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LSU pitcher Russell Reynolds was in the unexpected position of starting Game 1 in the College World Series on Monday.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: No need for LSU fans to panic after Game 1 loss

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Alex Hickey. Today, we discuss your need to relax, take note of LSU baseball’s popularity, witness another football recruiting coup and see what basketball coach Will Wade is up to.

Despite dropping opener, LSU still has two aces up its sleeve

LSU fans should be bummed out over a 4-3 loss to Florida in Game 1 of the College World Series championship series. But they should certainly not be despondent.

The odds were stacked against the Tigers on Monday night from the moment they lost Eric Walker for the season last week. Senior Russell Reynolds did a noble job of trying to keep pace with one of the premier arms in the nation in Florida’s Brady Singer, but he didn’t have the stuff to go beyond three innings. Coach Paul Mainieri took the blame for putting too much on Reynolds’ plate.

Despite the 1-0 deficit and the fact teams in such a hole are 4-10 in the CWS championship series all time since it became a best-of-3 affair, things are actually shaping up pretty well for LSU.

Florida’s other ace, Alex Faedo, pitched Saturday to get the Gators into the championship series and won’t be available unless it is in a relief role on Wednesday.

LSU, on the other hand, gets to counter with Jared Poché in Game 2 and Alex Lange if the series extends to a decisive third game.

The Tigers will never have their backs more firmly planted against the wall than they did following their 13-1 loss to Oregon State. Whether you put more trust in faith or logic, the fact LSU went toe to toe with Florida despite having a distinct disadvantage Monday bodes well.

Everyone has love for LSU baseball

There was plenty of buzz for the Tigers championship series opener all day Monday. So much that you may have missed some of it. And since this is a best-of-3 series, all of it is still quite applicable.

Here’s the best of the bunch:

LSU football: Tigers get a big flipper

Exhibit A in why you should take all recruiting news before signing day with a grain of salt: the thing that happened in LSU’s favor on Monday.

AJ Carter, the top-rated Louisiana running back in the Class of 2018, backed out of a verbal commitment and flipped to LSU.

Our Sam Spiegelman has the details.

Will Wade says (not much)

Tigers basketball coach Will Wade, like his counterparts, participated in the SEC basketball summer teleconference on Monday. Seeing that he has yet to coach his first game at LSU, he didn’t have a whole lot to say.

However, the theme of changing the Tigers’ mindset, particularly on the defensive end, was discussed.

Granted, Wade had pretty good reason not to say much Monday. Like seemingly everyone else right now, his focus is on LSU baseball.

Today in made-up holidays

According to, Tuesday, June 27 is National Sunglasses Day. The odds of sunshine are good on any given June 27, so this is one of the few random, made-up holidays that adheres to some form of logic.

Looking for creative ways to celebrate?

Well, you could make like ZZ Top and get yourself a cheap pair.

You could also make like Corey Hart (the ’80s singer, not the former Milwaukee Brewers outfielder) and wear them at night.

Personally, I think the best way to celebrate National Sunglasses Day is to remove them as you deliver a cheesy one-liner, a la David Caruso in CSI: Miami.

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