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5/3/15 5:50 am CST

Good Morning, Tiger Fans,

Congratulations are in order for three more Tigers – Danielle Hunter, Kwon Alexander, and Kenny Hilliard – who were selected in yesterday’s final rounds of the 2015 NFL draft. With these three and Jalen Collins, who was selected in the first round on Friday, LSU had a total of four players drafted. This brings the school’s total number of players drafted during the Les Miles era to 64, which ranks second nationally behind USC. The four LSU players selected, however, were also the fewest in any draft since 2005.

Below is a status update on every Tiger that was either drafted or has signed a free agent deal:

Jalen Collins
Round 2 (42nd overall), Atlanta Falcons 

Danielle Hunter
Round 3 (88th overall), Minnesota Vikings 

Kwon Alexander
Round 4 (124th overall), Tampa Bay 

Kenny Hilliard
Round 7 (235th overall), Houston Texans 

Terrance Magee
Signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens 

Connor Neighbors
Signed a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans 

Notably absent from the list above is LSU’s La’el Collins who just a few days ago was a lock to go in the first round. As most of you know by now, Collins’ draft stock plummeted when news broke of police wishing to speak with him concerning the death of his ex-girlfriend Brittney Mills. Collins was not drafted, and at this point his future is uncertain. If he would have been drafted but not signed, he could have reentered the 2016 draft, but because Collins was not drafted at all, he has exhausted his NFL draft eligibility and will likely have to rely on free agency to make it to the NFL. Collins is reportedly scheduled to meet with police in Baton Rouge on Monday. 

One more NFL draft tidbit: For the ninth consecutive season, the SEC had by far the most players drafted of any conference (54). The next highest was the ACC with 47. Here’s a breakdown of SEC schools by draft selection:

Florida: 8
Alabama: 7
Missouri: 6
Arkansas: 5
Auburn: 5
Georgia: 5
Mississippi St.: 5
South Carolina: 4
LSU: 4
Kentucky: 2
Texas A&M: 2
Ole Miss: 1 

In baseball news, LSU lost game 3 of the series at Mississippi State, 8-7 in 12 innings. The game was a great one in which the Tigers rallied in the ninth to tie the game and send it to extra innings, and it ended on a controversial call when centerfielder Mark Laird appeared to throw out MSU’s Jake Vickerson at home plate but the runner was ruled safe. I heard from a lot of you after the game who were upset about the call (I was too), but the Tigers can’t blame the loss on that one play. LSU had several opportunities to score more runs, but stranded a total of 13 runners, including three in scoring position during extra innings. 

Freshman Austin Bain got the start for the Tigers and struggled. In two innings of work, Bain gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout. Russell Reynolds relieved Bain in the third and gave up two runs in 1.2 innings of work while allowing two hits, walking one and striking out one. Collin Strall, Jake Godfrey and Parker Bugg pitched the final 7.2 innings and combined to allow four runs on seven hits. The most encouraging thing I saw from LSU’s bullpen was the pitching of Bugg. In the final 3.2 innings, Bugg held the Bulldogs scoreless on two hits with four strikeouts until the final batter of the night singled up the middle for the walk-off win. 

Offensively, the Tigers out-hit the Bulldogs 15-13 and were led at the plate by Chris Chinea who went 4-for-5 with four RBI. Three other Tigers had at least two hits in the game – Kade Scivicque, Connor Hale and Alex Bregman - but perhaps the biggest hits of the game came from the bats of Bregman and Chinea in the ninth inning. Bregman’s clutch single with two outs kept the game going and then a few batters later Chinea followed with a 2-RBI single to tie it at 7-7.

Here is the game’s boxscore, (there were no LSU video highlights posted) and here’s what Coach Mainieri had to say about the contest:  “It’s extremely difficult to sweep an SEC series, especially on the road, and I thought we competed very hard, especially in the ninth, to keep the game going. That comeback was tremendous, and it demonstrated the resolve of our team. Unfortunately, we had some opportunities that we didn’t capitalize on, and we fell short today. We had won nine straight SEC road games until today, which is an amazing accomplishment. The loss doesn’t diminish the fact that we won our seventh SEC series in eight weekends, and we’re right where we want to be with two weeks to go in the regular season.”

The Tigers now have a long break before playing their final home series of the regular season this weekend against top-20 Missouri. LSU does not have a mid-week game this week because of final exams. 

Unfortunately, the No. 6 LSU softball team didn’t fare any better than its male counterpart yesterday as the Tigers lost to No. 8 Auburn, 1-0.  After being held to just two hits in Friday’s loss, LSU outhit Auburn 5-1 in Game 2 but stranded 10 runners on base and found it tough to get anything going with runners on. Freshman Allie Walljasper (13-4) suffered the loss, but turned in one of her most dominant performances while holding the powerful Auburn offense to only one hit with three strikeouts and two walks. Walljasper had a no-hitter through 3.2 innings before giving up Auburn’s first and only hit. The series finale between LSU and Auburn is set for a 2 p.m. today at Tiger Park and the game will be televised by ESPN. 

That’s it for now, folks. Have a great day, and thanks to all of you who commented on the garden pics I posted yesterday. 

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5/2/15 6:05 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

LSU’s reputation as DBU (Defensive Back University) was reinforced yesterday as Jalen Collins was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. With his selection, LSU has now produced a DB selection in seven of the last eight drafts and leads the nation in the number of defensive backs drafted since 2007 with 12. I’m very happy for Collins and wish him a long and prosperous career in the NFL.

A little after Jalen Collins’ good news, Danielle Hunter was selected in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings as the 88th overall pick.  This marks the 12th straight year that LSU has had a defensive lineman drafted, so, I guess LSU could just as easily call itself DLU as DBU. I’m very happy for Hunter and wish him all the best, but I have to wonder if he could have been drafted higher next year, possibly as a first round selection, had he decided to return to LSU for his senior season. 

As for LSU’s La’el Collins, his situation continues to get sadder. Collins, who was passed up in Rounds 2 and 3 yesterday, decided that if he was not selected in the second or third round he would not be signing a contract this year. It appears that Collins’ plan is to reenter the draft next year in hopes of negotiating a better deal than he could get if he were to sign a late-round contract this year.  As for the tragic death of Brittney Mills, which is at the heart of this matter, yesterday Mills’ infant child passed away at a Baton Rouge hospital. According to reports, Collins and the police plan to meet on Monday and Collins plans to take a paternity test to determine if he was the father of Mills’ baby. 

The NFL draft will continue today with rounds four through seven, starting at noon. Several Tigers will be waiting to see if their names are called, including Kwon Alexander, Terrance Magee, Kenny Hilliard, Connor Neighbors and Jermauria Rasco. D. J. Welter, Elliott Porter, Fehoko Fanaika and Quantavious Leslie are likely to strike free agent deals later. 

Turning to baseball, LSU (40-7, 16-6) secured the series win with an 11-4 victory in Game 2 at Mississippi State. With the victory, Coach Mainieri has now won at least 40 games in seven of his nine seasons in Baton Rouge and has not lost a series to MSU while at LSU.

Freshman Alex Lange (8-0) earned the win, allowing four runs in six innings on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Since experiencing elbow discomfort in the Alabama series, Lange hasn’t been as dominating as he was earlier in the season, but the good news is he says his arm is fine. Hunter Newman pitched three scoreless innings in relief and earned his fourth save of the season, limiting the Bulldogs to no runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

The Tigers collected 17 hits in the game and were led at the plate by Connor Hale and Alex Bregman, who each drove in three runs. Bregman went 3-for-5 with two doubles, while Hale went 2-for-6. Every Tiger in the starting lineup had a hit, and seven Tigers collected at least two hits in the contest.  

Here are the game’s boxscore and video highlights, and here’s a quick scoring recap: Mississippi State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a walk, a single and an RBI groundout. LSU scored two runs on four hits in the third, sending eight batters to the plate. Bregman produced an RBI groundout, and Hale lined a run-scoring single. The Tigers erupted for four runs on six two-out hits in the fourth to extend their lead to 6-1. Bregman smashed an RBI double before Hale, Kade Scivicque and Andrew Stevenson each contributed run-scoring singles. Mississippi State responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, but The Tigers answered with one in the sixth when Hale collected his third RBI of the game on a groundout to give the Tigers a 7-4 advantage. LSU broke the contest open in the ninth, scoring four runs on four hits. DH Chris Sciambra smashed an RBI double, while Bregman and Jared Foster each produced RBI singles.

Stevenson update: Centerfielder Andrew Stevenson injured his hamstring rounding the bases in the fourth inning and will likely sit out the series finale today. The injury is not believed to be serious and hopefully Stevenson will be back in action soon. Before the injury in yesterday’s game, Stevenson was 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI. 

In softball, No. 6 LSU dropped the series opener to No. 8 Auburn by a 2-1 score last night at Tiger Park. LSU and Auburn are two powerhouse programs known for their offensive production, but  the two sides managed just five total hits in the contest - two for LSU and three for Auburn. For more on last night’s game, please see this article by LSUSports.net. First pitch for game two of the series is set for 6 p.m. tonight and the contest will be streamed live on SEC Network Plus with Lyn Rollins and Yvette Girouard on the call.

In closing - just a quick note to let you know that I’ve uploaded a few pics of my garden to our Media Gallery’s lagniappe section, at the request of several of you fellow gardeners. 

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5/1/15 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger fans,

The LSU baseball team overcame an early 2-0 deficit and went on to defeat Mississippi State 5-3 in 14 innings. With the win, the Tigers improved to  39-7 overall and 15-6 in the SEC. The victory was the 400th career LSU win for coach Paul Mainieri, who is now 400-156-3 in nine seasons at the helm of the program.

Two game-saving plays on defense and a bit of luck played a big part in LSU pulling out the win. In the 9th inning, Alex Bregman prevented a ball from getting into left-field which would have likely given the Bulldogs a walk-off win, and in the 11th inning Jake Fraley gunned out the would-be winning run at the plate with a perfect throw from left-field. Also, in the 9th inning the Tigers were on the receiving end of a bit of good fortune when State’s would-be winning runner slipped rounding third and was unable to score. 

Jared Poché got the start for the Tigers and gave up two runs on three consecutive hits in the first inning, but then settled in to pitch very well for the next eight innings. Poché had retired 24 of the next 26 batters he faced before running into some trouble in the ninth when he gave up four hits including a game-tying RBI double. I can understand Coach Mainieri wanting to get a full-game victory from Poché in the series opener, but in retrospect he probably left him in an inning too long. Four LSU bullpen pitchers combined for five scoreless innings of relief and Jesse Stallings recorded his 12th save of the season. It was especially good to see Stallings throw well considering his recent troubles. 

The Tigers collected 13 hits on the night and were led at the plate by  Jake Fraley who went 3-for-6. Chris Chinea went 2-for-6 while Connor Hale went 2-for-7 with a clutch 2-RBI double in the 14th. 

Here are the game’s video highlights and  boxscore, and here’s a quick scoring summary: The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the first on three consecutive hits including an RBI single and a run-scoring groundout. LSU responded with two runs in the top of the fourth as Hale reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch, then designated hitter Danny Zardon produced an RBI single. The Tigers added a run in the fifth as Bregman doubled, moved to third on Hale’s infield single and scored when Kade Scivicque grounded into a double play. The Bulldogs tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double. It appeared that Mississippi State would win the game on the double, but their runner tripped when rounding third and failed to score. LSU finally broke out on top in the 14th on a walk to Fraley, a sacrifice bunt by Mark Laird, an intentional walk to Bregman, a wild pitch, and Hale’s 2-RBI double to right-centerfield. Stallings retired the side in order in the bottom of the 14th to earn his 12th save.

Game 2 of the series gets underway tonight at 7 p.m. Like last night’s game, tonight’s will be televised on ESPNU. Freshman right-hander Alex Lange (7-0, 1.86 ERA) will get the start for LSU while Mississippi State will counter with junior right-hander Preston Brown (5-5, 3.76 ERA).

The No. 6 LSU softball team closes out the regular season this weekend with a Top-10 clash of SEC powers when the Tigers host No. 8 Auburn for a three-game series at Tiger Park. Game 1 of the series gets underway at 6 p.m. tonight, as does Game 2 tomorrow.  Both of those games will be streamed on SECN+. Sunday’s series finale starts at 2 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. 

Now turning to NFL draft news… last night was the first time since 2010, and only the second time since 2004, that no LSU player was selected in the first round. Just a few days ago, La’el Collins looked like a shoo-in to be a top-15 pick, but then came the terrible murder of his pregnant friend. A young life was tragically taken, a baby was born without a mother, and in a matter of days, La’el, who the police have said is not a suspect in the case, has seen his world turned upside down in more ways than one. It’s just a sad situation all around. La’el was projected to go in the middle of the first round but instead watched as his name went uncalled while several offensive linemen were selected in the first round. For what it’s worth, NFL draft analyst Matt Miller tweeted that he’s hearing La’el won’t get drafted at all, which would really be a travesty.  Like La’el, LSU’s Jalen Collins was also hoping to hear his name called last night, but he’ll have to wait longer. The draft resumes today with 2nd and 3rd round selections starting at 7 p.m. 

In closing, it was nice hearing from many fellow gardeners yesterday in response to the way I closed yesterday’s report. Many of you requested photos of my gardens and I’m happy to report that I’m working on that. Look for some pictures to be added to the Lagniappe section of our Media Gallery later today or tomorrow.

 

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