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5/23/15 5:35 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Top-ranked LSU (48-9), the 2015 SEC regular-season champion, will be looking to earn its third straight berth in the SEC Baseball Tournament championship game today when the Tigers face Florida at the Hoover Met at approximately 3:30. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal game between Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, which begins at Noon.

With ace freshman right-hander Alex Lange getting the start in today’s game, Tiger fans have every reason to be confident of LSU surviving today’s elimination game and advancing  to tomorrow’s tournament championship. Lange, the 2015 SEC Freshman of the Year, is 10-0 on the season and No. 2 in the SEC in ERA (2.11) and in strikeouts (91). Hopefully he will give the Tigers six or more strong innings to preserve LSU’s bullpen for tomorrow. As noted in yesterday’s report, LSU starting pitchers Jared Poché and Austin Bain struggled in the first two games of the tournament and only lasted a combined 2.2 innings, but fortunately they were picked up by Jack Wholestaff, the name Coaches Mainieri and Dunn use when referring to stringing together a bevy of relief pitchers to get the job done. If the Tigers get the job done today, we are likely to see Jared Poché get the start in tomorrow’s championship game, which is slated for 3:30 on ESPN2. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 

Today LSU will face a Gator team that is ranked 6th in the nation and has been playing very well as of late. In fact, in yesterday’s game against Arkansas, the Gators run ruled the Hogs, 10-0 in seven innings, and got a complete game pitching performance from A. J. Puk. The Gators are expected to start freshman right-hander Alex Faedo (4-1, 3.59 ERA) in today’s game. The last time LSU and Florida squared off was in last year’s SEC Tournament championship game, a contest LSU won 2-0. 

I’ll have a house full of company today so I won’t be tweeting as much as normal, but I will tweet occasional score updates for those of you needing to sneak a peak at your smart phones to keep up with the action while working or attending graduation ceremonies. 

In softball news, after a thrilling comeback last week that allowed the team to continue their record-breaking season, No. 8 LSU will return to action today at 2 p.m. against No. 16 Arizona in Super Regional action at Tiger Park. The best-of-three series will be played over two days, and today’s game will be televised on ESPNNews. Sunday’s action begins at 4 p.m. on ESPN, with the if-necessary game being played 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game on ESPN2.

The Tigers started the season on fire and won their first 25 games, but faltered a bit down the stretch, losing six of their last nine regular season games. However, they really stepped up when they had to in NCAA Regional play and won three consecutive elimination games to get to where they are today. This weekend’s series ought to be a great one, as it will pit Arizona’s potent offense, which ranks third in the nation in home runs (104) and fourth in batting average (.355), against LSU’s outstanding pitching staff which ranks seventh in the nation in ERA (1.77). Arizona is 10-4 all-time vs. LSU, including 4-2 in NCAA Tournament play. Earlier this season, the Tigers defeated the Wildcats 4-3 in the Mary Nutter Invitational.

Now let’s conclude today’s report with another installment of our series on LSU football’s 2015 signing class by looking at another talented position group, wide receivers. In case you missed it, earlier in the week we previewed defensive backs and running backs. You can find those installments by navigating to previous reports.

Wide Receivers 

When wide receivers Tyron Johnson (6’1”, 191), Jazz Ferguson (6’5”, 205) and Derrick Dillon (5’11, 173) join the team this fall, it’s going to be a challenge for them to stand out in an already crowded unit. The returning Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, D.J. Chark, Trey Quinn and John Diarse have the skill and experience necessary to start in 2015, although Johnson, Ferguson and Dillon each possess qualities that can’t be overlooked. 

Warren Easton’s Johnson, No. 1 on our list of Top Louisiana Prospects - 2015, recorded 94 receptions, 1,589 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior in high school. Great hands and elusiveness in the open field (hurdling players on the high school level) are among his many strengths. 

As for West Feliciana’s Ferguson, his 6-foot-5 frame makes him the tallest receiver on the roster. Ferguson, who was No. 11 on our Louisiana prospects list and recorded 889 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions a year ago, could become a viable option in goal line situations.  

The best bet for Dillon to see the field in 2015 might be on special teams. The No. 13 prospect on our list out of Pine is a versatile, explosive athlete who exhibited an extra gear in the open field at the high school level. That burst provided 1,927 receiving yards and 26 scores in return situations in 2014. 

LSU’s other wide receiver signee, Brandon Martin (6’4”, 205), unfortunately had to enroll at Mississippi Gulf Coast because of academic issues, although that was pretty much expected when he signed. The 3-star prospect out of Prime Prep Academy in Texas told 247 Sports that he hopes to be at LSU in December. 

Of course, the big question is whether LSU will have a quarterback who can effectively get the ball to this talented group of receivers. According to this article by Jaques Doucet, Coach Les Miles says Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are 'night and day better’ than last year.

That’s it for today folks. Enjoy the day!

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5/22/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU baseball team defeated Arkansas 10-5 last night to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals, thanks in large part to another impressive outing by LSU’s bullpen. With the win, the Tigers get today off before playing in Saturday’s semifinal single-elimination game against the winner of tonight’s contest between Florida and Arkansas. This sets up very nicely for LSU moving forward, as the Tigers will likely pitch ace Alex Lange (10-0) on Saturday and have lots of options available should they make it to Sunday’s championship match, including Jared Poché who only pitched two-thirds of an inning on Wednesday. 

For the second night in a row, LSU’s starting pitching struggled as Austin Bain allowed four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings of work, but just like in Wednesday’s game, LSU’s bullpen stepped up big and got the job done. Five LSU relievers combined to limit Arkansas to one run on four hits. The most impressive of the five was Russell Reynolds who relieved Bain and pitched 3.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. It will be interesting to see if Reynold’s strong performance, combined with Bain’s struggles, will be enough to elevate Reynolds to the Game 3 starter role in the upcoming NCAA tournament. 

Despite the starting pitching trouble we’ve seen in the last two games, I remain convinced that this LSU team has what it takes to make this a very special postseason. As the announcers said after last night’s game, there aren’t many teams who can match LSU’s combination of offensive firepower, deep pitching, stellar defense and speed on the bases. 

In last night’s game, LSU played error-free defense, stole four bases and pounded out 12 hits. Once again, Jared Foster was outstanding at the plate. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Alex Bregman went 1-for-3 with three RBI. Bregman also stole two bases, giving him a total of 32 on the season, which is already the fifth most in school history. 

Here are the game’s boxscore and video highlights, and here’s a quick scoring recap: LSU jumped out to a four-run lead in the top of the first on three hits, three stolen bases and three Arkansas errors. Conner Hale lifted a sacrifice fly and Chris Chinea lined an RBI single to highlight the outburst. The Tigers extended the lead to 6-0 in the second as Mark Laird ripped an RBI double and Bregman delivered a run-scoring single. Arkansas narrowed the deficit to 6-4 in the second on three RBI singles off of Bain, and another run scored on a wild pitch. LSU got back two runs in the fourth on Jake Fraley’s RBI single and Bregman’s sac fly. Bregman lifted another sacrifice fly in the seventh and Andrew Stevenson added a two-out RBI single to give the Tigers a 10-4 advantage. Arkansas plated a run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single off of Alden Cartwright to make the final score 10-5. 

Now turning to softball, LSU will begin Super Regional play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Arizona for the start of a best-of-three series at Tiger Park.  Saturday’s game begins at 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNNews. Game 2 will be Sunday at 4 p.m. and Game 3 (if necessary) will be Sunday at 7 p.m. Individual general admission and standing-room-only/berm tickets remain for all three games and can be purchased online at LSUTix.net or by calling (800) 960-8587. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the main LSU Ticket Office Thursday, at Tiger Park Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or on game day. Here’s hoping Tiger Fans will show up en masse and cheer this historic Tiger team on to victory.

In football recruiting news, one of LSU’s defensive tackle targets, five-star Ed Oliver of Houston, Texas, committed to Houston yesterday. Oliver’s commitment did come as a bit of a surprise, but as Jimmy Smith states in this article, it doesn’t really shake up LSU’s DT recruiting board much. The state of Louisiana is loaded with big-time DTs like never before, and the Tigers already have a commitment from Ed Alexander, No. 2 on our list of Top LA Prospects, and is in good shape with three other elite in-state DTs – Rashard Lawrence, Glen Logan and Stephon Taylor. In case you’re wondering why Oliver chose Houston, Smith reports that one major reason is that Oliver’s old high school coach is now on the Cougars’ staff. 

Stay tuned, Tiger Fans, as tomorrow we’ll continue the football series we started a couple of days ago on the incoming freshman class by looking at another very talented position group - wide receivers.

Oh, and I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange page later today, so if you have LSU tickets to sale, please let me know.

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5/21/15 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Well it wasn’t always pretty, but it sure was entertaining as the LSU Tigers overcame a five-run deficit to defeat Auburn 9-8 and advance in the winners’ bracket of the SEC Tournament. The Tigers will now face Arkansas tonight at 8 p.m. (on SECN) since the Razorbacks defeated Florida last night, 7-6. LSU will send RHP Austin Bain (2-2, 2.96 ERA) to the mound tonight, while Arkansas will counter with RHP James Teague (4-3, 3.42 ERA).

Although last night’s game certainly didn’t go as scripted with Jared Poché lasting only one inning, in the end it probably couldn’t have worked out better for the Tigers. After Poché’s extremely rough outing in which he allowed five runs on three hits with two walks and two errors, the Tigers sent six relief pitchers to the mound, the last five of whom combined to hold Auburn to one run on two hits. The good news is that none of the bullpen pitchers who threw yesterday pitched for more than two innings, meaning all of them could give it a go today, if needed. And with Poché only pitching one inning (albeit a 35-pitch inning), he could get another start late in tournament if it comes to that. 

Offensively, the Tigers showed great resilience in the comeback win and were led at the plate by Jared Foster and Chris Sciambra, the team’s 9- and 8-hole hitters. Foster went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including a two-run homer in the second and a leadoff double in the fifth to spark a six-run inning. Sciambra also ended the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double. It was his double that sparked a mini-comeback in the second and set the table for Foster’s three-run dinger. All told, the Tigers collected 10 hits in the game and everyone in the starting lineup except for Mark Laird had a hit. 

Here are the game’s boxscore and video highlights, and here’s a brief scoring recap: Auburn jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first on two walks, two singles and a double off of Poché. LSU answered with three runs in the second on Sciambra’s RBI double and Foster’s 2-run homer (which he absolutely hammered over the left field wall). Auburn got to Jake Godfrey for two runs on three hits in the third, and then added another in the fourth on a single, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly off of Doug Norman to increase their lead back to five runs. The Purple and Gold Tigers would answer in a big way in the fifth, erupting for six runs on six hits in one of the most impressive rallies of the season. Foster started things off with a double down the right-field line and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Laird walked to put runners on first and second. Fraley scored Foster on an RBI single up the middle, and two batters later Connor Hale drove in Foster on another single up the middle. Kade Scivicque followed with a double to centerfield to score Hale, and the rally could have easily ended there, but with two outs Auburn’s right fielder dropped a routine fly ball (hit by Chinea) which allowed Scivicque to come home, making the  score 8-8. Sciambra would make Auburn pay even more for the error with an RBI single to right field, giving LSU a 9-8 lead that they would never relinquish. 

Moving on to football… let’s continue the series we started yesterday on LSU’s incoming signees by looking at another impressive position group – running backs. Here we go…

Running Backs

As we all know, LSU head coach Les Miles loves to pound the football with fresh bodies carrying the load. Because of that, LSU’s incoming freshmen running backs stand a good chance of seeing the playing field, despite LSU having one of the best running backs in the country in Leonard Fournette and one of the most underrated backs in the SEC in Darrel Williams. 

Three true freshmen running backs will be reporting to LSU this summer in hopes of earning their way onto the field. These include Derrius Guice (5'11", 216), Nick Brosette (6'0", 214) and Lanard Fournette (5'9", 170). Guice and Brosette, numbers 2 and 5 respectively in our list of Top 2015 Louisiana Prospects, are both exceptional backs who could come in and start at many schools. After all, we’re talking about a player in Guice who recorded 1,341 yards rushing, 61 yards receiving and 29 total touchdowns last season with Catholic, and Brossette who amassed 2,321 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns last season with University Lab. Guice’s hands out of the backfield combined with Brossette’s bruising style will be quite the compliment to Fournette and Williams. As for Lanard Fournette (Leonard’s brother), he’s a pretty good back in his own right, but seeing the field as a freshman will be an uphill battle for him, even with Miles’ propensity to rotate backs.

Of course, we can’t forget about David Ducre (6'0", 239), who has a spring under his belt as an early enrollee. Ducre, No. 6 on our list of Top 2015 Louisiana Prospects, was recruited primarily as a fullback, but his athleticism and extreme speed for a man his size (4.5-forty) make him a great threat with the ball in his hands. As I’ve said before, I think Ducre will be a very special player before his days at LSU are up.

LSU’s running game is in excellent shape this year and will only get better next year when Fournette and Williams are juniors and Guice, Brosette and Ducré have a year of experience under their belts. If the Tigers are able to develop a serviceable passing game to compliment this stable of running backs, LSU’s offense might just be unstoppable.  

That’s it for today, LSU fans. Come back tomorrow for another Daily Dose of Tiger News!

 

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