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5/27/15 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Up until yesterday, the football offseason had been remarkably unremarkable in terms of off-the-field incidents, which is a good thing, but that changed when news broke of LSU offensive tackle Jevonte Domond being arrested for domestic violence. According to reports like this one from the Advocate, Domond was arrested Monday after he allegedly grabbed his fiancée “from behind by the neck” and also ”slammed her on the couch.” What’s worse is that this apparently took place in the company of their newborn baby. According to reports, Coach Les Miles has stated that Domond has been suspended from the team, and that the kind of behavior Domond is accused of will not be tolerated. You may recall that Domond, a junior from Glendale, Arizona, was  one of several players given the Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award this spring for Outstanding Performance in LSU’s Off-season Program, and was one of several players designated as “Most Improved.”

With our 100-day countdown to the start of football season and the Women’s College World Series both starting tomorrow, and the NCAA Baseball Tournament starting Friday, I thought today would be great time to sneak in another mini Mail Call to address a half-dozen comments and questions I’ve received lately before news starts picking up. Every time I post one of these they are well received and I’m asked to do it more often, so I’ll gladly oblige today. I hope you find it interesting and informative. Here we go…

DandyDon Mail Call - May 27, 2015

Reader Comments: Scott, what is that motion LSU players make after an extra-base hit, when he batter twirls both hands on the side of his head?

My Response: I have been told the motion means something like “the pitcher must be crazy to pitch to me.” The Tigers have hit 202 extra-base hits this season, so we’ve seen that gesture quite often. Hopefully we’ll see a lot more of it in the next month. 

Reader Comments: Dear Scott, I was trying to remember the team several years ago that LSU beat in the Regional in a very close game. The fans wanted them to take a lap around the old Alex Box. Their Coach Was so moved by the response. He wrote a letter about the experience and the class act LSU fans are.

My Response: The team you’re referring to was UNC Wilmington Seahawks, and the letter came after LSU defeated them in the 2003 Regional. Interestingly, UNCW is in LSU’s regional again this year. That was definitely a class act by the greatest of college baseball fans.

Reader Comments: Scott, Thanks for another newsy daily post. I read the salary facts and was blown away that Nicky Caldwell makes more money than Paul Mainieri. Paul would have to win the National Championship to pass her.  He is underpaid or she is overpaid, one of the two. Just saying!

My Response: I agree and felt the same way when I read that. 

Reader Comments: Scott, you might want to put a note up that anybody planning to come to OKC (Softball World Series) needs to prepare for WET, STORMY weather! It has been raining very hard for about 3 weeks with flash flooding and we are in the middle of a very active tornado season! Plus the weather has been unseasonably cool. The forecast is for more of the same all through the tournament. 

If anyone is coming in their RV's they need to make sure they stay someplace that has a shelter and if tornado warnings are posted, GET THERE AND STAY THERE UNTIL THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN! If they are staying in a hotel be sure to check with the staff about what tornado procedures they have. And don't try to outrun one or drive through water on the road.

I don't want to alarm anyone or discourage anyone from coming but this has been a very unusual year in OKC as far as the weather is concerned and I want people to be prepared and safe.

Hope everyone has a great trip and the Tigers go deep into the tourney, all the way to the top!

My Response: I appreciate the info and I’ll pass it along, but you know good and well a little stormy weather won’t keep Tiger fans away! At this time of the year especially, I wouldn’t want to be a weatherman as things can change in a heartbeat. I hope Tiger fans will tun out in full force to cheer on Coach Beth Torina and the softball team. 

Reader Comments: Scott, any word on LSU quarterback commit Feliepe Franks of Florida? I know you’ve said he’s a helluva baseball prospect and a possible pro risk. Any word on how he’s doing this season? 

My Response: Actually, I’ve looked online but haven’t found any stats on how he’s doing this year in baseball. (I’ll post this in our Mail Call and maybe a DandyDon reader can fill us in.) I can tell you this though: He appears to be “all in” for playing both football AND baseball at LSU. In fact, he just participated in the Steve Clarkson Trendsetters Football Camp, and according to scout.com he was one of the most impressive performers out there and won the “deep ball competition” with a 78-yard toss. Here’s the article with video. I can’t wait to see this young man in the purple and gold!

That’s just about it for today, but here are few closing tidbits:

Here’s a video of the Killer B’s – LSU basketball signees Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney – putting in work in preparation for the much-anticipated 2015-16 LSU basketball season.  All I can say is what a workout. I’m feeling sore just having watched it. 

• Congratulations are in order for LSU softball senior utility player Dylan Supak who was named the winner of the Elite 89 Award, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships. A kinesiology graduate, the LaGrange, Texas, native maintained a 4.0 grade point average and received her degree earlier this month, while also participating with the team in the 2015 SEC Softball Tournament in Baton Rouge. The accolade is one of many for Supak, who was also named a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District first team selection this season. During her tenure at LSU, Supak has been named to the SEC First-Year Honor Roll, a two-time Academic All-SEC selection and an NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete. 

• Thank all of you who sent me suggestions for the football countdown’s numbers 90-100. So far I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I’ll write about for each of those numbers except 96, so if you have thoughts on that one please let me know. It all gets underway tomorrow, so stay tuned.

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5/26/15 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As many of you know by now, the LSU baseball team was named the No. 2 national seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament which gets underway this Friday. Like many of you I heard from yesterday, I feel like LSU was certainly deserving of the No. 1 seed, and it would have been nice to see LSU recognized as such for the first time in program history, but quite frankly it makes no difference at all. What’s important is that LSU is a top-8 National Seed, meaning the Tigers are guaranteed to host a Super Regional two weeks from now if they win their Regional this weekend. 

The four teams participating in the Baton Rouge Regional are LSU (1), UNC Wilmington (2), Tulane (3) and Lehigh (4). I don’t know much about Lehigh and UNC Wilmington, but based on what little bit I’ve read about them, and on the way the bracket is setup, I think LSU received a pretty good draw. No. 4 Lehigh University is a private research university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and their Mountain Hawks baseball team made it to the NCAA tournament by winning the Patriot League tournament. They finished the season 25-29 overall, 12-8 in conference play and with an RPI of 239. No. 2 UNC Wilmington, on the other hand, seems like a more formidable opponent, having finished the season 39-16 overall, 18-6 in the conference play (Colonial Athletic Association), and with an RPI of 36. As for No. 3 Tulane, we’ve been playing them since 1893 and know them pretty well. LSU has won 13 of its last 16 meetings against the Green Wave, including a 6-0 win last month. What I really like about the tournament bracket is that if LSU wins this weekend’s double-elimination Regional, the Tigers would move on to face the winner of the Houston regional in the best-of-three Super Regional round, which could provide a chance to avenge last year's Regional loss to the Cougars. Of course, it could also pit LSU against UL-Lafayette who came in as a No. 3 seed in the Houston Regional.

A lot of you have asked who I think LSU will pitch this weekend in the Regional games. I know that Coach Mainieri would like to pitch Alex Lange on Saturday, assuming LSU wins Friday and is not faced with the necessity of winning four consecutive elimination games to make it out of the Regional. If things go as planned, I would expect to see either Austin Bain or Russell Reynolds on Friday, Lange on Saturday, Poché on Sunday, and Jack Wholestaff on Monday (if necessary). 

Below is a look at the Baton Rouge Regional schedule, and here’s the complete NCAA Tournament bracket.

NCAA Regional Schedule
Baton Rouge, La.

Alex Box Stadium

All times Central and subject to change

Friday, May 29
Game 1 - 3 p.m. - #4 seed Lehigh vs. #1 seed LSU (SEC Network)

Game 2 - 7 p.m.  - #3 seed Tulane vs. #2 seed UNC-Wilmington (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 30
Game 3 - 3 p.m. - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser  (SEC Network or ESPN3)

Game 4 - 8 p.m. - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner (SEC Network or ESPN 3)

Sunday, May 31
Game 5 – 3 p.m. - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser (SEC Network or ESPN3)

Game 6 – 7 p.m. - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner (SEC Network or ESPN3)

Monday, June 1
Game 7 – 7 p.m. - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (if necessary – SEC Network or ESPN3) 

When the LSU team met to watch the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement on ESPNU, Coach Mainieri dished out postseason awards to two of his players. Below is a press release issued by LSU’s Sports Information Department about the honors.

SCIAMBRA, BREGMAN RECEIVE LSU POSTSEASON AWARDS 

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri honored on Monday two of his players – senior outfielder Chris Sciambra and junior shortstop Alex Bregman – during the Tigers’ postseason gathering at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The team met to watch the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement on ESPNU.

“These young men embody the mission of the LSU baseball program,” Mainieri said. “They strive for excellence in every endeavor, and they are tremendous representatives of our university and of our state. I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as their coach.”

Just before the tournament field was revealed, Sciambra received the Wally Pontiff Jr. Scholar Athlete Award. Pontiff was an all-SEC third baseman at LSU who played for the Tigers from 2000-02 and died tragically in 2002 due to a heart abnormality. The award was presented to Sciambra by Pontiff’s father, Wally Pontiff Sr.

Sciambra, a native of Baton Rouge, is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he earned his LSU degree in construction management earlier this month.

Sciambra was also named to the 2015 SEC Community Service Team for his outstanding participation in philanthropic events. He is batting .309 this season as the Tigers’ starting designated hitter with eight doubles, three triples, two homers, 24 RBI and 24 runs.

Legendary former LSU coach Skip Bertman then presented Bregman with the Skip Bertman Award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of the LSU Baseball program. Bertman directed LSU to five national championships during his coaching tenure (1984-2001), and he served a highly successful seven-year term as athletic director.

Bregman, a native of Albuquerque,  NM, is an candidate for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award and for the Brooks Wallace National Shortstop of the Year Award. A 2015 first-team all-SEC selection, he is hitting .329 this season with 22 doubles, three triples, nine homers, 47 RBI, 54 runs and 32 stolen bases.

Bregman, a first-team all-American and National Freshman of the Year in 2013, leads the SEC this season in stolen bases and doubles, and he is No. 4 in the league in runs scored and total bases (131).

We’ll close out today with a couple of football-related tidbits:

• Yesterday LSU entertained the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the nation for the Class of 2017 – Marvin Wilson. LSU offered the 6-4, 300-pounder from Bellaire, Texas a little less than a week ago, so to see him make it to campus so quickly is definitely a good sign for the Tigers. LSU already has a commitment from the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle prospect for 2017, Tyler Shelvin. 

• Before we know it, our 100-day countdown to the start of LSU’s football season will begin. Today is day 102, meaning I’ve got just two days to figure out what I’m going to do for this year’s countdown. Actually, I’m just kidding as I’ve already decided to continue the wide-open format we used last year –  meaning the countdown will be a mix of historical tidbits, player jerseys, general trivia and the like. Basically, anything goes. If you have suggestions for any of the numbers, particularly numbers 90-100 since they’re quickly approaching, please let me know. 

Reader Comments: Hey Scott, 7 SEC teams made the final 64 and 4 are top seeds in their respective regionals.  Baseball is very much alive and well in the SEC!

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5/25/15 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The first thing I’d like to do is wish all of you a Happy Memorial Day and ask that you take a moment to remember family members, loved ones, neighbors, and friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and our country. Let us never forget that today’s holiday is not simply about a day off of work or a family barbecue, but is a special occasion meant to honor the countless military men and women who bravely gave their lives protecting the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. 

I’d also like to congratulate Coach Beth Torina and the LSU softball team for earning a spot in the Women’s College World Series by defeating Arizona yesterday, 10-5. Just like in Saturday’s win, the Tigers came out on fire, grabbed a four-run lead in the first at-bat and never relented. The Tigers received excellent pitching from Allie Walljasper (15-5) who threw four and one-third innings and allowed only two runs before being relieved by fellow freshman Carley Hoover who did an excellent job of shutting down the Wildcats and earning the save. Offensively, junior Sandra Simmons was the hero of the game as she went 3-for-3 with five RBI, including a two-run single in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third, and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. She also led the seventh with triple before scoring LSU’s ninth run. For her efforts, Simmons was named MVP of the Baton Rouge Super Regional.

With the win, the Tigers advance to the Women’s College World Series for the fourth time in school history and the second time in Coach Beth Torina’s four years as head coach. I’ll tell you what, Coach Torina really has it going on, and with all the youth on this team the future looks very bright for LSU softball. 

No. 5 seed LSU will open the tournament against No. 4 Auburn at 1:30 p.m. CT this Thursday. The game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium will be televised by ESPN, broadcast on 104.5/104.9 FM in Baton Rouge and streamed free at LSUsports.net/live. LSU softball season ticket holders are asked to monitor their email for ticket information.

As for the LSU baseball team, it received the official word last night that it will play host to an NCAA Regional for the 23rd time in school history, as expected. The Baton Rouge Regional teams and the entire 64-team NCAA Tournament field, as well as game times, will be announced at this morning at 11 a.m. CT during a selection show televised by ESPNU. LSU will almost certainly be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, and as soon as the news is announced I’ll tweet it to those of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter, and then I’ll post the bracket in tomorrow’s update.

If you’re an LSU baseball season ticket holder who would like to purchase tickets to the regional, you’d better act fast. Season ticket holders have until 5 p.m. CT today to submit their reservations by logging-on to their online account at www.LSUTix.net, or by calling the LSU Ticket Office at (225) 578-2184 or toll free at (800) 960-8587. If available, Regional all-session books will go on sale to the general public on Thursday at 8 a.m. CT.

One more baseball tidbit: Congratulations to Florida for winning the SEC Tournament last night with a 7-3 win over Vanderbilt. Due to rain delays, the game didn’t end until after 10 p.m. While I would have loved to see LSU win the tournament for a third year in a row, I think being able to rest yesterday, as opposed to playing in last night’s marathon game and getting back to Baton Rouge at 3:00 or 4:00 this morning, will benefit the Tigers this Friday when Regionals begin.  

Ok… backtracking a bit, earlier I mentioned the wonderful job softball Coach Beth Torina is doing, and that reminds me to call your attention to this article on LSU coaches’ contracts by Tiger Rag that I think you will find interesting. In it, Cody Worsham points out that yesterday’s softball win earned Coach Torina $15,000. I suspect we can all agree that she is very deserving of the bonus. What’s more interesting in the article is the breakdown of all the coaches’ contracts, including Coach Les Miles’. Hint: Worsham suggests that Coach Miles’ seat is not even the least bit hot and points out that getting rid of Miles before his contract expires in 2019 would be very costly.

In closing, please note that I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange later today, so if you have any LSU tickets for sale, please let me know.


 

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