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4/21/19 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans, and Happy Easter,

Coach Paul Mainieri said his Tigers always start to play their best ball after tax day. Well, after losing to UL-Lafayette last week and then getting dominated in Game 1 of this weekend’s series, many fans doubted that would hold true this year and began writing off the Tigers. Not so fast! 

Following an outstanding win in Game 2 that put LSU in position to claim a critical series win, starting pitcher Eric Walker was fantastic and LSU’s bats remained hot in a dominant 11-2 victory over Florida. With the series win, the Tigers improved to 26-15 overall, 11-7 in the SEC, and remain squarely in the hunt for the overall conference championship.

LSU came out swinging and scored three runs in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 9-0 lead. Josh Smith got things started with an emphatic double and came home to score on an RBI single by Antoine Duplantis. Those two at-bats foreshadowed what a big night it would be at the plate for LSU, and, more specifically, for those two Tigers. 

Smith ended up going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a home run, and two RBI. He also showed an element of leadership and aggression on the base paths that has sometimes been absent from this team. In the second inning, he stole third and came home to score on Duplantis’ single. In the third, he came around to score from second base on an infield single by Duplantis. As for Duplantis’ day at the plate, he ended up going 3-for-5 with four RBI. 

As impressive as those two were, they weren’t alone in driving LSU’s offensive outburst. Daniel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a trio of freshmen – Cade Beloso, CJ Willis, and Drew Bianco – each drove in a run. All told, LSU collected 11 hits on the night, but more importantly, they got the hits when they needed them. LSU hit .417 (5-for-12) with runners in scoring position and .667 (4-for-6) with runners on third and less than two outs.

For the second night in a row, LSU’s pitching was great. Eric Walker got the start on the mound and was outstanding. In 5.2 innings of work, he allowed just two earned runs (both came on one swing of the bat) on six hits while recording five strikeouts. After the game, Mainieri said Walker probably could have gone another inning, but he wanted to give Zack Hess and Devin Fontenot some work. Hess came out of the bullpen to end the sixth and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out three. Fontenot pitched the ninth and recorded a strikeout to end the game. Overall, an outstanding day on the mound.  

Here are LSU’s video highlights and the complete box score.

Next up, the Tigers return to The Box Tuesday night for a matchup with Lamar. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and the game will be streamed on SECN+.

It was also a big day on the football recruiting front. As expected, LSU picked up a huge commitment when four-star wide receiver Jermaine Burton, Jr. (6-1, 193) of Calabasas, California announced his verbal pledge to the Tigers with this elaborate commitment video. Make no mistake about it, Burton is a big-time wide receiver, a great get for LSU, and yet another feather in the cap of safety coach Bill Busch who is the lead recruiter in that area. Burton, the third California prospect to commit to LSU, chose the Tigers over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Miami, and others. You can see for yourself what an outstanding prospect he is by watching Burton’s video highlights. You can also take the word of a DandyDon reader and friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous but is a longtime scout at the highest level. He provided the following take on Burton:

“Whoa! He has size, outstanding speed (4.4), top hands, and is an excellent route runner. All the tools and abilities you look for in an outstanding receiver. Two things stand out for me that separate him from most receivers: First, he can catch the low ball at shoe tops. Most receivers cannot get down and dig these throw out, as it takes concentration and flexibility. The other thing is how strong a runner he is after the catch. When he catches with defenders around him, many times it takes more than one to get him down. I saw several times when it took as many as three or more to get him on the ground. Did not see any of his blocking on the highlight videos, but he is strong and looks tough enough to be a good downfield blocker. He runs past press corners and will just flat-out out-run them downfield. He was timed at 4.4. in the 40  and that speed is evident in his play.”

With Burton’s pledge, LSU’s recruiting class now contains 12 commitments and is ranked No. 2 in the nation in 247Sports’ composite rankings, second to only you-know-who. 

Lastly, big congratulations to LSU gymnastics for an incredible, historic season. Coach D-D Breaux’s Tigers delivered an outstanding performance and scored a 197.825 for the highest finish in school history.  It was enough to earn the program its third National Runner-Up title in four years, but once again not enough to overcome juggernaut Oklahoma. The Sooners posted a 198.3375, the second-best score ever in an NCAA final. Coming in at third, behind LSU, were the defending national champion UCLA Bruins. Denver came in fourth.  Here’s a complete recap with video highlights.

“I could not have asked this team for a better performance,” LSU gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux said. “They outperformed themselves from the semifinal. We gave it all we had and there is nothing wrong with finishing second to a great Oklahoma team. I am taking a lot of pride in this second-place finish and great season.”

I know I speak for Tiger fans everywhere when I say thank you, ladies, for a job well done. You’ve made the Tiger Nation proud.

Closing Tidbits: 

• As I do most weeks when there’s not a baseball game on Sunday, I invite you to send your comments and questions for tomorrow’s Mail Call. With a new AD, a big series win in baseball, and plenty of action on the recruiting front, there should be no shortage of topics to consider. Of course, if you want to lob me an easy-hitter, you can ask about my garden.

• Need another good read to go along with that second cup of morning joe? Here’s one by the Advocate on LSU’s new athletic director, Scott Woodward: The story of Louisiana's son who has 'mud instead of blood in his veins.

I’d like to once again wish you all a very blessed Easter Sunday. Those of you who’ve followed this site for a while know that I’m a bit of a traditionalist, and I get a little reminiscent around the holidays, especially this one which calls to mind so many family traditions. As a kid, we would always get up early to see what the Easter Bunny brought, and then head to the early Easter mass before gathering with our extended family to share a good meal. And of course, we would always pâques-pâques eggs. For those who haven’t read my explanation of this Cajun tradition (I share it each year) or have forgotten what it’s about, “pocking” eggs is a contest whereby one person holds his hardboiled, dyed Easter egg, small side up, while the opponent takes his own egg, small end down, and gently knocks it against the other egg repeatedly. The loser (the person whose egg cracks) has to surrender his cracked egg to the winner. The term pâques-pâques (pronounced pock-pock) is derived not only from the sound the eggs make, but also from the word for Easter in French, Pâques. We used to always do this at my MawMaw and PawPaw Ardoin’s house in Ville Platte, and it seems like their country eggs would always beat our store-bought ones. We’ll carry on those same traditions today, but now maybe my family will have the advantage since I raise a few backyard chickens. Anyway, I digress. However you spend this day, make it a special one, and remember that Easter is about a lot more than bunnies and eggs.





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4/21/19 5:55 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans, and Happy Easter,

Coach Paul Mainieri said his Tigers always start to play their best ball after tax day. Well, after losing to UL-Lafayette last week and then getting dominated in Game 1 of this weekend’s series, many fans doubted that would hold true this year and began writing off the Tigers. Not so fast! 

Following an outstanding win in Game 2 that put LSU in position to claim a critical series win, starting pitcher Eric Walker was fantastic and LSU’s bats remained hot in a dominant 11-2 victory over Florida. With the series win, the Tigers improved to 26-15 overall, 11-7 in the SEC, and remain squarely in the hunt for the overall conference championship.

LSU came out swinging and scored three runs in each of the first three innings to jump out to a 9-0 lead. Josh Smith got things started with an emphatic double and came home to score on an RBI single by Antoine Duplantis. Those two at-bats foreshadowed what a big night it would be at the plate for LSU, and, more specifically, for those two Tigers. 

Smith ended up going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a home run, and two RBI. He also showed an element of leadership and aggression on the base paths that has sometimes been absent from this team. In the second inning, he stole third and came home to score on Duplantis’ single. In the third, he came around to score from second base on an infield single by Duplantis. As for Duplantis’ day at the plate, he ended up going 3-for-5 with four RBI. 

As impressive as those two were, they weren’t alone in driving LSU’s offensive outburst. Daniel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a trio of freshmen – Cade Beloso, CJ Willis, and Drew Bianco – each drove in a run. All told, LSU collected 11 hits on the night, but more importantly, they got the hits when they needed them. LSU hit .417 (5-for-12) with runners in scoring position and .667 (4-for-6) with runners on third and less than two outs.

For the second night in a row, LSU’s pitching was great. Eric Walker got the start on the mound and was outstanding. In 5.2 innings of work, he allowed just two earned runs (both came on one swing of the bat) on six hits while recording five strikeouts. After the game, Mainieri said Walker probably could have gone another inning, but he wanted to give Zack Hess and Devin Fontenot some work. Hess came out of the bullpen to end the sixth and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out three. Fontenot pitched the ninth and recorded a strikeout to end the game. Overall, an outstanding day on the mound.  

Here are LSU’s video highlights and the complete box score.

Next up, the Tigers return to The Box Tuesday night for a matchup with Lamar. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and the game will be streamed on SECN+.

It was also a big day on the football recruiting front. As expected, LSU picked up a huge commitment when four-star wide receiver Jermaine Burton, Jr. (6-1, 193) of Calabasas, California announced his verbal pledge to the Tigers with this elaborate commitment video. Make no mistake about it, Burton is a big-time wide receiver, a great get for LSU, and yet another feather in the cap of safety coach Bill Busch who is the lead recruiter in that area. Burton, the third California prospect to commit to LSU, chose the Tigers over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Miami, and others. You can see for yourself what an outstanding prospect he is by watching Burton’s video highlights. You can also take the word of a DandyDon reader and friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous but is a longtime scout at the highest level. He provided the following take on Burton:

“Whoa! He has size, outstanding speed (4.4), top hands, and is an excellent route runner. All the tools and abilities you look for in an outstanding receiver. Two things stand out for me that separate him from most receivers: First, he can catch the low ball at shoe tops. Most receivers cannot get down and dig these throw out, as it takes concentration and flexibility. The other thing is how strong a runner he is after the catch. When he catches with defenders around him, many times it takes more than one to get him down. I saw several times when it took as many as three or more to get him on the ground. Did not see any of his blocking on the highlight videos, but he is strong and looks tough enough to be a good downfield blocker. He runs past press corners and will just flat-out out-run them downfield. He was timed at 4.4. in the 40  and that speed is evident in his play.”

With Burton’s pledge, LSU’s recruiting class now contains 12 commitments and is ranked No. 2 in the nation in 247Sports’ composite rankings, second to only you-know-who. 

Lastly, big congratulations to LSU gymnastics for an incredible, historic season. Coach D-D Breaux’s Tigers delivered an outstanding performance and scored a 197.825 for the highest finish in school history.  It was enough to earn the program its third National Runner-Up title in four years, but once again not enough to overcome juggernaut Oklahoma. The Sooners posted a 198.3375, the second-best score ever in an NCAA final. Coming in at third, behind LSU, were the defending national champion UCLA Bruins. Denver came in fourth.  Here’s a complete recap with video highlights.

“I could not have asked this team for a better performance,” LSU gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux said. “They outperformed themselves from the semifinal. We gave it all we had and there is nothing wrong with finishing second to a great Oklahoma team. I am taking a lot of pride in this second-place finish and great season.”

I know I speak for Tiger fans everywhere when I say thank you, ladies, for a job well done. You’ve made the Tiger Nation proud.

Closing Tidbits: 

• As I do most weeks when there’s not a baseball game on Sunday, I invite you to send your comments and questions for tomorrow’s Mail Call. With a new AD, a big series win in baseball, and plenty of action on the recruiting front, there should be no shortage of topics to consider. Of course, if you want to lob me an easy-hitter, you can ask about my garden.

• Need another good read to go along with that second cup of morning joe? Here’s one by the Advocate on LSU’s new athletic director, Scott Woodward: The story of Louisiana's son who has 'mud instead of blood in his veins.

I’d like to once again wish you all a very blessed Easter Sunday. Those of you who’ve followed this site for a while know that I’m a bit of a traditionalist, and I get a little reminiscent around the holidays, especially this one which calls to mind so many family traditions. As a kid, we would always get up early to see what the Easter Bunny brought, and then head to the early Easter mass before gathering with our extended family to share a good meal. And of course, we would always pâques-pâques eggs. For those who haven’t read my explanation of this Cajun tradition (I share it each year) or have forgotten what it’s about, “pocking” eggs is a contest whereby one person holds his hardboiled, dyed Easter egg, small side up, while the opponent takes his own egg, small end down, and gently knocks it against the other egg repeatedly. The loser (the person whose egg cracks) has to surrender his cracked egg to the winner. The term pâques-pâques (pronounced pock-pock) is derived not only from the sound the eggs make, but also from the word for Easter in French, Pâques. We used to always do this at my MawMaw and PawPaw Ardoin’s house in Ville Platte, and it seems like their country eggs would always beat our store-bought ones. We’ll carry on those same traditions today, but now maybe my family will have the advantage since I raise a few backyard chickens. Anyway, I digress. However you spend this day, make it a special one, and remember that Easter is about a lot more than bunnies and eggs.

BREAKING 2:05 pm CST

BOOM! Four-star WR Jermaine Burton Jr. (6-1, 193) of Calabasas, Cal. commits to #LSU. Great get for the Tigers!
 

4/20/19 5:40 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

Baseball is a funny, marvelous game. One night after struggling mightily on the mound, LSU received a stellar performance from freshman starter Cole Henry en route to a dominating 13-1 win over Florida. Henry worked 5.1 impressive innings, recording 12 strikeouts while allowing only one run on four hits with no walks. The dozen strikeouts were the most for an LSU pitcher in SEC play since Alex Lange recorded 13 against Kentucky in 2015. When Henry exited in the fifth to a well-deserved ovation, Todd Peterson entered and pitched 3.2 shutout innings to finish the game.

Almost as impressive as the Tigers’ performance on the mound was their punch at the plate. LSU pounded out 13 runs on 15 hits including a three-run blast from Daniel Cabrera and a solo shot from the hot-hitting Cade Beloso. Eight Tigers recorded hits and seven drove in runs. And that was without two of the Tigers’ top hitters, Zach Watson and Chris Reid, who are still nursing injuries. A third everyday starter, catcher Brock Mathis, missed the game as well after taking a foul ball to the hand in Thursday’s action, but the good news is Coach Mainieri said after the game that Mathis didn’t suffer any broken bones and should be good to go next week. 

Here’s last night’s complete box score

Riding a wave of confidence and being in surprisingly good shape pitching-wise considering all of the injuries to the staff, LSU finds itself it good position to pull off a much-needed series win today. Coach Mainieri will send Eric Walker to the mound and will have Matthew Beck, Devin Fontenot, and Zach Hess all available to pitch since none have thrown so far this weekend. That rubber match gets underway at 2 p.m. and will air live on ESPN2.

One more baseball brief before moving on: Proposal 2018-34, which would have allowed NCAA baseball and softball programs to have three full-time paid assistants instead of two, was voted down. The proposal, introduced by the SEC, enjoyed overwhelming support from coaches across the county but lacked the support it needed from the deciding Athletic Directors, especially those in the Big 12 and Big Ten who carry enormous voting power. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has vowed to continue advocating for the change, which is timely and appropriate. From what I understand, the matter can’t be voted on for another two years.

In hoops news, it’s looking like Will Wade won’t have to testify in the upcoming college basketball federal trial after all. Federal judge Edgardo Ramos has ruled that the testimonies of Wade and Arizona coach Sean Miller, who had been subpoenaed by defense attorneys in the case, would be “irrelevant” to the bribery charges against Charles Dawkins and Merl Code, and that wiretaps or other evidence involving the LSU coach won't play a role in the trial. This means Wade won’t have to take the stand and answer tough questions about the conversations captured on FBI wiretaps that led to his 33-day suspension from LSU. It should be noted that Judge Ramos has reportedly reserved the right to change his mind during the trial which is expected to last several weeks. Here’s more on the topic from The Advocate.

In football recruiting, LSU lost one linebacker commitment and gained another. Early yesterday afternoon, four-star athlete Jaden Navarrette of Norco, Cal. de-committed from LSU and flipped to Oregon. Navarrette, a 6-3, 245-pound outside linebacker prospect, had just committed to LSU two weeks ago during the Tigers’ Spring Game. But then, just a few hours later, four-star outside linebacker Josh White of Houston (6-1, 200) announced his pledge to LSU. White is ranked as the 20th best outside linebacker in the country and one look at his offer list (Alabama, Oklahoma State, Texas, Auburn, and others) tells you that he’s a great get. With this “linebacker swap,” LSU’s recruiting class still contains 11 commitments and remains ranked No. 3 in the country behind Alabama and Clemson. 

Stay tuned as another commitment could be coming today. That’s because four-star wide receiver Jermaine Burton (6-1, 193) of Calabasas, Cal. is set to announce his school of choice at around 5 p.m. LSU is believed to be his leader, although Georgia, Miami, and Alabama are also in the picture.

How about a tip of the hat to Coach D-D Breaux and LSU gymnastics for advancing to the inaugural “Four on the Floor” by finishing second in yesterday’s Semifinal 1 competition. The Tigers recorded a score of 197.5125 to finish just behind No. 1 seed UCLA who took the top spot with a score of 197.675. That means UCLA and LSU will both advance to today’s “four on the floor” where they’ll be joined by Oklahoma and Denver, winners of Semifinal 2. Be sure to tune in as LSU vies for its first-ever National Championship at 6 p.m. CT in a meet televised on ESPNU. 

In softball, the No. 9/6 Tigers dropped game two of the three-game series with No. 19/25 Arkansas, 11-1 in five innings. Here’s the full recap. The Tigers (36-11, 13-7) will look to avoid getting swept in Fayetteville when they take to the field at 1 p.m. for the series finale. That game will air on ESPN2.

I’ll leave you today with a very welcome article on new LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward by Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated:Scott Woodward Left Texas A&M to Pursue Lifelong Love Affair With LSU.”

Enjoy your Saturday, Tiger Fans.



 

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