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4/24/15 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Whoa! How ’bout that LSU baseball team! In a No. 1 vs. No. 2 contest that lived up to all the hype, LSU came away with a 4-3 win with a walk-off RBI single by Danny Zardon in the 9th. If a battle like that one doesn’t get your blood flowing, I don’t know what to tell you.

After quickly falling behind 2-0 on four hits in two innings, sophomore Jared Poché settled down, found his groove and went on to retire 15 of the next 17 batters he faced. Poché ended up working an efficient seven innings (65 total pitches) while allowing two runs on six hits with one strike out and no walks. Parker Bugg worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to preserve an LSU 3-2 lead, but then things got really interesting in the 9th as Jesse Stallings blew a save opportunity. Stallings allowed a leadoff triple and an RBI single, and then the Aggies loaded the bases on a wild pitch sandwiched between two walks (one intentional) by Jake Godfrey. A few pitches later, sophomore Collin Strall found himself in a dream scenario – with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams knotted in the ninth, the bases loaded, two outs and a full count – and he responded with a huge strikeout to prevent the go-ahead run. The Tigers would go on to win the game in the bottom of the 9th on a walk-off RBI single by designated hitter Danny Zardon. Now that’s what a call a ballgame!

Offensively, the Tigers swung the bat well against very good pitching and ended with 10 hits on the night. Every Tiger in the lineup collected at least one hit except for Andrew Stevenson, although Stevenson did come through with an RBI fielder’s choice. The Tigers were led at the plate by Chris Chinea who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. 

While it was a great win for the Tigers, it was far from perfect. Jared Foster committed two errors at 2nd base that cost the Tigers one run and nearly another. (It’s also worth noting that Foster made a couple of outstanding plays at second as well.) The Tigers were also overly aggressive on the bases at times, and of course Stallings’ save effort was concerning. Still, a great win for the Tigers.

Here are the game’s video highlights and boxscore, and here’s what Coach Paul Mainieri had to say about the win after the game: “It’s a great example of what perseverance and determination can accomplish. Danny Zardon has been in and out of our lineup this season, but he’s always kept his head up and continued to work extremely hard. In fact, I thought he had his best batting practice session of the year yesterday in practice. His hit culminated a fantastic college baseball game; it was like two heavyweight fighters slugging it out and absorbing body blows, and fortunately we were able to earn the walk-off win.”

With the win, LSU improved to 36-6 overall and moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC standings with a 13-5 league mark. Texas A&M dropped to 36-6 and 12-6. The Tigers will go for the series win tonight at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on the SEC Network Alternate channel, and it can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. It will also be streamed live at WatchESPN.com and on the WatchESPN app. LSU will send freshman RHP Alex Lange (7-0, 1.40 ERA) to the mound, while A&M will counter with sophomore RHP Ryan Hendrix (3-0, 1.40 ERA). 

Now switching gears and turning to football… I want to point out in closing that I’ve updated our Unofficial LSU Football Depth Chart based on what was seen in the Spring Game. Here are a  few notes on what I changed:

David Ducré  is now listed No. 3 at RB
Ethan Pocic is now No. 1 at LG
William Clapp is now No. 1 at C
Josh Boutte is now No. 1 at RG
Trey Quinn was added at punt return, kick return, and holder
I reordered/regrouped the receivers 
*Cody Townsend is now No. 2 at RT

*Cody Townsend started at right tackle on the Purple team, but in the event that LSU would start someone other than Vadal Alexander at RT, it would likely be someone other than Townsend after some shuffling of the line.

As always, your comments and feedback are welcomed. 

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4/23/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

A huge series in college baseball featuring the No. 1 LSU Tigers and the No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. If you’re a college baseball fan, you probably don’t need any help getting pumped for a game of this magnitude, but here’s a new LSU baseball hype video that’s sure to do the trick. 

Of course, any time there’s a game between the nation’s top-2 teams it’s a big deal, but what makes this series all the more significant is that LSU (35-6, 12-5 SEC) and Texas A&M (36-5, 12-5 SEC) are tied for first place in the overall SEC standings. Sitting one-half game behind these two teams are Florida, Missouri and Vanderbilt, who are all 12-6 in the league. This is also the first matchup between top-2 teams in the new Alex Box Stadium, arguably the greatest college baseball venue in the world, and I have no doubt that it will be rocking tonight. 

Those of you planning on watching from home will be glad to know that there’s been a change to the TV schedule and all three of the games will now be shown on cable TV. Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPN2 (not ESPNU, as originally stated), tomorrow’s game will be on the SEC Network Alternate Channel (instead of streaming only), and Saturday’s game will be on ESPN (as originally scheduled). All three games can also be streamed online at WatchESPN.com and via the Watch ESPN app.

Last weekend Coach Mainieri moved Alex Lange to the Game 1 starter role, but this week he has decided to go with Jared Poché in tonight’s game since both pitchers are working on less than normal rest. As I’m sure you recall, last Friday’s game in Athens was a wash out, so the Tigers played a doubleheader on Saturday with Lange pitching in the first game and Poché in the second. Normally, the starting pitchers have six days of rest between outings, but because of Friday’s rain out and the fact that this weekend’s series starts on a Thursday, whoever pitches tonight will be working on four days of rest, and Coach Mainieri thinks that it would probably be best not to put Lange in that situation considering he’s a true freshman who was dealing with elbow soreness prior to the Auburn series. 

Here’s a look at this weekend’s pitching match-ups and start times:

Game 1 - Thursday, 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
LSU – So. LHP Jared Poche’ (7-1, 2.90 ERA, 62.0 IP, 17 BB, 42 SO)
TAMU – Jr. RHP Grayson Long (8-0, 2.73 ERA, 56.0 IP, 24 BB, 66 SO) 

Game 2 - Friday, 7 p.m., SEC Alternate Channel
LSU – Fr. RHP Alex Lange (7-0, 1.40 ERA, 57.2 IP, 23 BB, 65 SO)
TAMU – So. RHP Ryan Hendrix (3-0, 1.40 ERA, 25.2 IP, 8 BB, 24 SO)

Game 3 - Saturday, 1 p.m., ESPN
LSU – Fr. RHP Austin Bain (1-1, 3.07 ERA, 29.1 IP, 11 BB, 32 SO)
TAMU – TBA 

In basketball news, LSU received signed scholarship papers from Antonio Blakeney yesterday. Of course, this isn’t surprising news as Blakeney’s commitment was always considered rock solid, but it still had to put a huge smile on Coach Jones’ face to receive the third set of signing papers from an elite player in this year’s class. Blakeney, a 6-4, 177-pound guard who averaged 29.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for an Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida, is ranked nationally in the top 20 by all three of the major recruiting polls, and was named Mr. Basketball in Florida. Here are Blakeney’s video highlights. Earlier in the week, LSU received signing papers from Mr. Basketball in Louisiana, guard Brandon Sampson, and back in November they landed the No. 1 player in all of America, forward Ben Simmons. These three join Arizona transfer Craig Victor from New Orleans in this year’s signing class, giving Tiger fans four big reasons to be excited about the future of LSU basketball. Hats off to Coach Johnny Jones.

I don’t have much in football to pass along to you today, but I do want to share these three tidbits which I’m sure you will enjoy. 

• First, here are video highlights from Saturday’s spring game by LSUSports.net.

• Here’s a great writeup on LSU wide receiver DJ Chark by Tiger Rag (Did you know Chark was a perfect 4.0 student every year up until his senior year in high school when his average dropped to 3.9 when he was playing more than one sport? Or that in 13 years of schooling, Chark never missed a day of school?) 

• And here’s an article and video interview by nola.com about former LSU running back Terrance Magee and the upcoming NFL Draft

In closing, please note that I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange and LSU Crawfish Boils pages

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4/22/15 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

In baseball news, nine LSU pitchers combined to limit Tulane to only one hit in a 6-0 Tiger victory at the Box. Freshman Austin Bain got the start for LSU and pitched two innings, allowing only a two-out single in the 2nd, and then eight relief pitchers combined to keep Tulane not only scoreless but hitless the remainder of the game. The one-hitter was the first ever in the new Alex Box Stadium which opened in 2009. 

The Tigers collected 11 hits in the game and were led at the plate by Conner Hale who went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Chris Chinea, who returned to action after getting hit in the face by a fastball Saturday against Georgia, also had a big night offensively and ended 2-for-3, including a solo homer in the 7th. Unfortunately, LSU’s hottest hitter, Kade Scivicque, saw his 23-game hitting streak come to an end as he went 0-for-3. 

Defensively, the Tigers played well, but the bad news is that Alex Bregman committed another error at shortstop, his third in as many games. We all know what an outstanding player Bregman is, and I’m not down on him at all, but it’s funny how a player can go 31 games without an error and then commit three in such a short period of time. Such is the game of baseball. 

Here’ are the game’s video highlights and boxscore, and here’s a quick scoring recap: In the bottom of the first inning, LSU took a 1-0 lead on back-to-back doubles by Bregman and Hale. In the fifth inning, Jared Foster singled, advanced to second and third on errors and scored on an RBI groundout by Chris Sciambra. In the seventh, the Tigers’ bats came alive as they scored four runs. The first came on Chinea’s solo home run, his sixth homer of the year, and the next three came on an RBI single by Sciambra and a two-out, two-run single by Hale to make it 6-0. 

The Tigers will now turn their attention to what will be the biggest regular season game played at the Box in years when the No. 1 ranked Tigers take on No. 2 Texas A&M for a three-game series starting tomorrow night (yes, Thursday) at 6:30. The game will be televised by ESPNU and I can hardly wait. More on that big series in tomorrow’s report. 

Turning to football, it was great hearing from many of you yesterday about the Spring Game Mail Call I posted yesterday. Today I want to expand on that a bit by answering another question I’ve probably been asked 15 times since the game, and also give a readers’s response to the question about LSU’s low attendance numbers which I touched on yesterday. 

The question I’ve been asked a lot is about Trey Quinn and it goes something like this:  LSU’s receivers looked great in the game, but I didn’t notice Trey Quinn. What’s up with that? Well, the answer is that Quinn did play for the Purple team, and while I would have expected him to get some reps with the White, I understand the need for placing a quality receiver or two on the Purple team to help out the quarterbacks, both of whom play for both teams. Quinn wasn’t targeted much - he had one reception for five yards – but he also returned kicks and punts, and was the holder on field goal attempts. In all he ended with 57 all-purpose yards, which was a team-best for the Purple team. A lot has been made about Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural and DJ Chark, and rightfully so, but I wouldn’t sleep on Quinn. I know that wide receiver Coach Tony Ball thinks very highly of Quinn, and so do I. 

As for the spring game attendance topic that I touched on in my Mail Call, below is a response I received yesterday afternoon that I think makes a few good points and is worth sharing:

Reader Comments: I do think that the predicted weather had something to do with the poor attendance at the spring football game, as terrible weather was predicted for most of the state. What those concerned need to remember is that baseball and softball are HUGE in Louisiana now. High school baseball and softball are at the height of their seasons and little league softball and baseball is in full swing now. Parents and kids are going to be at those games in the middle of the day on a Saturday. Let's not forget that LSU softball and baseball are having OUTSTANDING seasons and that both of those teams, plus the spring game, could be viewed by fans on a number of formats from the comfort of their homes. However, you know that when the real season starts in September, their will be 100,000 plus fans in Tiger Stadium screaming and cheering on the Tigers again. September can't  get here fast enough for me. GEAUX Tigers !!! 

In closing, I’d like to point out that LSU has setup a “Nick Brossette Family Fund” to assist Nick Brossette’s family with essential living expenses due to the unexpected death of his older brother, Mendel Esnault. The death of Esnault leaves the Brossette’s without an income as he was the sole provider for the family. Brossette’s mom, Rita, has been battling cancer since 2013 and is currently undergoing a series of chemotherapy treatments and is unable to work. Those interested in assisting Nick Brossette and his family can make contributions to the Tiger Athletic Foundation by going to www.lsutaf.org. Please note that per NCAA rules, all contributions of any kind must go through this fund. Brossette, the record-setting and state champion running back from University High School in Baton Rouge, signed with the Tigers in February and will be a true freshman for LSU in the fall of 2015.

 

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