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And The Valley Shook 1 hour ago

LSU Football Recruiting 2016: Assessing 2016 Signing Class Needs

What positions will LSU targets for the 2016 Signing Class? Not even a month removed from putting the 2015 signing class in the books, and the staff is already aggressively pursuing 2016 recruits. Realistically, many of these prospects were identified, two, even three years ago. LSU's Director of Player Personnel, Austin Thomas, identified a major key to successful recruiting is early identification: "The way it is these days, coaches are getting scholarship offers out there earlier and earlier," [Thomas] says. "Prospects have to be identified earlier and earlier." Thomas added he hopes to...
And The Valley Shook 14 hours ago

Tigers Sweep Princeton As The Offense Awakens

In a doubleheader, especially one that occurs on a 3rd straight day of games, pitching is your most precious commodity. It was clear early on in game 1 that, especially with the nice lead the offense was building, Jake Godfrey was going to have to get himself out of whatever mess he found himself in and eat up some innings. Despite giving up 6 hits and 3 walks on the night, including 2 walks that led to 2 runs scoring on a bases loaded single in the 2nd, Godfrey was left alone to figure it out. With the nice cushion of a 5 run lead, Godfrey stayed in for 5.2 IP and ended his day right at 90...
And The Valley Shook Feb 28, 2015

GAMETHREAD: LSU vs Princeton, GM3, 7:30pm, SECN+

LINEUPS LSU Foster, RFLaird, CFBregman, SSChinea, DHHale, 1BScivicque, CFraley, LFZardon, 3BRobertson, 2B RHP Lange Princeton CF BaerSS Arendt2B Hoy3B Belski1B Hernandez LF TupperC ServaisRF Owens DH Giglio LHP Smithers
And The Valley Shook Feb 28, 2015

LSU Defeats Ole Miss, 73-63

Tigers win third straight, and sweep The Rebels The Tigers got another important victory Saturday afternoon to move into 4th place in the conference. The game started out slow for both teams, then Ole Miss exploded in the first half taking a 25-15 lead. The Tigers were struggling on offense, and Jordan Mickey was being shut down by the Rebel defense. LSU went on a 8-1 run at the end of the first half to make the halftime score 27-23 Ole Miss. At the beginning of the second half a couple of three-pointers by Keith Hornsby and Jalyn Patterson gave The Tigers a 31-29 lead, and got the crowd...
And The Valley Shook Feb 28, 2015

GAMETHREAD: LSU vs Princeton, GM2, 4pm, SECN+

LINEUPS LSU Fraley LFLaird RFBregman SSChinea 1BHale 2BStevenson CFPapierski CZardon 3BByrd DH RHP Godfrey Princeton CF BaerSS Arendt2B Hoy1B BelskiRF Hernandez LF TupperC ServaisDH Owens 3B Powers RHP Strieber
And The Valley Shook Feb 28, 2015

LSU Battles Cold Night and Cold Offense, Takes Game 1 From Princeton

It was another cold night at Alex Box, and while LSU's offense couldn't catch fire, they did just enough to pul a win away from Princeton 3-2. LSU was facing an Ivy League team that was walking on grass for the first time in 2015, and yet they could only manage 3 runs on 4 hits. The Princeton pitching staff, especially middle relief Nick Donatiello, really gave them a good chance to win, recording a collective 5 Ks and keeping LSU from scoring anything past the 4th inning. LSU made up for the lack of hits by being aggressive on the base paths, stealing on 4 of 6 attempts. Alex Bregman...
And The Valley Shook Feb 28, 2015

Preview/Gamethread: LSU vs Ole Miss

Another (surprise!) must win for The Tigers. Saturday's game against The Rebels is an important test for The Tigers. LSU and Ole Miss are in similar situations late in the season. The game is a must-win for both teams. The Tigers are currently tied with Georgia for fifth in the league, one game behind Ole Miss (19-9, 10-5 SEC). LSU is coming hot off their seventh road win of the season, an 84-61 win against Auburn. The Tigers had an impressive victory in Oxford earlier in the season. Keith Hornsby hit five 3-pointers and led the team with 23 points in the win on January 14. Jarell Martin...
And The Valley Shook Feb 27, 2015

GAMETHREAD: LSU vs Princeton GM1, 7pm, SECN+

LINEUPS LSU LF FraleyCF Laird SS Bregman DH Chinea 1B Hale C Scivicque RF Foster 3B Br. Jordan2B Robertson LHP Poche Princeton CF BaerSS Arendt2B Hoy1B BelskiLF TupperC ServaisDH Hernandez RF Owens 3B Phillips RHP Powers
And The Valley Shook Feb 27, 2015

Chavis Sues LSU

Our legal beagle breaks it down Coughlin's Law: Things always end badly, or else they wouldn't end. It's safe to say that the Chavis-LSU divorce is officially ugly, now that Chavis has filed suit against LSU for breach of contract. Chavis went to the 272nd District Court in Brazos County, Texas to file. Now, I can't imagine why he would do a thing like that? Oh, because Texas A&M is located in Brazos County. When litigation seems inevitable, it's always best to be the side that picks its forum by filing first. I think it's pretty clear who won the race to courthouse. Essentially, Chavis'...
And The Valley Shook Feb 27, 2015

Princeton @ LSU - News, Pitching Matchups, TV Times

LSU News Tiger Rag - Baseball notebook: Beau Jordan to undergo knee surgey, could miss remainder of season LSUSports.net - In Focus: Powerful Chinea Provides Veteran Presence LSUSports.net - In Focus: Scivicque is a 'Rock' For the Tigers GoPrincetonTigers.com - Princeton Baseball Set to Open 2015 Season at No. 4 Louisiana State GoPrincetonTigers.com - 150th Year of Princeton Baseball National News and Previews D1Baseball.com - Viewpoint: Mazey Makes Case For Later Schedule New England College Baseball Blog - Why a Summer Season Really Would Be Too Hot Advocate - Tony Robichaux...
And The Valley Shook Feb 27, 2015

Weekend Preview: Princeton (0-0) @ LSU (7-1)

Hey look! Another series against an Ivy League Team. Another year, another baseball series against an Ivy League team.  The Princeton Tigers come to town this weekend for a three game series, making it the 6th season in a row that LSU has played a team from the Ivy League.  During that time span, LSU has only lost two games to Ivy League teams, once to Princeton in 2011 and Yale in 2014.  Because the Ivy League baseball schedule is weird, this is Princeton's first series of the season.  Anyways, let's take a look at the other Tigers from New Jersey. The Bats Danny Baer -...
And The Valley Shook Feb 27, 2015

LSU Survives Southeastern, 9-8

One of these days LSU will have a decisive mid-week win. We had to wait out the weather for an extra day, but at least the Tigers came away with the W. Southeastern may have made the tournament last year, but struggling with midweek in-state opponents isn't a trend we want to see continue. THE PITCHING Coach Mainieri looked visibly upset with Doug Norman more than a few times during his second start, nearly pulling the plug in the first inning. Norman gave up his first run of the night off of back to back singles, before recording his first out. He also gave up a run on a wild pitch, so...
And The Valley Shook Feb 26, 2015

LSU Football Hit With Recruiting Sanctions

The SEC stuck LSU with a pair of recruiting violations today for "breaking" a ticky tacky rule. Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate broke the news that LSU would be hit with sanctions: LSU is banned from signing early enrollee recruits to financial aid agreements for the next two years, and the program will be stripped of 10 percent of its recruiting evaluation days in 2015, according to public records obtained by The Advocate. The penalties, handed down by the Southeastern Conference and reported by the school Feb. 3, stem from a violation that occurred this fall involving an...
And The Valley Shook Feb 26, 2015

GAMETHREAD: Southeastern Louisiana (5-3) @ LSU (6-1), 6:30pm, SECN+

So I heard you guys liked gold uniforms... Now if we’re all done losing our heads about the dropped game to Nicholls last week after sweeping Boston College, it’s time to focus on the game Wednesday night sometime this week against an actual postseason contender from the Southland, Southeastern Louisiana. Maybe it's because I spent two years at Southeastern, one interning with the SID department, but I don't need convincing that SLU is a real team that poses a threat to LSU. Last year Cody Glenn (remember him?) got the win as LSU took an early season midweek game in Hammond, America,...
And The Valley Shook Feb 25, 2015

A Couple of Football News & Notes

On a quiet, rain/cold-delayed night of no baseball. LSU Hires Ryan Pugh as Graduate Assistant (the Advocate): Pugh played offensive line for Auburn from 2007-2010, so there's some history with LSU Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes. Additionally, NOLA.com has reported that the Tigers have hired Blaine Gautier, quarterbacks coach at St. James High School in Vacherie, to replace Sean Patterson as an offensive assistant. Gautier might be best remembered as a very prolific quarterback at ULL. He also threw some passes to a young Jarvis Landry as QB at Lutcher High School. Some other notes via...
And The Valley Shook Feb 25, 2015

Weekend Recap: Weather Delays the Column, But Not the Sweep

Proof that LSU plans ahead better than I do It turns out the only weather delay for baseball this weekend was not for the games, but for this weekend wrap. A beautiful, clear sky suddenly turned into ice and snow showers, and I was locked in a house with a toddler, rendering accomplishing even the most simple task impossible. So your weekend review gets delayed. Sorry about that. LSU, unlike me, planned ahead for the inclement weather, and re-arranged the schedule to play a doubleheader on Friday to avoid playing on Sunday, when the heavy stuff was supposed to come down. Despite some ugly...
And The Valley Shook Feb 24, 2015

LSU 84, Auburn 61: Now That's More Like It

Tigers pull away from Auburn, finally play to full potential against an SEC bottom feeder. Some breathing room, finally. LSU finally did exactly what it needed to do, facing off with a bad opponent and never really leaving the outcome in doubt. LSU led by at least six points for almost the entire game and finished the host Tigers off with a 15-0 run midway through the 2nd half. It's exactly the kind of performance LSU needed at this juncture of the season, with postseason play approaching in mere weeks. They also reached some milestones, or at least somewhat important accomplishments for...
And The Valley Shook Feb 24, 2015

Preview/GameThread: LSU at Auburn (6 pm, ESPNU)

An LSU win in Auburn would clinch a winning SEC road record for the 1st time since 2009. Down the stretch we come, so of course LSU is playing one of the teams that has given it fits lately. It's Auburn on the plains, and the opposing Tigers have won a staggering seven of the last nine against LSU, with the P&G Tigers also being 0-3 this year against teams with the same mascot. Those tidbits mean little here, though Auburn's 81-77 win in the PMAC 3 weeks ago was an embarrassing nadir for this team. They've admirably picked up the pieces since then, notching home wins over Alabama and...
And The Valley Shook Feb 24, 2015

Saivion Smith Commits to LSU

The Nation's number one DB prospect committed to LSU. How about them apples? Saivion Smith, the nation's no. 1 defensive back from Brandenton, Florida (IMG Academy) took to ESPN to announce his decision just days after visiting LSU for Junior Day. Smith is a consensus 5-star stud CB prospect. Corey Raymond continues to prove, again, that he's amongst the nation's very best recruiters. You can watch Smith's announcement here. Early this morning news broke that Smith would announce his commitment today, a bit of a shocker. A bit later, a conflicting report came about that Smith would not be...
And The Valley Shook Feb 24, 2015

Gym Is Now One of the Cool Kids

Ignored for years, suddenly the gymnastics team is the most popular team on campus. Winning does that. About three years ago, I made the commitment to cover more women's sports on the blog, particularly the gymnastics team. This wasn't for any equal time reasons, but because the gym team is the best team on campus, and their matches are a ton of fun. Never, in my wildest imagination, did I think that three years later over 12,000 people would show up for a LSU gymnastics meet, particularly on the same night the baseball team played a game in Alex Box. More people were at a women's...

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