LSU Tigers: Louisiana-Monroe

3-point stance: First impressions

September, 2, 2013
Three-Point Stance, It’s Only One Game, But … Edition

1. … Washington backed up the confidence that head coach Steve Sarkisian placed in a team that has been 7-6 for the last three years. The Huskies moved back into their home after a $280-million renovation and looked as if they couldn’t have been more comfortable. The 38-6 victory over Boise State, the Broncos’ first loss by more than six points in six years, is evidence enough. But the 592 yards of offense without suspended preseason All-American tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a sign that the Pac-12 North may be the best division in the FBS.

2. … the union of LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger appears to be a success. Mettenberger completed 16-of-32 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown, nearly doubling his raw QBR of a year ago (74.6/3did 9.3). Moreover, Mettenberger put up those numbers against TCU, year in and year out one of the toughest defensive teams in the nation. Mettenberger made big, precise throws, putting them in places where defenders couldn’t reach them. That’s what NFL quarterbacks do.

3. … Oklahoma may be out of its long defensive slump. The team that allowed at least 34 points in four of its last five games whitewashed Louisiana-Monroe, 34-0. That’s the Sooners’ first shutout in three seasons, and came against a team that went 8-5 last season and has eight returning offensive starters, including four-year starting quarterback Kolton Browning. The Sooners allowed 166 total yards and only 2-of-16 third-down conversions. In other words, they looked like a Bob Stoops team.

Long climb back for OSU, ULM

June, 3, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU coach Paul Mainieri summed up the stakes in LSU's 7-1 win over Oregon State Saturday quite nicely.

"These kids didn't need any more pressure on them than they already have, so I didn't tell them until after the game was over that the difference of winning this game was the difference of having to win one more game or three more games," Manieri said. "It's pretty significant."

By winning, the Tigers (45-16) are in great shape heading into the championship round, getting two chances to win one game that will wrap up the the Baton Roug regional.

They'll sit back and watch Oregon State and Louisiana-Monroe play the 1:30 p.m. elimination game. After the Beavers and Warhawks go through nine innings of pitching staff depletion, LSU will be there waiting with weekend starter Ryan Eades (5-2, 3.36) ready to go against whatever the winner of the ULM-OSU game has left.

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Louisiana-Monroe (32-29) bounced back from a tantalizing loss to LSU in fine form Saturday afternoon, eliminating Belmont (39-24) from the Baton Rouge regional in the process.

Overview: Much like Friday, pitching dominated in the early going of a small ball clinic by both the Warhawks and the Bruins. Belmont could not register a hit on ULM starter Cale Wine until the fourth inning, while ULM continually made contact on Belmont's Matt Hamann but could not push runs across the plate.

After stranding three runners in the first two innings, the Warhawks finally got on the board when shortstop Jeremy Sy tripled to right field and reached home on a fielder's choice. ULM built the lead to 3-0 in the next inning, when Brandon Alexander scored from third on a wild pitch before Corben Green scored another with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Nola gets start on Friday

May, 29, 2012
With media gathered at LSU's Alex Box Stadium Tuesday wondering who would get the nod on the mound for the Tigers in Friday's Baton Rouge regional opener against Louisiana-Monroe, the giveaway answer was down the right field line.

Freshman right-hander Aaron Nola was getting his bullpen work in with pitching coach Alan Dunn during a time when it's usually Friday night starter Kevin Gausman getting the work.

Indeed, it will be Nola (6-4, 3.93 ERA), and not staff ace Gausman, who will get the start when No. 7 LSU (43-16) opens the regional against No. 4 seed Louisiana-Monroe (31-28) at 7 p.m. CT on Friday. Nola, who pitched a pre-planned two innings in a Wednesday start against Mississippi State at the SEC tournament, should be fresh and ready to go, head coach Paul Mainieri said.

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LSU gets No. 7 national seed 

May, 28, 2012
LSU was awarded the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA tournament Monday and will host a regional that includes Oregon State, Belmont and Louisiana-Monroe starting Friday at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

The SEC champion Tigers (43-16) will host a regional for the first time since 2009, the last year LSU won a College World Series. The winner of the LSU regional gets the winner of the Miami, Fla., regional in a Super Regional. If LSU advances, it would host the Super Regional.

LSU, the region's No. 1 seed, opens postseason play at 7 p.m. Friday against No. 4 Louisiana-Monroe (31-28). The Warhawks got in the hard way as a surprising champion of the Sun Belt Conference tournament after a .500 finish in the regular season standings. ULM did win two of three in a series against Tennessee and two against Southland Conference champion Sam Houston State, which is at the Rice regional with an at-large bid.

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