All posts by Les East

Advocate sportswriter

Tigers add left-handed pitcher

LSU added a left-handed picther for the 2014 with the arrival of Henri Faucheux from Shelton State Community College.

Faucheux, a 6-foot, 185-pound native of LaPlace, was a two-time High School All-American at Riverside Academy in Reserve.

“Henri is a solid college left-handed pitcher who has a mid-to-high 80s fastball and a big, sharp, overhand curveball that will eat up left-handed hitters with regularity,” Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said in a statement.

“We will look for him to develop a quality change-up to add to his arsenal so that he can log more innings for us as a more complete pitcher,” Mainieri continued. “At a minimum, we see Henri being a situational lefty to get tough left-handed hitters out.”

LSU will begin conditioning drills and individual workouts Sept. 3. Classes start Monday.

The Tigers begin their six-week, full-squad fall practice session on Sept. 29. The 2014 season starts Feb. 14 when LSU plays host to the University of New Orleans in Alex Box Stadium.

 

LSU adds catcher, pitcher to incoming class

LSU added two players to its baseball recruiting class when catcher Kade Scivicque of Maurepas,La., and right-hander Troy Whitty of Easton, Mass., joined the program Monday.

The players, who will begin attending classes Aug. 26, are part of a 19-man signing class that will begin conditioning drills and individual workouts Sept. 3.

Scivicque played the past two seasons at Southwest Mississippi Community College, batting .321 with four homers, 12 doubles, 37 RBI last season when he was named the Mississippi Junior College Defensive Player of the Year after compiling a .991 fielding percentage.

Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said Scivicque “may end up being the ‘sleeper’ of this class.”

Whitty was 15-1 in his high-school career at The Dexter School, which included a perfect game and a no-hitter.

“(Scivicque) is a catcher by trade and the kind of kid who is not very vocal but just puts his head down, goes to work, and plays his heart out,” Mainieri said in a statement. “He’s the first LSU player to ever come out of Maurepas, Louisiana. He sort of emerged as a late bloomer after his first year in junior college.

“Kade will add competition to our young catching corps for this season. He had an exceptional summer in the Northwoods League, where he racked up a lot of extra-base hits.”

Mainieri said Whitty has “tidy mechanics” and “knows what he’s doing on the hill.”

“He has above average arm strength, topping out at 91-92 mph, and we think he will only get better in the next couple of years,” Mainieri said. “We see him as a person with tremendous potential who with proper coaching and experience can develop into something special.

“Troy is the kind of guy that could end up looking like former great Anthony Ranaudo by the time he’s finished at LSU.”

 

LSU faces UNC in elimination game

OMAHA, Neb. — LSU is sticking with the same lineup it had in Game 1 as it prepares to play North Carolina in an elimination game in the College World Series on Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park. First pitch is scheduled for shortly after 2:08 p.m.

The Tigers lost to UCLA 2-1 on Sunday night, just hours after the Tar Heels lost to N.C. State 8-1.

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Here are the starting lineups:

UNC (57-11)

1. CF Chaz Frank (.299)

2. DH Landon Lassiter (.360)

3. 3B Colin Moran (.340)

4. C Brian Holberton (.314)

5. 1B Cody Stubbs (.366)

6. RF Skye Bolt (.323)

7. SS Michael Russell (.301)

8. 2B Mike Zolk (.272)

9. LF Parks Jordan (.260)

SP — RH Trent Thornton 11-1, 1.28)

LSU (57-10)

1. DH Sean McMullen (.310)

2. RF Mark Laird (.301)

3. SS Alex Bregman (.374)

4. 1B Mason Katz (.365)

5. LF Raph Rhymes (.337)

6. 3B Christian Ibarra (.311)

7. C Ty Ross (.217)

8. 2B JaCoby Jones (.294)

9. CF Andrew Stevenson (.190)

SP — LH Cody Glenn (7-2, 2.41)

 

LSU has standard lineup vs. UCLA

OMAHA, Neb. — LSU is using its standard starting lineup for its College World Series opener against UCLA on Sunday night at TD Ameritrade Park. First pitch is 7 p.m.

Second baseman JaCoby Jones has recovered well enough from flu-like symptoms that kept him out of practice Friday to start.

North Carolina State defeated North Carolina 8-1 on Sunday afternoon. If the Tigers defeat the Bruins they will play N.C. State in a winners bracket game at 7 p.m. Tuesday. If they lose they will play North Carolina in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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UCLA (44-17)

1. CF Brian Carroll (.259)

2. 3B Kevin Kramer (.279)

3. RF Eric Filia (.278)

4. SS Pat Valaika (.257)

5. DH Kevin Williams (.232)

6. 1B Pat Gallagher (.277)

7. C Shane Zeile (.242)

8. 2B Cody Regis (.232)

9. LF Brenton Allen (.247)

SP — RH Adam Plutko (8-3, 2.35)

LSU (57-9)

1. DH Sean McMullen (.317)

2. RF Mark Laird (.297)

3. SS Alex Bregman (.380)

4. 1B Mason Katz (.366)

5. LF Raph Rhymes (.343)

6. 3B Christian Ibarra (.315)

7. C Ty Ross (.215)

8. 2B JaCoby Jones (.299)

9. CF Andrew Stevenson (.195)

SP — RH Aaron Nola (12-0, 1.68)

 

JaCoby Jones expected to start in CWS opener

OMAHA, Neb. — LSU second baseman JaCoby Jones is expected to be in the starting lineup when the Tigers play UCLA in the first round of the College World Series at 7 p.m. Sunday at TD Ameritrade Park.

Jones was stricken with flu-like symptoms Thursday night and missed practice Friday. He returned to practice on a limited basis Saturday and had experienced no setbacks by mid-afternoon Sunday.

The Tigers were expected to head to the ballpark at about 4 p.m. The LSU-UCLA game will be televised on ESPN2.

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Check back later for complete starting lineups.

 

LSU goes after CWS berth

LSU will try to earn a berth in the College World Series when it plays Oklahoma in Game 2 of the Baton Rouge Super Regional at 6:05 p.m. Saturday in Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers won Game 1 of the best-of-three series 2-0 on Friday night. If the Sooners win Saturday, a winner-take-all finale will be played at 6:05 p.m. Sunday.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri made one change to his starting lineup as Jared Foster replaced Andrew Stevenson in the outfield against OU left-hander Dillon Overton. Foster will play right and Mark Laird has moved from right to center.

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Here are the starting lineups:

LSU (56-9)

1. DH Sean McMullen (.325)

2. CF Mark Laird (.295)

3. SS Alex Bregman (.379)

4. 1B Mason Katz (.373)

5. LF Raph Rhymes (.340)

6. 3B Christian Ibarra (.321)

7. 2B JaCoby Jones (.284)

8. C Ty Ross (.209)

9. RF Jared Foster (.355)

SP — RH Ryan Eades (8-1, 2.81)

Oklahoma (43-20)

1. LF Craig Aikin (.286)

2. SS Jack Mayfield (.256)

3. CF Max White (.310)

4. 1B Matt Oberste (.377)

5. 2B Hector Lorenzana (.277)

6. C Anthony Hermelyn (.280)

7. DH Colt Bickerstaff (.222)

8. RF Hunter Haley (.268)

9. 3B Garrett Carey (.277)

SP — LH Dillon Overton (9-2, 2.91)

 

LSU lineup in tact for Oklahoma

LSU is back to its standard lineup for the first time in 12 games for its Baton Rouge Super Regional opener against Oklahoma on Friday in Alex Box Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

Injuries to second baseman JaCoby Jones, outfielder Mark Laird and designated hitter Sean McMullen forced a series of lineup adjustments since an 11-2 victory against UNO on May 14.

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Here are the starting lineups:

Oklahoma (43-19)

1. LF Craig Aikin (.291)

2. SS Jack Mayfield (.260)

3. CF Max White (.313)

4. 1B Matt Oberste (.376)

5. 2B Hector Lorenzana (.279)

6. C Anthony Hermelyn (.285)

7. DH Colt Bickerstaff (.218)

8. RF Taylor Alspaugh (.182)

9. 3B Garrett Carey (.281)

SP — RH Jonathan Gray (10-2, 1.59)

LSU (55-9)

1. DH Sean McMullen (.331)

2. RF Mark Laird (.287)

3. SS Alex Bregman (.385)

4. 1B Mason Katz (.378)

5. LF Raph Rhaymes (.340)

6. 3B Christian Ibarra (.325)

7. C Ty Ross (.211)

8. 2B JaCoby Jones (.283)

9. CF Andrew Stevenson (.183)

SP — Aaron Nola (11-0, 1.82)

 

Laird in, McMullen out of LSU lineup

Mark Laird has returned to the LSU lineup and will lead off for the Tigers against Louisiana-Lafayette in the championship round of the Baton Rouge Regional at 7:05 p.m. Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.

Laird, who missed the last four games because of a sprained left ankle, will be in right field and bat leadoff in place of Sean McMullen, who was unavailable after straining a hamstring in an 8-5 victory against Sam Houston State on Saturday night. Alex Edward replaced McMullen as the designated hitter.

Left-hander Brent Bonvillain will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers against the Ragin’ Cajuns, who defeated Sam Houston State 7-5 in an elimination game Sunday afternoon.

For in-game updates follow @EastAdvocate and @MHarris on Twitter and you can join our chat beginning at approximately 7 p.m.

Here are the starting lineups:

LSU (54-9)

1. RF Mark Laird (.289)

2. 2B JaCoby Jones (.284)

3. SS Alex Bregman (.379)

4. 1B Mason Katz (.379)

5. LF Raph Rhymes (.335)

6. 3B Christian Ibarra (.330)

7. C Ty Ross (.215)

8. DH Alex Edward (.234)

9. CF Andrew Stevenson (.190)

SP — LH Brent Bonvillain (2-0, 3.12)

ULL (43-19)

1. RF Dex Kjerstad (.394)

2. 2B Jace Conrad (.286)

3. SS Blake Trahan (.325)

4. LF Caleb Adams (.335)

5. 3B Tyler Girouard (.368)

6. C Michael Strentz (.314)

7. CF Ryan Leonards (.332)

8. DH Dylan Butler (.301)

9. 1B Chase Compton (.271)

SP — LH Cody Boutte (8-3, 5.48)

Bregman, Rhymes back in LSU lineup

Alex Bregman and Raph Rhymes are back in the LSU starting lineup Saturday, one day after being injured when they collided as Bregman caught a pop-up in the Tigers’ 11-7 victory against Jackson State in the Baton Rouge Regional at Alex Box Stadium.

Bregman, who sustained a bruised and cut right cheek, will be at his usual position at shortstop, and Rhymes, who received three stitches for a cut lip, will be in his customary spot in left field.

LSU plays Sam Houston State in a winners bracker game at 7 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette eliminated Jackson State 15-1 on Saturday afternoon.

For in-game updates follow @EastAdvocate and @HotardAdvocate on Twitter and you can join our chat at www.theadvocate.com

Here are the starting lineups:

LSU (53-9)

1. DH Sean McMullen (.325)

2. RF Jared Foster (.400)

3. SS Alex Bregman (.376)

4. 1B Mason Katz (.383)

5. LF Raph Rhymes (.333)

6. 3B Christian Ibarra (.337)

7. 2B JaCoby Jones (.289)

8. C Ty Ross (.209)

9. CF Andrew Stevenson (.186)

SP — RH Aaron Nola (10-0, 1.94)

Sam Houston State (38-20)

1. 1B Jessie Plumlee (.310)

2. CF Colt Atwood (.305)

3. C Anthony Azar (.311)

4. 3B Kevin Miller (.333)

5. RF Ryan O’Hearn (.250)

6. LF Luke Plucheck (.306)

7. SS Carter Burgess (.322)

8. DH Cody Dickson (.000)

9. 2B Ryan Farney (.285)

SP — LH Caleb Smith (7-5, 3.23)

 

 

Eades on mound for regional opener

Junior right-hander Ryan Eades will start for LSU against Jackson State in Game 1 of the Baton Rouge Regional at 2 p.m. Friday in Alex Box Stadium.

Tigers coach Paul Mainieri chose to stay with Eades even though the scheduled starter for Game 3, sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn, was left off the active roster Thursday because of an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Mainieri could have pushed Eades back to Sunday and substituted another starter against the No. 4 seed Friday, but chose to stick with his original plan.

For in-game updates, follow @EastAdvocate and @MHarrisAdvocate on Twitter and you can join our chat at www.theadvocate.com starting at 2 p.m.

Here are the starting lineups:

Jackson State (34-20)

1. DH Aneko Knowles (.271)

2. 2B Stephen Curtis (.301)

3. LF Bryce Taylor (.309)

4. 1B Ethan Bright (.297)

5. CF Charles Tilery (.344)

6. C Jose Cruz (.250)

7. RF Fred Hampton (.233)

8. SS Nick Marigny (.275)

9. 3B Gary Thomas (.279)

SP — RH Alexander Juday (7-4, 3.14)

LSU (52-9)

1. RF Sean McMullen (.314)

2. DH Tyler Moore (.282)

3. SS Alex Bregman (.378)

4. 1B Mason Katz (.377)

5. LF Raph Rhymes (.335)

6. 3B Christian Ibarra (.335)

7. C Ty Ross (.213)

8. 2B JaCoby Jones (.290)

9. CF Andrew Stevenson (.192)

SP — RH Ryan Eades (8-1, 2.69)