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And The Valley Shook Jun 6, 2018
Link Gumbo: LSU and the MLB Draft

Link Gumbo: LSU and the MLB Draft

Baseball season may be over, but we’re potentially learning a lot about next year’s Tigers. LSU watched their season come to a close over the weekend in Corvallis. For Oregon State, it was an opportunity to avenge the losses that sent them packing in Omaha last year. And avenge they did as they steamrolled the Tigers by a combined score of 24-1. Zack Hess took the loss on Saturday in what might have been his final appearance as a Tiger. Hess gave up eight earned runs in 3.1 innings. Hess allowed six hits while walking four. Caleb Gilbert and Trent Vietmeier did not stop the bleeding as...
And The Valley Shook Jun 5, 2018
Life After Excellence

Life After Excellence

With the departures of Allie Walljasper and Carley Hoover, LSU softball looks ahead to 2019 The Tigers were in a bit of a pickle entering the season. On the one hand, they had one last season of Carley Hoover and Allie Walljasper, which would position them to compete with the best in the SEC and the country. On the other hand, they had lost two of the best hitters in program history in Savannah Jaquish and Bailey Landry, with no apparent replacements. Much of those pre-season concerns played out as expected. LSU had a team ERA of 1.57, best since 2010. Maribeth Gorsuch emerged as a viable...
And The Valley Shook Jun 4, 2018
Baseball Finally Runs Out of Gas in Corvallis

Baseball Finally Runs Out of Gas in Corvallis

Tigers sent home by Oregon State. It wasn’t exactly unexpected, but that didn’t make watching LSU’s dismantling at the hands of Oregon St. any less painful. The 14-1 and 12-0 losses were the largest margins of defeat of the year (though there were many other losses this year that come close) and if you stand back a step and just look at the matchup on paper, it shouldn’t be all that surprising. Oregon St, the No. 3-overall National Seed, who defeated LSU 13-1 in Omaha last year before LSU came back and eliminated them, returned 8 of 9 starters from last year’s squad and also had...
And The Valley Shook Jun 4, 2018
Around the SEC: Thoughts Headed Into the Summer

Around the SEC: Thoughts Headed Into the Summer

How does the West stack up now that spring has passed? Now that our run of spring practice Q&As has finished up, it seems like a good time to take some stock of the SEC, particularly the West, and how things stock up for LSU and their 2018 opponents. LSU’s pickup of Joe Burrow raises the floor for this team, given the present state of the division and the Tigers’ schedule. I don’t think he puts them in a title conversation yet — the rest of this offense is still a bit green. The receiving corps is likely going to feature Terrace Marshall and Ja’Marr Chase heavily, and I don’t...
And The Valley Shook May 31, 2018
Corvallis Regional Preview: Northwestern State

Corvallis Regional Preview: Northwestern State

A familiar foe potentially awaits in Oregon, one LSU should hope to avoid. LSU holds a commanding 57-11 record against Northwestern State and has won 19 of the past 20 meetings between the two in-state schools. Paul Mainieri has a 12-1 record against the Demons with the only loss coming in 2011, the last time LSU missed the postseason field completely. The Tigers beat the other purple Louisiana school 9-5 on the 15th to close out the home schedule and is the their most recent non-SEC opponent. Despite the one-sided dominance, if LSU plays Northwestern State then that can only be a bad...
And The Valley Shook May 31, 2018
Paul Mainieri’s Best Coaching Job

Paul Mainieri’s Best Coaching Job

This isn’t his best team, but it might be his best performance. LSU didn’t play this baseball season so much as they survived it. Making the tournament was no sure thing as the Tigers limped down the stretch before doing their usual bit of postseason heroics at the LSU Invitational in Hoover. Usually, we consider the SEC tournament as a prelude to greater postseason success, but this year it was a necessary march through the bracket to secure a NCAA tournament bid. The team that made it to the finish line bears some similarity to the one that started the season against Notre Dame, but...
And The Valley Shook May 30, 2018
Tremont Waters to Return to LSU

Tremont Waters to Return to LSU

Sophomore point guard removes his name from the NBA Draft. Good news for LSU hoops with reports today that sophomore point guard Tremont Waters has removed his name from the 2018 NBA Draft and will return to LSU for the 2018-2019 season. Today was the deadline for withdrawing. Per The Advocate: Waters worked out May 5 for the Oklahoma City Thunder, which was confirmed by his father, Ed, and visited the Boston Celtics on May 21. He was also among six players who worked out Tuesday for the Atlanta Hawks before withdrawing from the draft. Waters said the experience of working out for teams...
And The Valley Shook May 29, 2018
Class of 2020 Quarterback TJ Finley Commits to LSU

Class of 2020 Quarterback TJ Finley Commits to LSU

Tigers land a potential quarterback of the future out of Louisiana. LSU received some promising news for the future of the quarterback position, with today’s announcement that Louisiana quarterback TJ Finley gave his verbal commitment tonight for the class of 2020. BREAKING: TJ Finley, the No. 9 pro-style QB in the 2020 class and the No. 1 QB in Louisiana, has committed to #LSU. https://t.co/ZIX2o5ByV9 pic.twitter.com/W5i9g0ldGW— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) May 30, 2018 Finley, from Ponchatoula, currently projects as a four-star, top-10 prospect in the 247 Sports rankings, with offers...
And The Valley Shook May 28, 2018
Baseball Headed to Corvallis Regional

Baseball Headed to Corvallis Regional

The 2018 Road to Omaha will take the Tigers through Oregon first. LSU’s road back to the College World Series will take an unusual detour, with the Tigers heading to Corvallis, Oregon, for a first-round NCAA Regional, as announced earlier today. LSU will join top seed and host Oregon State, along with third-seeded San Diego State and fourth-seeded Northwestern State, with the Tigers facing the Aztecs in the regional opener on Friday at 3 p.m. CST. CORVALLIS REGIONAL1️⃣ Oregon State2️⃣ LSU3️⃣ San Diego State4️⃣ Northwestern State#RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/Fqb3NNNKl7—...
And The Valley Shook May 28, 2018
Kicker Cade York Commits to LSU

Kicker Cade York Commits to LSU

Tigers find their kicker out of Texas. Earlier this week, LSU missed out on the nation’s No. 1 kicker, Will Reichard, who chose Alabama over LSU and Georgia. But Ed Orgeron and Co. moved on quickly, landing the verbal pledge of kicker/punter Cade York on Sunday evening. I am blessed to receive my 3rd offer and announce my commitment to LSU #GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/N6MsoPhBLu— Cade York (@YorkCade) May 28, 2018 York, out of Prosper, Texas, is the No. 2 kicker and punter in the country for 2019, per Kohl’s Professional Camps, a national kicking talent service. New: Some...
And The Valley Shook May 27, 2018
Softball season ends with 3-1 loss to FSU

Softball season ends with 3-1 loss to FSU

Tigers fall one game short of Oklahoma City trip LSU’s 2018 softball campaign came to an end Saturday night in a 3-1 loss to Florida State, sending the Seminoles to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series finals and the Tigers back to Baton Rouge to begin the offseason. In a series that through the first two games saw the Tigers score eleven runs, saw the return of an LSU offense that frequently could not provide the run support needed to backup stellar pitching. For the series finale Beth Torina opted for Allie Walljasper, and the senior hurler did a good job at containing...
And The Valley Shook May 26, 2018
Tigers fall 8-5 to Seminoles in Game Two of Super Regional

Tigers fall 8-5 to Seminoles in Game Two of Super Regional

FSU offense tops Carley Hoover LSU dropped Game 2 of the regional 8-5 to Florida State in eleven innings, setting up a deceive Game 3 of the Tallahassee Super Regional. Carley Hoover took the loss, surrendering three run, including two home runs in the top of the 11th to give the Seminoles the lead. Hoover, who started the game, had her struggles against the Florida State lineup. Although Hoover kept the Seminoles off the board for the most part, she did also allow a four-run inning in the fifth. In extra’s the Tigers didn’t have many chances but their best chance came in the bottom of...
And The Valley Shook May 26, 2018
Softball tops FSU 6-5 in Game One

Softball tops FSU 6-5 in Game One

Tigers take 1-0 lead in best of three series LSU fended off a late FSU rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure a 6-5 victory in Game One of the Super Regional, putting LSU just one win away from earning a trip to the Women’s College World Series Finals. The Tigers entered the bottom of the seventh inning with a solid 6-2 lead over FSU. LSU starter Allie Walljasper got a quick strikeout and ground out putting the Tigers one out away from victory. Then things got interesting. A 3-2 walk was followed by a groundball that caused some confusion between Walljasper, Becca Schulte and...
And The Valley Shook May 25, 2018
Softball Super Regional Preview: Florida State

Softball Super Regional Preview: Florida State

Two more wins and LSU is headed back to Oklahoma City The Tigers return to Oklahoma City will once again travel through Tallahassee, as LSU faces Florida State in the Super Regionals. Last year, it was the Tigers emerging victorious in this matchup, taking two-of-three from the ‘Noles. The Schedule Friday – LSU at Florida State – 6 p.m. CT – ESPNU, 107.3 FM Saturday – LSU at Florida State – 4 p.m. CT – ESPN2, 107.3 FM Sunday (if necessary) – LSU at Florida State – 2 p.m. CT - ESPNU, 107.3 FM The Opponent As is the case from a year ago, Florida State is a really good team....
And The Valley Shook May 24, 2018
VIDEO: Watch Todd Peterson Raise His Batting Average 1,000 Points

VIDEO: Watch Todd Peterson Raise His Batting Average 1,000 Points

Thanks to some pitching changes and a game extended into the 12th inning, RHP Todd Peterson had to take the first at-bat of his LSU career, possibly of his entire baseball career, this evening against South Carolina. And with it, he became LEGENDARY In his first career at-bat at LSU, @Todd_Peterson3 does this! : https://t.co/osU46zu2I0 pic.twitter.com/faElPgjJiA— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) May 25, 2018 OH BABY! @Todd_Peterson3 stepped up big time for the Tigers tonight in extras!Here us the link for all of LSU's postgame interviews: https://t.co/xA6KeSqm8c...

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