WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:02:24 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Scivicque takes SEC Co-Player of the Week honors http://www.wbrz.com/news/scivicque-takes-sec-co-player-of-the-week-honors/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/scivicque-takes-sec-co-player-of-the-week-honors/ LSU Sports Mon, 23 Feb 2015 2:51:13 PM Brock Sues Scivicque takes SEC Co-Player of the Week honors

BATON ROUGE - LSU senior catcher Kade Scivicque snagged an early award just as the season is gearing up, receiving the SEC Co-Player of the Week recognition from the league office on Monday.

Scivicque shares the award with Buddy Reed of Florida. He batted .545 and contributed a double, two homeruns, four RBI, fives runs and a .538 on-base percentage to the Tigers' cause as they swept Boston College in three games over the weekend. It was the first multi-homer game for the senior.

So far this season, Scivicque is leading the team with a .500 hitting average.

Image: Madeline VeZain, LSU Photography Intern

Permalink| Comments

LSU baseball completes sweep of BC with 16-2 win http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-completes-sweep-of-bc-with-16-2-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-completes-sweep-of-bc-with-16-2-win/ LSU Sports Sat, 21 Feb 2015 9:04:44 PM Chris Price LSU baseball completes sweep of BC with 16-2 win

BATON ROUGE - The LSU baseball team finished off a truncated series against Boston College in convincing fashion, churning out 21 hits and beating the Eagles 16-2. 

The win completes a 3 game series sweep in 2 days, as the Tigers and Eagles pushed up the series to avoid expected inclement weather on Sunday. 

Alex Bregman led the way at the plate, going 3-6 with a home run and 4 RBI, while Kade Scivicque hit 2 home runs of his own as the Tigers scored in each of the first 6 innings, and 7 out of 8 total. 

Freshman pitcher Jake Godfrey (1-0) got his first career win for the Tigers, giving up just 4 hits in 5 innings while striking out one batter and giving up one earned run. 

The Tigers (6-1) are back on the field Wednesday against Southeastern, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 pm. 

Permalink| Comments

LSU sweeps Friday doubleheader over Boston College http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-sweeps-friday-doubleheader-over-boston-college/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-sweeps-friday-doubleheader-over-boston-college/ LSU Sports Fri, 20 Feb 2015 9:41:43 PM Alissa Cavaretta LSU sweeps Friday doubleheader over Boston College

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU (5-1) captured the series over Boston College (2-4) with a 7-4 win over the Eagles Friday night, completing a sweep of a doubleheader in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. Senior left fielder Jared Foster collected two extra base hits to help lead the Tigers to victory in the nightcap.


In Game 1 of the twin bill, sophomore third baseman Danny Zardon turned in a 3-for-4 performance and collected three RBI to fuel LSU to an 8-3 victory over Boston College.


The Tigers will face the Eagles in the series finale Saturday at 3 p.m. CT in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be available online via SEC Network+ and Watch ESPN. The game can also be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE 100.7 FM, and it will be streamed live in the GeauxZone at www.LSUsports.net.


"I thought we played very well in both games today," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We faced a deficit in each game but responded in a positive way. We were more aggressive at the plate that we were earlier this week, and that really paid off for us. Our base running was excellent throughout the day; we were able to place ourselves in scoring position with aggressive, alert base running."


Freshman right-hander Alex Lange (2-0) tallied a career high nine strikeouts in Game 2 Friday in his second appearance for the Tigers. He allowed five hits, three walks and four earned runs in his five innings pitched.


"Alex was dominant with nine strikeouts in only five innings," Mainieri said. "He had some tough luck in the fifth inning, but he pitched his way out of it and gave us a chance to respond at the plate in the bottom of the fifth. He pitched very effectively against a very scrappy Boston College lineup that really battles at the plate."


Freshman right-hander Jesse Stallings earned his third save of the 2015 season after pitching one shutout inning, allowing no hits and one walk.


In the bottom of the first, Foster smashed the first pitch from Boston College starting right-hander Jeff Burke to left field for his first career triple. With two outs, junior catcher Chris Chinea doubled to right field, scoring Foster for the first run of the game.


Junior centerfielder Andrew Stevenson led off the bottom of the second with an infield single. After stealing his first two bases of the season, Stevenson scored from third on a sacrifice fly to center field by freshman designated hitter Bryce Jordan.


Four runs crossed the plate for Boston College in the top of the fifth. Shortstop Johnny Adams reached first on a wild pitch after striking out, and he stole second base. Catcher Stephen Sauter followed with an RBI single. A single and a walk loaded the bases for Boston College and a walk from Lange drove in a run. With one out, right fielder Chris Shaw lined a two-RBI single, giving the Eagles a 4-2 advantage heading to the bottom of the fifth.


Jordan reached first after being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fifth, and back-to-back doubles by Foster and Mark Laird brought in two runs for the Tigers. A wild pitch drove in Laird, and the Tigers led 5-4 after five innings.


In the bottom of the sixth, Stevenson was hit by a pitch and reached third base after an infield single by sophomore third baseman Danny Zardon and a fielding error by second baseman Blake Butera. Jordan tied the LSU record for most sacrifice flies in a game after hitting his second sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Stevenson on the play. Heading into the top of the seventh, LSU led BC, 6-4.


Foster walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Laird followed with a single to left field, advancing to second base on the throw to third on the play. With the bases loaded, Chinea sent a sacrifice fly to center field, and Foster scored. The Tigers were up by three runs at the end of seven.


Laird's double in the bottom of the fifth inning extended his hitting streak to four games, and Stevenson and infielder Conner Hale have hit safely in all six of the Tigers' game so far this year.


The bullpen had another excellent outing in Game 2 as Parker Bugg, Alden Cartwright and Stallings pitched a combined four shutoug innings, allowing three hits and one walk with four strikeouts.


Bugg's three strikeouts Friday night matched his career high that came in his outings against UNO on February 15, 2014 and Mississippi State on April 6, 2014.


In both games Friday the bullpen worked a combined 7.1 scoreless innings with five hits, nine strikeouts and two walks.


Boston College starter Jeff Burke (0-1) suffered the loss in Game 2 after facing 20 batters in 4.1 innings pitched. He surrendered five earned runs and six hits, and recorded four strikeouts.


Zardon's three-hit performance in Game 1 matched a career-high. He also had three hits in the Tigers' 27-0 win over Northwestern State on May 13, 2014. His two doubles and one home run matched his entire 2014 season total of extra-base hits. Junior shortstop Alex Bregman, Hale and Stevenson also had multi-hit games Friday's opener.


Sophomore left-handed pitcher Jared Poche' (2-0) pitched 5.2 innings for LSU, scattering seven hits and allowing two earned runs. He tallied three strikeouts against three walks on 93 pitches.


Boston College led off the top of the first with back-to-back singles from centerfielder Gabriel Hernandez and second baseman Blake Butera. After a throwing error by Poche' on a failed pickoff attempt, the runners advanced to scoring position with one out and crossed the plate on a single up the middle from right fielder Chris Shaw.


The Tigers answered back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Hale started the rally with a single, and Stevenson followed with a triple to center field, scoring Hale.. Stevenson scored on a sacrifice fly to center by senior catcher Kade Scivicque. Zardon followed with a double to right center field and advanced to third on a passed ball. Heading into the top of the third, the score was tied at 2-2.


In the top of the third, Butera had his second hit of the day but was retired on a fielder's choice grounder by third baseman Joe Cronin. With two outs, Boston College first baseman Michael Strem lined a single to center field, scoring Cronin. At the end of three innings, Boston College led 3-2.


Stevenson walked to begin the fourth inning for the Tigers before Scivicque singled to center field and advanced to second on the fielding error by Hernandez. With one out, Stevenson scored on Zardon's groundout to second base. Laird singled up the middle with runners at the corners, scoring Scivicque, and the Tigers took the lead 4-3 through four innings.


In the bottom of the sixth, Zardon hit a solo shot to left center field for his first home run of the year. The Tigers led 5-3 after six innings.


Chinea reached on an error by Cronin, and Beau Jordan came in to pinch run for Chinea. Jordan reached second after interference by first baseman Michael Strem. With runners at the corners and two outs, Boston College reliever Mike King fired a wild pitch, plating Jordan. Zardon had his third extra base hit and third RBI of the day, doubling to left field and giving LSU a 7-3 lead heading into the eighth.


With one out, sophomore left fielder Jake Fraley walked in the eighth inning, advanced on a wild pitch and had his first stolen base of the season. Beau Jordan singled Fraley in to give the Tigers an 8-3 cushion.


Collin Strall, Zac Person and Cartwright came on in strong relief for the Tigers, pitching 3.1 innings with five strikeouts, two hits, no runs and only one walk.


Starting pitcher John Gorman (0-1) suffered the loss for Boston College, pitching 4.2 innings with 10 hits, four earned runs, two walks and one strikeout.


Permalink| Comments

LSU tops Boston College 8-3 in early game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tops-boston-college-8-3-in-early-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tops-boston-college-8-3-in-early-game/ LSU Sports Fri, 20 Feb 2015 1:51:06 PM Russell Jones LSU tops Boston College 8-3 in early game

BATON ROUGE - After trailing early LSU shot ahead of Boston College to win the first game of Friday's doubleheader 8-3.

The Tigers scored six unanswered runs in the middle and late game, including a home run single by sophomore infielder Danny Zardon.

Boston took an early 2-0 lead after the first inning, but LSU tied the score the next inning on an RBI triple by Andrew Stevenson which scored Conner Hale, then a sacrifice fly from Kade Scivicque which scored Stevenson.

Boston went back up in the third after an RBI single by Michael Strem sent Joe Cronin home. The Tigers then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth after Danny Zardon hit a grounder to second base in order to score Stevenson, and then Mark Laird hit an RBI single to center to give LSU the go-ahead run.

The Tigers started Jared Poche at the mound, but he was relived by Collin Strall after putting runners in the corners at the top of the fifth. Zardon's homer in the sixth was followed by two Tigers scoring on a wild pitch and a double in the seventh to widen LSU's gap to four runs.

Sophomore outfield Jake Fraley then scored in the eighth off a Beau Jordan single to give the Tigers their final score of 8-3.

LSU will play the second game of their series against Boston College at 7 p.m., then finish with a 3 p.m. game Saturday. The Sunday game was moved to Friday afternoon due to severe weather concerns.

Keep an eye on @WBRZ on Twitter for more updates and watch News 2 at 6 for our Friday At The Box live coverage of the Tigers.

Permalink| Comments

LSU baseball with early questions marks http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-with-early-questions-marks/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-with-early-questions-marks/ LSU Sports Thu, 19 Feb 2015 9:16:30 PM Michael Cauble LSU baseball with early questions marks

LSU Tiger baseball is scratching it's proverbial head after their first loss of the season.

The Tigers have committed four errors in back to back games and in a 6-3 loss to Nicholls on Wednesday night the Tigers pounded out 14 hits, but failed to bring home 17 runners who were left on base.

Permalink| Comments

LSU adds doubleheader for weather concerns http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-adds-doubleheader-for-weather-concerns/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-adds-doubleheader-for-weather-concerns/ LSU Sports Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:24:16 AM Russell Jones LSU adds doubleheader for weather concerns

BATON ROUGE - LSU announced Wednesday that weather concerns led them to shift the schedule for this weekend's baseball series against Boston College.

The Tigers will play a doubleheader at Alex Box Stadium Friday with the first game at 2 p.m., followed by the regularly-scheduled 7 p.m. game.

The Sunday game will be canceled due to expected bad weather. The series will end with the 3 p.m. Saturday matchup.

The No. 2 Tigers (3-0) are scheduled to face Nicholls State (2-1) tonight at Alex Box. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

More details on ticket changes for season ticket holders can be found at LSUSports.net.

Permalink| Comments

Walk-off homerun helps LSU Softball stay undefeated http://www.wbrz.com/news/walk-off-homerun-helps-lsu-softball-stay-undefeated/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/walk-off-homerun-helps-lsu-softball-stay-undefeated/ LSU Sports Wed, 18 Feb 2015 5:57:06 AM Hunter Robinson Walk-off homerun helps LSU Softball stay undefeated

BATON ROUGE - The Lady Tiger softball team needed some late inning heroics to stay perfect this season.

The game was tied at three in the seventh inning, when Louisiana Tech touched-up relieve Allie Walljasper. Krysta Tutsch hit a shot to center that no one could reach. The throw back in was off, allowing Tori Charters to score.

The Lady Techsters added to their when a wide throw to first allowed Tutsch to score from third. LSU went into the bottom of the frame down two, with just three outs to work with.

They wouldn't burn a single one. Bianka Bell ripped a RBI double with two on to trim the lead to one. That's when Sahvanna Jaquish smashed a three-run, walk-off homer to lead No. 15 LSU to their eleventh straight win, keeping a goose egg in the loss column this season.

The Lady Tigers will look to stay undefeated this weekend when they head to California for their first road games of the season.


Permalink| Comments

Aggies rally for 68-62 win over LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/aggies-rally-for-68-62-win-over-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/aggies-rally-for-68-62-win-over-lsu/ LSU Sports Tue, 17 Feb 2015 8:51:54 PM Michael Cauble Aggies rally for 68-62 win over LSU

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Danuel House scored 20 points, including a pair of key free throws late, and Texas A&M rallied for a 68-62 win over LSU on Tuesday night.

Texas A&M (18-7, 9-4 SEC) trailed by eight points with 12 minutes left before using a big run to take the lead.

Then the teams exchanged the lead several times before a three-point play by Kourtney Roberson put A&M up for good, 64-61, with less than two minutes remaining.

Jarell Martin made 1 of 2 free throws for LSU before an A&M charge gave the Tigers the ball with 53.9 seconds left. Jalyn Patterson missed a jump shot in the lane and the Tigers had to foul.

House made a pair of free throws and Jalen Jones added two more to secure the win.

Martin's 13 points led LSU (18-8, 7-6), which missed its last seven shots.

Permalink| Comments

Lady Tiger softball unsurprised by undefeated start http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tiger-softball-unsurprised-by-undefeated-start/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tiger-softball-unsurprised-by-undefeated-start/ LSU Sports Tue, 17 Feb 2015 6:33:38 AM Chris Price, Hunter Robinson Lady Tiger softball unsurprised by undefeated start

BATON ROUGE - The Lady Tiger softball team took care of business over the weekend, sweeping their Tiger Invitational Tournament with five wins in three days to remain perfect on the season.

As exciting as the 10-0 start is for the LSU softball team, it's the variety of ways they've won that's been most impressive. Whether blowing out a team by six or seven runs or squeezing out a one-run victory, the team has shown a versatility that gives them confidence in any situation.

"We are such a tough team I feel bad for the other teams actually because I wouldn't know how to play us," sophomore infielder Sahvanna Jaquish told Sports 2's Chris Price.

Head Coach Beth Torina agrees.

"We have a lot of kids that have a lot of different tools," she explains. "Understanding how to use them is something we have to continue to grow into, but we definitely have kids with tools."

Some say the quick start was unexpected but not the team.

"Yes I saw it coming," freshman pitcher Allie Walljasper says. "Our team is awesome. Everyone gets along really well."

Coach Torina says she's not worried about complacency.

"We're gonna work Tuesday like we're 0-10, and then show up like we're 10-0," she explains.

The Lady Tigers will look to stay undefeated this weekend when they head to California for their first road games of the season.


Permalink| Comments

Lange, Walljasper get SEC freshman nods http://www.wbrz.com/news/lange-walljasper-get-sec-freshman-nods/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lange-walljasper-get-sec-freshman-nods/ LSU Sports Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:58:20 AM Russell Jones Lange, Walljasper get SEC freshman nods

BATON ROUGE - A pair of LSU freshman pitchers earned SEC honors after softball and baseball series this weekend.

Alex Lange and Allie Walljasper were both named Freshman of the Week for their performances against Kansas and during the Tiger Invitational.

Lange took out 15 of 19 Jayhawks batters in his Saturday debut with seven strikeouts. Before leaving in the fifth inning Lange allowed no runs and only two hits. The Tigers went on to sweep Kansas for the weekend.

Walljasper picked up two complete game wins and a save as the Tiger softball team swept all comers in the Tiger Invitational. The 6-2 right-handed pitcher from Manteca, Calif. allowed one run in 16 total innings and picked up 10 strikeouts.

LSU softball will resume Tuesday night when the Tigers host Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. The No. 2 LSU baseball squad hits the field again at Alex Box Stadium Wednesday night against Nicholls starting at 6:30 p.m.


Permalink| Comments

No. 16 Tigers Hold Off Irish Late In Win http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-16-tigers-hold-off-irish-late-in-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-16-tigers-hold-off-irish-late-in-win/ LSU Sports Sat, 14 Feb 2015 9:26:52 PM Clyde Verdin No. 16 Tigers Hold Off Irish Late In Win

BATON ROUGE, La. - In a matchup of two top 25 teams, the No. 16 LSU softball team held on to a nail-biter and weathered the storm twice in the last two innings to prevail and defeat the No. 20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 3-2, in the team's opening game on Saturday at the Tiger Invitational.


In the end, a three-run first inning for LSU (8-0) that included two hits and an error proved to be the difference in the contest, as Notre Dame (5-2) scored once in the second and third, with more chances throughout, outhitting LSU 9-3 over the course of the game. However, ND stranded eight runners on base Saturday, unable to plate any runs with bases loaded opportunities in the sixth and seventh.


"Today was a really nice day for us," head coach Beth Torina said. "I think Notre Dame is a really quality program they threw who appears to be there number one at us and I thought we gave them a good game."


LSU starter Carley Hoover (2-0) made her second start and fought through the Notre Dame lineup, earning the win after giving up both Irish runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings of work, as in the crucial moments Allie Walljasper stood firm and pitched the final two allowing three hits, but no runs with three strikeouts to claim the save.


All of the Tigers' three hits on the day were for extra bases, coming from the bats of Bianka Bell, Sahvanna Jaquish and Sandra Simmons. Bailey Landry didn't register a hit, but her sacrifice bunt led to the Notre Dame error that ignited the LSU scoring in that very first inning.


"We were staying confident," Landry said. "We were keeping a good head on our shoulders, listening to what the coaches were telling us, and just playing our game."


ND's Rachel Nasland (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up three runs, one earned, with six strikeouts to just two walks. Nasland was efficient the rest of the way, as three different Irish players finished with two hits on the day, including a solo home run from Micaela Arizmendi.


A leadoff walk in the very first inning almost proved costly early for the Tigers, as a sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to second. A grounder to Bell at short was the second out, with the opening run just paces away from the plate. Instead, Hoover regrouped and got a strikeout to end the frame and stop the threat.


A.J. Andrews earned a walk to reach first to open the bottom of the second. Landry stepped up to the plate and put down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw went wide and allowed Andrews to come around and score and move Landry to third on the play to put LSU up 1-0. After a pop up in foul territory, Jaquish hit a ground-rule double to easily score Landry and make it 2-0 Tigers. After a fly out to deep center, Simmons connected for a double to left center to score the third baseman to put up three in the inning for LSU.


Notre Dame earned its first run, thanks in part to a leadoff home run from Arizmendi to make it 3-1, but nothing else crossed for the Irish in the inning.


The Irish strung together consecutive hits to cut the LSU lead to one, getting a single and a double to make it 3-2. Notre Dame earned another hit in the frame to put runners at the corners to put LSU in a tight spot. But consecutive grounders to Bell and a line out to Emily Griggs in left ended the inning.


The game began to turn for Notre Dame in the top of the sixth, where a single, fielder's choice and bunt single loaded the bases for the Irish with no outs. By this point, Walljasper had come in to relieve Hoover, and with the bases loaded, earned a big strikeout to get the first out, and got the next batter to ground into the 5-2-3 double play to end the inning and keep the score intact.


A single to the first batter put one on for Hofstra, but a strikeout proved to be the first out. A single to third put two on, as a fielder's choice loaded the bases to put LSU on the brink. On the next play, a grounder to Jaquish allowed her to throw out the lead runner at home. With everything on the line and a 2-2 count, Walljasper got the strikeout to end the game and give LSU the victory.


"I tried to relieve myself of all of the hectic things that were happening. Tried to focus on the catcher, the batter, and me the whole time," Walljasper said. "By doing that I feel fine when I'm out there."


Game Two: LSU 8, Hofstra 0 (5 Innings)


For the second consecutive weekend, sophomore hurler Kelsee Selman tossed a shutout, allowing one hit in the game, while her offense produced eight runs on 11 hits to power the LSU softball team past the Hofstra Pride 8-0 in five innings in the final game of the night for team at the Tiger Invitational.


Selman (2-0) was nearly unhittable for the duration of her complete-game effort, giving up her first hit of the game after mowing down the 12 batters of the game before surrendering a single in the fifth, but was dominant still with eight strikeouts and one walk on just 69 pitches.


"It's good just because last year I had so much trouble throwing balls," Selman said. "Now it feels great just to go out there and play. It helps because I know my teammates are behind me. It's not just one arm circle, it's 20 others."


After being held in check for much of the previous game, the Tigers (9-0) scored in droves and needed just two innings to do so, scoring five in the third and three in the fifth and final frame to pull ahead for good and bully past the Pride (1-3) Saturday evening.


Bianka Bell continued her torrid start, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, including hitting her fifth home run of the season in the process. Bailey Landry went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored, while A.J. Andrews went 2-for-3 with a triple and run scored. Sandra Simmons was the last LSU player with multiple hits, as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.


Taylor Pirone (0-2) suffered the loss and lasted just three innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits with one strikeout, while reliever Jessica Peslak pitched the final 1.2 allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits with two strikeouts.


"We are facing a pitcher that we saw yesterday so I think we were a little bit better playing against her," Torina said. "We had a lot of at bats against her on the weekend so I think that helped,"


An error allowed Alayna Falcon to reach first, moving to second on a grounder by Sydney Bourg. Layna Savoie came on to pinch run in the spot, and the move worked as Landry hit a single and scored Savoie, moving to second with Andrews at third on the play. A rip by Bell through the infield scored both to make it 3-0 LSU.


With Bell at second after the double, an infield grounder kept her at bay, until a single by Kellsi Kloss to right center scored the shortstop to make it 4-0. With Kloss now at second, Simmons connected with a shot to right center to plate Kloss and put the Tigers up five.


Looking for a bit of insurance after putting up a bunch of runs early, Bell came through and took the first pitch she saw over the fence in center to give LSU a 6-0 lead. LSU wasn't done as Kailey McCasland came on to pinch hit and got plunked to take first. Simmons hit a single deep in the infield to put two on, as after a strikeout, Falcon singled up the middle, scoring McCasland, with the overthrow from center allowing Simmons to score to make it 8-0 to close the game out.


LSU will close out the 2015 Tiger Invitational with another game against Notre Dame at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Tiger Park.


Permalink| Comments

No. 2 LSU Gym fights for tough road win over No. 9 Auburn http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-2-lsu-gym-fights-for-tough-road-win-over-no-9-auburn/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-2-lsu-gym-fights-for-tough-road-win-over-no-9-auburn/ LSU Sports Fri, 13 Feb 2015 9:04:29 PM Jake Terry No. 2 LSU Gym fights for tough road win over No. 9 Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. - It came down to the very end, and it was the second-ranked LSU gymnastics team who came away with the victory, 197.350-197.300, over No. 9 Auburn Friday night inside Auburn Arena.


LSU (8-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) earned the win after scoring a 49.250 on bars, 49.575 on vault, 49.250 on floor and 49.275 on beam.


Auburn fell to 3-3 overall, 1-3 versus SEC competition after posting the highest score in program history with a 197.300 with a 49.500 on vault, 49.200 on bars, 49.275 on beam and 49.325 on floor.


Sophomore Ashleigh Gnat earned her first career all-around title with a career-high 39.550. Gnat also won the floor title with a 9.95.


Rheagan Courville moved into sole possession of second place for most vault titles in LSU history as she scored a 9.95 to clinch her 27th vault title. She also won the bars title with a 9.925, her sixth bars title of the season and the 16th of her career.


Jessie Jordan returned to the bars and beam lineups tonight after missing last week with an injury, and she captured the beam title with a 9.925 in LSU's final performance of the meet. Her clutch routine boosted LSU to the team victory.


"We performed well enough to win tonight, but we still have things to clean up," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said. "It was hard to gain momentum and a rhythm, and it felt like we could never get something going.


"We needed clutch performances tonight, and again our team came through. That's something to hang our hat on as we move forward with another win."


LSU opened the meet with a 49.250 on bars, highlighted by Courville's 9.925 to win the title. After missing the meet last week with an injury, Jessie Jordan returned to the bars lineup and tallied a 9.85. Shae Zamardi added a 9.85, Randii Wyrick earned a 9.825 and Ashleigh Gnat and Jessica Savona recorded 9.80s to round out the scoring.


LSU trailed Auburn after one rotation, 49.500-49.250, with the Fighting Tigers of LSU headed for vault and Auburn moving to bars.


LSU took the lead for good when the Tigers soared to a season-high 49.575 on vault in the second rotation. After two rotations LSU led Auburn, 98.825-98.700.


Courville won her sixth vault title in as many meets this season with a 9.95. Both Sydney Ewing and Myia Hambrick stuck their vault cold to earn career-high 9.925s. Gnat tied Ewing and Hambrick with a 9.925 of her own, and Lloimincia Hall posted a 9.85 to round out the scoring. In her first performance of the season after a return from injury, Britney Ranzy earned a 9.80 on vault.


In the third rotation, LSU finished with a 49.250 on floor to hold a one-tenth lead over Auburn, 148.075-147.975. For the third time this season Gnat tied her career high on floor with a 9.95 to win the title. Hall scored a 9.875 in the anchor spot to finish with the second-best score on the event for the Tigers. Ewing recorded a 9.825 and Courville and Savona added 9.80s to wrap up LSU's scoring on floor.


The meet came down to the final performer in the end, and Jordan's clutch 9.925 on beam not only gave her the event title but also gave LSU the victory. The Tigers wrapped up the meet with a 49.275 on beam, highlighted by Jordan's 9.925. Erin Macadaeg and Gnat each tallied a 9.875, while Hambrick added a 9.825 and Ewing closed out the counting scores with a 9.775 from the leadoff spot.


LSU returns home to the Maravich Center next week when the Tigers play host to defending national co-champion and fourth-ranked Florida at 7:30 p.m. CT on Feb. 20. Tickets are available for purchase at www.LSUtix.net, and prices start at $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 3-12.


"It's going to be a great meet next week, so go online and get your reserved seats because you won't want to miss this one," Breaux said of the Florida meet.


For the latest information on LSU gymnastics, log on to www.LSUsports.net/gymnastics. Fans can also connect with LSU on the team's social media accounts: www.Facebook.com/lsugym, @LSUgym on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, and www.YouTube.com/lsugymnastics.




1. #3 LSU 197.350 (VT - 49.575, UB - 49.250, BB - 49.275, FX - 49.250)

2. #9 Auburn 197.300 (VT - 49.500, UB - 49.200, BB - 49.275, FX - 49.325)


Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)


All-Around - 1. Ashleigh Gnat 39.550, 2. Rheagan Courville 39.375


Vault - t1. Rheagan Courville 9.95, t1. M.J. Rott (Auburn) 9.95, t1. Lexus Demers (Auburn) 9.95, t4. Sydney Ewing 9.925, t4. Ashleigh Gnat 9.925, t4. Myia Hambrick 9.925, t8. Lloimincia Hall 9.85, 11. Britney Ranzy 9.80


Bars - 1. Rheagan Courville 9.925, t3. Jessie Jordan 9.85, t3. Shae Zamardi 9.85, 8. Randii Wyrick 9.825, t9. Ashleigh Gnat 9.80, t9. Jessica Savona 9.80


Beam - t1. Jessie Jordan 9.925, t1. Megan Walker (Auburn) 9.925, t3. Ashleigh Gnat 9.875, t3. Erin Macadaeg 9.875, 8. Myia Hambrick 9.825, 9. Sydney Ewing 9.775, 12. Rheagan Courville 9.70


Floor - 1. Ashleigh Gnat 9.95, t3. Lloimincia Hall 9.875, t7. Sydney Ewing 9.825, t9. Rheagan Courville 9.80, t9. Jessica Savona 9.80, 12. Randii Wyrick 9.75



Permalink| Comments

LSU names Tony Ball wide receivers coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-names-tony-ball-wide-receivers-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-names-tony-ball-wide-receivers-coach/ LSU Sports Fri, 13 Feb 2015 3:43:44 PM LSU names Tony Ball wide receivers coach

BATON ROUGE - LSU head coach Les Miles says he's hired former Georgia assistant Tony Ball as the Tigers' new receivers coach.

Ball has coached at the college level for about three decades, working with wide receivers for about 20 years.

He spent the past nine years at Georgia, working both with running backs and receivers.

Players he coached while with the Bulldogs included current NFL wide receiver A.J. Green.

Miles says Ball is a Southeastern Conference veteran who can develop LSU's receivers into great players.

Ball, who was a running back and kick returner for Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1977 to 1980, has also coached receivers at Virginia Tech, Louisville and at UT-Chattanooga.

Permalink| Comments

LSU Scouting Report: One-on-One with Paul Mainieri http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-scouting-report-one-on-one-with-paul-mainieri/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-scouting-report-one-on-one-with-paul-mainieri/ LSU Sports Fri, 13 Feb 2015 5:11:11 AM John Pastorek & Hunter Robinson LSU Scouting Report: One-on-One with Paul Mainieri

BATON ROUGE - LSU opens the 2015 baseball tonight at The Box against the University of Kansas.

The new season brings along new hopes and high expectations. News 2's John Pastorek got a scouting report on the Tigers when he went one-on-one with head coach Paul Mainieri.

Visit our 2une In Page for more highlights from today's show.


Permalink| Comments

Maineri announces opening day roster http://www.wbrz.com/news/maineri-announces-opening-day-roster/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/maineri-announces-opening-day-roster/ LSU Sports Wed, 11 Feb 2015 9:49:29 PM Michael Cauble Maineri announces opening day roster

Coach Paul Mainieri shared his opening day roster for the 2015 baseball season.

Coach Mainieri siding with veterans who have time on the team to set the tone, especially given the youth movement that will be on the mound for LSU in their opening weekend against Kansas.

While the batting order is not known just yet, the position players are as follows.

P Jared Poche
C Kade Scivicque
1B Connor Hale
2B Kramer Robertson
SS Alex Bregman
3B Danny Zardon
LF Jake Fraley
CF Andrew Stevenson
LF Mark Laird
DH Chris Chinea


Permalink| Comments

Voice of LSU athletics, Jim Hawthorne to retire in 2016 http://www.wbrz.com/news/voice-of-lsu-athletics-jim-hawthorne-to-retire-in-2016/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/voice-of-lsu-athletics-jim-hawthorne-to-retire-in-2016/ LSU Sports Wed, 11 Feb 2015 1:57:52 PM Voice of LSU athletics, Jim Hawthorne to retire in 2016

Jim Hawthorne, the legendary Voice of the Tigers who has been on the radio call of thousands of LSU events for the past 35 years, announced that he will retire following the 2015-16 basketball season.

Hawthorne, who first joined LSU as the play-by-play commentator for the men's basketball team in 1979-80, will call his final season of LSU baseball this spring. Hawthorne will call LSU football games this fall and the wrap-up his career with the Tigers with the 2015-16 men's basketball season.

"I have been exceptionally blessed and extremely fortunate to have been part of the LSU Radio broadcast team for more than 30 years," Hawthorne said. "But, now it has come time to prepare to step aside and move into a new phase in my life. At the end of the 2015-16 basketball season I will retire from this position. At the age of 71, I look very much forward to spending more time visiting my family and traveling with my wife and best friend, Carol.

"I want to sincerely thank the LSU administration, all of the coaches I have had the pleasure to work with and the entire Fighting Tiger nation for their support. It has meant more to me than I could possibly describe. I also want to wish, for whomever is chosen to take over these responsibilities, the very best. I hope he will understand what a gift he has been given and has the chance to experience many years as ‘The Voice of the Tigers' and the thrills it has given me."

Hawthorne, a native of Anacoco, La., and a 1967 graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., has called some of the greatest moments in the history of LSU Athletics. As the Voice of the Tigers, Hawthorne has been on the broadcast for all six of LSU's national championships in baseball, two national titles in football and three Final Four appearances for the men's basketball team.

"Jim is a true LSU legend and one of the very best in the broadcast business," LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. "When you hear Jim's voice, you immediately think LSU. That's the mark of a great play-by-play man. His passion and enthusiasm for LSU translates into his broadcast and he has the innate ability to paint a picture about what's happening on each play that makes the listener feel as if they are part of the action.

"Our fans have grown up listening to him call LSU sports. We congratulate him on a great career and thank him for all that he's done for LSU. We are going to miss him."

Hawthorne joined the LSU football broadcast team in 1983, handling the color analyst job alongside John Ferguson. After the 1983 season, Ferguson transitioned to TigerVision and Hawthorne took over as the play-by-play commentator for the Tigers.

Since taking over play-by-play duties in 1984, Hawthorne hasn't missed an LSU football game, broadcasting 380 straight games. That streak has included some of the most unforgettable moments in school history, which includes a 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the 2003 BCS Championship Game as well as the 38-24 victory over Ohio State in the 2007 national title contest.

Hawthorne has called 22 bowl games for the Tigers and he was behind the microphone for the "Earthquake Game" against Auburn in 1988, the 28-21 win over No. 1 Florida in Tiger Stadium in 1997, and the "Game of the Century" in 2011 when top-ranked LSU kicked a field goal in overtime to beat No. 2 Alabama, 9-6, in Tuscaloosa.

Some of the highlights of Hawthorne's career calling men's basketball include Final Four appearances in 1981, 1986 and 2006 along with five SEC championships. He introduced basketball fans to some of the best players to ever wear the LSU uniform in Shaquille O'Neal, Mahmoud Abdul-Rouf (then Chris Jackson), Stromile Swift, Glen Davis, Brandon Bass. He also called the final two years of Rudy Macklin's career with the Tigers.

As LSU's baseball play-by-play announcer since 1984, Hawthorne has described some of the most memorable moments in school history, including all 57 of the Tigers' games in the College World Series.
Other highlights of his baseball broadcasting career include LSU's win over Tulane in 1986 to advance to the CWS for the first time; the Tigers' epic NCAA Regional games against Southern California in the 1990s; the final game in the original Alex Box Stadium in 2008; when LSU defeated UC Irvine to earn a CWS berth; and NCAA Super Regional wins over Rice (2009) and Oklahoma (2013) in the New Alex Box Stadium.
In addition to his role at LSU, Hawthorne has held play-by-play jobs at Northwestern State and Centenary College as well as calling Texas League baseball and World Football League broadcasts where he worked alongside talk show legend Larry King. His first play-by-play job came in 1961 at Leesville High School where he called play-by-play for the Wampus Cats football team.

A nationwide search for Hawthorne's successor will begin in the spring.


Permalink| Comments

No. 1 Kentucky survives again, beating LSU 71-69 http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-1-kentucky-survives-again-beating-lsu-71-69/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-1-kentucky-survives-again-beating-lsu-71-69/ LSU Sports Tue, 10 Feb 2015 6:23:59 PM Brett Martell No. 1 Kentucky survives again, beating LSU 71-69

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and top-ranked Kentucky stayed unbeaten with another tough road win, 71-69 over LSU when the Tigers missed a 3-pointer that could have won it at the buzzer Tuesday night.

Devin Booker added 14 and Aaron Harrison had 13 for the Wildcats (24-0, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) who can tie a school record for the best start to a season by winning at home on Saturday against South Carolina.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 12 points and 13 rebounds, including a jump-hook that put the Wildcats up for good with 1:30 left, and a clutch offensive rebound inside the final minute.

Trailing by two with roughly six seconds left, LSU got the ball to Keith Hornsby on the wing, who missed an off-balanced 3-pointer that bounced harmlessly off the rim as time expired.

Jarell Martin had 21 points and 11 rebounds for LSU (17-7, 6-5), while Hornsby scored 17 points.

Permalink| Comments

Sellout expected when LSU takes on #1 Kentucky tonight http://www.wbrz.com/news/sellout-expected-when-lsu-takes-on-1-kentucky-tonight/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sellout-expected-when-lsu-takes-on-1-kentucky-tonight/ LSU Sports Tue, 10 Feb 2015 6:50:28 AM Hunter Robinson Sellout expected when LSU takes on #1 Kentucky tonight

BATON ROUGE - The biggest game of the season for the LSU Men's Basketball team is tonight. A sell-out crowd is expected when they take on the undefeated, top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.

The #1 team in the country is 23-0 as they roll into Baton Rouge, while the Tigers have struggled to find the consistency they need from their core five. That's led to uneven games that saw them play down to the level of their competition. Coach Johnny Jones hopes that trend goes both ways, and they can play up to their full potential tonight.

"To beat those guys, you have to be at a certain level...and you just hope it's in a controlled sense that you're out there and able to play with them," he said.

School officials are urging everyone to get to the game early tonight. It's a hard sell-out, so parking, eats and even popcorn will be hard to come by. Tipoff is at 6 p.m., but if you don't have a ticket, you can still catch the game on ESPN.



Permalink| Comments

Gymnastics ranks No. 2 after win over Georgia http://www.wbrz.com/news/gymnastics-ranks-no-2-after-win-over-georgia/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gymnastics-ranks-no-2-after-win-over-georgia/ LSU Sports Mon, 9 Feb 2015 3:26:10 PM Brock Sues Gymnastics ranks No. 2 after win over Georgia

BATON ROUGE - The steady climb to the top for Tiger Gymnastics continues as LSU posted the second-highest score in the nation last week during their win over Georgia, moving them up one more spot to No. 2 in the national rankings released on Monday.

LSU, 7-1 overall and undefeated with four victories in SEC competition, finished the meet with a score of 198.075 as they emerged victorious over the Bulldogs, boosting their season average to 197.315, according to LSUsports.net.

Oklahoma continues to hold down the top national ranking by a narrow margin with an average of 197.579, helped by their score of 198.150 versus Iowa State last Friday.

The Tigers' tally from the Georgia meet is the second-best score in the history of the school's gymnastics program. They also come in at No. 2 nationally in the bars, beam and floor rankings along with the No. 6 position in the overall vault standings. After tallying a 49.625 in both the beam and floor events during the Georgia contest, LSU claimed the highest scores in those events in the nation at this point in the season.

LSU Gymnastics returns to action against another Top 10 contender when they meet No. 9 ranked Auburn on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Maravich Center. The meet will be broadcast live on the SEC Network with a live audio stream available for free listening at http://www.LSUsports.net/live/.

Image: Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer (cropped)

Permalink| Comments

LSU Gymnastics knocks out high score and Georgia http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-knocks-out-high-score-and-georgia/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-knocks-out-high-score-and-georgia/ LSU Sports Fri, 6 Feb 2015 9:13:30 PM Michael Cauble LSU Gymnastics knocks out high score and Georgia

The third ranked LSU gymnastics may have been without one of their stars in senior Jessie Jordan who was down with a neck injury, but the rest of the team stepped up and flexed their depth with a season high score over ninth ranked Georgia.

LSU posted the 198.075-196.850 win in front of 7,722, including LSU football coach Les Miles who also visited the team earlier in the day at practice.

LSU posted the second-best team score in LSU history in front of the third largest crowd in program history.

Senior Rheagan Courville tied the second-best all-around total in LSU history with a career-high 39.825. Courville won vault, bars, floor and the all-around titles outright, and she tied Ashleigh Gnat and Erin Macadaeg for the beam title.

LSU had great team efforts in the wake of competing without senior Jessie Jordan who was held out of action with a neck injury.

Permalink| Comments