4/28/15 6:00 am CST
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
I hope you don’t mind me starting the report on a personal note. Today marks the three-year anniversary of the passing of my father, Dandy Don Long, for whom this site was created and named. Those of you who’ve followed this site for a while know not only what a special Tiger fan he was, but also what a special father, husband, and man he was. He is missed dearly.
Today also marks the anniversary of the LSU baseball team’s big come-from-behind win over Georgia in 2012 that came to be known as the “Dandy Don Miracle.” Before the game, LSU called for a moment of silence in memory of my Dad, and then during the game Lyn Rollins said some very kind words about Dad and this site. A little while later, LSU entered the bottom of the eighth inning trailing 2-4 before Mason Katz hit a clutch bases-loaded grand slam and Raph Rhymes followed with a solo home run. It's a moment I'll never forget. Those two hits brought a much-needed smile to my face on a very difficult day. I was reminded of that moment last Friday when No. 1 LSU rallied from behind to defeat No. 2 A&M. On both occasions, it was as if I could feel Dad cheering right beside me.
Now for our normal order of business… First, I’d like to call your attention to Part 2 of my Q&A with Mike Detillier, which I’ve posted this morning. In it, I get Mike’s expert opinion on LSU’s prospects in this year’s NFL draft, which gets underway this Thursday. (I also ask Mike whether he thinks the recent news of Jalen Collins failing multiple drug tests at LSU will affect his draft status.) In case you missed yesterday’s initial installment of the Q&A, which was on LSU spring football, you can check it out using the link below.
Part 2 of 2: DandyDon.com Gets Mike Detillier’s Thoughts on LSU Prospects in NFL Draft
Part 1 of 2: DandyDon.com Gets Mike Detillier’s Post-Spring-Practice Thoughts on LSU Football
As for LSU baseball, the Tigers remain the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation after taking two out of three against Texas A&M last weekend. Texas A&M, by the way, remained in the top-5 despite losing the series to LSU. Each Monday, LSU sends out a baseball update with interesting stats about the previous week, and below are a few key points from this week’s report:
• LSU batted .330 in the Texas A&M series and collected 35 hits in three games against the Aggie pitching staff, which has the best team ERA in the SEC.
• Five Tigers hit .400 or better the in the series – DH Chris Sciambra (.417, 2 RBI, 2 runs), left-fielder Jake Fraley (.417, 1 triple, 2 RBI, 3 runs), shortstop Alex Bregman (.417, 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 run), first baseman Chris Chinea (.417, 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 runs) and third baseman Conner Hale (.400, 1 RBI, 1 run).
• For the entire week, including Tuesday’s 6-0 win over Tulane, Hale batted .500 (7-for-14) with one double, four RBI and one run. Hale is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak.
• Bregman extended his current reached-base streak to 41 straight games, and he has the Tigers’ longest current hitting streak at nine games.
The top-ranked Tigers will return to action today with a 6:30 p.m. contest against Alcorn State. Senior LHP Kyle Bouman (1-1, 5.75 ERA) will get the start for the Tigers, while Alcorn state will go with sophomore LHP Jonathan Morales (0-4, 6.94 ERA). LSU leads Alcorn State, 6-0, in the all-time series between the schools since their first meeting in 2010. All six LSU victories over the Braves have come in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. LSU defeated the Braves, 9-7, last season after trailing 6-1 in the sixth inning. Tonight’s game will be streamed (online only) from SECN+, accessible at WatchESPN.com and via the WatchESPN app.
One more baseball note: According to reports, Coach Mainieri told the media yesterday that the last 10 days to two weeks have been very positive for freshman pitcher Jake Latz (elbow) and that his recovery is going well. Latz will throw a bullpen session tonight, and if all goes well he could return in time for postseason play.
Here’s a look at LSU’s Weekly TV/Digital Viewing Schedule:
I won’t be able to watch all of today’s baseball game because I’ll be attending the LSU Tiger Tour which is stopping in my hometown of Lafayette tonight. I look forward to hearing defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones and vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva speaking at the event, and I’ll be sure to give you a report on their key points in tomorrow’s report. I understand that all of the tables for tonight’s event are sold out, but that there will still be a few walk-up tickets available at the door.
Below is a listing of all the remaining Tiger Tour stops. Ticket information and more can be found at LSUTigerTour.com.
In softball news, LSU snapped its three-game losing streak with a 9-0 win over No. 15 Missouri in Game 3 of the series. LSU (42-9, 14-7 Southeastern) pounded out nine hits in the night, which is two more than the team had in the first two games of the series combined. The highlight of the game offensively for the Tigers was a three-run home run in the third inning by Sandra Simmons. For more info on the contest, please see this article on LSUSports.net.
In closing, please note that I’ve updated out Ticket Exchange and Crawfish Boils pages.