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.