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Tigers ready for super regionals

June, 7, 2013
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With baseball's super regionals getting started tonight, here's a preview of all the matchups, including LSU-Oklahoma.

To relive how the Tigers overcame adversity to get to this point, read Gary Laney's wrap-up from last weekend.
GTN writers Gary Laney and David Helman answer your questions in this week's mailbag. You can send questions to glaneyespn@gmail.com or helmanespn@gmail.com or their Twitter accounts, helmanespn or glaneyespn.

Today, they'll discuss:

1. Recruiting grades

GTN Roundtable (June 13) 

June, 13, 2012
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GeauxTigerNation writers Gary Laney and David Helman share their thoughts on issues regarding LSU sports:

1. What should LSU do with its Thanksgiving weekend game?

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John Korduner/Icon SMILSU will have to improve on offense to reach the College World Series in 2013.
Gary Laney: I love that it appears that a renewed LSU-Texas A&M rivalry appears to be in the works for a season finale. It's a more natural rivalry than LSU-Arkansas in that there is a geographic tie with Interstate 10 and Houston being primarily an Aggie city, but also a prime destination for LSU alumni.

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Who would have thought the Cape Cod League would prove to be a preview for the LSU-Stony Brook Super Regional?

When the third and deciding game between LSU and Stony Brook starts 12:05 p.m. Sunday at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, the 2011 Cape Cod League Pitcher of the Year, LSU right-hander Ryan Eades, will toe the rubber against the reigning Cape Cod League Player of the Year, Stony Brook leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski, who was drafted in the supplemental first round by the San Diego Padres in the MLB draft on Monday.

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AP Photo/Dave MartinRyan Eades will take the mound Sunday against Stony Brook with LSU's season hanging in the balance.
Eades (5-2, 3.55 ERA), a sophomore, has been a mainstay in the LSU weekend rotation, making his turn in all 16 Tiger weekends this season. His 17th start will be to continue the season, and the Tigers are hoping for some of the magic that made him so good at the Cape as opposed to being the LSU pitcher that gets batted around the most.

Opponents hit .287 against the sophomore from Slidell, La., and he has made a habit of working his way out of trouble and "hanging in" his starts. Stony Brook, which has 20 hits in the first two games of the super regional, hasn't been a team that allows pitchers who flirt with trouble to get off the hook.

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Rapid Reaction: Stony Brook 3, LSU 1 

June, 9, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. – Tyler Johnson pitched a 3-hitter Saturday as Stony Brook evened its best-of-3 NCAA Super Regional series against LSU with a 3-1 win at Alex Box Stadium.

The third and deciding game will be noon Sunday at LSU. The Tigers will be going for their 16th College World Series appearance while Stony Brook is playing in its first super regional.

Overview: Johnson outpitched LSU ace Kevin Gausman (12-2), who earlier in the day got a win out of the bullpen in LSU's 5-4 12-inning win in Game 1. That game was completed Saturday morning after rain suspended play Friday.

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Mason Katz's RBI single in the bottom of the 12th Saturday morning lifted LSU to a 5-4 win over Stony Brook in the completion of the first game of a best-of-3 super regional suspended Friday by rain.

Overview: Katz, who homered in the 11th inning Friday to send the game to the 12th inning, singled in the 12th to plate Tyler Moore, who led off the 12th inning with a seeing-eye bloop single the fell between three Stony Brook players for a hit. After an Austin Nola sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to JaCoby Jones, Katz lined a Frankie Vanderka pitch to left-center field for the winning run.

The two teams will meet again for Game 2 starting at 11:05 a.m. Kevin Gausman (12-1) who pitched the 12th inning to get the win, is scheduled to start the second game for LSU against Stony Brook ace Tyler Johnson (11-1).

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- It was 16 years ago Friday that Warren Morris hit perhaps the most celebrated home run in LSU history, as his walk-off, two-run home run against Miami at the College World Series gave LSU a win and a national title.

On Friday, the Tigers again delivered memories with clutch postseason long balls. While none of LSU's three home runs in the first game of the best-of-three super regional series against Stony Brook were nearly as singularly dramatic as Morris' "Shot Heard 'Round the Bayou," they added another unique chapter to the storied program's history collectively.

Before rain suspended the game at 4-4 at the end of the 11th inning, LSU faced a one-run deficit and was down to its last half-inning in the bottom of three straight innings. In each, a Tiger came through with a game-tying homer.

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BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU wouldn't die and the game wouldn't end.

So they'll finish it Saturday.

The Tigers hit tying home runs in three straight innings where they were facing defeat and fought their way to a 4-4 tie with Stony Brook through 11 innings in the first game of their super regional Friday at Alex Box Stadium. Heavy rain fell before the start of the 12th inning, so the game will be resumed Saturday morning at 10:05 a.m. CDT. Game two, originally set for 11 a.m., will start 50 minutes after the completion of the first game.

JaCoby Jones, Tyler Moore and Mason Katz all hit game-tying solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth, 10th and 11th innings, respectively, to tie the game after Stony Brook built one-run leads in the top of each inning. The rain delay started at 3:08 p.m. and the game was called 2 1/2 hours later.

Goody "electric" for Tigers

June, 4, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU closer Nick Goody slumped before the Baton Rouge regional, but in two shutout innings in two days, the right-hander had fantastic stuff.

He struck out the side in the 10th inning in Sunday's 6-5, 10-inning win over Oregon State for his 11th save of the season, setting up the Beavers hitters with hard fastballs, then finishing them off with nasty sliders on all three third strikes.

"He was electric," said Oregon State closer Scott Schultz, who was pretty good in his own right in 8 2/3 innings of splendid relief work for OSU in the loss. "He spotted his fast ball and his slider was pretty good. But he spotted his fastball, just like a major leaguer."

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On Monday, LSU might be playing to continue its baseball season.

But its most notable player will also be getting his name called on the first day of Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.

Kevin Gausman, the LSU right-hander who will pitch Saturday, is likely to be among the first picks, if not the first pick, when the draft starts Monday.

"Hopefully, we'll all be together Monday night to watch it, but for a positive reason," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Thursday after his team held a brief practice before Friday's start of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.

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Rhymes a bargain for LSU

May, 30, 2012
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As far as bang for your buck, Raph Rhymes has to be the best deal in college baseball.

He is the best player in the mighty Southeastern Conference, at least in the eyes of the league's coaches who named him SEC Player of the Year on Tuesday.

He's also the nation's leading hitter, at .459, 29 points better than the second-best hitter.

And what does this cost LSU?

This season, nothing.

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Nola gets start on Friday

May, 29, 2012
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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
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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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HOOVER, Ala. -- For the LSU Tigers, the descent was gradual against Mississippi State on Friday afternoon. The three-run lead the Tigers clung to for eight innings slipped away inch by inch.

In the ninth inning, the grip that looked so firm loosened. LSU's ordinarily reliable closer Nick Goody came on in what was to be the final frame of the game and was helpless to hold the lead. A double, a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly pulled the Bulldogs from Starkville, Miss., even at 3-3.

In the bottom of the 10th, the pressure became too much. With one out and Goody still on the mound, Mississippi State coach John Cohen walked up to the home plate umpire and spent several minutes looking over the lineup. LSU coach Paul Mainieri fumed as Goody was forced to wait. And then, after standing around for several minutes, the next batter hit a double, followed by a single off the glove of second baseman JaCoby Jones that sealed LSU’s fate, bringing home the game-winning run for Mississippi State, 4-3.

“It’s a very tough loss for us,” Mainieri said. “It was a game we seemingly had in hand. ... Unfortunately, it just didn’t go our way.”

Mainieri said he wasn’t pleased with the layoff his pitcher faced in the 10th inning.

“John had made some changes and somehow the umpire was confused about what changes were actually made,” Mainieri said. "He didn’t want somebody batting out of order, and quite frankly I was a little irritated.

“Our pitcher is out there trying to pitch and all of a sudden he’s got to stand there on the mound for several minutes -- like icing a free throw.”

The fifth-year coach of the Tigers admitted, though, that it was somewhat the fault of his offense for failing to score from the second inning on.

LSU starting pitcher Ryan Eades walked the tightrope for six innings, walking four batters and giving up four hits without surrendering a single run. While designated hitter Ty Ross praised Eades work on the mound, Mainieri was bullish about his erratic performance.

“He looked good and he was definitely pounding the zone better,” Ross said. “He just seemed more confident.”

Mainieri rebuffed him, saying, “I wasn’t as upbeat about Ryan’s performance as they were. His command was not very good.”

As down as Mainieri and the rest of the team was, being bounced from the SEC tournament is not the end of the Tigers’ road. Mainieri said the loss is a tough pill to swallow, but it was important to remember the trip to Hoover was just the beginning.

“We’ll analyze it, put it in the rear-view mirror, and get ready for next week,” Mainieri said. “Obviously, next week is what really matters as we go forward.”

LSU will learn where it will play in the NCAA tournament on Monday.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Maybe the bats had jetlag. The LSU Tigers rebounded form a sleepy offensive performance in their first day at the SEC baseball tournament to recover and jolt the Ole Miss Rebels less than 24 hours later, 11-2.

“There was a pretty determined group of kids in our dugout today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who told his players yesterday that it was their decision whether they wanted to go home or stay in Hoover to play another day.

Despite the early start, with first pitch coming at 9:30 a.m., the Tigers came out ready to play at Regions Park against Ole Miss. LSU struck for two runs in the first inning and held the lead from then on. Three players had multiple runs batted in and eight batters combined for 17 hits.

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