dandydons-lsu-sporting-news
don-scott-dandydon-lsu


2007 BCS Champions

2007 BCS
National Champions

2003 BCS National Champions

2003 BCS
National Champions

1958 National Champions

1958
National Champions

NCAA Baseball Championships:

1991
1993
1996
1997
2000
2009

 

DandyDon is proud to recognize David Toms as a great ambassador of the Tiger Nation.

FONT SIZE:

font-up font-down

3/6/15 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The second-ranked LSU baseball team will face by far its stiffest challenge of the young season tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on the University of Houston (8-4) in Day 1 of the three-day  Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.  Tomorrow at  3:30 p.m. LSU will face Baylor (6-5) and Sunday at 11 a.m. the Tigers will face Nebraska (6-4). All three games will be televised by Cox Sports Television and by Root Sports Southwest. There will be no online streaming of any games in the Houston College Classic. The games will also be carried on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (in Baton Rouge, 98.1 FM on Friday and Sunday, and 100.7 FM on Saturday), and live audio and stats for the contests may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net.

Houston is a good team who beat LSU two out of three times last season in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. The Tigers and the Cougars also met in NCAA Regional play in 1985 at Austin (11-4 UH win) and in 1990 at Baton Rouge (6-4 LSU win). The two teams have met 44 times in all, with Houston holding a 25-19 advantage.  

Here’s a look at tonight’s starting pitching matchup:

LSU – Jr. LHP Jared Poche’ (3-0, 1.96 ERA, 18.1 IP, 5 BB, 13 SO)
UH – So. RHP Andrew Lantrip (3-0, 0.46 ERA, 19.2 IP, 3 BB, 16 SO) 

As you can see from the pitching stats above, this game could tell us a lot about the Tigers’ offensive prowess as Houston’s Lantrip will be the best pitcher LSU has faced this season. So far, LSU has looked much improved at the plate compared to last year and is hitting .334 as a team with nine home runs. The Tigers have also been much more aggressive and have stolen 27 bases in 31 attempts. LSU is led at the plate by senior catcher Kade Scivicque, who is batting .448 (13-for-29) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and 11 runs. Sophomore outfielder Jake Fraley is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with three doubles, three triples and seven RBI, while junior outfielder Mark Laird is batting .396 (19-for-48) with two doubles, five RBI, 14 runs and five steals. Speaking of Laird, he missed Wednesday's game against Grambling after suffering a minor shoulder injury, but Coach Mainieri said yesterday that Laird will return to action today. 

In softball news, the 5th-ranked and undefeated Tigers begin SEC play this evening with Game 1 of a three-game series against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Park. Game times for the series are 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with all three games airing locally on ESPN 104.5/9 FM. Saturday’s game will be streamed live online on SEC Network+ through WatchESPN, while Sunday the team will make its SEC Network debut with Adam Amin and Michelle Smith calling the action. LSU enters league play hitting .357 as a team and having outscored  opponents 176-27. The Tigers have scored double-digit runs in each of their last four outings, while earning double-digit hits in three of those four contests. The Razorbacks will present a formidable challenge for the Tigers as they are 12-7 on the season and are riding a nine-game winning streak.

The LSU Lady Tigers basketball team will begin postseason play this afternoon when they take on No. 18 Texas A&M in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Tipoff is set for approximately 2:30 p.m., and the game will be carried by the SEC Network. The telecast also is available on www.WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. LSU (16-12) finished in a fourth-place tie in the SEC standings and was the beneficiary of the double bye after an 80-63 victory over then No. 12 Texas A&M to conclude the regular season. Today will mark the second straight season that the Lady Tigers will play their opening SEC Tournament game against the same opponent it faced to conclude the regular season. Here’s hoping the Tigers play as well as they did when the two teams met last Sunday and that the outcome is the same. For more on today’s contest, please see this article on LSUSports.net.

Switching gears…. with LSU football spring practice beginning tomorrow, let’s conclude our series on returning players who haven’t yet had their time to shine by looking at someone whose progress will be monitored closely by fans this spring – quarterback Brandon Harris. Here we go…

Brandon Harris
6-3, 188 pounds
sophomore quarterback 

One could make the argument that Brandon Harris had his time to shine in 2014 but didn’t make enough of it to overtake Anthony Jennings as the starting quarterback. Others might say that he wasn’t given ample opportunity. Whatever the case may be, after watching LSU’s passing game suffer last season without showing much improvement from start to finish, a lot of folks’ hopes for LSU’s offense this year hinge on Harris and his ability to ignite the Tigers’ offense and take advantage of the star power present in returning receivers Travin Dural, Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn.

Round two of LSU’s quarterback battle begins in earnest tomorrow with the start of spring practice. The competition will pit a conservative veteran quarterback in Jennings against a younger but perhaps more athletically-gifted quarterback in former high school All-American Harris. This, of course, is the most important battle of the spring, as all other positions appear to be in place for LSU to make a serious run for a championship. 

What’s the early indicator for Harris and Jennings? Well, by reading Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron’s Q and A with Nola.com, there seem to be a lot of positive vibes surrounding both players heading into spring training. According to Cameron, both players have gotten mentally and physically stronger and will be much improved this year. An interesting takeaway from the interview were Cameron’s thoughts on why LSU’s QBs struggled last season, as he implied that such struggles are expected with inexperienced quarterbacks. As Cameron stated, Harris and Jennings were able to succeed in high school because they mastered the playbook and were able to look for defensive alignments instead of having to think about what to do in the system. Reading between the lines, it seems as though Cameron was saying that Harris simply didn’t have a good enough grasp of the playbook last year, and perhaps lacked the physical and mental fortitude needed to be a successful SEC quarterback, which is understandable considering he was a true freshman. 

Before going further, I think it’s appropriate to echo what my friend Lyn Rollins said in our recent Q&A - that it would be unfair to dismiss Anthony Jennings as the starting quarterback before the start of spring practice. With that said, if Harris can pick up the offense and run it efficiently while demonstrating the physical and mental maturity needed to earn the full confidence of the coaching staff and the starting role, this could be a special year for the Tigers. 

I’ll leave you today with this interview of Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele by my friend Jim Kleinpeter of nola.com: Men of Steele: Q&A with LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, part 1 of 2

Reader Comments: Former LSU All-American linebacker Ali Highsmith needs your help to self-publish a book about his career with the Tigers. More info here.

FONT SIZE:

font-up font-down

3/5/15 5:10 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

After reeling off three straight victories, the LSU men’s basketball team turned in a very lackluster performance and suffered a devastating loss at home to Tennessee, 78-63, to fall to 21-9 overall and 10-7 in SEC play. The Tigers came out flat in the first half, allowing the smaller Volunteers to drive to the basket and dominate the boards (12 offensive rebounds and a 22-15 first half rebounding edge). In the second half, UT executed exceptionally well, passing the ball around the perimeter, slashing to the goal for inside layups and finding open players for three-pointers. The Tigers attempted to come back in the final minutes of the second half, but it was too little, too late. Ultimately, UT wanted it more than the Tigers, and considering what was on the line for LSU, that is very disappointing. LSU has now lost four SEC games to teams with a combined league record of 19-48.

Keith Hornsby seemed to be the lone bright spot for the Tigers as he led the team with a career-high 25 points and four rebounds. Jarell Martin added 16 points and five rebounds, Jordan Mickey added nine points and eight rebounds, and Quarterman added 10 points and seven assists. Jalyn Patterson struggled offensively with no points, and the Tigers’ bench only contributed three points. For the game, the Tigers shot 41.3% from the field (19-46), 35.0% from the 3-point line (7-20) and 75.0% from the free-throw line (18-24), while allowing Tennessee to shoot 52.4% from the field (33-63), which was the key difference in the game. LSU was out-rebounded by the Volunteers 34-29 and committed 11 turnovers while only forcing seven.

Here’s a very brief recap of how the game played out: LSU and Tennessee were deadlocked at 33 at halftime. After splitting the first ten points of the second half to remain even at 38, UT went on an impressive 21-6 run that blew the game open at 59-44. The Tigers never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.

LSU plays its last regular season game of the season this Saturday at Arkansas against a Razorback team that has the second best overall and conference record in the SEC. This is probably a must-win for LSU, as it is hard to imagine the NCAA would reward a 10-8 SEC team an at-large berth, especially considering LSU’s strength of schedule is only in the 90s. The game against the Razorbacks is at 1 pm and will be televised on ESPN while the radio broadcast will be available on 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.

On a more positive note, the No. 2 LSU baseball team defeated Grambling yesterday, 7-1, to extend its winning streak to nine games. Freshman right-handed pitcher Doug Norman (1-1) got the start and the win for the Tigers by pitching four innings and allowing one run on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Once again, LSU’s bullpen was outstanding. Relievers Austin Bain, Collin Strall, Russell Reynolds, Alden Cartwright and Jesse Stallings combined to limit Grambling to no hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in five shutout innings.

The Tigers collected 11 hits in the game and were led at the plate by Alex Bregman who went 3-for-4 with one RBI. Kade Scivique went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Jake Flaley and Jared Foster each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Defensively, the Tigers had one error on the night, and once again it came at the hot corner. 

Here are the game’s video highlights and box score, and here’s a brief scoring summary: Grambling took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an infield single, a groundout that advanced the runner, and an RBI single. LSU responded in the bottom of the second with two runs as Scivicque knocked a double to right-center field to score Andrew Stevenson from second base. Fraley then hit a two-out double to right field to score Scivicque. The Tigers added two more in the bottom of the sixth inning on Conner Hale’s second triple of his career which scored Bregman. Stevenson then grounded out to first base to score Hale from third. LSU extended its lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning when pinch hitter Grayson Byrd collected the first RBI of his career on a single to right field. Bregman followed with a double to left field to score Fraley. Foster hit his second home run of the year over the left field wall to make it 7-1 for the Tigers in the eighth inning.

LSU returns to action for the final non-conference weekend of the season at the Houston College Classic March 6-8 at Minute Maid Park. The Tigers begin Friday at 7 p.m. against Houston. All three games over the weekend will be televised live on Cox Sports Television and on Root Sports Television. Fans can listen to the games through LSU radio affiliates in the state or in the Geaux Zone at LSUSports.net/Live.

Now jumping back to our series on returning LSU football players who haven’t yet had their time to shine but should make a big impact this year. So far we’ve written about defenders Travonte Valentine, Clifton Garrett and Sione Teheuma, and in today’s installment we’ll turn to the offensive side of the ball. Here we go…

Darrell Williams
6-0, 230 pounds
Sophomore running back/fullback 

Williams gave Tiger fans a glimpse of what he is capable of last year by running for 302 yards and  two touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Still, I’ve included him in this series on players who have not yet had their time to shine because Williams was often overshadowed by fellow newcomer Leonard Fournette and veteran running backs Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard. Now that Magee and Hilliard have moved on, Williams will have much more time in the spotlight as an integral part of the Tigers’ run-heavy offense. Not only do we expect Williams to get a much greater share of carries at tailback this year, he and true freshman David Ducré could see significant action at fullback. Back in January ,Coach Miles said that former starting fullback Melvin Jones’ future was questionable due to academic issues, and Jones is no longer listed on the updated LSU roster. Regardless of Williams’ role, look for him to be a big factor in LSU’s offense in 2015. 

A couple of tidbits in closing: 

• If you want to get a better feel for the kind of young man LSU quarterback commit Felipe Franks is, you can check out this brief video of Franks speaking from the Elite 11 football camp

• I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange to include several new listings. 

Reader Comments: Five LSU players on this list. Not too shabby! NFL Analyst Elliot Harrison’s All-Under-25 Team.

Reader Comments: Hey Scott, We have had the privilege of following Malik Newman since his junior high days. As a follow up to your news on Newman possibly attending LSU, here is a link to some great one-on-one interviews Newman did with A Good Sports Hang. By listening to him, LSU fans are in for a treat if he comes to the PMAC. Jerry Meyer, Directory of Basketball Scouting at 247, predicts he will go to LSU.

FONT SIZE:

font-up font-down

3/4/15 5:50 am CT

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

The LSU baseball team extended its winning streak to eight games and improved to 11-1 on the season with a 8-1 win against Stephen F. Austin. Kyle Bouman got his first start of the season for the Tigers and looked very impressive through the first four innings with a career-high 7 strikeouts before getting into a bit of trouble in the fifth. After giving up an infield single and a triple to put runners at the corners with no outs, Bouman was replaced by Hunter Newman who did an outstanding job of getting LSU out of the jam without allowing any hits or runs. After Newman’s one inning of work, Parker Bugg and Zac Person combined for 2.2 hitless and scoreless innings of work followed by Hunter Deval who pitched the final 1.1 innings and allowed one hit. All in all, it was another very good outing by the LSU pitching staff. 

The Tigers collected nine hits in the game and were led at the plate by Mark Laird who went 3-for-5 with one RBI and Danny Zardon who went 2-for-4 with an RBI on a long solo home run over the left-field bleachers in the second inning. Andrew Stevenson went 1-for-4 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to nine games, while Connor Hale went 1-for-5 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 12 games (every game this season). 

Here are the game’s video highlights and box score.

The Tigers will be back in action today when they take on Grambling at 3 p.m. The game will be streamed on SECN+ and can be heard on 100.7 FM. Doug Norman is expected to get the start for the Tigers. 

In softball news, hats off to LSU RHP Baylee Corbello for pitching her first career no-hitter during the Tigers’ 11-0 rout of Northwestern State. The sophomore from Lake Charles struck out eight with no walks and no balls. The no-hitter was LSU’s 35th in team history and the first five-inning no hitter since 2011. The Tigers also turned in a very impressive performance at the plate as they exploded for 10 runs in the first inning and ended the night with nine hits and no strikeouts. Seven different Tigers earned a hit on the night, led by Bailey Landry who extended her hitting streak to 14 games after going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. The Tigers are now an incredible 22-0 on the season.

Now let’s turn to football and continue our series on LSU players who haven’t yet had their time to shine but could make a big-impact this season. So far we’ve looked at Travonte Valentine and Clifton Garrett, and today we’ll continue on the defensive side of the ball by looking at DE Sione Teuhema. Here we go…

Sione Teuhema
6-4, 232 pounds
Sophomore defensive end 

Losing two starting defensive ends who had a major impact on games last season is certainly a reason for concern. However, the good news is that the Tigers found themselves in this same predicament not too long ago and were able to work through it just fine. Following the 2012 season, LSU had to find a way to replace Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo, a task that was somewhat difficult in the early goings until Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco proved to be quite formidable on the outside. Now, LSU has to replace those defensive ends with some fresh blood, and the most likely candidates to do so are returning players with experience. That puts Sione Teuhema, Tashawn Bower, Deondre Clarkin and Lewis Neal in a very competitive situation heading into the season.

In terms of previewing players to watch in spring practice, Teuhema is a great one to follow because of the flashes of athleticism he exhibited in 2014. Teuhema recorded two sacks last year, both of which came against Sam Houston State in a runaway victory. What makes Teuhema special is his quickness and explosiveness off the edge. His aggressive play was almost reckless at times, but as he grows and matures, it will be interesting to see how he develops under new defensive line coach Ed Orgeron who is known for putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks with persistent heat from the outside. The Tigers need breakout defensive ends, and Teuhema is one of a few players at the position who will be looking to solidify his place at the top of the depth chart before true freshman Arden Key arrives in the Fall to challenge the veterans.

Speaking of defensive ends, Jim Kleinpeter put together this piece on 10 LSU football players/coaches on the hot seat at spring practice, and has Tashawn Bower on his  list. Joining him are coaches Les Miles, Cam Cameron and Kevin Steele, QB Brandon Harris, LT Jerald Hawkins, C Will Clapp, WR Travin Dural, LB Deion Jones, and S Jalen Mills.

One more football tidbit before moving on: SportingNews.com released its annual list of top-10 programs in college football and guess who was the highest ranked SEC program on the list? If you guessed Alabama, you’re not even close. LSU was the highest ranked SEC school at No. 4, followed by Florida at No. 5 and Alabama at No. 7. With regard to LSU, SportingNews.com wrote, “No other program in college football has been depleted by early entries to the NFL (17 in last two years alone), and still continued to play at such a high level. That’s a credit to not only coach Les Miles and his staff, but to the program’s ability to attract players with the foundation in place. There’s no better stadium in college football, and the state of Louisiana is wildly underrated for high school talent.”

In basketball news, LSU’s men return to action tonight with a home contest against Tennessee. The game tips off at 6 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network. LSU (21-8, 10-6) and Tennessee (14-14, 6-10) met a few weeks ago in Knoxville on Valentine’s Day and the Tigers came away with an impressive win, 73-55. Since that time, the Volunteers haven’t won another game, while the Tigers have won three-of-four including their last three. A win tonight by LSU would likely solidify a spot for the Tigers in the NCAA Tournament, whereas a loss would be devastating to their chances with only one more game remaining on the regular schedule – an away game against 18th ranked Arkansas. 

In other news, LSU has decided to delay the groundbreaking of the new Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center due to the Governor’s proposed state budget cuts to higher education that would significantly impact LSU. Here’s LSU’s official statement on the matter from Athletic Director Joe Alleva:

“Due to proposed state budget cuts to higher education that would significantly impact LSU, the athletic department has decided to delay breaking ground on our new Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center, which was scheduled for later this spring.

“Though all of the money has been raised, through private donations, to complete the project, we feel that the current climate of austerity surrounding our university compels us to move in a more deliberate manner.

“The Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center is essential for the well-being of our student-athletes as we continue to provide all of the necessary resources in order for them to perform at the highest level, both in the classroom and in competition.

“The Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center will become a reality, but we will wait until we can gauge how the budget cuts will affect LSU before starting the project.”

 

Continue Browsing Reports

 

Continue Browsing Reports

 

 

 

 

This web site is not officially affiliated with Louisiana State University. Opinions expressed herein are the property of Donald Long, Scott Long and friends, not Louisiana State University.