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4/26/15 6:15 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

In a ball game that was much more competitive than the score indicated, the top-ranked LSU baseball team fell to No. 2 Texas A&M, 6-2, in Game 3 of the series. The Tigers swung the bat well and actually out-hit the Aggies 11-7, but a couple of close outs at home plate early in the game, and a costly error in the third inning proved to be too much to overcome. As I tweeted after the game, I was bummed that LSU was not able to complete the sweep, but very pleased that the Tigers won the series after taking games one and two in dramatic fashion against a very good Aggie team.

Freshman Austin Bain got the start for the Tigers and gave up five runs on five hits and four walks in 5.2 innings, although only one of the runs was earned. The four unearned runs came in the third inning after an error by Chris Chinea at first base. On the play, Alex Bregman fielded a rather routine ground ball at shortstop and made a perfect throw to first, but the ball bounced right out of Chinea’s glove. Without the error, that would have been the second out and Bain might very well have gotten out of the inning unscathed. Instead, Bain issued a base on balls before striking out the next batter (would have been the third out), and then gave up four unearned runs on three consecutive singles. As it turned out, four runs were the difference in the 6-2 ballgame.

Offensively, LSU swung the bat very well, but didn’t have a lot to show for it. Early in the game, LSU’s aggressive base-running resulted in two outs at home plate. The first one came when Alex Bregman tried to score from second base on a single through the left side by Kade Scivicque, but was thrown out at home on a perfect throw from A&M’s Logan Taylor on a call that could have gone either way. LSU’s aggressive base running has paid off more often than not this year, and I didn’t have a problem with LSU sending Bregman in that instance. In the second inning, however, Chinea tried to score from first base on a double by Jared Foster down the line and was thrown out easily. In that instance, I think the Tigers were overly aggressive in sending the runner, especially since Chinea is not known for his speed.  

Here is the game’s boxscore, and here are LSU’s video highlights

With the series win, LSU (37-7, 14-6) remains in sole possession of first place in the SEC West, and is tied with Vanderbilt (32-12, 14-6) in the overall SEC standings. The Commodores could pull ahead in the overall standings today with a series-sweeping win over Missouri. 

LSU will return to action Tuesday against Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be streamed online through SEC Network+, accessible through the Watch ESPN app and WatchESPN.com It will also be broadcast live on LSU Radio Network affiliates, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.

One more baseball tidbit: You may have noticed that Kramer Robertson didn’t play in the series. After yesterday’s game it was reported that Robertson has an elbow injury and will probably be out for at least three weeks.

Unfortunately, the LSU softball team didn’t fare any better than their male counterparts in yesterday’s game, as they dropped their series opener to No. 15 Missouri, 7-2. For more on that game, please see this article on LSUSports.net. Game 2 of the series will be played today at 3 p.m. in Columbia at can be seen online via SECNetwork+. 

Yesterday we began a series on LSU football players who saw their stock rise this spring by looking at Josh Boutte, and today we’ll continue it by looking at someone on the defensive side of the ball who stepped up big in the Spring Game. Here we go…  

Maquedius Bain
(6-4, 299-pound sophomore DT/DE, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 

After Maquedius Bain secured three sacks (in the form of grabbing a green-jersey suited quarterback) in the Spring Game, Les Miles informed the media that Lewis Neal would have gotten the start at defensive end instead of Bain had Neal’s ankle been ready. You might recall that Neal had a huge spring before suffering an ankle sprain that caused him to miss the spring game. When a player like Neal is unable to perform, it’s up to the next guy in line to step up and perform to the best of his ability. Bain did just that, and in doing so he forced LSU’s coaching staff to take notice of his abilities. 

After losing Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco from last year’s team, defensive end became one of the biggest positions of concern heading into spring practice. Before the spring game, it appeared that Tashawn Bower and Lewis Neal were the leading candidates to fill Hunter and Rasco’s roles. Also in the mix, besides Bain, are Sione Teuhema, Deondre Clark, and true freshman Arden Key who will report in August. Bain, who was recruited as a defensive tackle, is by far the largest of the group at nearly 300 pounds, but he demonstrated great quickness and agility in the spring game and showed that he can be a strong contributor not only on the inside at tackle, but also on the outside as an end, especially in 3-linemen sets which the Tigers are expected to use a good bit of under the direction of new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. Regardless of which defensive ends of the six listed on our unofficial depth chart emerge as starters, all will likely see lots of action as new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron loves to rotate linemen to keep fresh legs. 

Before closing out for the day, I want to let you know that I’m working on a Q&A with Mike Detillier on the topics of LSU spring football and Tigers in the upcoming NFL draft. If all goes well, I’ll have the first installment ready to post tomorrow. 

As I do most Sundays, I’ll leave you with a couple of good reads to go along with your Sunday morning coffee:

• Orgeron a Tiger again after three decades

• Rabalais: It wasn’t the finale the Tigers wanted, but this series showed their potential

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4/25/15 6:10 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Trailing 5-2, the No. 1 LSU baseball team rallied for seven runs on eight hits in the final two innings to defeat No. 2 Texas A&M 9-6 and secure the series win. I’ll tell you what, this series has certainly lived up to the hype and has been one of the most enjoyable I’ve watched in a long time. If there was any doubt that this LSU baseball team was deserving of its unanimous No. 1 ranking, it was certainly put to rest during these last two nights.

Freshman Alex Lange got the start for the Tigers and didn’t have his best stuff, but his rough outing was overcome by a Tiger offense that put up 14 hits and went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position against one of the nation’s top pitching staffs. On the night, Lange allowed five runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and five walks. Russell Reynolds pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and Hunter Newman held the Aggies to one run in the final two innings to earn his third save of the season.

The Tigers were led at the plate by Jake Fraley who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Alex Bregman who went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including a clutch hit in the 7th. On that at-bat, Bregman fouled off what seemed like 100 pitches against A&M’s Mark Ecker before smashing a 2-RBI double down the left field line to put the Tigers up, 6-5. It’s those kinds of at-bats that make Bregman a truly remarkable player. 

If you didn’t watch the game, or if you are one of the handful of fans I heard from who turned the game off in the sixth inning after LSU fell behind by three, do yourself a favor and watch these video highlights to see how it ended. (Note: Looks like LSU’s video highlights have a glitch. Here are a few highlights and postgame comments by Tiger TV.) Also, here’s the boxscore.

Here’s a quick scoring recap: The Aggies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on two hits. LSU answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on a 2-out RBI single by Connor Hale. In the second inning, LSU went ahead 2-1 on an RBI single by Fraley. The Aggies plated a run in the third and fourth innings to retake the lead 3-2, and then expanded their lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth on a 2-out RBI single. In the 7th, Chris Chinea and Fraley led the Tigers’ epic comeback with back-to-back singles, and then Jared Foster singled through the left side to score Chinea and get Fraley to third. Designated hitter Chris Sciambra followed with a perfectly placed safety squeeze to score Fraley. Renowned Aggies relief pitcher Mark Ecker entered the game with one out and Alex Bregman at the plate, and that’s when Bregman fouled off a ton of 3-2 pitches before doubling down the left-field line to push LSU ahead 6-5. LSU didn’t let up in the bottom of the eighth, but instead added three more insurance runs. Stevenson hit a one-out single up the middle and flew from first to home on a double to left field by Chinea. The Aggies brought in reliever Blake Kopetsky, but LSU pushed two more runs across the plate on a triple by Fraley and a groundout by Foster to put the Tigers up by four, 9-5. The Aggies scored their final run in the ninth on two hits and an error to make it a 9-6 ballgame. 

LSU will go for the series sweep today at 1 p.m. CT in a game that will be televised by ESPN.

In softball news, the No. 3 LSU Tigers will return to action today against the No. 15 Tigers of Missouri. First pitch for today’s game is slated for 2 p.m. Tomorrow’s game will start at 3 p.m. and Monday’s finale will be at 6 p.m. The first two games of the series will be streamed online on SEC Network+, and Monday’s primetime clash set for the SEC Network. This weekend’s series, which will be played at University Field in Columbia, will be the Tigers final regular season road series this year. LSU is coming off of a 2-1 series win against Texas A&M and has won seven of its last 10 games, but on the road the Purple and Gold Tigers are just 6-5. The Tigers of Missouri  (33-10, 11-7) are a very strong team with two excellent pitchers, and they’re 7-3 at home this season. This has all the markings of an excellent series, and an important one too.  With just two weekends remaining before the SEC Softball Tournament, LSU is in prime position to earn a high seed for the championship, sitting a half game behind Florida along with Auburn for the top spot in the regular season title race. The top four teams at the end of next Sunday will play on Thursday, while the eight below will play in the opening round on Wednsday.

Now turning to football, today we’ll start a five-part series on a few LSU football players who saw their stock rise this spring. As always, your comments and feedback are welcome. Here we go…

Josh Boutte
(6-5, 340, junior OG, New Iberia, LA) 

If you were to craft an ideal SEC guard, he’d probably look a lot like Boutte. At 6-foot-5, 340 pounds, the junior from New Iberia, Louisiana certainly looks the part, but looking the part and playing the part are two completely different things. Heading into spring, one of the biggest question marks was how the offensive line would shake out after the departure of La’el Collins and Elliot Porter. Three keys members of LSU’s offensive line were pretty much set in stone – Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander at tackles and Ethan Pocic at either center or guard, but there were two spots up for grabs. As it turns out, William Clapp emerged as the leading candidate for the center spot with Pocic remaining at left guard where he spent much of last season. That set the stage for a very competitive battle for the right guard spot between Boutte, KJ Malone and Garrette Broomfield, and all indications are that Boutte emerged victorious.

In the Spring Game, Boutte started at right guard for the White team (the first-stringers) and had an impressive showing. After the game, Coach Les Miles said Boutte is “not there yet but has taken a giant step forward.” Boutte still has some work to do technique-wise, but when he learns to control his body and utilize all of his strength, well, let’s just say Tiger fans should see more of what we saw in the Big Cat Drill when Boutte manhandled Greg Gilmore in the final week of spring. 

A lot of pressure comes with learning the playbook and getting up to SEC speed in order to contribute, but if Boutte can put it all together, LSU’s offensive line should dominate as it has in the past, despite having two new starters. Boutte’s performance in the spring game has us thinking he’s on his way to piecing everything together.

In closing, a word on LSU women’s basketball recruiting: Coach Nikki Caldwell announced yesterday the signing of Chloe Jackson, a 5-9 guard who spent last season at North Carolina State. Jackson will begin practicing with the Tigers during the 2015-16 year but will not be eligible to compete until  2016-17, which will be her redshirt sophomore season. Jackson, a native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was highly recruited out of high school after being named the Washington Post’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year. As a senior in high school, she averaged 17.3 points per game and was ranked the 19th best guard in the Class of 2014 by ESPN. Jackson played in only four games for NC State last season, but only saw extended action in one game when she scored five points, pulled down five rebounds and had two steals against Tennessee State.

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4/24/15 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Whoa! How ’bout that LSU baseball team! In a No. 1 vs. No. 2 contest that lived up to all the hype, LSU came away with a 4-3 win with a walk-off RBI single by Danny Zardon in the 9th. If a battle like that one doesn’t get your blood flowing, I don’t know what to tell you.

After quickly falling behind 2-0 on four hits in two innings, sophomore Jared Poché settled down, found his groove and went on to retire 15 of the next 17 batters he faced. Poché ended up working an efficient seven innings (65 total pitches) while allowing two runs on six hits with one strike out and no walks. Parker Bugg worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to preserve an LSU 3-2 lead, but then things got really interesting in the 9th as Jesse Stallings blew a save opportunity. Stallings allowed a leadoff triple and an RBI single, and then the Aggies loaded the bases on a wild pitch sandwiched between two walks (one intentional) by Jake Godfrey. A few pitches later, sophomore Collin Strall found himself in a dream scenario – with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams knotted in the ninth, the bases loaded, two outs and a full count – and he responded with a huge strikeout to prevent the go-ahead run. The Tigers would go on to win the game in the bottom of the 9th on a walk-off RBI single by designated hitter Danny Zardon. Now that’s what a call a ballgame!

Offensively, the Tigers swung the bat well against very good pitching and ended with 10 hits on the night. Every Tiger in the lineup collected at least one hit except for Andrew Stevenson, although Stevenson did come through with an RBI fielder’s choice. The Tigers were led at the plate by Chris Chinea who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. 

While it was a great win for the Tigers, it was far from perfect. Jared Foster committed two errors at 2nd base that cost the Tigers one run and nearly another. (It’s also worth noting that Foster made a couple of outstanding plays at second as well.) The Tigers were also overly aggressive on the bases at times, and of course Stallings’ save effort was concerning. Still, a great win for the Tigers.

Here are the game’s video highlights and boxscore, and here’s what Coach Paul Mainieri had to say about the win after the game: “It’s a great example of what perseverance and determination can accomplish. Danny Zardon has been in and out of our lineup this season, but he’s always kept his head up and continued to work extremely hard. In fact, I thought he had his best batting practice session of the year yesterday in practice. His hit culminated a fantastic college baseball game; it was like two heavyweight fighters slugging it out and absorbing body blows, and fortunately we were able to earn the walk-off win.”

With the win, LSU improved to 36-6 overall and moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC standings with a 13-5 league mark. Texas A&M dropped to 36-6 and 12-6. The Tigers will go for the series win tonight at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on the SEC Network Alternate channel, and it can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. It will also be streamed live at WatchESPN.com and on the WatchESPN app. LSU will send freshman RHP Alex Lange (7-0, 1.40 ERA) to the mound, while A&M will counter with sophomore RHP Ryan Hendrix (3-0, 1.40 ERA). 

Now switching gears and turning to football… I want to point out in closing that I’ve updated our Unofficial LSU Football Depth Chart based on what was seen in the Spring Game. Here are a  few notes on what I changed:

David Ducré  is now listed No. 3 at RB
Ethan Pocic is now No. 1 at LG
William Clapp is now No. 1 at C
Josh Boutte is now No. 1 at RG
Trey Quinn was added at punt return, kick return, and holder
I reordered/regrouped the receivers 
*Cody Townsend is now No. 2 at RT

*Cody Townsend started at right tackle on the Purple team, but in the event that LSU would start someone other than Vadal Alexander at RT, it would likely be someone other than Townsend after some shuffling of the line.

As always, your comments and feedback are welcomed. 

 

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