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5/24/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that LSU lost to Florida, 2-1, and for the first time since 2012 will not be playing in this year’s SEC Tournament championship game. As I tweeted after the game, I would have loved to have seen the Tigers win it, but it’s not the end of the world. The road to Omaha will still run through Baton Rouge, as LSU will still be a top-8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament and could still be the No. 1 seed. The full field and seedings will be announced Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.

In yesterday’s game, LSU’s bullpen pitchers gave up two runs, but perhaps just as significant in the loss were LSU’s lack of timely hitting and a major base-running blunder. The Tigers collected nine hits in the game, but went only 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. It wasn’t like the Tigers didn’t swing the bat well, but they just hit the ball right at folks on several occasions. As for the base-running error, in the third inning Fraley slipped and was picked off of second base. What made the play especially costly was that Hale and Scivicque followed with singles that would have resulted in at least one run and could have sparked a big inning for the Tigers.

Alex Lange got the start for the Tigers and persevered through a pressure-packed, seven-inning, 100-pitch outing. Although he hit one batter and issued six bases on balls, he held the Gators scoreless on five hits, and you can’t ask for much more than that. Zach Person allowed a base on balls and a hit to the two batters he faced in the eight, and then Hunter Newman came in and allowed an RBI double and a single before being pulled for Devall who got the Tigers out of the inning with a fly out. In the ninth, Coach Mainieri sent Jesse Stallings to the mound and he promptly gave up the go-ahead solo home run to the first batter he faced before retiring the next three batters with two strikeouts and a ground out. As I’ve stated before on this site and in the Q&A I did with AGoodSprtsHang.com, my biggest concern with this baseball team has been, and remains, its lack of a shutdown closer.

Offensively, the Tigers were led at the plate by Connor Hale, Kade Scivicque, Andrew Stevenson, and Jared Foster. Hale, Scivicque and Stevenson each went 2-for-4, and Foster went 1-for-4 with an RBI double. (Here’s the complete boxscore.) The one-run output tied with two other games for the Tigers’ fewest runs this season.

Defensively, the Tigers played very well. There were at least three double plays in the game, including a bizarre one in which two runners were putout on Florida’s 2-RBI double in the eighth. If not for that heads up play, the Gators would have likely plated at least one more run. Another defensive gem was this play in the third inning when Alex Bregman fielded a ball behind second base, flipped it behind his back from his glove to his hand and made the throw to first. The runner wasn’t out, but it was still an incredible display of athleticism and confidence from the best college shortstop in America. (Thanks to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate – @DellengerAdv – for sharing those two plays on Twitter.)

Now for the good news…. The LSU softball team run-ruled Arizona, 8-0, in the first ever Super Regional game played at Tiger Park. I was attending my niece's graduation party (Happy Graduation Julianne!) and could not watch the game, so instead of giving you my own brief recap I’ll share with you this press release sent out by LSU:

TIGERS CRUISE TO 8-0 SUPER REGIONAL OPENING WIN OVER ARIZONA

BATON ROUGE, La. – In front of the largest crowd ever to witness a postseason game at Tiger Park in the first ever Baton Rouge Super Regional, the No. 8 LSU softball team wasted little time seizing the moment, scoring eight runs in the first three innings to roll to an 8-0 win over the No. 16 Arizona Wildcats in five innings Saturday afternoon in Tiger Park.

The Tigers (49-12) exploded for four runs in the very first frame to set the tone early, taking advantage of opportunities with runners on base to plate two more in the second and a pair more in the third to get out to a heady lead that the Wildcats (41-19) would never threaten to earn the win in five and sit a game away from advancing to the 2015 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

“I thought our team played great. I thought we played on all cylinders too,” head coach Beth Torina said. “The offense was amazing. I thought we had a great performance on the mound and played really solid defense.”

LSU needed only five hits to pull ahead, getting two from the bat of Bailey Landry who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, hitting her second home run of the season. The Prairieville, Louisiana, product was a force in all facets on Saturday, making some outstanding plays with her glove in the field, including an inning-ending double play during one frame.

“We knew that we had to come out today with a lot of energy because Arizona is a great ball club,” Landry said. “I think Carley (Hoover) doing great on the mound, and our hitters backing us up with that made it a combination for a great game.”

The middle of the order for the Tigers also came through, as Sahvanna Jaquish, Kellsi Kloss and Sandra Simmons each drove in at least one run, as Jaquish got the scoring going with a two-RBI single early, with Kloss coming through with an RBI double and Simmons an RBI single. Bianka Bell scored twice and was walked twice, while A.J. Anderws was walked once and scored once.

Earning her second shutout of the postseason, freshman pitcher Carley Hoover (17-5) battled through two walks on her opening two at-bats to storm through the Arizona lineup on Saturday, tossing a one-hitter with a strikeout and three walks to earn the victory, her third of the postseason.

“I wasn’t nervous. I just think that my confidence level is really high when we have fans like this and a park like this,” Hoover said. “It’s packed, and we come out and score runs like this. It’s really hard for me to not be confident in my stuff when everyone else is so confident in theirs today.”

Trish Parks (16-7) opened, and then closed, the game in the circle for Arizona, suffering the loss after allowing four runs on three hits with five walks in just two innings, giving way to reliever Siera Phillips who also pitched two allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits with three walks and a strikeout. Mandie Perez had the only hit for Arizona on the afternoon.

After Arizona got two on in the opening frame of the contest, LSU came back and did one better, as a walk to Andrews to open LSU’s turn at-bat put one on. Landry came through with a bunt single down the right field line to put two on, as Bell went deep into the count before drawing a walk to load the bases for the Tigers.

On the second pitch of her at-bat, Jaquish ripped one through the left side of the infield to plate the first two to make it 2-0 LSU right off the jump. A rocket double off the wall in center by Koss scored Bell to make it 3-0 LSU with runners now at second and third. A walk to Simmons loaded the bases again before the team’s first out came via a force out at home on a fielder’s choice.

A wild pitch allowed Kloss to score from third to make it 4-0, as a walk to Sydney Bourg loaded the bases again and prompted an early pitching change for the Wildcats.

With an out in the bottom of the second, a walk to Bell for the second time today as well as one to Jaquish put two on for LSU. After a diving catch in left for the second out, Simmons ripped a single to first allowing Bell to score to make it 5-0, with a wild pitch scoring Jaquish to make it 6-0 LSU.

An error allowed Emily Griggs to reach first in the bottom of the third, as after a strikeout, Landry reared back and launched a no-doubter to right for the homer to give LSU an 8-0 lead.

Game two of the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional is set for a 4 p.m. start Sunday afternoon at Tiger Park. The game will be televised on ESPN.

As I do on most Sundays, I’ll leave you today with a good read to go along with your Sunday morning coffee:

LSU's Unforgettables, Part 3: The Mad Hatter Himself, Les Miles

Reader Comments: I just wanted to say to all of the “heartbroken” fans about our loss to Florida that last year: LSU won the SEC championship and still lost in the super regional, and Vanderbilt lost the SEC championship and they became the national champions. Just consider it as extra rest before our regionals. Gotta stay positive!

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5/23/15 5:35 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Top-ranked LSU (48-9), the 2015 SEC regular-season champion, will be looking to earn its third straight berth in the SEC Baseball Tournament championship game today when the Tigers face Florida at the Hoover Met at approximately 3:30. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal game between Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, which begins at Noon.

With ace freshman right-hander Alex Lange getting the start in today’s game, Tiger fans have every reason to be confident of LSU surviving today’s elimination game and advancing  to tomorrow’s tournament championship. Lange, the 2015 SEC Freshman of the Year, is 10-0 on the season and No. 2 in the SEC in ERA (2.11) and in strikeouts (91). Hopefully he will give the Tigers six or more strong innings to preserve LSU’s bullpen for tomorrow. As noted in yesterday’s report, LSU starting pitchers Jared Poché and Austin Bain struggled in the first two games of the tournament and only lasted a combined 2.2 innings, but fortunately they were picked up by Jack Wholestaff, the name Coaches Mainieri and Dunn use when referring to stringing together a bevy of relief pitchers to get the job done. If the Tigers get the job done today, we are likely to see Jared Poché get the start in tomorrow’s championship game, which is slated for 3:30 on ESPN2. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 

Today LSU will face a Gator team that is ranked 6th in the nation and has been playing very well as of late. In fact, in yesterday’s game against Arkansas, the Gators run ruled the Hogs, 10-0 in seven innings, and got a complete game pitching performance from A. J. Puk. The Gators are expected to start freshman right-hander Alex Faedo (4-1, 3.59 ERA) in today’s game. The last time LSU and Florida squared off was in last year’s SEC Tournament championship game, a contest LSU won 2-0. 

I’ll have a house full of company today so I won’t be tweeting as much as normal, but I will tweet occasional score updates for those of you needing to sneak a peak at your smart phones to keep up with the action while working or attending graduation ceremonies. 

In softball news, after a thrilling comeback last week that allowed the team to continue their record-breaking season, No. 8 LSU will return to action today at 2 p.m. against No. 16 Arizona in Super Regional action at Tiger Park. The best-of-three series will be played over two days, and today’s game will be televised on ESPNNews. Sunday’s action begins at 4 p.m. on ESPN, with the if-necessary game being played 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game on ESPN2.

The Tigers started the season on fire and won their first 25 games, but faltered a bit down the stretch, losing six of their last nine regular season games. However, they really stepped up when they had to in NCAA Regional play and won three consecutive elimination games to get to where they are today. This weekend’s series ought to be a great one, as it will pit Arizona’s potent offense, which ranks third in the nation in home runs (104) and fourth in batting average (.355), against LSU’s outstanding pitching staff which ranks seventh in the nation in ERA (1.77). Arizona is 10-4 all-time vs. LSU, including 4-2 in NCAA Tournament play. Earlier this season, the Tigers defeated the Wildcats 4-3 in the Mary Nutter Invitational.

Now let’s conclude today’s report with another installment of our series on LSU football’s 2015 signing class by looking at another talented position group, wide receivers. In case you missed it, earlier in the week we previewed defensive backs and running backs. You can find those installments by navigating to previous reports.

Wide Receivers 

When wide receivers Tyron Johnson (6’1”, 191), Jazz Ferguson (6’5”, 205) and Derrick Dillon (5’11, 173) join the team this fall, it’s going to be a challenge for them to stand out in an already crowded unit. The returning Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, D.J. Chark, Trey Quinn and John Diarse have the skill and experience necessary to start in 2015, although Johnson, Ferguson and Dillon each possess qualities that can’t be overlooked. 

Warren Easton’s Johnson, No. 1 on our list of Top Louisiana Prospects - 2015, recorded 94 receptions, 1,589 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior in high school. Great hands and elusiveness in the open field (hurdling players on the high school level) are among his many strengths. 

As for West Feliciana’s Ferguson, his 6-foot-5 frame makes him the tallest receiver on the roster. Ferguson, who was No. 11 on our Louisiana prospects list and recorded 889 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions a year ago, could become a viable option in goal line situations.  

The best bet for Dillon to see the field in 2015 might be on special teams. The No. 13 prospect on our list out of Pine is a versatile, explosive athlete who exhibited an extra gear in the open field at the high school level. That burst provided 1,927 receiving yards and 26 scores in return situations in 2014. 

LSU’s other wide receiver signee, Brandon Martin (6’4”, 205), unfortunately had to enroll at Mississippi Gulf Coast because of academic issues, although that was pretty much expected when he signed. The 3-star prospect out of Prime Prep Academy in Texas told 247 Sports that he hopes to be at LSU in December. 

Of course, the big question is whether LSU will have a quarterback who can effectively get the ball to this talented group of receivers. According to this article by Jaques Doucet, Coach Les Miles says Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are 'night and day better’ than last year.

That’s it for today folks. Enjoy the day!

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5/22/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU baseball team defeated Arkansas 10-5 last night to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals, thanks in large part to another impressive outing by LSU’s bullpen. With the win, the Tigers get today off before playing in Saturday’s semifinal single-elimination game against the winner of tonight’s contest between Florida and Arkansas. This sets up very nicely for LSU moving forward, as the Tigers will likely pitch ace Alex Lange (10-0) on Saturday and have lots of options available should they make it to Sunday’s championship match, including Jared Poché who only pitched two-thirds of an inning on Wednesday. 

For the second night in a row, LSU’s starting pitching struggled as Austin Bain allowed four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings of work, but just like in Wednesday’s game, LSU’s bullpen stepped up big and got the job done. Five LSU relievers combined to limit Arkansas to one run on four hits. The most impressive of the five was Russell Reynolds who relieved Bain and pitched 3.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. It will be interesting to see if Reynold’s strong performance, combined with Bain’s struggles, will be enough to elevate Reynolds to the Game 3 starter role in the upcoming NCAA tournament. 

Despite the starting pitching trouble we’ve seen in the last two games, I remain convinced that this LSU team has what it takes to make this a very special postseason. As the announcers said after last night’s game, there aren’t many teams who can match LSU’s combination of offensive firepower, deep pitching, stellar defense and speed on the bases. 

In last night’s game, LSU played error-free defense, stole four bases and pounded out 12 hits. Once again, Jared Foster was outstanding at the plate. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Alex Bregman went 1-for-3 with three RBI. Bregman also stole two bases, giving him a total of 32 on the season, which is already the fifth most in school history. 

Here are the game’s boxscore and video highlights, and here’s a quick scoring recap: LSU jumped out to a four-run lead in the top of the first on three hits, three stolen bases and three Arkansas errors. Conner Hale lifted a sacrifice fly and Chris Chinea lined an RBI single to highlight the outburst. The Tigers extended the lead to 6-0 in the second as Mark Laird ripped an RBI double and Bregman delivered a run-scoring single. Arkansas narrowed the deficit to 6-4 in the second on three RBI singles off of Bain, and another run scored on a wild pitch. LSU got back two runs in the fourth on Jake Fraley’s RBI single and Bregman’s sac fly. Bregman lifted another sacrifice fly in the seventh and Andrew Stevenson added a two-out RBI single to give the Tigers a 10-4 advantage. Arkansas plated a run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single off of Alden Cartwright to make the final score 10-5. 

Now turning to softball, LSU will begin Super Regional play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Arizona for the start of a best-of-three series at Tiger Park.  Saturday’s game begins at 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNNews. Game 2 will be Sunday at 4 p.m. and Game 3 (if necessary) will be Sunday at 7 p.m. Individual general admission and standing-room-only/berm tickets remain for all three games and can be purchased online at LSUTix.net or by calling (800) 960-8587. Tickets can also be purchased in-person at the main LSU Ticket Office Thursday, at Tiger Park Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or on game day. Here’s hoping Tiger Fans will show up en masse and cheer this historic Tiger team on to victory.

In football recruiting news, one of LSU’s defensive tackle targets, five-star Ed Oliver of Houston, Texas, committed to Houston yesterday. Oliver’s commitment did come as a bit of a surprise, but as Jimmy Smith states in this article, it doesn’t really shake up LSU’s DT recruiting board much. The state of Louisiana is loaded with big-time DTs like never before, and the Tigers already have a commitment from Ed Alexander, No. 2 on our list of Top LA Prospects, and is in good shape with three other elite in-state DTs – Rashard Lawrence, Glen Logan and Stephon Taylor. In case you’re wondering why Oliver chose Houston, Smith reports that one major reason is that Oliver’s old high school coach is now on the Cougars’ staff. 

Stay tuned, Tiger Fans, as tomorrow we’ll continue the football series we started a couple of days ago on the incoming freshman class by looking at another very talented position group - wide receivers.

Oh, and I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange page later today, so if you have LSU tickets to sale, please let me know.

 

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