27th May 2010

New Season Starts for LSU Baseball

LSU’s Matt Gaudet, right, is greeted at the plate by Leon Landry after Gaudet’s solo home run in a five-run second inning against Florida in the SEC tournament Wednesday. The Advocate/Patrick Dennis

With a new season getting under way in Hoover, Alabama, it looks like the Tigers are in familiar territory, however I hope that we do not count our chickens before they hatch. It is long way to the end of the SEC Tournament and anything can happen. Having said that the game that LSU played against the top seated Florida Gators was something to see. Anthony Ranaudo looked like the player of old and the offense fed off that pitching performance with 19 hits and 10 runs to beat the Gators 10 – 6. Mason Katz, started, Austin Nola, and Blake Dean each had three hits to get the offense going. Matt Gaudet had a home run to the center of the field in the second inning. Katz who was a surprise starter and after falling behind 0 -2 he worked his back to even and hit the ball to center for two runs to come in (Leon Landry and Alex Edward). That gave the Tigers a 3 – 0 lead. The Tigers never looked back. And went on to win.

Anthony Ranaudo said after the game, “That was a nice change of pace for me. My last couple of starts, I had some bumps in the road in the first couple of innings. When I set the tone I the first inning, I knew my stuff was there.” Ranaudo has had a rough year with an injury and fighting his way back. He seems to have recovered physically and mentally and is ready to give the Tigers the pitching leadership that they have needed. Hopefully the bullpen will feed off of this and come together to get it done over the next few days.

Just remember we have a long weekend ahead of us and that we will have to take a wait and see approach as the Tigers move along.

In the mean time sit back and enjoy the SEC Tournament. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!

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13th May 2010

Rumor – ESPN Trying to Start Trouble Again

LSU Head Football Coach Les Miles

John Gruden by Lorenzo Bevilaqual/ESPN

What is wrong with ESPN? All they do is stir the pot and without any proof of what they say. Let me see in 2007 at the SEC Championship game they reported that Les Miles was leaving LSU for his alma mater University of Michigan. I think that Coach Miles ended that rumor with “HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!” Now ESPN is back in the rumor saddle again where LSU is concerned, they are saying that LSU is targeting John Gruden to be the next head coach for the Tigers. Did I miss something and Coach Miles is no longer the coach? Since ESPN is so credible in their reporting you would think that this would be a great story to be on their show College Football Live or on the College Football webpage. It is if only your pay money to see the content. If ESPN wants to have a story then they need to publish it and be big enough to stand behind it.

John Gruden also signed a multiple year contract with ESPN’s Monday Night Football to continue as an analyst. Yes, he could leave, but he turned down the Notre Dame job this year. Even though he is from the area and would be a great college coach, he decided that maybe being an analyst was a better gig. No headaches, no baby sitting, no working yourself to death and yet he still gets to be a part of football.

I hope that LSU, Les Miles, and John Gruden come out and put these rumors to bed. And to ESPN – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!! When you have concrete proof then let College Football Nation know, until then shut your mouth and report only what can be proven in fact.

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6th May 2010

What is Wrong with the LSU Baseball Team?

Watching the LSU Baseball team this year has been both exciting and painful. Exciting to see the Tigers come from behind and win, to have moments of great hitting, and moments of great pitching, and then there are moments of frustration, loosing to Ole Miss, Florida and UNO. That is not to say that those teams are not good, but I think we, and I know I did expect more from this group of coaches and players. We were told that this years recruiting class was number 3 in the country and that we would have some great pitching, but that has not materialized. We have had some injuries that have hurt us, starting with Anthony Ranaudo being hurt to start the season and Trey Watkins dislocating his elbow in the Georgia Game. Ranaudo has not looked the same as last year. What is holding this young man back? Maybe he is worried about hurting the elbow again, or the Major League Baseball Draft. Whatever it is he has a mental block. He just seems timid and once you mess up the mind it is hard to straighten it out. Baseball is not only a skilled game, but a mental one too.

As for Trey Watkins and when he will return, only the coaching staff and the doctors know that. His injury must have been worse than previously thought as we have yet to see him out there trying to throw or heard anything as to what his status is.

Injury should never be used as an excuse and I would not say that is what is going on here, however, I think that it really has thrown this team for a curve. It has almost been a curse.

I would also say that there is no leadership from this group. We have seen very little emotion, no vocal leadership from the dugout, and even though this is baseball, it is LSU Baseball. We are a different breed and we need these players to be vocal and emotional for the sake of the team. Think back to last year with Louis Coleman, Jared Mitchell, Derek Helenihi and Ryan Schimpf, these guys were emotional and we saw game in and game out. We need that in the dugout now. These young men need to be leaders on this team, Leon Landry, Anthony Ranaudo, Blake Dean, Mikie Mahtook, Austin Nola, and Matty Ott. Show us your grit, your emotion, and your leadership. We know they guys have game and we know that deep inside they can be leaders, but who will come out of shadows and show us those qualities? We take on Vanderbilt this weekend and I hope that we have a great series and get back to the winning ways of the Tigers. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!

Written by: Tracey L Wilson

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