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4/14/19 5:40 am CST
Good morning, Tiger fans,
In today’s report, the baseball team struggles at the plate, the softball team ties an important SEC series with Kentucky, and we roll out Part 2 of our Q&A with Mike Detillier on LSU football. Let’s get with it…
The No. 8 LSU Tigers got a strong pitching performance from Cole Henry, but the Tigers could not overcome Missouri’s strong pitching duo of TJ Sikkema and Ian Beddel in a 4-1 loss Saturday. Unlike in Friday’s game, the Tigers failed repeatedly to score with runners in scoring position. LSU threatened with four base runners in the first three innings and had no runs to show for it. Missouri, on the other hand, took a 1-0 lead off of an RBI double in the second inning and manufactured enough runs the rest of the way to top LSU.
“Sikkema was a very tough matchup for us and we didn’t generate consistent offense against him,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We had opportunities throughout the game but we weren’t able to come up with the clutch hit with runners in scoring position. We’re battling injuries to significant players right now , so we’ll re-group and come back on Sunday with a chance to win the series. We’ve got to do the best we can with the players we have and believe that they can get the job done.”
Also unlike on Friday, Mizzou looked like the team that entered this series with the best team ERA in the conference. LSU combined for only four hits in the game, though it should be noted the Tigers were without top hitter Zach Watson, as he missed for the leg injury suffered in Friday night’s game. LSU was nearly as impressive on the mound, as Henry allowed three runs in 6.1 innings pitched. After a bases loaded walk allowed Mizzou to take a 2-0 lead in the fifth, Henry got out of a jam with a ground ball for his defense to turn two and get out of the inning. And speaking of LSU’s defense, the Tigers made one big play in the field after another in the loss. For instance, Drew Bianca made a phenomenal over the shoulder catch in centerfield to end the fourth inning.
While LSU’s pitching and defense did enough to win, its bats did not. Our Tigers scratched out their only run on an RBI grounder from Brock Mathis in the seventh inning, but Mizzou tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to lead 4-1. The win for Mizzou marks only second time the school has beaten LSU in Columbia.
LSU will get a chance to take the series today at noon when Eric Walker takes the mound for the Tigers. The game will be broadcast over the LSU Sports Radio Network (WDGL-98.1 FM in Baton Rouge) and televised on the SEC Network.
The LSU softball team rebounded from yesterday’s loss with a 5-0 victory against No. 23 Kentucky. Shelby Wickersham threw her fourth shutout of the season and allowed only four hits in the victory, while Shelbi Sunseri led the Tigers at the plate with a 2-for-3 day. To read about how LSU notched the SEC series, click here.
For those wondering about the Will Wade/LSU meeting on Friday, very little information was offered up about the first face-to-face since Wade’s suspension. In fact, the only thing released from the meeting was an 11-word statement from university. The statement read, “It is unlikely LSU makes any decisions (Friday) regarding Coach Wade.” And Saturday has come and gone without any more details emerging.
Alright, now that Jake has filled you in on the daily news while I remain away on my water-logged camping trip (more on that in a bit), let’s close out with Part 2 of my recent Q&A with Mike Detillier on the topic of LSU football. In this installment, Mike dished on LSU’s defense, on two standout freshman, on filling the big shoes of Devin White, and more.
Tune in tomorrow for Part 3 of the Q&A. (And here’s Part 1 if you missed it on Thursday.)
Lastly, a lot of folks have asked about my camping trip and man, we couldn’t have picked a worse weekend, weather- and water-wise. Yesterday, we left the campsite for a couple of hours and went into town to get a bite to eat. In the time that we were gone, the wind and rain kicked up something fierce and even though we pitched our tent under a covered hay-storage pavilion, the tent, and everything inside was wet when we returned. We hung out anyway, enjoyed our time together while sharing some killer steaks and sausage around the campfire, and then headed back to my old family home in Winnfield to spend the night, leaving the soggy mess to deal with today. No fish on the stringer, but another memorable chapter in the book of Long family get-togethers.
Have a great Sunday, Tiger Fans.
4/13/19 5:30 am CST
Good morning, Tiger fans,
In today’s report, the baseball team overcomes adversity, softball falls in a low-scoring affair and basketball gets a welcomed announcement. But first, here’s a quick update on my camping trip. The water is so high up here that the fishing is shot. But there’s nothing like convening around the campfire to share ten innings of Tiger baseball with the guys. Thanks to Jake Martin for providing the following report while I’m in semi-vacation mode.
It might’ve taken ten innings, but the No. 8 LSU Tigers took the first game of another SEC series with a 12-11 victory against Missouri. In that 10th inning, Smith singled and Giovanni DiGiacomo, who was pinch-hitting for an injured Zach Watson, followed with another. Smith beat a play at the plate after an Antoine Duplantis grounder that gave the Tigers the 12-11 lead and eventual victory. But that was just the dramatic ending to what was a rollercoaster ride of a game…
LSU couldn’t have asked for a better start, as the Tigers scored three runs on three hits and an error in the top of the first. Watson got the inning started with a single and Duplantis reached after a Missouri error to set the stage for another clutch moment for Chris Reid. Reid came through with a 2-RBI double before Brandt Broussard ripped a single up the middle to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead on the road.
Unfortunately, a fast start was met with an inexplicably strange bottom half of the first. A couple of freebies (beaned batter and walk) put Zach Hess in a tough spot. Then, with a 3-2 count on Missouri’s three-hole hitter, Hess called on the dugout. Hess met with Paul Mainieri and athletic trainer Cory Couture before exiting the game with a strained muscle in his leg, according to Mainieri during an in-game interview. Ma’Kahil Hilliard replaced him with two on and no outs. Three walks and three wild pitches helped Missouri post six runs in the inning despite getting only three hits. Mizzou scored six runs and batted around before LSU got its first out of the game. Hilliard threw 43 pitches in the inning.
Missouri had to know it wasn’t going to be that easy, though. In the third, LSU loaded the bases and a returning Daniel Cabrera recorded an RBI single before Broussard came through with another clutch hit. This one was a double down the third base line that scored two and tied the game, 6-6. A 2-RBI double from Cade Beloso that followed put the visiting Tigers up by two runs.
LSU tacked on three more runs in the fourth off of a two-run Watson homer and RBI single from Beloso. Watson, by the way, left the game in the eighth after he came up limping trying to beat a throw to first. Watson had an apparent ankle injury. Mizzou later tied the game in the sixth with a 3-run homer.
Enough can’t be said about Hilliard coming into the game in a tough spot, surrendering four earned runs in the first inning and rebounding with three straight scoreless innings before exiting in the fifth. Todd Peterson did an outstanding job after he entered in the seventh inning. Peterson faced nine batters and got them all out before Devin Fontenot came in and recorded the save in the 12th.
Also in the victory, Duplantis collected his 411th career hit, which gave him the fourth most hits in school history.
The Tigers will go for the series win today at 5 p.m. 3 p.,m. with freshman right-hander Cole Henry (3-1, 3.55 ERA) on the mound. Mizzou will counter with junior left-hander LH TJ Sikkema (3-2, 1.27 ERA). The game will be streamed on SECN+.
In softball, the No. 7 Tigers fell to No. 23 Kentucky, 3-2. LSU fell behind 2-0 in the second inning and tied the game in the third before Kentucky took a one-run advantage in the fifth. LSU was limited to just four hits in the loss. For a complete breakdown of the game, click here.
In basketball news, Darius Days announced he would return for his sophomore season at LSU in an Instagram post Friday morning. Days wrote, “Bonding with my brothers as we battled through highs and lows to come out as SEC Champs was a journey unlike any other. There’s still plenty left to achieve together in Baton Rouge though.” Days averaged 5.3 points per game and four rebounds per contest last season.
Lastly, it was great hearing from many of you about Part 1 of our Q&A with Mike Detillier on the topic of LSU football. In the first installment, Mike gave his thoughts on the offense. Tune in tomorrow for his thoughts on a loaded Tiger defense, and on Monday for a few final thoughts on the 2019 Tigers and recruiting.
Enjoy your Saturday, Tiger Fans.
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