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4/14/14 5:50 am CT
Good morning, Tiger Fans,
Midway through the SEC schedule, the LSU baseball team was confronted with its biggest weakness yesterday in a 10-4 loss to Arkansas. Of course, the weakness I’m referring to is Game 3 pitching. At the beginning of the season, it looked as though Kyle Bouman and Jared Poché would be the Game 2 and Game 3 starters, respectively, but Poché quickly elevated himself to the Game 2 role, and shortly thereafter Bouman suffered a severely sprained ankle. Yesterday Bouman made his second start since returning to action, and let’s just say it didn’t go very well. The Tigers have now lost four out of five series finales and will have to find an effective, consistent Game 3 starter in the second half of the SEC slate in order to be successful in postseason play.
In yesterday’s game, the Razorbacks loaded the bases and hit a grand slam off of Bouman to jump out to a 4-0 lead before the first out was recorded. Cody Glenn came in to pitch the next three innings and started strong, but ended up allowing three earned runs on one hit, three walks and a critical throwing error to second base on what should have been an ending-inning double-play. The Tigers sent six pitchers to the mound after Glenn and they combined to allow three earned runs on four hits, including a two-run homer off of Brady Domangue.
While pitching was the biggest reason for LSU’s loss yesterday, the Tigers’ offense had a rough day as well. LSU only collected four hits in the game and couldn’t take advantage of the seven bases on balls issued by the Razorback pitching staff. The most encouraging thing to come from the game was the hitting of freshman left-fielder Jake Fraley. With the bases loaded and two outs, Fraley hit a 2-RBI single up the middle make it a 4-2 ball game. The Tigers added single runs in the sixth and seventh on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Stevenson and an RBI single by Kade Scivicque.
The good news from this weekend’s baseball action is that LSU won the series and improved to 27-9-1 overall and 8-6-1 in SEC play. With five series remaining, the Tigers are only 1.5 games out of first place in the SEC West and all of their goals are still clearly in reach. The Tigers have won seven of their last eight games, and although it wasn’t apparent yesterday I believe LSU’s hitting has improved since two weeks ago when I conducted our glass half-empty/half-full poll. I also feel good about LSU’s chances of winning two out of three games each weekend with Aaron Nola and Poché in the weekend rotation. Still, to be successful in postseason play, Coaches Mainieri and Dunn will have to find another consistent weekend starter who can give the Tigers a good five or six innings per outing.
The Tigers have a busy week ahead as they’ll play four games in five days, starting tomorrow night with the annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic against Southern Miss at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. on Cox Sports Television. The game can also be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 in Baton Rouge). This “weekend’s” series at Ole Miss will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday because of the Easter holiday.
In softball news, LSU came through with a huge come-from-behind victory to earn an impressive series win against No. 13 Georgia. Staring down a five-run deficit, the Tigers exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning, capped by a Kailey McCasland pinch hit two-RBI single with two outs to make the final score 13-11. With the win, the Tigers are now 24-18 overall and 6-9 in SEC play. The team will be back in action tomorrow to take on the Fordham Rams.
Now turning to football…. With LSU’s Pro Day behind us and the NFL draft a less than a month away, today and tomorrow we’ll take a look at two former Tigers who have been getting a lot of publicity lately - Jarvis Landry and Zach Mettenberger. Landry is gaining publicity because of his incredible showing at LSU’s Pro Day. Last week, Mike Detillier made a point in our Q&A that I think was spot on about Landry. He said Landry has the best hands to ever come out of LSU, which is why I think Landry will be a stud in the NFL. Here’s a wide receiver that can change direction and track down any ball thrown his way. In some ways, he was the Vladimir Guerrero of LSU football — producing home runs with balls thrown outside the strike zone, or in Landry’s case, turning sometimes ill-advised throws into touchdown receptions. But on second thought, maybe those throws weren’t ill-advised at all, considering the chemistry between Mettenberger and Landry and the confidence they had in each other. Suffice it to say that whoever drafts Landry will be inheriting a heck of a football player who can block, catch and run with “field-fast” speed. On top of Landry’s physical abilities, he’s a young man that represented LSU with the utmost class, and he will do the same for whichever team decides to take a chance on him. Detillier has Landry as an early second-round selection, while NFL.com has him as a second-to-third round projection. If Landry falls below the second round, an NFL team will be getting quite a steal. For a reminder of what a man he was at LSU, check out this video of Landry’s Career Highlights.
Couple of tidbits in closing:
• As for the status of former Tiger Tahj Jones who was shot Friday night, the latest word I’ve seen is that he is doing better but is still in very serious condition at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Please continue to keep Tahj and his family in your prayers.
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.
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