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5/26/15 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As many of you know by now, the LSU baseball team was named the No. 2 national seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament which gets underway this Friday. Like many of you I heard from yesterday, I feel like LSU was certainly deserving of the No. 1 seed, and it would have been nice to see LSU recognized as such for the first time in program history, but quite frankly it makes no difference at all. What’s important is that LSU is a top-8 National Seed, meaning the Tigers are guaranteed to host a Super Regional two weeks from now if they win their Regional this weekend. 

The four teams participating in the Baton Rouge Regional are LSU (1), UNC Wilmington (2), Tulane (3) and Lehigh (4). I don’t know much about Lehigh and UNC Wilmington, but based on what little bit I’ve read about them, and on the way the bracket is setup, I think LSU received a pretty good draw. No. 4 Lehigh University is a private research university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and their Mountain Hawks baseball team made it to the NCAA tournament by winning the Patriot League tournament. They finished the season 25-29 overall, 12-8 in conference play and with an RPI of 239. No. 2 UNC Wilmington, on the other hand, seems like a more formidable opponent, having finished the season 39-16 overall, 18-6 in the conference play (Colonial Athletic Association), and with an RPI of 36. As for No. 3 Tulane, we’ve been playing them since 1893 and know them pretty well. LSU has won 13 of its last 16 meetings against the Green Wave, including a 6-0 win last month. What I really like about the tournament bracket is that if LSU wins this weekend’s double-elimination Regional, the Tigers would move on to face the winner of the Houston regional in the best-of-three Super Regional round, which could provide a chance to avenge last year's Regional loss to the Cougars. Of course, it could also pit LSU against UL-Lafayette who came in as a No. 3 seed in the Houston Regional.

A lot of you have asked who I think LSU will pitch this weekend in the Regional games. I know that Coach Mainieri would like to pitch Alex Lange on Saturday, assuming LSU wins Friday and is not faced with the necessity of winning four consecutive elimination games to make it out of the Regional. If things go as planned, I would expect to see either Austin Bain or Russell Reynolds on Friday, Lange on Saturday, Poché on Sunday, and Jack Wholestaff on Monday (if necessary). 

Below is a look at the Baton Rouge Regional schedule, and here’s the complete NCAA Tournament bracket.

NCAA Regional Schedule
Baton Rouge, La.

Alex Box Stadium

All times Central and subject to change

Friday, May 29
Game 1 - 3 p.m. - #4 seed Lehigh vs. #1 seed LSU (SEC Network)

Game 2 - 7 p.m.  - #3 seed Tulane vs. #2 seed UNC-Wilmington (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 30
Game 3 - 3 p.m. - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser  (SEC Network or ESPN3)

Game 4 - 8 p.m. - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner (SEC Network or ESPN 3)

Sunday, May 31
Game 5 – 3 p.m. - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser (SEC Network or ESPN3)

Game 6 – 7 p.m. - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner (SEC Network or ESPN3)

Monday, June 1
Game 7 – 7 p.m. - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (if necessary – SEC Network or ESPN3) 

When the LSU team met to watch the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement on ESPNU, Coach Mainieri dished out postseason awards to two of his players. Below is a press release issued by LSU’s Sports Information Department about the honors.

SCIAMBRA, BREGMAN RECEIVE LSU POSTSEASON AWARDS 

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri honored on Monday two of his players – senior outfielder Chris Sciambra and junior shortstop Alex Bregman – during the Tigers’ postseason gathering at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The team met to watch the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement on ESPNU.

“These young men embody the mission of the LSU baseball program,” Mainieri said. “They strive for excellence in every endeavor, and they are tremendous representatives of our university and of our state. I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as their coach.”

Just before the tournament field was revealed, Sciambra received the Wally Pontiff Jr. Scholar Athlete Award. Pontiff was an all-SEC third baseman at LSU who played for the Tigers from 2000-02 and died tragically in 2002 due to a heart abnormality. The award was presented to Sciambra by Pontiff’s father, Wally Pontiff Sr.

Sciambra, a native of Baton Rouge, is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he earned his LSU degree in construction management earlier this month.

Sciambra was also named to the 2015 SEC Community Service Team for his outstanding participation in philanthropic events. He is batting .309 this season as the Tigers’ starting designated hitter with eight doubles, three triples, two homers, 24 RBI and 24 runs.

Legendary former LSU coach Skip Bertman then presented Bregman with the Skip Bertman Award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of the LSU Baseball program. Bertman directed LSU to five national championships during his coaching tenure (1984-2001), and he served a highly successful seven-year term as athletic director.

Bregman, a native of Albuquerque,  NM, is an candidate for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award and for the Brooks Wallace National Shortstop of the Year Award. A 2015 first-team all-SEC selection, he is hitting .329 this season with 22 doubles, three triples, nine homers, 47 RBI, 54 runs and 32 stolen bases.

Bregman, a first-team all-American and National Freshman of the Year in 2013, leads the SEC this season in stolen bases and doubles, and he is No. 4 in the league in runs scored and total bases (131).

We’ll close out today with a couple of football-related tidbits:

• Yesterday LSU entertained the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the nation for the Class of 2017 – Marvin Wilson. LSU offered the 6-4, 300-pounder from Bellaire, Texas a little less than a week ago, so to see him make it to campus so quickly is definitely a good sign for the Tigers. LSU already has a commitment from the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle prospect for 2017, Tyler Shelvin. 

• Before we know it, our 100-day countdown to the start of LSU’s football season will begin. Today is day 102, meaning I’ve got just two days to figure out what I’m going to do for this year’s countdown. Actually, I’m just kidding as I’ve already decided to continue the wide-open format we used last year –  meaning the countdown will be a mix of historical tidbits, player jerseys, general trivia and the like. Basically, anything goes. If you have suggestions for any of the numbers, particularly numbers 90-100 since they’re quickly approaching, please let me know. 

Reader Comments: Hey Scott, 7 SEC teams made the final 64 and 4 are top seeds in their respective regionals.  Baseball is very much alive and well in the SEC!

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5/25/15 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The first thing I’d like to do is wish all of you a Happy Memorial Day and ask that you take a moment to remember family members, loved ones, neighbors, and friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and our country. Let us never forget that today’s holiday is not simply about a day off of work or a family barbecue, but is a special occasion meant to honor the countless military men and women who bravely gave their lives protecting the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. 

I’d also like to congratulate Coach Beth Torina and the LSU softball team for earning a spot in the Women’s College World Series by defeating Arizona yesterday, 10-5. Just like in Saturday’s win, the Tigers came out on fire, grabbed a four-run lead in the first at-bat and never relented. The Tigers received excellent pitching from Allie Walljasper (15-5) who threw four and one-third innings and allowed only two runs before being relieved by fellow freshman Carley Hoover who did an excellent job of shutting down the Wildcats and earning the save. Offensively, junior Sandra Simmons was the hero of the game as she went 3-for-3 with five RBI, including a two-run single in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third, and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. She also led the seventh with triple before scoring LSU’s ninth run. For her efforts, Simmons was named MVP of the Baton Rouge Super Regional.

With the win, the Tigers advance to the Women’s College World Series for the fourth time in school history and the second time in Coach Beth Torina’s four years as head coach. I’ll tell you what, Coach Torina really has it going on, and with all the youth on this team the future looks very bright for LSU softball. 

No. 5 seed LSU will open the tournament against No. 4 Auburn at 1:30 p.m. CT this Thursday. The game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium will be televised by ESPN, broadcast on 104.5/104.9 FM in Baton Rouge and streamed free at LSUsports.net/live. LSU softball season ticket holders are asked to monitor their email for ticket information.

As for the LSU baseball team, it received the official word last night that it will play host to an NCAA Regional for the 23rd time in school history, as expected. The Baton Rouge Regional teams and the entire 64-team NCAA Tournament field, as well as game times, will be announced at this morning at 11 a.m. CT during a selection show televised by ESPNU. LSU will almost certainly be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, and as soon as the news is announced I’ll tweet it to those of you who follow DandyDonLSU on Twitter, and then I’ll post the bracket in tomorrow’s update.

If you’re an LSU baseball season ticket holder who would like to purchase tickets to the regional, you’d better act fast. Season ticket holders have until 5 p.m. CT today to submit their reservations by logging-on to their online account at www.LSUTix.net, or by calling the LSU Ticket Office at (225) 578-2184 or toll free at (800) 960-8587. If available, Regional all-session books will go on sale to the general public on Thursday at 8 a.m. CT.

One more baseball tidbit: Congratulations to Florida for winning the SEC Tournament last night with a 7-3 win over Vanderbilt. Due to rain delays, the game didn’t end until after 10 p.m. While I would have loved to see LSU win the tournament for a third year in a row, I think being able to rest yesterday, as opposed to playing in last night’s marathon game and getting back to Baton Rouge at 3:00 or 4:00 this morning, will benefit the Tigers this Friday when Regionals begin.  

Ok… backtracking a bit, earlier I mentioned the wonderful job softball Coach Beth Torina is doing, and that reminds me to call your attention to this article on LSU coaches’ contracts by Tiger Rag that I think you will find interesting. In it, Cody Worsham points out that yesterday’s softball win earned Coach Torina $15,000. I suspect we can all agree that she is very deserving of the bonus. What’s more interesting in the article is the breakdown of all the coaches’ contracts, including Coach Les Miles’. Hint: Worsham suggests that Coach Miles’ seat is not even the least bit hot and points out that getting rid of Miles before his contract expires in 2019 would be very costly.

In closing, please note that I’ll be updating our Ticket Exchange later today, so if you have any LSU tickets for sale, please let me know.


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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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