Southeastern is looking to make a statement. Tulane is looking to get it together.
Both baseball teams are looking for consistency. Both will get a chance this week as the in-state rivalry resumes with a pair of games.
Southeastern (10-5) hosts Tulane (9-8) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Alumni Field in Hammond. On Wednesday, the Lions travel to Turchin Stadium in New Orleans for a 6:30 start.
Tulane and Southeastern met Feb. 19 at Turchin Stadium, a 5-3 Green Wave win.
The teams are coming off a mixed bag of a weekend. Tulane scored a pair of wins against High Point in three close contests. The Green Wave won Friday’s game 3-2 with the help of a controversial call; lost 4-2 Saturday; then won 11-10 in 12 innings Sunday.
Southeastern is coming off a 3-1 loss Sunday at Troy when the Lions gave up 12 hits.
Tulane needed six pitchers in Sunday’s marathon game, and they combined to give up 13 hits. Freshman Ian Gibaut got the win after pitching five scoreless innings; he allowed three hits and struck out three.
After going deep into his bullpen Sunday and watching High Point pound his pitchers, Tulane coach Rick Jones pointed out that his staff has been hit hard by injuries.
Jones already had seen senior right-hander Tyler Mapes, junior righty Alex Facundus and senior righty Andrew Reeves sent to the training room. And then Saturday, lefty starter David Napoli injured his forearm.
“The injuries in our pitching staff really showed,” Jones said. “We’re so thin.”
Sophomore righty Randy LeBlanc (0-1, 3.86 ERA) is Tulane’s probable starter Tuesday. Freshman lefty Kyle Cedotal (2-2, 3.77) is slated to start for the Lions for the second time. He was the starter in the teams’ first meeting and took the loss; he pitched five innings and gave up four hits, three runs and two walks while striking out two.
Southeastern coach Jay Artigues said his team can make a statement this week.
“They’re a good team. They’re well-coached,” he said of Tulane. “We’ve beat the teams we should have and not some of the teams we shouldn’t. We haven’t come up and beat anybody really good. If we can come out and beat a team like Tulane, that would be real good for us.”