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4/13/14 6:10 am CST
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
The LSU baseball team secured its seventh consecutive victory with a 5-4 win over Arkansas. As Coach Mainieri said after the game, it wasn’t the Tigers ”most crisply played game,” but the Tigers fought hard and came through when it counted. With two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth, Mark Laird got a pitch high in the zone and lined it to left-field for the game-winning walk-off RBI.
Freshman left-hander Jared Poché got the start for the Tigers, pitched 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Five bullpen pitchers saw action in the game and closer Joe Broussard, who has been sensational in his closing role, was credited with his first win of the season. Broussard
Video highlights of yesterday’s game (and Friday’s game) are in our Media Gallery, and here is a quick scoring summary: LSU took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Christian Ibarra’s solo home run and Chris Chinea’s RBI double. The Tigers added two runs in the fourth inning to make it a 4-0 game as Kramer Robertson hit a two-run double to left-center field. Arkansas responded in the fifth inning to cut the LSU lead to 4-2. First baseman Eric Fisher started off the inning with a solo home run to right field against LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche’. With runners on second and third, left fielder Joe Serrano hit a sacrifice fly to score shortstop Michael Bernal. The Razorbacks added another run in the sixth inning when Fisher hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate pinch hitter Clark Eagan. With runners on first and second in the seventh inning, Arkansas executed a double steal. Chinea threw the ball over third baseman Christian Ibarra’s head to allow Andrew Benintendi to score and tie the game at 4-4. The score remained tied until the bottom of the ninth inning when Laird came through with his clutch walk-off RBI. Laird was in a bit of a slump before that at-bat (0-10), and it was great to see him bust out of it in a big way.
The Tigers will go for their second consecutive series sweep today at 1 p.m. with junior left-hander Kyle Bouman (3-1, 2.23) on the mound. Arkansas will counter with junior right-hander Chris Oliver (3-3, 1.99 ERA). The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television and can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 in Baton Rouge). Members of the Geaux Zone can access live video and audio at LSUSports.net/live.
In news related to LSU football, I’m sure that many of you have heard by now the sad news of former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones being shot Friday night. Was makes the story even more disturbing is that the alleged shooter, Brandon Winey, is also a former Tiger. According to reports, Jones was visiting a female friend at her apartment when Winey arrived and a physical altercation began. Jones was shot in the abdomen and taken to a Lake Charles hospital. Later he was transferred to Rapides Regional Medical Center, and the last I heard is that he is in very critical condition and fighting for his life. Please keep Tahj and the Jones family in your prayers. The shooting came just two days after Jones worked out in front of NFL scouts and coaches at LSU’s annual Pro Day.
In LSU recruiting news, I understand that Warren Easton wide receiver Tyron Johnson (6’1”, 185, No. 1 on my list of Top LA Football Prospects) had a great showing for the Bootleggers in this weekend’s 7-on-7 competition in Atlanta. Another player who really turned heads in LSU commit Kevin Toliver (6’2”, 180, Jacksonville, FL) who is widely regarded as the top cornerback in the country. What makes this news encouraging to Tiger Fans is that the two were photographed hanging out together, and the word is they’ve developed a good friendship. Just a year after signing two of the best wide receivers in the country (Trey Quinn and Malachi Dupré), the Tigers stand a very good chance of signing two of the best again next year in Johnson and DaMarkus Lodge (6-2.5, 190, Cedar Hill, Texas). Lodge is the nation’s top-ranked receiver and earlier this month he named LSU his leader.
Reader Comments: Scott, Here's a great article on a former LSU Tiger (Sam Montgomery) getting a chance at redemption.
4/12/14 6:15am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
It was great hearing from many of you yesterday about Part 1 of 2 of my Q&A session with Mike Detillier. Today I’ve added Part 2, and in it Mike talks about the LSU defense, particularly the defensive tackles, middle linebackers and safeties. And for those of you who missed Part 1 which included Mike’s NFL projections and thoughts on LSU’s offense, I’ve included links to it as well. Here you go…
In yesterday’s initial segment of the Q&A, Mike commented that he thinks Anthony Jennings will begin the season as the starting quarterback, but that Brandon Harris will end the season as the starter. I heard from a lot of you about that comment, asking my thoughts. I tend to agree. In my opinion, Harris would have to really separate himself from Jennings in a big way before Coaches Miles and Cameron would start a true freshman against Wisconsin in the season opener in Houston’s Reliant Center, but you never know. I expect the quarterback battle to play out on the field early in the season, and for Harris’ athleticism and strong arm to win out.
In baseball news, LSU won its sixth consecutive contest last night when they defeated Arkansas 5-3. With the win, the Tigers improved to 26-8-1 overall and 7-5-1 in conference play, and are now a half-game out of first place in the SEC West. LSU only collected five hits on the night, but it was more than enough in a game that featured great pitching by both teams.
Aaron Nola got the start for LSU and improved to 7-1 on the season by limiting the Razorbacks to two runs on four hits in seven innings with two walks and a career-best 13 strikeouts. Zach Person faced three batters in the eighth and allowed one run on a walk and a hit. Closer Joe Broussard came in with one out in the eighth and did his job by keeping the Hogs off the board to earn the save.
The Tigers collected just five hits in the game, but only needed two. In the first inning, Sean McMullen and Mark Laird reached second and third on a walk, a fielder’s choice and an error, and then Alex Bregman drove them in with a well-hit single up the middle. Bregman’s numbers haven’t been outstanding lately, but he continues to hit very well with runners in scoring position. The Tigers’ next two runs came in the third inning on a crushing two-run homer over the right field wall by McMullen, his fourth home run of the season. LSU added a run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Robertson to score Stevenson, who had led off the inning with a single.
The Tigers and Razorbacks will square off in Game 2 of the series today at noon on ESPN 2. The game can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including Baton Rouge flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM. Live audio and stats of the games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. Freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ (6-2, 2.25 ERA) will take the mound for the Tigers today while junior left-hander Jalen Beeks (5-2, 1.05 ERA) will start for Arkansas.
I won’t be able to watch today’s game live because I’ve got something more important to do: Two of my daughters are playing their first ever softball games today, and I wouldn’t miss that for the world!
Speaking of softball, LSU fell to Georgia last night, 6-1, in the series opener at Tiger Park. A three-run fourth inning by Georgia (35-6, 9-4 SEC) proved to be the difference as LSU (22-18, 4-9) managed just four hits, had two errors and scored one run in the final inning. Game two of the series, which is designated as the “Strikeout Ovarian Cancer” contest, will get underway at 6 p.m. in Tiger Park. The game will be televised live on CSS and CST.
A couple of tidbits in closing: • Here’s a great article on Coach Miles’ best recruit ever that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. • Also, I’ve added a newly released video of LSU’s 2014 Basketball Highlights to our Media Gallery.
4/11/14 5:50 am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
As promised, today I’ve posted a question and answer session with Mike Detillier that covers a lot of good football ground. In today’s segment, which is Part 1 of 2, I get Mike’s thoughts on LSU’s Pro Day event, his draft projections, and his thoughts on the LSU the Spring Game starting with the offense. In Part 2, which I’ll post tomorrow, we’ll talk about the outlook on defense (including depth at defensive tackle, competition at middle linebacker and more). As always, I thank Mike for sharing his insights, and I welcome your feedback.
The eighth-ranked LSU (25-8-1, 6-5-1 SEC) baseball team plays host to Arkansas (21-13, 6-6 SEC) in a three-game SEC series beginning tonight at 7 p.m. at the Box. Here’s a look at the weekend schedule, coverage and pitching match-ups:
Game 1 - Friday, 7 p.m. (Cox Sports Television)
LSU – Jr. RHP Aaron Nola (6-1, 0.47 ERA, 57.0 IP, 11 BB, 71 SO)
Arkansas – So. RHP Trey Killian (1-5, 2.70 ERA, 40.0 IP, 6 BB, 22 SO)
Game 2 - Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN2)
LSU – Fr. LHP Jared Poche’ (6-2, 2.25 ERA, 44.0 IP, 14 BB, 31 SO)
Arkansas – Jr. LHP Jalen Beeks (5-2, 1.05 ERA, 51.2 IP, 13 BB, 40 SO)
Game 3 - Sunday, 1 p.m. (Cox Sports Television)
LSU – TBA
Arkansas – Jr. RHP Chris Oliver (3-3, 1.99 ERA, 45.1 IP, 11 BB, 35 SO)
Please note in the listing above that Games 1 and 3 will be on Cox Sports Television and Game 2 will be on ESPN2. (The Georgia-LSU softball game on Saturday will be aired on CST.), All three baseball games may be viewed at ESPN3.com, and can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including Baton Rouge flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM. Live audio and stats of the games may be accessed in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net. Live video will also be available in the Geaux Zone on Friday and Sunday.
LSU leads the all-time series with Arkansas, 57-28, and the Tigers have won eight of their last nine SEC regular-season series versus the Razorbacks, including a 2-1 series victory last season in Fayetteville. The teams also split a pair of games last season in the SEC Tournament. The only series win for Arkansas over LSU in the past nine seasons came in 2011, when the Razorbacks swept three games from the Tigers in Fayetteville. The Tigers are 21-10 against Arkansas over the past nine seasons, including two wins over the Razorbacks in the 2009 College World Series.
Here are a few more tidbits on LSU-Arkansas baseball:
• LSU is No. 8 in the SEC in batting average (.275), and the Tigers are No. 2 in the league in ERA (2.13). Arkansas is No. 14 in the conference in batting average (.259), and the Razorbacks are No. 5 in ERA (2.30).
• The Tigers enter the series batting .275 as a team with 16 homers and 26 stolen bases in 37 attempts. Arkansas is hitting .259 as a team with 12 homers and 24 steals in 30 attempts. â€¨
• LSU is led at the plate by junior catcher Kade Scivicque, who is hitting .369 with four homers and 23 RBI. Sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson is batting .347 with four triples and 17 RBI, while junior second baseman Conner Hale is hitting .295 with three doubles and 12 RBI.
I’ll leave you today with this link to an article by LSU Associate Athletic Director/SID Michael Bonnette about what a huge impact LSU athletics has on the local and state economy. No doubt about it, LSU sports is big business in Louisiana.
Reader comments: Scott, ESPN is conducting a poll asking which SEC team has the strongest offensive line and LSU is in last place among the five teams listed. Fans can vote online here.
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