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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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5/21/15 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Well it wasn’t always pretty, but it sure was entertaining as the LSU Tigers overcame a five-run deficit to defeat Auburn 9-8 and advance in the winners’ bracket of the SEC Tournament. The Tigers will now face Arkansas tonight at 8 p.m. (on SECN) since the Razorbacks defeated Florida last night, 7-6. LSU will send RHP Austin Bain (2-2, 2.96 ERA) to the mound tonight, while Arkansas will counter with RHP James Teague (4-3, 3.42 ERA).

Although last night’s game certainly didn’t go as scripted with Jared Poché lasting only one inning, in the end it probably couldn’t have worked out better for the Tigers. After Poché’s extremely rough outing in which he allowed five runs on three hits with two walks and two errors, the Tigers sent six relief pitchers to the mound, the last five of whom combined to hold Auburn to one run on two hits. The good news is that none of the bullpen pitchers who threw yesterday pitched for more than two innings, meaning all of them could give it a go today, if needed. And with Poché only pitching one inning (albeit a 35-pitch inning), he could get another start late in tournament if it comes to that. 

Offensively, the Tigers showed great resilience in the comeback win and were led at the plate by Jared Foster and Chris Sciambra, the team’s 9- and 8-hole hitters. Foster went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including a two-run homer in the second and a leadoff double in the fifth to spark a six-run inning. Sciambra also ended the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double. It was his double that sparked a mini-comeback in the second and set the table for Foster’s three-run dinger. All told, the Tigers collected 10 hits in the game and everyone in the starting lineup except for Mark Laird had a hit. 

Here are the game’s boxscore and video highlights, and here’s a brief scoring recap: Auburn jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first on two walks, two singles and a double off of Poché. LSU answered with three runs in the second on Sciambra’s RBI double and Foster’s 2-run homer (which he absolutely hammered over the left field wall). Auburn got to Jake Godfrey for two runs on three hits in the third, and then added another in the fourth on a single, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly off of Doug Norman to increase their lead back to five runs. The Purple and Gold Tigers would answer in a big way in the fifth, erupting for six runs on six hits in one of the most impressive rallies of the season. Foster started things off with a double down the right-field line and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Laird walked to put runners on first and second. Fraley scored Foster on an RBI single up the middle, and two batters later Connor Hale drove in Foster on another single up the middle. Kade Scivicque followed with a double to centerfield to score Hale, and the rally could have easily ended there, but with two outs Auburn’s right fielder dropped a routine fly ball (hit by Chinea) which allowed Scivicque to come home, making the  score 8-8. Sciambra would make Auburn pay even more for the error with an RBI single to right field, giving LSU a 9-8 lead that they would never relinquish. 

Moving on to football… let’s continue the series we started yesterday on LSU’s incoming signees by looking at another impressive position group – running backs. Here we go…

Running Backs

As we all know, LSU head coach Les Miles loves to pound the football with fresh bodies carrying the load. Because of that, LSU’s incoming freshmen running backs stand a good chance of seeing the playing field, despite LSU having one of the best running backs in the country in Leonard Fournette and one of the most underrated backs in the SEC in Darrel Williams. 

Three true freshmen running backs will be reporting to LSU this summer in hopes of earning their way onto the field. These include Derrius Guice (5'11", 216), Nick Brosette (6'0", 214) and Lanard Fournette (5'9", 170). Guice and Brosette, numbers 2 and 5 respectively in our list of Top 2015 Louisiana Prospects, are both exceptional backs who could come in and start at many schools. After all, we’re talking about a player in Guice who recorded 1,341 yards rushing, 61 yards receiving and 29 total touchdowns last season with Catholic, and Brossette who amassed 2,321 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns last season with University Lab. Guice’s hands out of the backfield combined with Brossette’s bruising style will be quite the compliment to Fournette and Williams. As for Lanard Fournette (Leonard’s brother), he’s a pretty good back in his own right, but seeing the field as a freshman will be an uphill battle for him, even with Miles’ propensity to rotate backs.

Of course, we can’t forget about David Ducre (6'0", 239), who has a spring under his belt as an early enrollee. Ducre, No. 6 on our list of Top 2015 Louisiana Prospects, was recruited primarily as a fullback, but his athleticism and extreme speed for a man his size (4.5-forty) make him a great threat with the ball in his hands. As I’ve said before, I think Ducre will be a very special player before his days at LSU are up.

LSU’s running game is in excellent shape this year and will only get better next year when Fournette and Williams are juniors and Guice, Brosette and Ducré have a year of experience under their belts. If the Tigers are able to develop a serviceable passing game to compliment this stable of running backs, LSU’s offense might just be unstoppable.  

That’s it for today, LSU fans. Come back tomorrow for another Daily Dose of Tiger News!

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5/20/15 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Since our daily doses of Tiger News have been a little light on football lately, I’m going to start today’s update with Part 1 of our promised series on LSU’s 2015 signees who will be reporting to LSU this summer. But first, I’ve got a fitting video to share with you that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. As many of you know, Florida University stirred up some controversy recently when it released a hype video proclaiming itself Defensive Back University (DBU). Well, let’s just say that LSU set the record straight yesterday by responding with a hype video of its own, and it’s a good one. It starts by recalling four LSU defensive backs who were selected very highly in NFL drafts – Patrick Peterson, Laron Landry, Morris Claiborne, and Eric Reid who were all first round selections, and Tyrann Mathieu who was selected in the third round of the 2013 draft after sitting out all of 2012. The video goes on to highlight many other past and current DB greats. You can check it out yourself here: 

VIDEO (4:29): LSU is DBU

There’s no disputing that Florida has some darn good defensive backs, and all this posturing is well and good, but let’s consider the following: LSU has produced two Jim Thorpe award winners (for top DB in country) in the past five years (Florida has not produced any), and the top defensive back prospects from the state of Florida in the 2015 and 2016 classes – Kevin Toliver and Saivion Smith – both chose LSU over Florida.

Now, as promised, let’s begin reviewing LSU’s 2015 football signees with Part 1 of a 5-part series. Just for the heck of it, let’s start with defensive backs. Periodically throughout the next week or two we’ll look at a different position group until we’ve covered all 25 signees, 22 of whom will be reporting to LSU for the first time this summer. Before going any further, I want to thank my friend Jake Martin for his help with this series. Here we go…

Defensive Backs

LSU signed four defensive backs in 2015 who will continue LSU’s DBU lineage.The most decorated of the group is early enrollee Kevin Toliver (6’2”, 185) of Jacksonville, Florida, and we’ve already had a brief chance to see what he is capable of this spring. Joining Toliver this summer will be fellow true freshmen Donté Jackson (5’11”, 175), Xavier Lewis (5’11”, 188) and Jeremy Cutrer (6’2”, 170), all of whom hale from Louisiana. Let’s take a quick look at what each of the four freshmen bring to the table and what we can expect of them.

Toliver was a national top-10 prospect according to every recruiting service in the country. As a pure corner, what makes him special is his ability to glue himself to receivers and allow little to no space in the passing game. Jackson, the No. 3 athlete on our list of Top Louisiana Prospects for 2015, is coming off of a state championship win in the 100-meters, where he recorded a blazing 10.3 time. (FYI: Oregon signee Kirk Merritt of Destrehan, LA, who was once a coveted LSU recruit, finished second with a 10.5.) As Jackson’s highlights illustrate, he’s much more than just a speedster and is a threat anytime he’s around the ball. Then you have players like Lewis, No. 9 on our top in-state prospects list, and Cutrer, who spent the last two seasons gaining experience at the JUCO level with Mississippi Gulf Coast, joining the mix. 

So where will everyone fit in? Well, that’s to be determined. Tre’Davious White has one corner position locked up, Jalen Mills isn’t going to hand over his safety position and Jamal Adams is probably the most talented defensive back we’ve seen since Eric Reid. Toliver will battle Ed Paris for the other starting corner position, but Paris looked to be one of the most improved players this spring, making that position battle an intense one. You have to figure the speedy Jackson will fit into the mix somewhere (as Coach Frank Wilson stated in this video, Jackson will get looks on special teams and offense as well) but Dwayne Thomas, John Battle and Ricky Jefferson aren’t going to lie down. Looking at what LSU’s D-backs have done in the past, and at this current group of Tigers, there’s no disputing that LSU has been, still is, and will continue to be… DBU.  

In baseball news, No. 1 seed LSU will begin SEC Tournament play today at 4:30 against No. 9 seed Auburn. In yesterday’s single-elimination round of the tournament, Auburn defeated Kentucky 6-3. To tell the truth, a part of me was hoping Kentucky would win so that the Tigers would have another shot at the Wildcats, the only team that beat LSU in an SEC series this season. Earlier this year, LSU won two out of three against Auburn, but it wasn’t easy. The purple and gold Tigers struggled at the plate against Auburn pitching and only hit .211 (20-of-95) in the series. In today’s game, LSU will send left-hander Jared Poché (7-1, 3.18 ERA) to the mound, while Auburn will reportedly counter with right-hander Rocky McCord (5-4, 3.65 ERA). McCord is the one Auburn starting pitcher that LSU hit well in the series back in mid April, rocking him for six runs on six hits in two innings of work. The Auburn pitcher who gave LSU the most trouble was ace Keegan Thompson, but he’s been hurt and his status for this week is uncertain.

Today’s game will be televised on the SEC Network and streamed on WatchEPSN, and I will be tweeting occasional score updates and comments for those of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter.

In closing, I want to thank all of you who commented on the bit of lagniappe I included in yesterday’s report - my Rainy Day (Chicken) Fricassée Recipe. Several of you mentioned that you would be trying it soon, and if you do I would love to hear how it comes out. Have a great Game Day, Tiger Fans!

 

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