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3/4/15 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU baseball team extended its winning streak to eight games and improved to 11-1 on the season with a 8-1 win against Stephen F. Austin. Kyle Bouman got his first start of the season for the Tigers and looked very impressive through the first four innings with a career-high 7 strikeouts before getting into a bit of trouble in the fifth. After giving up an infield single and a triple to put runners at the corners with no outs, Bouman was replaced by Hunter Newman who did an outstanding job of getting LSU out of the jam without allowing any hits or runs. After Newman’s one inning of work, Parker Bugg and Zac Person combined for 2.2 hitless and scoreless innings of work followed by Hunter Deval who pitched the final 1.1 innings and allowed one hit. All in all, it was another very good outing by the LSU pitching staff. 

The Tigers collected nine hits in the game and were led at the plate by Mark Laird who went 3-for-5 with one RBI and Danny Zardon who went 2-for-4 with an RBI on a long solo home run over the left-field bleachers in the second inning. Andrew Stevenson went 1-for-4 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to nine games, while Connor Hale went 1-for-5 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 12 games (every game this season). 

Here are the game’s video highlights and box score.

The Tigers will be back in action today when they take on Grambling at 3 p.m. The game will be streamed on SECN+ and can be heard on 100.7 FM. Doug Norman is expected to get the start for the Tigers. 

In softball news, hats off to LSU RHP Baylee Corbello for pitching her first career no-hitter during the Tigers’ 11-0 rout of Northwestern State. The sophomore from Lake Charles struck out eight with no walks and no balls. The no-hitter was LSU’s 35th in team history and the first five-inning no hitter since 2011. The Tigers also turned in a very impressive performance at the plate as they exploded for 10 runs in the first inning and ended the night with nine hits and no strikeouts. Seven different Tigers earned a hit on the night, led by Bailey Landry who extended her hitting streak to 14 games after going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. The Tigers are now an incredible 22-0 on the season.

Now let’s turn to football and continue our series on LSU players who haven’t yet had their time to shine but could make a big-impact this season. So far we’ve looked at Travonte Valentine and Clifton Garrett, and today we’ll continue on the defensive side of the ball by looking at DE Sione Teuhema. Here we go…

Sione Teuhema
6-4, 232 pounds
Sophomore defensive end 

Losing two starting defensive ends who had a major impact on games last season is certainly a reason for concern. However, the good news is that the Tigers found themselves in this same predicament not too long ago and were able to work through it just fine. Following the 2012 season, LSU had to find a way to replace Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo, a task that was somewhat difficult in the early goings until Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco proved to be quite formidable on the outside. Now, LSU has to replace those defensive ends with some fresh blood, and the most likely candidates to do so are returning players with experience. That puts Sione Teuhema, Tashawn Bower, Deondre Clarkin and Lewis Neal in a very competitive situation heading into the season.

In terms of previewing players to watch in spring practice, Teuhema is a great one to follow because of the flashes of athleticism he exhibited in 2014. Teuhema recorded two sacks last year, both of which came against Sam Houston State in a runaway victory. What makes Teuhema special is his quickness and explosiveness off the edge. His aggressive play was almost reckless at times, but as he grows and matures, it will be interesting to see how he develops under new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron who is known for putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks with persistent heat from the outside. The Tigers need breakout defensive ends, and Teuhema is one of a few players at the position who will be looking to solidify his place at the top of the depth chart before true freshman Arden Key arrives in the Fall to challenge the veterans.

Speaking of defensive ends, Jim Kleinpeter put together this piece on 10 LSU football players/coaches on the hot seat at spring practice, and has Tashawn Bower on his  list. Joining him are coaches Les Miles, Cam Cameron and Kevin Steele, QB Brandon Harris, LT Jerald Hawkins, C Will Clapp, WR Travin Dural, LB Deion Jones, and S Jalen Mills.

One more football tidbit before moving on: SportingNews.com released its annual list of top-10 programs in college football and guess who was the highest ranked SEC program on the list? If you guessed Alabama, you’re not even close. LSU was the highest ranked SEC school at No. 4, followed by Florida at No. 5 and Alabama at No. 7. With regard to LSU, SportingNews.com wrote, “No other program in college football has been depleted by early entries to the NFL (17 in last two years alone), and still continued to play at such a high level. That’s a credit to not only coach Les Miles and his staff, but to the program’s ability to attract players with the foundation in place. There’s no better stadium in college football, and the state of Louisiana is wildly underrated for high school talent.”

In basketball news, LSU’s men return to action tonight with a home contest against Tennessee. The game tips off at 6 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network. LSU (21-8, 10-6) and Tennessee (14-14, 6-10) met a few weeks ago in Knoxville on Valentine’s Day and the Tigers came away with an impressive win, 73-55. Since that time, the Volunteers haven’t won another game, while the Tigers have won three-of-four including their last three. A win tonight by LSU would likely solidify a spot for the Tigers in the NCAA Tournament, whereas a loss would be devastating to their chances with only one more game remaining on the regular schedule – an away game against 18th ranked Arkansas. 

In other news, LSU has decided to delay the groundbreaking of the new Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center due to the Governor’s proposed state budget cuts to higher education that would significantly impact LSU. Here’s LSU’s official statement on the matter from Athletic Director Joe Alleva:

“Due to proposed state budget cuts to higher education that would significantly impact LSU, the athletic department has decided to delay breaking ground on our new Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center, which was scheduled for later this spring.

“Though all of the money has been raised, through private donations, to complete the project, we feel that the current climate of austerity surrounding our university compels us to move in a more deliberate manner.

“The Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center is essential for the well-being of our student-athletes as we continue to provide all of the necessary resources in order for them to perform at the highest level, both in the classroom and in competition.

“The Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center will become a reality, but we will wait until we can gauge how the budget cuts will affect LSU before starting the project.”

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3/3/15 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

After extending its winning streak to seven games with four wins last week, the LSU baseball team stayed put in three national polls, climbed in one and fell in another. The Tigers remained ranked No. 2 by Baseball America, No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball, and No. 6 by Perfect Game. In D1Baseball’s poll the Tigers climbed one spot to No. 7 and in the USA Today/Coaches Poll they dropped one spot to No. 5. We all know that baseball polls don’t mean a heck of a lot, but it’s interesting to keep up with them to see how the Tigers are perceived on a national level. Personally, I think the Tigers have looked great at the plate and on the mound, but I am concerned about the number of defensive errors committed, especially at the hot corner. The Tigers will have several chances to work out the kinks at 3rd base between now and the start of SEC play, including five games in the next six days. Yesterday Coach Mainieri indicated to the media that he is giving Connor Hale and Jared Foster a look at third base and that Hale will start there today.  

Below is a look at this week’s schedule and TV coverage. 

March 3 (Tue.)
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

March 4 (Wed.)
GRAMBLING, 3 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

March 6 (Fri.)
Houston (Minute Maid Park in Houston), 7 p.m. CT (CST)

March 7 (Sat.)
Baylor (Minute Maid Park in Houston), 3:30 p.m. CT (CST)

March 8 (Sun.)
Nebraska (Minute Maid Park in Houston), 11 a.m. CT (CST) 

In today’s game, senior left-hander Kyle Bouman will get the start for LSU, while Stephen F. Austin will counter with junior left-hander Eric Polivka. Freshman right-hander Doug Norman will get the start for LSU in Wednesday’s game against Grambling. LSU may soon have another viable option at pitcher for the starting rotation as heralded freshman left-hander Jake Latz will throw for the first time this season on Friday, probably on the sideline in Houston, and then will have an MRI on Monday to see how his elbow handled it. If all is well, we will likely see a lot more of Latz in a few weeks.

Now let’s turn to football and continue the series we started yesterday on LSU players who haven’t yet had their time to shine but should make a big impact this season. Yesterday we looked at Travonté Valentine and today we’ll continue with another player who came to LSU with great fanfare but hasn’t yet shown what he can do on the playing field. Here we go…

Clifton Garrett
6-2, 242 pounds
Sophomore linebacker 

Clifton Garrett’s freshman season didn’t go exactly according to plan. Hyped heavily with his 5-star rating from 247Sports and Scout, Garrett’s impact felt minuscule in terms of what fans were anticipating from him. That shouldn’t deter fans from getting excited about Garrett in 2015. With Kwon Alexander moving on and the Tigers missing out on linebackers in their most recent recruiting class, Garrett is expected to contribute heavily in his second season.

Garrett will be directly behind Kendell Beckwith at middle linebacker and should serve as one of the interior linebackers in 3-4 sets. Garrett had trouble acclimating to the Tigers’ defense in 2014, but with John Chavis moving on and Kevin Steele stepping in to replace him, Garrett will have every opportunity this spring to make a positive first impression and put himself in a position to contribute significantly. 

With the loss of Kwon Alexander to the draft, and with Coach Steele taking over as defensive coordinator and LB coach, the linebacker position will be an interesting one to watch this spring. There are many reasons to be optimistic about the position, including the fact that LSU returns two starters in Kendell Beckwith and Lamar Louis, plus Deion Jones who has significant game experience. If Garrett turns out to be as good as most expect he will, this 2015 LSU linebacker corps could be very special. 

While on the topic of football, there’s some news to pass along on LSU quarterback commit, Feleipe Franks. According to this article by 247Sports, Franks had a huge showing at Sunday’s regional Nike camp in Orlando. In fact, his showing was so impressive that it helped earn him an invitation to The Opening, as well as an invitation to this year’s Elite 11 finals, which is a camp reserved for only the best quarterbacks in the country. Franks’ invitation was the first offered by Elite 11 this year.

Yesterday Franks spoke about a variety of topics on the “Culotta and The Prince” ESPN radio show on 104.5 FM, and you can hear the full interview here. Franks was very well spoken and described LSU coaches Les Miles and Cam Cameron as two of the best coaches in college football. In the interview, Franks expressed interest in playing both baseball and football for LSU, and after listening to it I was left feeling more confident than ever that Franks will in fact make it to campus and not opt to play professional baseball instead. Of course, only time will tell. 

In basketball news, congratulations are in order for LSU’s Tim Quarterman who was named the SEC Player of the Week after his rare triple double Saturday against Ole Miss. The SEC POW award was the first for an LSU basketball player since Johnny O’Bryant III was named the player of the week on the first week of February 2014, and Quarterman’s triple double (18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) was the first by an LSU player since Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. In fact, there have only been eight triple doubles in LSU history - one by Pistol Pete, six by Shaq and now this one by Quarterman. I’d say that puts him in pretty good company!

A couple more basketball-related tidbits: 

Coach Johnny Jones has already landed a top-15 recruiting class for 2015, anchored by the number 1 player in the country in Ben Simmons and the No. 16 prospect in the country in Antonio Blakeney. Well, now there’s chatter about LSU being in the running for five-star shooting guard Malik Newman, who visited with LSU last month. If LSU should be so fortunate as to add Newman to the mix, the Tigers could easily have the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.

• As for this year’s LSU Tigers basketball team, they have been peaking at the right time and could go along way in securing a bid to the NCAA Tournament with a win tomorrow against Tennessee at the PMAC. The game, which tips off at 6 p.m. will be televised by the SEC Network, and will be the last home game for the Tigers this season. I hope a lot of you will make it out to the PMAC to cheer them on to victory. By the way, in the latest NCAA Tournament projections, CBSSports.com has LSU as a No. 8 seed.

Last but not least, congratulations are also in order for LSU senior outfielder A.J. Andrews who was named SEC Softball Player of the Week. It’s hard to argue with Andrews being selected for the honor when you consider she went 10-for-11 at the plate with 13 RBIs, seven walks and seven stolen bases in wins over Ball State, Florida Atlantic, Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin in the 2015 Purple & Gold Challenge. The Oldsmar, Florida, native had three triples and a double among her double-digit hits, slugging 1.545 with a .895 on-base percentage.

Reader Comments: Scott, here’s another link to share on the John Chavis situation: Former LSU D-coordinator John Chavis' deceptive escape to Texas A&M screams NCAA rules violation

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3/2/15 5:40 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

What a weekend it was in LSU sports! The No. 2 LSU gymnastics team handed Alabama its first home loss in 49 meets, the basketball team dominated Ole Miss and bolstered its postseason chances, the baseball team swept Princeton and collected 30 hits in a day, the softball team improved to 21-0 with five dominating victories (four by run-rule), and the women’s basketball team upset No. 12 Texas A&M to secure a bye in the upcoming SEC tournament. As the best Tiger fan I’ve ever known used to say,  it’s a great time to be a Tiger! 

Now that the month of March is upon us, in just a few days we’ll be discussing LSU’s spring football practices, which, believe it or not, begin in just five days. As in years past, I look forward to making it out to the practice field a few times during the 15-practice sessions so that I can shoot some video and report on what I see. 

In anticipation of the start of spring football, today we’ll begin a series looking at a few Tigers who generated a lot of excitement when they signed with LSU but have not yet had their chance to shine, for one reason or another. Here we go…

Travonte Valentine
6-3, 325 pounds
Redshirt Freshman Defensive Tackle 

If you’re looking for a “newcomer” who’s most likely to make an immediate impact, look no further than Travonte Valentine. Unfortunately for LSU, Valentine missed last season because he couldn’t get cleared academically with the SEC.  Now that he’s been taking classes at LSU for a couple of semesters (in December he tweeted that he made a 2.5 GPA in the Fall semester and had been cleared to participate in Spring practice), the assumption is that Tiger fans will get the opportunity to see what this highly-touted defensive tackle has this season. What is that exactly? Well, if you revisit the video highlights from his high school days, you’ll observe a defensive tackle who moves incredibly well for a man his size and is explosive by nature. But don’t just take our word for it — see for yourself in our media gallery.

Valentine’s ability to turn it on and explode through the line of scrimmage earned him a 4-star rating coming out of high school, and with LSU’s early troubles at defensive tackle last year, his absence was clearly felt. Going into 2015, the defensive tackle position should be in good shape with starters Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux returning. Add “quality”  (Les Miles’ favorite word) depth with Quentin Thomas, Valentine and Trey Lealaimatafao, who missed a majority of the season because he injured his arm by punching through glass last year, (not to mention highly regarded sophomores Maquedious Bain and Greg Gilmore) and the Tigers will have lots of talent to work with at the position, despite not signing any defensive tackles in this year’s class. 

While there will be lots of DTs trying to make a positive first impression on the new defensive coaching staff this week, all eyes will be on Valentine, as his arrival into the rotation has been very heavily anticipated. One thing is for sure – this 325-pounder better come into spring training in shape, because Coach O likes his linemen under 300 pounds and agile.

In tomorrow’s report we’ll continue this series on impact players who haven’y yet had their time to shine by discussing another player who will be trying to make a positive first impression on his new position coach. Stay tuned. 

As mentioned above, LSU’s Lady Tigers basketball team (16-12, 10-6 SEC) ended its regular season with a huge upset win yesterday, storming past No. 12 Texas A&M, 80-63. The win was huge for Coach Nikki Caldwell and her team not only because it might prove to be just what the Tigers needed to get over the bubble and into the NCAA Tournament, but also because it clinched the fourth seed in the SEC Tournament, meaning the Tigers will receive a double bye in the tournament which begins Wednesday. The Lady Tiger’s first game of the tournament will be a quarterfinal contest on Friday at 2:30 p.m. CT in Little Rock. 

In softball, LSU put together another dominant offensive show and scored 14 runs on 13 hits to storm past Stephen F. Austin, 14-0, in a five-inning win. Continuing the team’s record start, which now stands at 21-0, the Tigers earned a victory via run-rule for the fourth time in five games and the tenth time this season. Coach Beth Torina simply couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season, and it will be interesting to see where the Tigers land in this week’s rankings. The Tigers will be back in action tomorrow, hosting the Northwestern State Lady Demons at 6 p.m. at Tiger Park.

The LSU baseball team will play again tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. (SECN+) and the men’s basketball team will return to action on Wednesday when they host Tennessee. More on each of those games in subsequent reports.

 

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