Fascinating stats from LSU’s crazy 15-inning game versus UNO
Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football, with LSU beat writer Nick Suss. Today we come down from the longest baseball game in Alex Box Stadium history, have fun with photos, look at some mock drafts and much, much more. Enjoy!
The game that wouldn’t end
The LSU baseball team played the longest game in the history of its new stadium last night, losing to the University of New Orleans in 15 innings.
As with any baseball game that ventures into #weirdbaseball territory, the game was no stranger to some bizarre stats. Here’s a smattering of a few of those stats and moments that stood out to me.
- In the 12 innings LSU started tied or with the lead, the Tigers recorded four hits. In the three innings LSU opened up with a deficit, the Tigers recorded six hits.
- At 31 pitches, LSU starter Todd Peterson threw the third-most pitches on any LSU pitcher Wednesday. Relief pitcher Collin Strall threw more strikes (48) than any other Tiger threw pitches.
- Despite going 15 innings and using every available pitcher in the bullpen, LSU never pinch hit for any of its first seven hitters.
- The first seven hitters in LSU’s lineup entered the game averaging 2.6 combined strikeouts per game. Yesterday, they struck out eight times. Freshman third baseman Josh Smith was the only one of the bunch not to strike out.
- Kramer Robertson scored one run in seven at-bats. Last weekend against Wichita State, Kramer Robertson scored seven runs after the first seven times he reached base.
- Cole Freeman, Antoine Duplantis and Greg Deichmann all went hitless in the first nine innings of Wednesday’s game. All three players have had a 10-game hit streak at some point this season.
Take all of those stats with a grain of salt. LSU was obviously playing at less than full capacity preparing for its SEC opener this weekend. And those are the games that’ll really matter. These are just the ones with fun numbers to look at.
LSU baseball caption contest
Speaking of that crazy game last night, our own Alex Hickey caught a picture that summed up the atmosphere of the game pretty well. So I’m turning it over to you.
Below, I’ve posted a photo of the LSU dugout during last night’s game. In the comments below or on our LSU Insiders Facebook page, comment your cleverest or most unique caption for how to describe this photo. Your best answers will be selected and shared in tomorrow’s Bayou Bengal Briefing. Good luck!
This week in mock drafts
Getting back to the world of football, most NFL Draft pundits released their first post-NFL Combine mock drafts this week and, as you’d expect, LSU players are vaulting up the ranks. Here’s a nice selection of where some of your favorite former Tigers are expected to go.
- In ESPN.com Scouts’ Inc. analyst Todd McShay’s most recent mock, safety Jamal Adams goes third to the Chicago Bears, running back Leonard Fournette goes eighth to the Carolina Panthers and cornerback Tre’Davious White goes 13th to the Arizona Cardinals.
- NFL.com’s Chad Reuter went four rounds deep in his mock. He has: Adams going second to the San Francisco 49ers, Fournette going fourth to the Jacksonville Jaguars and White going 32nd to the hometown New Orleans Saints. In later rounds, Reuter projects Ethan Pocic to San Francisco, Duke Riley to the Minnesota Vikings, Malachi Dupre to the Washington Redskins and Kendell Beckwith to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- CBSSports’ Pete Prisco leans closer to McShay. Adams goes third to Chicago and Fournette goes eighth to Carolina, but White falls to the Saints at 32.
- Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke deviates from the script a little bit. He sees Adams going second to San Francisco like Reuter and Fournette going to Carolina like McShay and Prisco, but he thinks White will slot in at 22nd to the Green Bay Packers.
As for the football players who are still around, LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt tweeted out his latest workout leaderboard yesterday and there a couple of surprise names on the whiteboard this time around.
— Tommy Moffitt (@TommyMoffitt) March 15, 2017
Some of the usual suspects line the board. Rashard Lawrence (aka Uncle Phil) and Stephen Sullivan are no strangers to the board, and Josh Growden has represented the specialists three out of the last four go-rounds.
But David Ducre and Ray Thornton are relatively new names. And Tre’Davious White made his first appearance as an alum, something he made sure to flaunt by adding a “not Jamal Adams” below his name.
It’s a good thing to see Jakori Savage’s name up on the board, especially given the extra playing time he’s getting with Toby Weathersby and Will Clapp out for the spring with injuries and Donavaughn Campbell still working through rehab. That’s definitely a name to look out for this spring if you’re not familiar with the depth on LSU’s offensive line.
Twitter is weird sometimes
Sometimes late at night when I can’t sleep, I pull up Twitter and mindlessly scroll until my eyes get tired. Seems like LSU football players do the same thing.
Case in point: Last night, defensive back Cameron Lewis posted this innocuous tweet about life just before midnight.
Need me a la'baby who gone listen ?
— Cameron Lewis (@_31Savage) March 16, 2017
Just one minute later, punter Josh Growden replied.
@_31Savage go to sleep.
— Josh Growden (@JGrowler) March 16, 2017
This woke up Derrius Guice, who eight minutes after midnight replied to Growden, using the parlance of his native Australia.
You go to sleep mate https://t.co/MwxD1ZyDtG
— 5⃣ (@DhaSickest) March 16, 2017
Quick with the jokes, Growden had a quip for Guice, snagging himself the last word.
@DhaSickest only if you come read me a bedtime story.
— Josh Growden (@JGrowler) March 16, 2017
And that’s where today’s Twitter story ends. A punter, a defensive back and a superstar running back fighting about who should go to sleep when. Ah, the sounds of friendship.
Breg vs. the world
Former LSU shortstop and Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman earned his first start for Team U.S.A. in the World Baseball Classic yesterday. And the youngster didn’t disappoint.
Bregman went 2-for-3 with a walk from the No. 9 hole in the US’s 4-2 win over Venezuela last night. Bregman didn’t finish the game, being replaced defensively by San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in the ninth inning, but he did do something that he can rarely brag about; he outplayed Astros teammate Jose Altuve.
Leading off for a loaded Venezuela roster that includes Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Carlos Gonzalez and Felix Hernandez, Altuve fiinshed 1-for-4 Wednesday.
Today in made-up holidays
If you’ll recall yesterday’s Bayou Bengal Briefing, yesterday was “Everything You Think Is Wrong Day.” Today, we celebrate the opposite.
According to NationalDayCalendar.com, today is “Everything You Do Is Right Day.” So you can guarantee that anything you’ve read in today’s Briefing is 100 percent true. Not just because I fact check everything I write and have editors who do that too. But because I did it today. And you can’t be wrong today.
So go off and celebrate the fact that you can’t do anything wrong today. And, since you started off your day by reading the Bayou Bengal Briefing, I already know you haven’t failed yet.
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