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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:     

Tuesday, April 28
Softball - LSU vs. Missouri (Replay), SEC Network, Midnight
Softball - LSU vs. Missouri (Replay), SEC Network, 4 a.m.
Basketball - SEC Storied: Shaq and Dale, SEC Network, Noon
W Tennis - NCAA Tournament announcement, NCAA.com, 4 p.m.
Men’s Tennis - NCAA Tournament announcement, NCAA.com, 4:30 p.m.
Baseball - LSU vs. Alcorn St. (Live), SEC Network+, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29
Basketball - SEC Storied: Shaq and Dale, SEC Network, 9 a.m.
Men’s Golf - 2015 SEC Championship (Replay), SEC Network, 9 p.m.
Women’s Golf - 2015 SEC Championship (Replay), SEC Network, 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 30
Baseball - LSU at Mississippi State (Live), ESPNU, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 1
Football - 2014 LSU vs. Texas A&M, SEC Network, 9 a.m.
Softball - LSU vs. Auburn (Live), SEC Network+, 6 p.m.
Baseball - LSU at Mississippi State (Live), ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 2
Baseball - LSU at Mississippi State (Live), ESPN2, 3 p.m.
Softball - LSU vs. Auburn (Live), SEC Network+, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 3
Softball - LSU vs. Auburn (Live), ESPN, 2 p.m.
Men’s Golf - 2015 SEC Championship (Replay), SEC Network, 3 p.m.
Women’s Golf - 2015 SEC Championship (Replay), SEC Network, 3:30 p.m.

Times listed are CT

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.

Tuesday, April 28 - Lafayette, La Marquise
Kevin Steele, Ed Orgeron, Johnny Jones, Joe Alleva

Wednesday, April 29 - Baton Rouge, L’Auberge
Cam Cameron, Frank Wilson, Johnny Jones, Nikki Caldwell, Joe Alleva

Monday, May 4 - Alexandria, Riverfront Convention Center
Kevin Steele, Ed Orgeron, Johnny Jones, DD Breaux, Joe Alleva 

Tuesday, May 12 - Houston, Westin Oaks Consort Ballroom
Les Miles, Johnny Jones, Nikki Caldwell, DD Breaux, Joe Alleva

Wednesday, May 13 - Lake Charles, L’Auberge
Les Miles, Johnny Jones, Nickki Caldwell, DD Breaux, Joe Alleva 

Thursday, May 14 - Covington, Tchefuncta Country Club
Les Miles, Johnny Jones, DD Breaux

Sunday, May 17 - New Orleans, Deutsches Haus (Metairie)
Les Miles, Johnny Jones, DD Breaux

Monday, May 18 - Biloxi, MS, Golden Nugget Biloxi
Kevin Steele, Frank Wilson, Johnny Jones

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.

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4/27/15 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans, I hope you all had an outstanding weekend.

As promised, today I have a new Q&A with College Football and NFL Analyst Mike Detillier to share with you. In it, I get Mike’s thoughts on how LSU’s quarterbacks looked in the spring game as well as his general thoughts and concerns about the team now that spring ball is behind us. In tomorrow’s installment of the Q&A, I’ll share Mike’s thoughts on Tigers in the upcoming NFL Draft which begins this Thursday.  

Part 1 of 2: DandyDon.com Gets Mike Detillier’s Post-Spring-Practice Thoughts on LSU Football

Sticking to the topic of football, today we’ll continue the series we started Saturday on LSU football players who saw their stock rise this spring. (In case you missed it over the weekend, so far we’ve covered Josh Boutte and Maquedius Bain, and you can find those two write-ups by scrolling down to previous reports.) Here we go… 

D.J. Chark
(6-2, 184, sophomore WR, Alexandria) 

D.J. Chark’s emergence might be the most exciting of the spring. While LSU’s offense will always be run-first and run-often, the Tigers will put defenses in a quandary when Chark and Travin Dural line up opposite of each other on the outside and Malachi Dupre, Trey Quinn or John Diarse line up in the slot. 

What makes Chark a special addition is his body frame, speed and catch ability, which in a lot of ways resemble Dural and Dupre. Chark recorded 53 yards in the spring game, including an eye-opening catch in double coverage on a perfectly placed Brandon Harris ball. With Chark, the Tigers will have three players who can vertically stretch the field, and all have enough versatility to be on the field at the same time. Add in Quinn and Diarse, and once again, LSU is deep at wide receiver. If the quarterbacks provide consistent play this season, the Tigers could offer a pick-your-poison type offense similar to 2013 when Landry, Odell Beckham and Jeremy Hill were padding stats.

Couple of tidbits about Chark: 1) Did you know that he and Leonard Fournette are the fastest players on the team. Reportedly, they are neck-and-neck. 2) And in case you’re wondering, Chark is pronounced like shark, Tiger Shark.

In softball news, LSU dropped the series against No. 15 Missouri with a 10-2 loss yesterday. LSU lost Game 1 on Saturday, 7-2, and will look to close out the series with a win tonight at 6 p.m. in a game that will be televised on the SEC Network. Yesterday’s loss was the team’s third in a row, and with it the Tigers are now 41-8 overall and 13-7 in SEC play with just a little over a week remaining before LSU hosts the SEC Tournament at Tiger Park. Tonight’s game is especially big considering that LSU and Missouri are tied for fourth place in the SEC standings. The league’s top four teams at the end of Sunday will earn a bye and play on Thursday, while the eight teams below will begin tournament play during Wednesday’s opening round.

The LSU baseball team will return to action tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. when the Tigers host Alcorn State at the Box. More on that contest in tomorrow’s report. 

In closing, I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange and Crawfish Boils pages later today, so if you have anything for me to post just let me know.

Reader Comments: Hey Scott, here is a great read on former LSU Tigers Zach Mettenberger, DJ LeMahieu and Mikie Mahtook.

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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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