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4/25/15 6:10 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Trailing 5-2, the No. 1 LSU baseball team rallied for seven runs on eight hits in the final two innings to defeat No. 2 Texas A&M 9-6 and secure the series win. I’ll tell you what, this series has certainly lived up to the hype and has been one of the most enjoyable I’ve watched in a long time. If there was any doubt that this LSU baseball team was deserving of its unanimous No. 1 ranking, it was certainly put to rest during these last two nights.

Freshman Alex Lange got the start for the Tigers and didn’t have his best stuff, but his rough outing was overcome by a Tiger offense that put up 14 hits and went 6-for-13 with runners in scoring position against one of the nation’s top pitching staffs. On the night, Lange allowed five runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and five walks. Russell Reynolds pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and Hunter Newman held the Aggies to one run in the final two innings to earn his third save of the season.

The Tigers were led at the plate by Jake Fraley who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Alex Bregman who went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including a clutch hit in the 7th. On that at-bat, Bregman fouled off what seemed like 100 pitches against A&M’s Mark Ecker before smashing a 2-RBI double down the left field line to put the Tigers up, 6-5. It’s those kinds of at-bats that make Bregman a truly remarkable player. 

If you didn’t watch the game, or if you are one of the handful of fans I heard from who turned the game off in the sixth inning after LSU fell behind by three, do yourself a favor and watch these video highlights to see how it ended. (Note: Looks like LSU’s video highlights have a glitch. Here are a few highlights and postgame comments by Tiger TV.) Also, here’s the boxscore.

Here’s a quick scoring recap: The Aggies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on two hits. LSU answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on a 2-out RBI single by Connor Hale. In the second inning, LSU went ahead 2-1 on an RBI single by Fraley. The Aggies plated a run in the third and fourth innings to retake the lead 3-2, and then expanded their lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth on a 2-out RBI single. In the 7th, Chris Chinea and Fraley led the Tigers’ epic comeback with back-to-back singles, and then Jared Foster singled through the left side to score Chinea and get Fraley to third. Designated hitter Chris Sciambra followed with a perfectly placed safety squeeze to score Fraley. Renowned Aggies relief pitcher Mark Ecker entered the game with one out and Alex Bregman at the plate, and that’s when Bregman fouled off a ton of 3-2 pitches before doubling down the left-field line to push LSU ahead 6-5. LSU didn’t let up in the bottom of the eighth, but instead added three more insurance runs. Stevenson hit a one-out single up the middle and flew from first to home on a double to left field by Chinea. The Aggies brought in reliever Blake Kopetsky, but LSU pushed two more runs across the plate on a triple by Fraley and a groundout by Foster to put the Tigers up by four, 9-5. The Aggies scored their final run in the ninth on two hits and an error to make it a 9-6 ballgame. 

LSU will go for the series sweep today at 1 p.m. CT in a game that will be televised by ESPN.

In softball news, the No. 3 LSU Tigers will return to action today against the No. 15 Tigers of Missouri. First pitch for today’s game is slated for 2 p.m. Tomorrow’s game will start at 3 p.m. and Monday’s finale will be at 6 p.m. The first two games of the series will be streamed online on SEC Network+, and Monday’s primetime clash set for the SEC Network. This weekend’s series, which will be played at University Field in Columbia, will be the Tigers final regular season road series this year. LSU is coming off of a 2-1 series win against Texas A&M and has won seven of its last 10 games, but on the road the Purple and Gold Tigers are just 6-5. The Tigers of Missouri  (33-10, 11-7) are a very strong team with two excellent pitchers, and they’re 7-3 at home this season. This has all the markings of an excellent series, and an important one too.  With just two weekends remaining before the SEC Softball Tournament, LSU is in prime position to earn a high seed for the championship, sitting a half game behind Florida along with Auburn for the top spot in the regular season title race. The top four teams at the end of next Sunday will play on Thursday, while the eight below will play in the opening round on Wednsday.

Now turning to football, today we’ll start a five-part series on a few LSU football players who saw their stock rise this spring. As always, your comments and feedback are welcome. Here we go…

Josh Boutte
(6-5, 340, junior OG, New Iberia, LA) 

If you were to craft an ideal SEC guard, he’d probably look a lot like Boutte. At 6-foot-5, 340 pounds, the junior from New Iberia, Louisiana certainly looks the part, but looking the part and playing the part are two completely different things. Heading into spring, one of the biggest question marks was how the offensive line would shake out after the departure of La’el Collins and Elliot Porter. Three keys members of LSU’s offensive line were pretty much set in stone – Jerald Hawkins and Vadal Alexander at tackles and Ethan Pocic at either center or guard, but there were two spots up for grabs. As it turns out, William Clapp emerged as the leading candidate for the center spot with Pocic remaining at left guard where he spent much of last season. That set the stage for a very competitive battle for the right guard spot between Boutte, KJ Malone and Garrette Broomfield, and all indications are that Boutte emerged victorious.

In the Spring Game, Boutte started at right guard for the White team (the first-stringers) and had an impressive showing. After the game, Coach Les Miles said Boutte is “not there yet but has taken a giant step forward.” Boutte still has some work to do technique-wise, but when he learns to control his body and utilize all of his strength, well, let’s just say Tiger fans should see more of what we saw in the Big Cat Drill when Boutte manhandled Greg Gilmore in the final week of spring. 

A lot of pressure comes with learning the playbook and getting up to SEC speed in order to contribute, but if Boutte can put it all together, LSU’s offensive line should dominate as it has in the past, despite having two new starters. Boutte’s performance in the spring game has us thinking he’s on his way to piecing everything together.

In closing, a word on LSU women’s basketball recruiting: Coach Nikki Caldwell announced yesterday the signing of Chloe Jackson, a 5-9 guard who spent last season at North Carolina State. Jackson will begin practicing with the Tigers during the 2015-16 year but will not be eligible to compete until  2016-17, which will be her redshirt sophomore season. Jackson, a native of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was highly recruited out of high school after being named the Washington Post’s Girls Basketball Player of the Year. As a senior in high school, she averaged 17.3 points per game and was ranked the 19th best guard in the Class of 2014 by ESPN. Jackson played in only four games for NC State last season, but only saw extended action in one game when she scored five points, pulled down five rebounds and had two steals against Tennessee State.

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4/24/15 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Whoa! How ’bout that LSU baseball team! In a No. 1 vs. No. 2 contest that lived up to all the hype, LSU came away with a 4-3 win with a walk-off RBI single by Danny Zardon in the 9th. If a battle like that one doesn’t get your blood flowing, I don’t know what to tell you.

After quickly falling behind 2-0 on four hits in two innings, sophomore Jared Poché settled down, found his groove and went on to retire 15 of the next 17 batters he faced. Poché ended up working an efficient seven innings (65 total pitches) while allowing two runs on six hits with one strike out and no walks. Parker Bugg worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to preserve an LSU 3-2 lead, but then things got really interesting in the 9th as Jesse Stallings blew a save opportunity. Stallings allowed a leadoff triple and an RBI single, and then the Aggies loaded the bases on a wild pitch sandwiched between two walks (one intentional) by Jake Godfrey. A few pitches later, sophomore Collin Strall found himself in a dream scenario – with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams knotted in the ninth, the bases loaded, two outs and a full count – and he responded with a huge strikeout to prevent the go-ahead run. The Tigers would go on to win the game in the bottom of the 9th on a walk-off RBI single by designated hitter Danny Zardon. Now that’s what a call a ballgame!

Offensively, the Tigers swung the bat well against very good pitching and ended with 10 hits on the night. Every Tiger in the lineup collected at least one hit except for Andrew Stevenson, although Stevenson did come through with an RBI fielder’s choice. The Tigers were led at the plate by Chris Chinea who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. 

While it was a great win for the Tigers, it was far from perfect. Jared Foster committed two errors at 2nd base that cost the Tigers one run and nearly another. (It’s also worth noting that Foster made a couple of outstanding plays at second as well.) The Tigers were also overly aggressive on the bases at times, and of course Stallings’ save effort was concerning. Still, a great win for the Tigers.

Here are the game’s video highlights and boxscore, and here’s what Coach Paul Mainieri had to say about the win after the game: “It’s a great example of what perseverance and determination can accomplish. Danny Zardon has been in and out of our lineup this season, but he’s always kept his head up and continued to work extremely hard. In fact, I thought he had his best batting practice session of the year yesterday in practice. His hit culminated a fantastic college baseball game; it was like two heavyweight fighters slugging it out and absorbing body blows, and fortunately we were able to earn the walk-off win.”

With the win, LSU improved to 36-6 overall and moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC standings with a 13-5 league mark. Texas A&M dropped to 36-6 and 12-6. The Tigers will go for the series win tonight at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on the SEC Network Alternate channel, and it can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. It will also be streamed live at WatchESPN.com and on the WatchESPN app. LSU will send freshman RHP Alex Lange (7-0, 1.40 ERA) to the mound, while A&M will counter with sophomore RHP Ryan Hendrix (3-0, 1.40 ERA). 

Now switching gears and turning to football… I want to point out in closing that I’ve updated our Unofficial LSU Football Depth Chart based on what was seen in the Spring Game. Here are a  few notes on what I changed:

David Ducré  is now listed No. 3 at RB
Ethan Pocic is now No. 1 at LG
William Clapp is now No. 1 at C
Josh Boutte is now No. 1 at RG
Trey Quinn was added at punt return, kick return, and holder
I reordered/regrouped the receivers 
*Cody Townsend is now No. 2 at RT

*Cody Townsend started at right tackle on the Purple team, but in the event that LSU would start someone other than Vadal Alexander at RT, it would likely be someone other than Townsend after some shuffling of the line.

As always, your comments and feedback are welcomed. 

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4/23/15 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

A huge series in college baseball featuring the No. 1 LSU Tigers and the No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. If you’re a college baseball fan, you probably don’t need any help getting pumped for a game of this magnitude, but here’s a new LSU baseball hype video that’s sure to do the trick. 

Of course, any time there’s a game between the nation’s top-2 teams it’s a big deal, but what makes this series all the more significant is that LSU (35-6, 12-5 SEC) and Texas A&M (36-5, 12-5 SEC) are tied for first place in the overall SEC standings. Sitting one-half game behind these two teams are Florida, Missouri and Vanderbilt, who are all 12-6 in the league. This is also the first matchup between top-2 teams in the new Alex Box Stadium, arguably the greatest college baseball venue in the world, and I have no doubt that it will be rocking tonight. 

Those of you planning on watching from home will be glad to know that there’s been a change to the TV schedule and all three of the games will now be shown on cable TV. Tonight’s game will be televised on ESPN2 (not ESPNU, as originally stated), tomorrow’s game will be on the SEC Network Alternate Channel (instead of streaming only), and Saturday’s game will be on ESPN (as originally scheduled). All three games can also be streamed online at WatchESPN.com and via the Watch ESPN app.

Last weekend Coach Mainieri moved Alex Lange to the Game 1 starter role, but this week he has decided to go with Jared Poché in tonight’s game since both pitchers are working on less than normal rest. As I’m sure you recall, last Friday’s game in Athens was a wash out, so the Tigers played a doubleheader on Saturday with Lange pitching in the first game and Poché in the second. Normally, the starting pitchers have six days of rest between outings, but because of Friday’s rain out and the fact that this weekend’s series starts on a Thursday, whoever pitches tonight will be working on four days of rest, and Coach Mainieri thinks that it would probably be best not to put Lange in that situation considering he’s a true freshman who was dealing with elbow soreness prior to the Auburn series. 

Here’s a look at this weekend’s pitching match-ups and start times:

Game 1 - Thursday, 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
LSU – So. LHP Jared Poche’ (7-1, 2.90 ERA, 62.0 IP, 17 BB, 42 SO)
TAMU – Jr. RHP Grayson Long (8-0, 2.73 ERA, 56.0 IP, 24 BB, 66 SO) 

Game 2 - Friday, 7 p.m., SEC Alternate Channel
LSU – Fr. RHP Alex Lange (7-0, 1.40 ERA, 57.2 IP, 23 BB, 65 SO)
TAMU – So. RHP Ryan Hendrix (3-0, 1.40 ERA, 25.2 IP, 8 BB, 24 SO)

Game 3 - Saturday, 1 p.m., ESPN
LSU – Fr. RHP Austin Bain (1-1, 3.07 ERA, 29.1 IP, 11 BB, 32 SO)
TAMU – TBA 

In basketball news, LSU received signed scholarship papers from Antonio Blakeney yesterday. Of course, this isn’t surprising news as Blakeney’s commitment was always considered rock solid, but it still had to put a huge smile on Coach Jones’ face to receive the third set of signing papers from an elite player in this year’s class. Blakeney, a 6-4, 177-pound guard who averaged 29.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for an Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida, is ranked nationally in the top 20 by all three of the major recruiting polls, and was named Mr. Basketball in Florida. Here are Blakeney’s video highlights. Earlier in the week, LSU received signing papers from Mr. Basketball in Louisiana, guard Brandon Sampson, and back in November they landed the No. 1 player in all of America, forward Ben Simmons. These three join Arizona transfer Craig Victor from New Orleans in this year’s signing class, giving Tiger fans four big reasons to be excited about the future of LSU basketball. Hats off to Coach Johnny Jones.

I don’t have much in football to pass along to you today, but I do want to share these three tidbits which I’m sure you will enjoy. 

• First, here are video highlights from Saturday’s spring game by LSUSports.net.

• Here’s a great writeup on LSU wide receiver DJ Chark by Tiger Rag (Did you know Chark was a perfect 4.0 student every year up until his senior year in high school when his average dropped to 3.9 when he was playing more than one sport? Or that in 13 years of schooling, Chark never missed a day of school?) 

• And here’s an article and video interview by nola.com about former LSU running back Terrance Magee and the upcoming NFL Draft

In closing, please note that I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange and LSU Crawfish Boils pages

 

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