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LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, left, speaks with Tulane head coach Travis Jewett before the Tigers take on the Tide, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

The last time LSU beat Tulane in a baseball game, Alex Bregman was its starting shortstop.

LSU used 24 players in that game, a 6-0 win in April 2015, and only three of them remain on the roster: Austin Bain — the winning pitcher that day — Beau Jordan and Bryce Jordan.

What has transpired since? Even as LSU has maintained its overall level of success — earning national seeds each of the last two seasons and reaching the College World Series finals last year — Tulane has handed the Tigers four consecutive losses.

LSU hopes to reverse that trend when it hosts Tulane on Wednesday. 

“I’d like to say that I would trade losing a couple games to Tulane to make it to the finals of the (College) World Series like we did last year,” Mainieri said. “But truthfully, I don’t really like losing to Tulane.”

LSU’s last four-game losing streak to Tulane came more than 40 years ago, spanning the 1975-77 seasons. The last one before that was 1956-57 seasons.

Before this losing skid, LSU had dominated Tulane under Mainieri. From 2008-15, his clubs went 13-3 against the Green Wave, and from 2011-15, the only loss came by one run in extra innings.

“We’re looking forward to the game; we really are,” Mainieri said. “I know we’ve got a big series coming up this weekend, and that’s what you have to guard against when you get into SEC play — the players look beyond midweek games because the SEC games are so important.

“But if there’s a team you don’t look beyond, obviously it’s Tulane.”

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