 Tuesday at Skip Bertman Field at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.
From a sold-out Greer Field at Turchin Stadium in 2015 which ultimately ended with the Wave losing 13-7, to the first Tulane win over LSU in Baton Rouge in nine years last season, this face off divides Louisianians and fosters a competitive rivalry.
In the team’s last meeting, LSU was riding a five-game win streak but fell to Tulane 7-1. Tulane quickly took the lead in the first inning and continued to build on it, ending the second inning 5-0, where the score remained until the eighth inning. With the game getting farther from the Tigers, Tulane took home its biggest win of the season.
After losing the weekend series to Stetson (10-16), the Green Wave seeks redemption against the Tigers.
The series opened on Friday with the Wave winning 7-6 after senior outfielder Lex Kaplan drove in four runs on two hits, including a RBI single in the eighth inning. This momentum did not continue into Saturday, and in game two, Tulane lost 5-1, making game three on Sunday a rubber match.
Game three began with Tulane trailing 7-0 in the first inning. While the Wave was able to get on the board and close the deficit with the Hatters, the team was unable to take the lead at any point.
With pitching plaguing the Wave on Sunday, Stetson was able to score seven runs on four hits and four walks in its first appearance at bat, going through its rotation more than once.
Redshirt junior designated hitter Grant Brown hit a home run in the second inning that put Tulane on the board. The Green Wave continued to chase the Hatters, and in the bottom of the fifth, the score was reduced 9-5. Stetson fought back every time the Wave made progress, ultimately taking the game and the weekend series.
LSU faces Tulane after defeating No. 11 Florida at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Florida this past weekend. The Tigers overcame their largest deficit of the season, trailing the Gators 5-0 until the eighth inning where the Tigers scored six runs with three two-run homers.
The Tigers took home the win with a final score of 10-6.
Despite LSU coming off a big win, both teams are seeking redemption Tuesday. The Tigers want to defeat the Wave after last year’s loss, and Tulane seeks to bounce back from not only a tough weekend at home but what many are referring to as a rocky season.
As the teams prepare to slide, pitch and bat, fans are getting their finest purple and gold and best green and blue out ready to support their respective team.
For those who cannot make it out to Baton Rouge, the game can be heard on 88.3 FM WRBH and TuneIn Radio or seen on SEC Network+, via WatchESPN.