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…
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.”