Sunday, March 21, 2010

Football Holds Scrimmage; Baseball Takes Series from Hogs


The football team held their third scrimmage on Saturday, and a few interesting bits of news have surfaced. 

Unfortunately, backup center T-Bob Hebert suffered a broken leg during the scrimmage and will be out of action until the fall.  Although Hebert was running second string thus far this spring, this is still a significant injury.  Let's face it, the offensve line needs improvement in all areas...including depth.  It's unclear at this point who will be the backup center heading into the fall.  This will be the second offseason that Hebert will be out with a leg injury.  While the injury is substantial, the real issue is that he's not able to work out his legs in the weight room during the summer.  And for a center who is already undersized, it's easy to see how that presents a problem when the season rolls around. 

Running back Mike Ford had another good day rushing the football, going for 86 yards on 16 carries. 

Reuben Randle and Deangelo Peterson had nice days receiving.  Peterson had over 100 yards on just three receptions, including a touchdown from around 80 yards. 

Some of the young defensive linemen once again drew praise from Les Miles.  Defensive tackle Mike Brockers and ends Sam Montgomery and Ken Adams were singled out by the head man.  After a good scrimmage last week, Montgomery and Adams have been working with the starters and it sounds like they didn't nothing to change their status with the first team. 

Senior Drake Nevis had a good day too.  He logged two sacks and forced a fumble. 

Patrick Peterson had an interception. 


The LSU Baseball team bounced back from a Friday loss to win the next two against Arkansas.  Going against the nation's 13th ranked team without their ace pitcher, LSU did well to win this series.  Losing 5-1 in the seventh inning on Saturday, LSU was looking at a rough start to the SEC season.  But the team dug deep and scrapped out seven runs on their way to an 8-7 come from behind victory.  That momentum carried over to Sunday, where LSU won 5-1 on the back of a great pitching performance by Chris Matulis. 

Matulis continues to be one of the surprises of the season.  After a good start last year, Matulis really struggled to get people out over the second half of the season.  During the team's stretch run, Matulis was not even contributing.  But so far this season, he is now 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA.  He has allowed 15 hits in 18.1 innings with 15 strikeouts.  He is making a push to be in the weekend rotation, even after Anthony Ranaudo returns. 

Freshman Jordan Rittiner also performed well in his first ever SEC series.  He pitched in relief on both Friday and Sunday, logging 4.1 innings and giving up just three hits and one earned run.  He earned the save on Sunday by pitching the final three innings. 

This was a big series for LSU.  The Tigers play ULL on Wednesday before traveling to Tennessee next weekend. 


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