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3/22/19 5:40 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

If this LSU basketball team was distracted by the Will Wade hoopla, it sure didn’t show it as the Tigers completed step one in their postseason “march” with a 79-74 win over Yale. The opening round victory saw LSU out-shoot, out-rebound, out-steal, and out-block a dangerous Ivy League squad to avoid the upset and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. A brilliant first half and some clutch free-throws down the stretch were enough to overcome a lackluster second half and secure the Tigers’ win, although four Yale three-pointers in the final minute made things a bit too close for comfort. Here’s how the Tigers earned their first NCAA tournament win in a decade.

The first twenty minutes may have been the Tigers’ best all season. LSU came out on fire and shot 58 percent while holding Yale to just 29 percent from the field. LSU interim coach Tony Benford opened the game with a press defense and Tremont Waters drained a nasty step-back jumper before Naz Reid hit a 3-pointer to give LSU an efficient start. Then, Kavell Bigby-Williams beat everybody down the floor after getting a block on the defensive end to give LSU a 9-0 lead. Yale had no choice but to call timeout as Darius Days flexed his muscles and roared from the bench. 

Yale got back into the game with 3-point shots, but Javonte Smart regained the momentum for the Tigers with a beautiful drive and hook in the paint. Meanwhile, Bigby-Williams swatted anything laid softly near the rim on the defensive end. Yale started 4-of-13 from the field but three of the field goals made were from deep, which kept things close (17-13) seven minutes in. 

The Tigers were in good shape in the first half because they consistently got the ball in the paint and didn’t settle for outside shots. On the opposite end, Yale had to scratch and claw to get any and every point it got. Most of Yale’s success came when the Bulldogs got a stop and generated a fast break. The faster the tempo, the better for Yale early on, but then LSU showed it could run too. A Waters steal and dish to Reid ended with a 6'10" man flying through the air and slamming home a monster dunk. 

LSU continued to bully Yale inside (four blocks and six more rebounds), and a step-back 3-pointer by Waters gave LSU a 37-25 lead. Late in the half, a Skylar Mays euro step in transition gave LSU yet another highlight reel finish as the Tigers took a 45-29 lead into the break.

The Tigers are great at moving the basketball and sharing it for open looks but have struggled at times this season to knock down open shots. That wasn’t a problem in the contest. On top of that, LSU did a great job of defending the three, limiting Yale to just 22 percent from behind the arc. As a result, LSU built an 18-point second half advantage (49-31) before Alex Copeland caught fire for the Bulldogs. His third consecutive mid-range jumper cut the Tigers’ lead to 10 before LSU forced a turnover and pushed it up the court with Reid going coast to coast for the “and one.” 

A Copeland 3-pointer cut the deficit to single digits for the first time in the second half at around the 12-minute mark. Soon after that, nails began to shorten along with LSU’s lead. 

With eight minutes remaining and the score 61-54, Tiger fans had flashbacks to the Florida game. But that’s when LSU’s on-ball pressure defense ramped up and forced Bulldog turnovers on the other end. That allowed LSU to maintain a respectable lead despite a nearly three-minute scoring drought late in the half. Waters broke the drought by exploiting a big man and finding an open Emmitt Williams for the dunk. With 3:43 remaining, LSU led by nine, 65-56.

Yale’s leading scorer, Miye Oni, missed a good look from deep with 1:40 to go that could have cut LSU’s lead to four. That 3-pointer marked 20 misses in Yale’s previous 21 attempts from behind the arc. But wouldn’t you know it, Yale suddenly became red hot and made four three-pointers in the final minute to cut LSU’s lead to three. This forced the Tigers to close the game at the free-throw line, which they did without a glitch. 

Bottom line: This was a game where LSU needed to block out the noise, defend the three, and out-rebound its opponent. Despite a bit of a second half lull, the Tigers did this and more in a solid opening round victory. The Tigers had four double-digit scorers, led by Mays with 19 points. Naz Reid had 14 points, Bigby-Williams had 10 (and four blocks), and they each had ten rebounds. Here are video highlights and the complete boxscore.

LSU’s next step in the dance will come against No. 6-seeded Maryland (23-10) – a 79-77 winner over No. 11 Belmont (26-6) – on Saturday at 11:10 a.m.

After the win, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva commented on the Will Wade situation with Jeff Goodman of Watch Stadium. Below is an excerpt of Goodman’s report, which you can read in its entirety here:

“I don’t know how deep this goes,” Alleva told Stadium after the win. “That’s the problem, and Will’s refused to talk to us. That’s the hardest part for me.” 

Two weeks ago, Yahoo Sports reported that Wade had a conversion with runner Christian Dawkins in which he spoke about a “strong-ass offer” he made in the recruitment of freshman Javonte Smart. Wade remains suspended, but Smart was reinstated prior to the SEC tournament after sitting one game. 

“I wish he’d come in and just tell the truth,” he added. “Just tell me what went on. I can handle the truth even if it’s bad.”

Turning to baseball, a top-10 challenge is going down in Athens later tonight as No. 7 LSU is set to face No. 5 Georgia at 6 p.m. in Game 1 of the three-game series. LSU has won five straight games, including a three-game sweep of Kentucky last weekend to start league play, but the Tigers have yet to win on the road this year. Meanwhile, the red hot Georgia Bulldogs are riding a streak of ten consecutive wins. Here’s a little more on the matchup in the form of our normal SEC series preview:

PITCHING, START TIMES, AND COVERAGE:

Friday, 6 p.m. CT (SECN+)
LSU – Jr. RH Zack Hess (1-1, 3.91 ERA, 25.1 IP, 17 BB, 27 SO)
UGA – So. RHP Emerson Hancock (5-0, 0.58 ERA, 31.0 IP, 8 BB, 37 SO) 

Saturday, Noon CT, SEC Network)
LSU – Fr. RH Cole Henry (1-0, 3.57 ERA, 17.2 IP, 8 BB, 17 SO)
UGA – So. LH C.J. Smith (2-0, 2.81 ERA, 16.0 IP, 4 BB, 17 SO)

Sunday, 11 a.m. CT (SEC Network)
LSU – So. RH Eric Walker (1-0, 5.71 ERA, 17.1 IP, 6 BB, 12 SO)
UGA – Jr. RH Tony Locey (3-0, 2.17 ERA, 29.0 IP, 13 BB, 43 SO) 

SERIES RECORD VS. GEORGIA:

LSU leads the all-time series with Georgia, 67-22-3, and this weekend’s series marks the first meeting between the schools since March 17-19, 2017, when the Tigers swept a three-game series from the Bulldogs in Baton Rouge. LSU has won 10 of its last 12 SEC regular-season series versus UGA, and the Tigers have an 16-7-2 advantage over the Bulldogs in games played over the past 10 seasons. LSU has won the last four series meetings in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017 – Georgia’s last series win over LSU came in Athens in 2011, when the Bulldogs won two of three games.

QUOTING PAUL MAINIERI:

“Georgia has won 10 games in a row, and they have an outstanding club with a lot of power arms and very talented ball players. It’s going to be a battle of two Top 10 teams in the SEC, and it should be a great environment in Athens. We haven’t had much success on the road to this point in the season, so it’s going to be up to all of us to rise up and meet the challenges that a very strong Georgia team will present.”

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS:

• Georgia was the No. 8 National Seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament

• The Bulldogs are No. 4 in the SEC with a .296 team batting average and fourth in the league with 24 homers

• UGA is led at the plate by Tucker Maxwell, who is batting .333 with team highs of five homers and 25 RBI. Riley King is batting .370 with three homers and 25 RBI, and LJ Talley his hitting a team-best .392 with four homers and 15 RBI

• UGA has a very good pitching staff which is No. 5 in the SEC with a 2.52 team ERA. Right-hander Emerson Hancock, who will be pitching tonight, is No. 4 in the league in ERA (0.58) and No. 5 in opponent batting average (.152). Right-hander Tony Locey is fifth in the league in strikeouts (43) and first in opponent batting average (.117). Right-hander Aaron Schunk has an SEC-best seven saves this season.

The LSU softball team (25-6, 4-2) is also in Georgia for a three-game series. Beth Torina’s No. 8/6 Tigers face the Bulldogs (25-6, 1-2) today at 5 p.m. CT. Game 2 of the series is tomorrow at 1 p.m. and Game 3 is set for Sunday at 11 a.m. The first two games will be streamed on SECN+, and the series finale will air on ESPN.

Now for some news on the football front: Running back Tae Provens has decided to transfer away from LSU. He announced the news with a tweet thanking the coaching staff for the opportunity it gave him and stating that leaving his brothers was the hardest part of his decision. That decision was almost certainly based on LSU’s depth chart. With junior Clyde Edwards-Helaire, redshirt freshman Chris Curry, and senior Lanard Fournette, all ahead of him on the depth chart, and with highly-touted true freshmen John Emery and Tyrion Davis reporting to campus this fall, Proven’s decision is certainly understandable. Here’s wishing him the best of luck wherever he ends up. And speaking of Lanard Fournette, reports indicate that he was, in fact, at yesterday’s practice for the first time in a few weeks. 

Two more football tidbits in closing: 

• Over 100 NFL scouts representing every NFL franchise will be on campus today for LSU’s annual Pro Day event. A total of 12 former LSU players are scheduled to participate, including projected first round picks Devin White and Greedy Williams. A complete recap and real-time results can be found on LSUsports.net/Proday.

• And just for the heck of it, a new LSU Football Big Cat Drill video posted by LSU last night.

Enjoy your Friday, Tiger Fans.





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3/22/19 5:40 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

If this LSU basketball team was distracted by the Will Wade hoopla, it sure didn’t show it as the Tigers completed step one in their postseason “march” with a 79-74 win over Yale. The opening round victory saw LSU out-shoot, out-rebound, out-steal, and out-block a dangerous Ivy League squad to avoid the upset and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. A brilliant first half and some clutch free-throws down the stretch were enough to overcome a lackluster second half and secure the Tigers’ win, although four Yale three-pointers in the final minute made things a bit too close for comfort. Here’s how the Tigers earned their first NCAA tournament win in a decade.

The first twenty minutes may have been the Tigers’ best all season. LSU came out on fire and shot 58 percent while holding Yale to just 29 percent from the field. LSU interim coach Tony Benford opened the game with a press defense and Tremont Waters drained a nasty step-back jumper before Naz Reid hit a 3-pointer to give LSU an efficient start. Then, Kavell Bigby-Williams beat everybody down the floor after getting a block on the defensive end to give LSU a 9-0 lead. Yale had no choice but to call timeout as Darius Days flexed his muscles and roared from the bench. 

Yale got back into the game with 3-point shots, but Javonte Smart regained the momentum for the Tigers with a beautiful drive and hook in the paint. Meanwhile, Bigby-Williams swatted anything laid softly near the rim on the defensive end. Yale started 4-of-13 from the field but three of the field goals made were from deep, which kept things close (17-13) seven minutes in. 

The Tigers were in good shape in the first half because they consistently got the ball in the paint and didn’t settle for outside shots. On the opposite end, Yale had to scratch and claw to get any and every point it got. Most of Yale’s success came when the Bulldogs got a stop and generated a fast break. The faster the tempo, the better for Yale early on, but then LSU showed it could run too. A Waters steal and dish to Reid ended with a 6'10" man flying through the air and slamming home a monster dunk. 

LSU continued to bully Yale inside (four blocks and six more rebounds), and a step-back 3-pointer by Waters gave LSU a 37-25 lead. Late in the half, a Skylar Mays euro step in transition gave LSU yet another highlight reel finish as the Tigers took a 45-29 lead into the break.

The Tigers are great at moving the basketball and sharing it for open looks but have struggled at times this season to knock down open shots. That wasn’t a problem in the contest. On top of that, LSU did a great job of defending the three, limiting Yale to just 22 percent from behind the arc. As a result, LSU built an 18-point second half advantage (49-31) before Alex Copeland caught fire for the Bulldogs. His third consecutive mid-range jumper cut the Tigers’ lead to 10 before LSU forced a turnover and pushed it up the court with Reid going coast to coast for the “and one.” 

A Copeland 3-pointer cut the deficit to single digits for the first time in the second half at around the 12-minute mark. Soon after that, nails began to shorten along with LSU’s lead. 

With eight minutes remaining and the score 61-54, Tiger fans had flashbacks to the Florida game. But that’s when LSU’s on-ball pressure defense ramped up and forced Bulldog turnovers on the other end. That allowed LSU to maintain a respectable lead despite a nearly three-minute scoring drought late in the half. Waters broke the drought by exploiting a big man and finding an open Emmitt Williams for the dunk. With 3:43 remaining, LSU led by nine, 65-56.

Yale’s leading scorer, Miye Oni, missed a good look from deep with 1:40 to go that could have cut LSU’s lead to four. That 3-pointer marked 20 misses in Yale’s previous 21 attempts from behind the arc. But wouldn’t you know it, Yale suddenly became red hot and made four three-pointers in the final minute to cut LSU’s lead to three. This forced the Tigers to close the game at the free-throw line, which they did without a glitch. 

Bottom line: This was a game where LSU needed to block out the noise, defend the three, and out-rebound its opponent. Despite a bit of a second half lull, the Tigers did this and more in a solid opening round victory. The Tigers had four double-digit scorers, led by Mays with 19 points. Naz Reid had 14 points, Bigby-Williams had 10 (and four blocks), and they each had ten rebounds. Here are video highlights and the complete boxscore.

LSU’s next step in the dance will come against No. 6-seeded Maryland (23-10) – a 79-77 winner over No. 11 Belmont (26-6) – on Saturday at 11:10 a.m.

After the win, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva commented on the Will Wade situation with Jeff Goodman of Watch Stadium. Below is an excerpt of Goodman’s report, which you can read in its entirety here:

“I don’t know how deep this goes,” Alleva told Stadium after the win. “That’s the problem, and Will’s refused to talk to us. That’s the hardest part for me.” 

Two weeks ago, Yahoo Sports reported that Wade had a conversion with runner Christian Dawkins in which he spoke about a “strong-ass offer” he made in the recruitment of freshman Javonte Smart. Wade remains suspended, but Smart was reinstated prior to the SEC tournament after sitting one game. 

“I wish he’d come in and just tell the truth,” he added. “Just tell me what went on. I can handle the truth even if it’s bad.”

Turning to baseball, a top-10 challenge is going down in Athens later tonight as No. 7 LSU is set to face No. 5 Georgia at 6 p.m. in Game 1 of the three-game series. LSU has won five straight games, including a three-game sweep of Kentucky last weekend to start league play, but the Tigers have yet to win on the road this year. Meanwhile, the red hot Georgia Bulldogs are riding a streak of ten consecutive wins. Here’s a little more on the matchup in the form of our normal SEC series preview:

PITCHING, START TIMES, AND COVERAGE:

Friday, 6 p.m. CT (SECN+)
LSU – Jr. RH Zack Hess (1-1, 3.91 ERA, 25.1 IP, 17 BB, 27 SO)
UGA – So. RHP Emerson Hancock (5-0, 0.58 ERA, 31.0 IP, 8 BB, 37 SO) 

Saturday, Noon CT, SEC Network)
LSU – Fr. RH Cole Henry (1-0, 3.57 ERA, 17.2 IP, 8 BB, 17 SO)
UGA – So. LH C.J. Smith (2-0, 2.81 ERA, 16.0 IP, 4 BB, 17 SO)

Sunday, 11 a.m. CT (SEC Network)
LSU – So. RH Eric Walker (1-0, 5.71 ERA, 17.1 IP, 6 BB, 12 SO)
UGA – Jr. RH Tony Locey (3-0, 2.17 ERA, 29.0 IP, 13 BB, 43 SO) 

SERIES RECORD VS. GEORGIA:

LSU leads the all-time series with Georgia, 67-22-3, and this weekend’s series marks the first meeting between the schools since March 17-19, 2017, when the Tigers swept a three-game series from the Bulldogs in Baton Rouge. LSU has won 10 of its last 12 SEC regular-season series versus UGA, and the Tigers have an 16-7-2 advantage over the Bulldogs in games played over the past 10 seasons. LSU has won the last four series meetings in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017 – Georgia’s last series win over LSU came in Athens in 2011, when the Bulldogs won two of three games.

QUOTING PAUL MAINIERI:

“Georgia has won 10 games in a row, and they have an outstanding club with a lot of power arms and very talented ball players. It’s going to be a battle of two Top 10 teams in the SEC, and it should be a great environment in Athens. We haven’t had much success on the road to this point in the season, so it’s going to be up to all of us to rise up and meet the challenges that a very strong Georgia team will present.”

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS:

• Georgia was the No. 8 National Seed in last season’s NCAA Tournament

• The Bulldogs are No. 4 in the SEC with a .296 team batting average and fourth in the league with 24 homers

• UGA is led at the plate by Tucker Maxwell, who is batting .333 with team highs of five homers and 25 RBI. Riley King is batting .370 with three homers and 25 RBI, and LJ Talley his hitting a team-best .392 with four homers and 15 RBI

• UGA has a very good pitching staff which is No. 5 in the SEC with a 2.52 team ERA. Right-hander Emerson Hancock, who will be pitching tonight, is No. 4 in the league in ERA (0.58) and No. 5 in opponent batting average (.152). Right-hander Tony Locey is fifth in the league in strikeouts (43) and first in opponent batting average (.117). Right-hander Aaron Schunk has an SEC-best seven saves this season.

The LSU softball team (25-6, 4-2) is also in Georgia for a three-game series. Beth Torina’s No. 8/6 Tigers face the Bulldogs (25-6, 1-2) today at 5 p.m. CT. Game 2 of the series is tomorrow at 1 p.m. and Game 3 is set for Sunday at 11 a.m. The first two games will be streamed on SECN+, and the series finale will air on ESPN.

Now for some news on the football front: Running back Tae Provens has decided to transfer away from LSU. He announced the news with a tweet thanking the coaching staff for the opportunity it gave him and stating that leaving his brothers was the hardest part of his decision. That decision was almost certainly based on LSU’s depth chart. With junior Clyde Edwards-Helaire, redshirt freshman Chris Curry, and senior Lanard Fournette, all ahead of him on the depth chart, and with highly-touted true freshmen John Emery and Tyrion Davis reporting to campus this fall, Proven’s decision is certainly understandable. Here’s wishing him the best of luck wherever he ends up. And speaking of Lanard Fournette, reports indicate that he was, in fact, at yesterday’s practice for the first time in a few weeks. 

Two more football tidbits in closing: 

• Over 100 NFL scouts representing every NFL franchise will be on campus today for LSU’s annual Pro Day event. A total of 12 former LSU players are scheduled to participate, including projected first round picks Devin White and Greedy Williams. A complete recap and real-time results can be found on LSUsports.net/Proday.

• And just for the heck of it, a new LSU Football Big Cat Drill video posted by LSU last night.

Enjoy your Friday, Tiger Fans.

3/21/19 5:35 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans, it’s Game Day!

Tired of the hoopla and ready to hoop, the LSU basketball team enters the Big Dance known as the NCAA Tournament this morning at 11:40 a.m. CT with a first-round contest against the Bulldogs of Yale. In yesterday’s post, we looked at how the two teams stack up statistically. Today, we’ll give you our keys to an LSU victory. Thanks to Jake Martin for his help with this and all of our basketball coverage. 

KEYS TO AN LSU VICTORY OVER YALE

Defend the 3 
No doubt about it — Yale can score. The Bulldogs are 42nd in the country in offensive efficiency and scored more than 80 points per game in 2019. Yale enters this game as a Top 45 3-point shooting team in the nation, while LSU’s 159th in the country in 3-point percentage defense. In other words, LSU’s kryptonite on defense happens to be one of Yale’s offensive strengths. If you’ll recall, one of LSU’s losses this season — a home loss to Arkansas — came as a direct result of Arkansas’ 3-point shooting (13-of-24). Granted, LSU strategically allowed certain Arkansas players to shoot the open trey and got burned for it. Will Wade played percentages, and it cost him. Against a Yale team that shoots it well from outside, this should be a point of emphasis on defense. The Tigers must close out on shooters and rotate well defensively. 

Get big inside 
The matchup inside will likely decide the outcome of today’s tournament opener. On one hand, LSU is a Top 3 offensive rebounding club, feasting on others’ inability to box the Tigers out consistently. In doing so, they exhibit a tenacity that Wade often talked about lacking last season. That’s the reason for this season’s huge turnaround. On the other hand, Yale is efficient in minimizing offensive boards. Yale is 27th in the country in defensive rebounding percentage (77.6%), so something here has to give. Despite Yale’s ability to rebound the basketball on defense, the Tigers’ front court has to find a way to affect this game inside like they have all year long. 

Create turnovers 
Give LSU a lot of credit — the Tigers are great at creating havoc on defense with their guards. With Kavell Bigby-Williams playing low as the ultimate rim protector, LSU’s guards play aggressively and get steals frequently. LSU is actually eighth in the country in steals per game. Yale isn’t near as effective on the defensive end and is actually 231st in that very same statistic. If points are hard to come by and Yale limits LSU’s opportunities on offense, fast-break points could make the difference. 

Play some string music 
If Yale is able to nullify LSU’s glass advantage while protecting the basketball on offense, the Tigers must counter with some string music. LSU has struggled from behind the arc for most of the season but still has managed to boast a 46 percent shooting percentage on the season. That says a lot about what LSU does well. But if Yale is able to take a couple of those things away, the Tigers will need to make those 3-pointers count. LSU enters this matchup shooting 32 percent from outside. 

Silence the outside noise 
Granted, it’s as cliché as anything in sports, but if there was ever a time to use it, today’s game against Yale is the perfect opportunity. Certain national media members like NCAA.com’s Andy Katz suggested Yale will “outsmart” LSU without Will Wade on the bench and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi said “team turmoil” will lead to a first-round upset. Regardless of who you are, nobody questions the talent this LSU team has. It’s as talented as anyone not named Duke in the tournament. That said, we also have to wonder where LSU is mentally without head coach Will Wade. This is LSU’s perfect opportunity to silence the naysayers. 

As mentioned previously, today’s game will be televised by Tru TV Chris Blair and John Brady will have the call of LSU's games on the LSU Sports Radio Network, streaming free on www.LSUsports.net/live

Turning to baseball, we take you directly to the last two innings of last night’s game to tell you how LSU won a thriller over Nicholls State, 5-4 in ten innings. Knotted up at 3-3, LSU sent closer Todd Peterson to the mound for the ninth, and he abruptly gave up a first-pitch solo home run. It was the Colonels’ third homer of the night and the second that came on first-pitch swinging. Peterson retired the next three batters to bring LSU back to the plate trailing by one. Giovani DiGiacomo led with a strikeout and then Drew Bianco drew a base on balls and advanced to second on Hal Hughes’ ground out. 

Down to the the final out, Coach Mainieri faced a dilemma: let Brandt Broussard bat, or send in a pinch-hitter? That’s when he turned to Chris Reid – a guy who Mainieri had cut from the team last year only to reinstate this February – and asked if he could swing. As anyone who knows anything about Chris Reid would expect, his answer was “Sure,” even though the plan was for him to rest a sore arm and not play until this weekend. Mainieri’s somewhat ironic confidence in Reid was well justified, as all the senior infielder did was deliver in the clutch with an RBI single to tie it up at 4-4 and send it to extra innings.  

Trent Vietmeier entered to pitch the 10th inning and kept the Colonels off the board , despite a hit batsman and a stolen base. 

Due up for LSU in the tenth were a trio of Tigers who were 0-for-11 at the plate, Antoine Duplantis, Daniel Cabrera, and Cade Beloso. Duplantis led with a walk, and then Cabrera crushed a pitch off the right field wall to give the No. 7 Tigers a walk-off victory. 

With the win, LSU improved to 16-5 on the season and kept its positive momentum heading into a big weekend series at No. 5 Georgia. The Tigers have yet to win a game on the road this year and didn’t win a single road series last year. And honestly, if they are going to break that streak this weekend against a very good Georgia team, the top of LSU’s order will have to swing the bat better than they did through the first eight and two-thirds innings of last night’s game. During that time, the Tigers only scored one earned run (plus two unearned runs) and all three of the Tigers’ runs were scored by nine-hole hitter Hal Hughes who was 3-for-4 with a career-high three RBI. But credit veterans Reid and Cabrera for coming up big in the clutch to gut out the win. 

On the pitching front, Landon Marceaux got the start on the mound and was hit hard. After a leadoff single, a two-out RBI double put the Colonels on top. Marceaux gave up another pair of hits in the second inning, one of which was a solo homer that put LSU in a two-run hole. One has to wonder how Marceaux’s health played into his performance, as he had been sick for a few days. Six bullpen pitchers followed Marceaux and looked good for the most part. Jake Costello made his first return to the mound since suffering a minor injury three weeks ago and looked very good, despite giving up a solo homer in the sixth. Ma’Khail Hilliard, Clay Moffitt, Matthew Beck, and Trent Vietmeier combined for five scoreless innings, and the best part of the night from a pitching standpoint is that only two walks were allowed, both of which were issued by Beck. It was a bit concerning, however, to see Peterson allow a leadoff homer in the ninth, but it came on a pretty good knee-high pitch. With none of LSU’s pitchers going more than two innings, the Tigers should have a well-rested pitching staff heading into Athens this weekend.

Here’s the complete box score, as well as LSU’s video highlights.

Closing Tidbits:

The eighth-ranked LSU softball team improved to 25-6 on the year with a 4-1 win over Lamar. You can read all about that win here. Just like the baseball team, Beth Torina’s Lady Tigers now have to travel to face a very good Georgia team for a three-game weekend series.

• Remember those contracts for Ed Orgeron, Joe Brady, and Bill Busch that I mentioned the LSU Board of Supervisors would vote on yesterday?  Well, they all passed, as expected, and as deserved. The Advocate has published these details.

• Craving some LSU spring football action? Here is a video from Tuesday’s practice published by TigerTV. The team returns to the practice field today and should have a little pep in their step with this beautiful weather.  

• LSU Alumni Associations are busy planning their annual crawfish boils (just one of many reasons why LSU fans are the best!) and, as usual, we’ve created a page to announce the planned events. Please note that you don’t have to be an LSU alumna to attend these things. If you represent an LSU alumni association and want us to post your Crawfish Boil event details, let me know.



 

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