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LSU looks to rebound vs. Grambling State

2/28/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. -- As bad as this past weekend was for the LSU baseball program, the Tigers will have plenty of opportunities to wash the taste out of their mouths in the next few days.

No. 20 LSU (5-2) dropped out of ESPN's power rankings Tuesday after losing two straight games to Appalachian State during the weekend.

The Tigers have the chance to bounce back tonight against Grambling State (5-2) in what will be a five-game week for LSU. Once they're done with the visiting Tigers, LSU has a road trip to McNeese State on Wednesday before a weekend series with Dartmouth.

After his lineup went a combined 11-of-96 against Appalachian State, LSU coach Paul Mainieri will be looking for a spark against GSU.

To that end, Mainieri is inserting Arby Fields and Jared Foster into the top of the order with hopes of some increased production.

Foster has appeared in seven games this season and has started three. He's batting .357 with just 14 at-bats. In that small sample size, however, he's collected five RBI.

Tonight serves as Fields' first start after he caught Mainieri's eye with an RBI triple in the dying innings of the Tigers' 11-1 loss to the Mountaineers on Sunday.

Mainieri is also giving pitcher Cody Glenn (1-0) his first career start. Glenn picked up a win in relief last week against McNeese State when he filled in for departed starter Joe Broussard.

GSU will throw left-handed sophomore Joel Deleon (0-1), who was roughed up by Stephen F. Austin last week. He went 5.1 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits.