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, 29 May 2015 16:05:40 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU softball starts hot at WCWS, beats Auburn 6-1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-starts-hot-at-wcws-beats-auburn-6-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-starts-hot-at-wcws-beats-auburn-6-1/ LSU Sports Thu, 28 May 2015 2:37:32 PM Michael Cauble LSU softball starts hot at WCWS, beats Auburn 6-1

The LSU Tiger softball team started their stay at the Women's College World Series off with a bang, and are hoping to continue swinging their way to their first ever national title.

The Tigers beat Auburn 6-1 in their first game in Oklahoma City and will advance to face Florida in the winners bracket on Friday at 6:00 p.m..

LSU shortstop Bianka Bell roped a solo home run in the first inning to start the scoring for LSU, moving into sole possession of the career record spot with her 18th.

Leading 1-0 in the third inning, LSU once again broke out the bats with a two out rally.  

With Bell drawing a four pitch walk, Tiger slugger Sahvanna Jaquish slice one to a blank hole in right center field scoring two more runs with the double.

LSU catcher Kellsi Kloss would follow with a two run homer to keep the two out rally rolling. 

LSU would lead 5-0 moving to the middle of the third inning.

Auburn would score one run on a sacrifice fly, however LSU would counter right away scoring on a throwing error to make the score 6-1. 


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Five from LSU Named NFCA All-Americans http://www.wbrz.com/news/five-from-lsu-named-nfca-all-americans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/five-from-lsu-named-nfca-all-americans/ LSU Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 10:08:18 PM LSU Athletics Five from LSU Named NFCA All-Americans

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - On the eve of its Women's College World Series opener, the LSU softball team learned on Wednesday afternoon that five of its players were named NFCA All-Americans in a press conference announcing the three teams, the most the program has had in a single season.

 

Tigers Bianka Bell, Carley Hoover, Sahvanna Jaquish, Bailey Landry and Allie Walljasper were bestowed with the honors on Wednesday, giving the 2015 squad one more honoree than the 2000 team that held the record with four selections. Bell, Hoover, Landry and Walljasper are earning NFCA All-America honors for the first time in their careers, while Jaquish becomes just the seventh player to earn multiple honors, the first since Rachele Fico to be an All-American in back-to-back years.

 

Among the three teams, LSU and Michigan, two of the eight teams that open play on Thursday, tied for the most selections in the country with five each, as a Tiger represented their position and were not at-large selections.

 

"Having an All-American in your program is a dream for any coach, but to have five named as some of the best players in the entire country is an unbelievable honor," LSU head coach Beth Torina said. "Bianka, Bailey, Sahvanna, Carley and Allie have all had amazing seasons individually, while helping this team achieve new heights as a group together. From day one they've realized how important their teammates are to not only individual accolades, but group accomplishments as a whole, and they never lost sight of the team's true goal and ‘Power of One" motto that has helped us get here to Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series."

 

Bell caps her junior season where many thought she would eventually wind up, etching her spot as one of the best 18 players in the nation as a first team selection. The Tampa, Florida, native has produced one of the most prolific offensive seasons in team history as coming into the tournament she leads the team in doubles, runs, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging, tied for the team lead in home runs and second overall in total hits and RBIs.

 

One of the most feared hitters in all of the Southeastern Conference, second to Bell in intentional walks with two on the season, Jaquish can now be considered one of the top hitters throughout the nation after tying her own home run mark well before the end of the regular season with 17 as the first of two claiming second team honors. Her 73 RBIs and 21 multi-RBI games are both single-season records as well, accumulating 14 multi-hit games over the course of the season.

 

Although not a surprise after coming on strong toward the end of her freshman season, Landry has expounded on her stellar debut as a sophomore as she earns second team honors as an outfielder. Leading the team right now in both hits (84) and batting average (.431), the Louisiana native has been productive all year going on a program record-shattering 21-game hitting streak, while reaching base in 43 straight games. In the postseason alone she's hit both of her home runs and turned two double plays in the field.

 

Tigers claimed two of the three pitching spots on the third team, as the duo that have garnered a combined 22 wins, 11 shutouts and five saves in freshmen hurlers Hoover and Walljasper.

 

A first team All-SEC performer, as well as being a top ten finalist for the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, Hoover has made the most of her return to the circle in 2015 as she's amassed a 17-5 pitching record in 31 appearances and 19 starts for LSU, earning a 1.59 earned run average with a staff-leading 161 strikeouts. Her four saves this year is one away from tying the single-season record, as she's entered games with runners on base 15 times in relief, allowing just one to score.

 

Winning her first nine decisions was just one of the ways that Walljasper burst on to the scene in her rookie campaign, going into the week at 15-5 with a 1.75 ERA. The Manteca, California, product led the pitching staff with 21 starts, where in 123.2 innings of work walked a miniscule 29 batters and allowed just 31 total earned runs. She finished the season with six seven-inning complete game wins, mixing in a pair of one-hitters and three consecutive shutout outings to open her career, with two of those coming in starts.

 

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball and @BethTorina on Twitter and @lsusb on Instagram.

 

2015 NFCA Division I All-American Teams


First Team

Pos.
Player
School

P
Cheridan Hawkins
Oregon

P
Miranda Kramer
Western Kentucky

P
Shelby Turnier
UCF

C
Lexie Elkins
Louisiana-Lafayette

1B
Lauren Chamberlain
Oklahoma

2B
Emily Carosone
Auburn

3B
Kasey Cooper
Auburn

SS
Bianka Bell
LSU

OF
Haylie McCleney
Alabama

OF
Allexis Bennett
UCLA

OF
Kelly Christner
Michigan

UT/P
Lauren Haeger
Florida

DP or UT/Non-Pitcher
Amber Freeman
Arizona State

At-Large/2B
Sierra Romero
Michigan

At-Large/2B
Kelsey Stewart
Florida

At-Large/UT/P
Ally Carda
UCLA

At-Large/SS
Shelby Pendley
Oklahoma

At-Large/OF
Alaynie Page
South Carolina

Second Team

Pos.
Player
School

P
Paige Parker
Oklahoma

P
Megan Good
James Madison

P
Alexis Osorio
Alabama

C
Ivie Drake
Georgia State

1B
Kayla Bonstrom
Stanford

2B
Alex Hugo
Georgia

3B
Jenna Lilley
Oregon

SS
Delaney Spaulding
UCLA

OF
Bailey Landry
LSU

OF
Cheyenne Cordes
California

OF
Janie Takeda
Oregon

UT/P
Sara Groenewegen
Minnesota

DP or UT/Non-Pitcher
Sahvanna Jaquish
LSU

At-Large/P
Megan Betsa
Michigan

At-Large/UT/P
Rainey Gaffin
Tennessee

At-Large/OF
Shellie Landry
Louisiana-Lafayette

At-Large/C
Chelsea Goodacre
Arizona

At-Large/DP or UT/Non-Pitcher
Stephany LaRosa
UCLA



Third Team

Pos.
Player
School

P
Carley Hoover
LSU

P
Lacey Waldrop
Florida State

P
Allie Walljasper
LSU

C
Erika Piancastelli
McNeese State

1B
Shelby Friudenberg
Baylor

2B
Demi Turner
Alabama

3B
Marisa Runyon
Alabama

SS
Kellie Fox
Arizona

OF
Tiffany Howard
Auburn

OF
Sierra Lawrence
Michigan

OF
Katiyana Mauga
Arizona

UT/P
Jailyn Ford
James Madison

DP or UT/Non-Pitcher
Cortni Emanuel
Georgia

At-Large/OF
Emilee Koerner
Notre Dame

At-Large/P
Haylie Wagner
Michigan

At-Large/SS
Kristen Brown
North Carolina

At-Large/3B
Missy Taukeiaho
Cal State Fullerton

At-Large/P
Aleshia Ocasio
Florida

At-Large/OF
Kiki Stokes
Nebraska

 


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LSU baseball gets No. 2 national seed http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-gets-no-2-national-seed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-gets-no-2-national-seed/ LSU Sports Mon, 25 May 2015 11:29:47 AM Russell Jones LSU baseball gets No. 2 national seed

BATON ROUGE - The NCAA listed LSU as the second-highest ranked team in the nation Monday as the Tigers prepare for regional play.

The Tigers (48-10, 21-8 SEC) were listed just behind the UCLA Bruins (42-13, 22-7 PAC 12) in the rankings and will host a regional for the 23rd time in school history.

LSU will host Lehigh, Tulane, and the University of North Caorlina Wilmington in their regional tournament this coming weekend. LSU will take on No. 4 Lehigh Friday at 3 p.m., and No. 3 Tulane will face No. 2 UNCW.

The Baton Rouge Regional is paired up with the Houston Regional. The two winners of those regionals will play for a trip to the College World Series.


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LSU Softball advances to WCWS with 10-5 victory over Arizona http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-wcws-with-10-5-victory-over-arizona/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-wcws-with-10-5-victory-over-arizona/ LSU Sports Sun, 24 May 2015 7:03:49 PM Seth Lewis LSU Softball advances to WCWS with 10-5 victory over Arizona

BATON ROUGE, LA - The dream season continues for LSU softball.

The Tigers defeating the Arizona Wildcats in game two of their super regional, to advance to the Women's College World Series.

This is the 4th trip for LSU to the WCWS, and the first since 2012. This was also the first time the Tigers were able to host a Super Regional, and punch their ticket to OKC in front of the fans at Tiger Park.

LSU opening the game with 4 runs to jump out to a 4-0 lead and they never looked back. The Wildcats definitely making it a close contest at times, narrowing it to 4-2 after one and 8-5 after five. 

Tigers first baseman Sandra Simmons had herself an all-star performance. She was 3-3 at the plate with 5 RBI. Designated hitter Constance Quinn also played a big role, with 3 RBI of her own.

On the mound, Allie Walljasper getting the start, allowing only 2 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Then Carley Hoover came in to pitch 2 2/3 shutout innings to seal the win.

LSU will take on Auburn in their first game at the WCWS. The game time has not yet been determined. 


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LSU one of 16 host sites for NCAA baseball tournament regionals http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-one-of-16-host-sites-for-ncaa-baseball-tournament-regionals/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-one-of-16-host-sites-for-ncaa-baseball-tournament-regionals/ LSU Sports Sun, 24 May 2015 11:41:47 PM Associated Press LSU one of 16 host sites for NCAA baseball tournament regionals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Four teams from the Southeastern Conference and three from the Atlantic Coast Conference are among the 16 hosts for regionals in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.

Defending champion Vanderbilt, LSU, Florida and Texas A&M are the SEC hosts, and the ACC hosts are Louisville, Miami and Florida State.

The 16 regional hosts announced Sunday night are guaranteed spots in the 64-team NCAA tournament. The rest of the field will be announced Monday.

The four-team, double-elimination regionals start Friday. Regional winners advance to the best-of-three super regionals the following week. The remaining eight teams will play in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning June 13.

Other regional hosts are: Illinois, Dallas Baptist, Missouri State, TCU, Oklahoma State, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, Houston and UCLA.


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Tigers Cruise to 8-0 Super Regional Opening Win Over Arizona http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-cruise-to-8-0-super-regional-opening-win-over-arizona/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-cruise-to-8-0-super-regional-opening-win-over-arizona/ LSU Sports Sat, 23 May 2015 6:59:14 PM LSU Athletics Tigers Cruise to 8-0 Super Regional Opening Win Over Arizona

BATON ROUGE, La. - In front of the largest crowd ever to witness a postseason game at Tiger Park in the first ever Baton Rouge Super Regional, the No. 8 LSU softball team wasted little time seizing the moment, scoring eight runs in the first three innings to roll to an 8-0 win over the No. 16 Arizona Wildcats in five innings Saturday afternoon in Tiger Park.

 

The Tigers (49-12) exploded for four runs in the very first frame to set the tone early, taking advantage of opportunities with runners on base to plate two more in the second and a pair more in the third to get out to a heady lead that the Wildcats (41-19) would never threaten to earn the win in five and sit a game away from advancing to the 2015 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

 

"I thought our team played great. I thought we played on all cylinders too," head coach Beth Torina said. "The offense was amazing. I thought we had a great performance on the mound and played really solid defense."

 

LSU needed only five hits to pull ahead, getting two from the bat of Bailey Landry who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, hitting her second home run of the season. The Prairieville, Louisiana, product was a force in all facets on Saturday, making some outstanding plays with her glove in the field, including an inning-ending double play during one frame.

 

"We knew that we had to come out today with a lot of energy because Arizona is a great ball club," Landry said. "I think Carley (Hoover) doing great on the mound, and our hitters backing us up with that made it a combination for a great game."

 

The middle of the order for the Tigers also came through, as Sahvanna Jaquish, Kellsi Kloss and Sandra Simmons each drove in at least one run, as Jaquish got the scoring going with a two-RBI single early, with Kloss coming through with an RBI double and Simmons an RBI single. Bianka Bell scored twice and was walked twice, while A.J. Anderws was walked once and scored once.

 

Earning her second shutout of the postseason, freshman pitcher Carley Hoover (17-5) battled through two walks on her opening two at-bats to storm through the Arizona lineup on Saturday, tossing a one-hitter with a strikeout and three walks to earn the victory, her third of the postseason.

 

"I wasn't nervous. I just think that my confidence level is really high when we have fans like this and a park like this," Hoover said. "It's packed, and we come out and score runs like this. It's really hard for me to not be confident in my stuff when everyone else is so confident in theirs today."

 

Trish Parks (16-7) opened, and then closed, the game in the circle for Arizona, suffering the loss after allowing four runs on three hits with five walks in just two innings, giving way to reliever Siera Phillips who also pitched two allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits with three walks and a strikeout. Mandie Perez had the only hit for Arizona on the afternoon.

 

After Arizona got two on in the opening frame of the contest, LSU came back and did one better, as a walk to Andrews to open LSU's turn at-bat put one on. Landry came through with a bunt single down the right field line to put two on, as Bell went deep into the count before drawing a walk to load the bases for the Tigers.

 

On the second pitch of her at-bat, Jaquish ripped one through the left side of the infield to plate the first two to make it 2-0 LSU right off the jump. A rocket double off the wall in center by Koss scored Bell to make it 3-0 LSU with runners now at second and third. A walk to Simmons loaded the bases again before the team's first out came via a force out at home on a fielder's choice.

 

A wild pitch allowed Kloss to score from third to make it 4-0, as a walk to Sydney Bourg loaded the bases again and prompted an early pitching change for the Wildcats.

 

With an out in the bottom of the second, a walk to Bell for the second time today as well as one to Jaquish put two on for LSU. After a diving catch in left for the second out, Simmons ripped a single to first allowing Bell to score to make it 5-0, with a wild pitch scoring Jaquish to make it 6-0 LSU.

 

An error allowed Emily Griggs to reach first in the bottom of the third, as after a strikeout, Landry reared back and launched a no-doubter to right for the homer to give LSU an 8-0 lead.

 

Game two of the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional is set for a 4 p.m. start Sunday afternoon at Tiger Park. The game will be televised on ESPN.

 


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WCWS Berth at Stake in First Baton Rouge Super Regional for LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/wcws-berth-at-stake-in-first-baton-rouge-super-regional-for-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wcws-berth-at-stake-in-first-baton-rouge-super-regional-for-lsu/ LSU Sports Fri, 22 May 2015 8:54:31 PM LSU Athletics WCWS Berth at Stake in First Baton Rouge Super Regional for LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. - After a thrilling comeback that allowed the team to continue its record-breaking season, the No. 8 LSU softball team, seeded fifth overall, returns to Tiger Park for the final time in 2015 to host the No. 16 and 12th-seeded Arizona Wildcats in the 2015 Baton Rouge Super Regional beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. in Baton Rouge.

 

The best-of-three series will be played over two days beginning Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park, airing live on ESPNNews with Pam Ward and Cheri Kempf. Sunday's action begins at 4 p.m. on ESPN, with the if-necessary game being played 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game on ESPN2.

 

Individual general admission and standing-room-only/berm tickets remain for this weekend's event, which can be purchased online at LSUTix.net or by calling (800) 960-8587, or in-person at the main LSU Ticket Office Thursday, at Tiger Park Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or on game day.

 

Fans unable to watch or make it out this weekend can listen to all of the action courtesy of ESPN 104.5/104.9 in Baton Rouge or online in the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net.

 

For the first time in the illustrious history of LSU softball, the Tigers will host a Super Regional with the team's fourth-ever trip to the Women's College World Series just two wins away. As one of the top eight national seeds to earn the right to host each of the first two rounds of postseason play, this record-breaking group of players will be able to add one more notch to the list when they step foot on the field for first pitch come Saturday.

 

"I think this whole season has been historic," head coach Beth Torina said. "The first No. 1 ranking, you name it, a lot of the things they've done and the records they've set have led to this and I think it's fitting that this group gets to host an event like this."

 

This is the fourth time since the Super Regional format was adopted for softball in the mid-2000's that LSU has made it this far, earning a spot among the remaining 16 teams in the nation for the first time since 2012. All three previous times leading up to now have been on the road, with that 2012 year coming at Missouri before advancing to Oklahoma City that next week.

 

Before getting to this point, the Tigers had to advance out of its own regional last week, enacting a little revenge along the way in going 4-1 with wins over Texas Southern, Nebraska and Arizona State twice, both of those wins coming on Sunday, to advance to this week and continue play. It was just the 19th time ever that a team has won both games on a regional final day to advance, as the last time that happened, the Sun Devils ousted LSU in 2009 in Tempe in that regional.

 

The Tigers had to stave off elimination three times, needing extra innings to do so in two of the three, defeating Nebraska 3-2 in 10 innings, before winning the finale against Arizona State 4-3 in nine. LSU had not played an extra-inning game at all before last weekend, although going past seven isn't anything new for LSU in the postseason with 15 of their NCAA tournament games all-time going extras.

 

LSU bookended different types of euphoria from start-to-finish last weekend, exploding for 15 runs against Texas Southern, before the jubilation of a walk-off single to advance after fighting through various weather delays and late game starts throughout the tournament.

 

The battle-tested group saw that winning hit come from none other than Bianka Bell, whose game-winning single in the ninth pushed LSU over the top on her second hit of the day after going hitless in her previous three previous games before that. Although she only hit .222 with four of her five RBIs coming on Friday, the junior first team NFCA All-South Region selection came through big in a clutch situation, while also posting a solid fielding percentage in the infield.

 

The offensive output for the team came in spades from the top of the order in senior A.J. Andrews. Andrews hit .471 in the regional, earning eight hits and driving in two, while scoring five times with three stolen bases and receiving three walks for a .550 on-base percentage.

 

Sandra Simmons was next hitting .467, going 7-for-15 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, while Bailey Landry also finished with seven hits and led the team in slugging at .813, with a double, triple and hitting her first home run of the year, driving in three and scoring three times with three walks and a sacrifice hit.

 

Although not seeing significant starts are batting opportunities until the end of the season, freshman Sydney Bourg has made the most of her recent time in the order, finishing last weekend with five hits for a .385 average, as she was also walked and hit by pitch twice to finish second to Andrews in on-base percentage at .529. Sahvanna Jaquish also had five hits, finishing second in RBIs and runs scored with four.

 

Earning MVP honors for the tournament was freshman pitcher Carley Hoover, amassing a 2-1 record in the circle after appearing in four of the five games on the weekend. She had an earned run average of 0.40 after allowing just one run with two complete games and a shutout, while also picking up her third save of the season in 17.1 innings of work.

 

Fellow freshman Allie Walljasper was also named to the All-Regional Team after earning two starts and earning one decision, striking out six and walking just three in 15.2 innings. Kelsee Selman helped keep that staff ERA under 1.00 after she set the tone with firing LSU's 18th career postseason shutout, Hoover having the 19th, in the opener, as she struck out seven and scattered just three hits against TSU.

 

It's fitting that the two teams meeting have been very familiar with each other, not just in the regular season but in the postseason as well in Arizona, as the Wildcats are the third-most played opponent in LSU's postseason history leading into this year. Behind Arizona State and Louisiana-Lafayette, the Tigers have played no other team more than Arizona, including last year's wild Tucson Regional.

 

Although it seemed as if LSU enacted its bit of revenge earlier this season at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in a 4-3 win amid the desert mountains, the two sides will renew its rivalry with a little more at stake than the previous contest.

 

"I think it's nice that we have some knowledge of them already, and we are familiar with them just based off last year's regional and playing them this year," Torina said. "They have a great offense, and they bring a ton of power. They've been swinging the bat well all season long and have one of the best offenses in the country."

 

This is the second time the two teams have played each other in a Super Regional, with the last coming in 2006 in Tucson. The Wildcats took the first game 5-0 over the Tigers, but LSU responded by winning game two 3-2 to force the deciding game three. That third game ended the team's season, falling 14-5 in five innings.

 

Last year, traveling to Tucson for the first time since that Super Regional, It was a little bit of Déjà vu, as the two sides squared off on the final day with the chance to advance, as after falling to UA 9-8 just missing the comeback attempt, LSU won the first game that Sunday 5-1, before running out of gas in the final and falling 13-5 in five innings to end the season.

 

"I think the win against Arizona in Palm Springs was as much about pride it was about as anything else," Torina said. "I think remembering what happened last year is going to be a factor in our favor this weekend too. Our team remembering that they ended our season last year, and I think that's going to play into how they approach this weekend as a whole, and avoiding having what happened last year happening again."

 


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LSU advances to SEC Semis with 10-5 victory over Arkansas http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-advances-to-sec-semis-with-10-5-victory-over-arkansas/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-advances-to-sec-semis-with-10-5-victory-over-arkansas/ LSU Sports Thu, 21 May 2015 11:21:42 PM Seth Lewis LSU advances to SEC Semis with 10-5 victory over Arkansas

HOOVER, ALA - LSU not earning style points for their first two wins in Hoover, but finding different ways to get it done.

Against Arkansas, the Tigers putting up 6 in the first two innings, then having to hold off the Razorbacks bats to get a 10-5 win.

LSU now advances to the semifinals Saturday, where they will wait to play the winner of Florida and Arkansas. 

The Tigers scoring 3 of their 4 runs unearned in the top of the first jump out to a big lead, then scoring two more to make it 6-0. But in the bottom 2nd, LSU pitcher Austin Bain roughed up by the Razorback bats, giving up four runs before being pulled.

LSU, aided by Arkansas mistakes in the win, as the Razorbacks 6 errors are the highest at the tournament this year.


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LSU Tigers rally from five runs down to beat Auburn 9-8 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tigers-rally-from-five-runs-down-to-beat-auburn-9-8/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tigers-rally-from-five-runs-down-to-beat-auburn-9-8/ LSU Sports Wed, 20 May 2015 9:11:01 PM Michael Cauble LSU Tigers rally from five runs down to beat Auburn 9-8

The LSU Tigers staked Auburn to a 5-0 lead before three outs were recorded in the first inning.  But the veteran team battled back to rally to a 9-8 win in thier first game of the SEC Tournament.

Tiger starting pitcher Jared Poche dug a 5-0 hole in the first inning, but LSU quickly rallied to make it 5-3 ballgame before the end of the first inning.

Auburn would strike again with three more runs to lead it 8-3, and once again LSU rallied with six runs in the fifth inning.

After replacing Poche in the second inning, LSU coach Paul Mainieri would call upon six other pitchers to hold Auburn scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Jared Foster and Chris Sciambra paced the Tigers at the plate, as LSU belted out ten hits, but also committed three errors.

LSU stays in the winners bracket and will now face the winner of Florida and Arkansas late Thursday night.


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UPDATE - LSU baseball start time now 6pm vs. Auburn http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-lsu-baseball-start-time-now-6pm-vs-auburn/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-lsu-baseball-start-time-now-6pm-vs-auburn/ LSU Sports Wed, 20 May 2015 4:10:37 PM Michael Cauble UPDATE - LSU baseball start time now 6pm vs. Auburn

The first game for the LSU Tiger baseball team at the SEC Baseball Tournament is now scheduled to  start at 6:00 p.m..

A weather delay and the previous game between Vanderbilt and Missouri moving into extra innings pushed back the start more than an hour.

LSU is set to take on Auburn in their first game in Hoover Alabama.


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LSU softball Super Regional time moved up http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-super-regional-time-moved-up/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-super-regional-time-moved-up/ LSU Sports Tue, 19 May 2015 2:45:16 PM Michael Cauble LSU softball Super Regional time moved up

In order to avoid conflicting with mega-concert Bayou Country SuperFest the LSU Arizona softball Super Regional start time on Saturday has been moved to a 2:00 p.m. start time.

No 8 LSU and No. 16 Arizona Saturday had orginally been schedule for a first pitch at 9:00 p.m. with the game televised on ESPN, however with the earlier daytime start there is no television home for the first game of the Super Regional at this point.

Fans can find the games on the WatchESPN app or buy tickets to the first ever Super Regional held at Tiger Park.  If a television home is found for the game, the news wouldn't come until Friday.

Games 2 and 3 are still scheduled for Sunday at 4 and 7 respectively.


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Tiger baseball players make record All-SEC Team http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-baseball-players-make-record-all-sec-team/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-baseball-players-make-record-all-sec-team/ LSU Sports Mon, 18 May 2015 11:10:42 PM Michael Cauble Tiger baseball players make record All-SEC Team

A record number five Tiger Baseball players made this years All-SEC postseason first team the conference announced on Monday.

In addition to the All-SEC honors, coach Paul Mainieri was named SEC Coach of the Year for the second time at LSU and LSU right-handed pitcher Alex Lange earned SEC Freshman of the Year.

LSU catcher Kade Scivicque, shortstop Alex Bregman, centerfielder Andrew Stevenson, third baseman Conner Hale and Lange were voted first-team All-SEC by the league coaches.

Red hot hitting Chris Chinea was the lone Tiger named to the 2015 second-team All-SEC squad.

LSU will open up play against either Kentucky or Auburn on Wednesday at 4:30 on the second day of play at the SEC baseball tournament.

2015 SEC Baseball Awards

Player of the Year: Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas
Pitcher of the Year: Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
Freshman of the Year: Alex Lange, LSU
Coach of the Year: Paul Mainieri, LSU
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Seth Heck, Mississippi State

First-Team All-SEC
C: Kade Scivicque, LSU
1B: Kyle Martin, South Carolina
2B: JaVon Shelby, Kentucky
3B: Conner Hale, LSU
SS: Alex Bregman, LSU
OF: Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas
OF: Andrew Stevenson, LSU
OF: Christin Stewart, Tennessee
DH/UT: Mitchell Nau, Texas A&M
SP: Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
SP: Alex Lange, LSU
RP: Zach Jackson, Arkansas

Second-Team All-SEC Team
C: Mike Rivera, Florida
1B: Chris Chinea, LSU
2B: Max Schrock, South Carolina
3B: Josh Tobias, Florida
SS: Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
OF: Kyle Barrett, Kentucky
OF: Nick Banks, Texas A&M
OF: Logan Taylor, Texas A&M
DH/UT: JJ Schwarz, Florida
SP: Grayson Long, Texas A&M
SP: Cole Lipscomb, Auburn
*RP: Breckin Williams, Missouri
*RP: Wyatt Short, Ole Miss

Freshman All-SEC Team
C: Mike Rivera, Florida
1B: Evan White, Kentucky
2B: Dalton Guthrie, Florida
3B: Will Toffey, Vanderbilt
SS: Ryan Gridley, Mississippi State
OF: Keegan McGovern, Georgia
OF: Trey Harris, Missouri
OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
DH/UT: JJ Schwarz, Florida
SP: Tanner Houck, Missouri
SP: Keaton McKinney, Arkansas
RP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt

SEC All-Defensive Team
C: Kade Scivicque, LSU
1B: Evan White, Kentucky
2B: Kyle Overstreet, Alabama
3B: Bobby Wernes, Arkansas
SS: Alex Bregman, LSU
OF: Andrew Stevenson, LSU
OF: Mark Laird, LSU
OF: Buddy Reed, Florida
P: Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt

* - Denotes a tie in voting. Ties are not broken.

 


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LSU softball super regional times announced http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-super-regional-times-announced/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-super-regional-times-announced/ LSU Sports Sun, 17 May 2015 11:34:32 PM Greg Renoud LSU softball super regional times announced

BATON ROUGE - LSU will face Arizona in the Baton Rouge super regional next weekend, with the winner punching their ticket to the Women's College World Series.

Here's the schedule for the best 2-of-3 series:

Game 1: Saturday, 9 p.m. ESPN2
Game 2: Sunday, 4 p.m. ESPN
Game 3: Sunday, 7 p.m. ESPN2 (if necessary)

All of the games will be at Tiger Park.

The Tigers advanced to the super regionals after facing three straight elimination games against Nebraska and two against Arizona State.

Arizona survived a scare against Minnesota, after the Gophers hit a walk off grand slam to force a winner take all game 7. In the deciding game, the Gophers were down 2 runs with 1 out to go when they scored 4 runs, 3 of them on a home run. Arizona responded with a 2 run blast in the bottom of the inning to force extras and won it during their next at bat.

LSU is looking for it's 4th trip to the WCWS and the 1st since 2012. Arizona has been to the WCWS 22 times and has been national champion 8 times. Their last appearance was 2010.

The winner of the Baton Rouge super regional will face off against either Auburn or UL-Lafayette in the first round of the WCWS.

 


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Bianka Bell delivers walk-off in 9th, LSU softball moves on to Super Regional http://www.wbrz.com/news/bianka-bell-delivers-walk-off-in-9th-lsu-softball-moves-on-to-super-regional/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bianka-bell-delivers-walk-off-in-9th-lsu-softball-moves-on-to-super-regional/ LSU Sports Sun, 17 May 2015 6:51:49 PM Chris Price Bianka Bell delivers walk-off in 9th, LSU softball moves on to Super Regional

BATON ROUGE - Bianka Bell delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th inning against Arizona State, lifting the Tigers to a 4-3 win and giving LSU a place in the Super Regional round next week. 

The Tigers needed to win 2 games against the Sun Devils on Sunday, and they did just that, getting a 5-0 win in game 6 of the Baton Rouge regional, and coming back 30 minutes later to defeat the team that sent the Tigers to the losers bracket on Saturday. 

The Sun Devils took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 7th, but LSU got the run it needed to extend the game, as Bailey Landry got an RBI that tied the game at 3. 

The Tigers now advance to the Baton Rouge Super Regional, where LSU will host either Arizona or Minnesota next weekend. 


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LSU forces deciding game 7 of softball regional http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-forces-deciding-game-7-of-softball-regional/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-forces-deciding-game-7-of-softball-regional/ LSU Sports Sun, 17 May 2015 2:55:04 PM Greg Renoud LSU forces deciding game 7 of softball regional

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Softball team forced a winner take all game 7 at the Baton Rouge regional against Arizona State. The Tigers, needing to win two to advance to the super regionals, beat the Sun Devils 5-0 in the first game of the day.

The win comes one day after Arizona State forced LSU into the loser's bracket of the regional with a 1-0 win. LSU put their season on the line later in the day against Nebraska and pulled out a 2-1 win in 10 innings.

The Tigers were led by freshman pitcher Carley Hoover facing off against ASU pitcher Breanna Macha for the second straight day. Hoover tossed both games for LSU against the Sun Devils, getting the complete game shut out win in Sunday's game. Hoover gave up 4 hits and 3 walks but struck out 8.

LSU got out to work early with back-to-back singles by A.J. Andrews and Bailey Landry. Two batters later, Sahvanna Jaquish hit an RBI single to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Andrews and Landry got on base again to lead off the 3rd inning. Andrews scored on a chopper to Haley Steele at 3rd base by Bianca Bell that the fielder couldn't handle. Steele was charged with the error, and the Tigers went up 2-0. LSU would get another in the 6th with back-to-back-to-back singles by Jaquish, Simons, and Constance Quinn. Quinn got two more RBI in the 7th with a bases loaded double to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead.

Game 7 of the Baton Rouge regional will start at 3:15pm at Tiger Park. The winner between LSU and Arizona State will face the winner of the Tuscon regional, where Arizona and Minnesota are in the regional final. Arizona needs one win to advance while Minnesota needs two. That game gets underway at 6 p.m. Tonight. If LSU wins, the super regional will be held at Tiger Park next weekend.

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LSU baseball bounces back in 9-2 win over South Carolina http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-bounces-back-in-9-2-win-over-south-carolina/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-bounces-back-in-9-2-win-over-south-carolina/ LSU Sports Fri, 15 May 2015 10:47:07 PM Michael Cauble LSU baseball bounces back in 9-2 win over South Carolina

Tiger freshman pitcher Austin Bain was the stabilizing force in LSU's 9-2 win over South Carolina following a late game collapse the night before.

The Dutchtown product fired six and a third innings of four hit baseball setting the tone and the table for an LSU offense to rebound from a disappointing bullpen performance in a Thursday night loss.

Bain allowed two runs and walked just one while striking out seven, at one point he retired 13 straight Gamecock hitters.

LSU's offense would settle into a scoring groove plating runs in five of their nine innings, never trailing after the first.

The Tiger bats belted out 15 hits in a game that clinched the SEC West regular season crown and kept the team in the hunt for a conference title.

LSU will go for the series win in the rubber game on Saturday, first pitch is set for 7:00 p.m..


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LSU slips against South Carolina 10-7 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-slips-against-south-carolina-10-7/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-slips-against-south-carolina-10-7/ LSU Sports Thu, 14 May 2015 9:27:30 PM Seth Lewis LSU slips against South Carolina 10-7

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Three bases loaded walks in the 7th proved to be the difference in LSU's 10-7 loss to South Carolina.

The Tigers at one time led 6-2 in the 6th, before the Gamecocks scored 4 in the bottom 6th to tie it at 6. Then in the bottom 7th, LSU relief pitcher Jake Godfrey walked two straight batters to load the bases then give USC the lead. Hunter Newman tried to stop the bleeding, but he walked in two additional runs, before the Gamecocks scored another run on a sacrifice fly. 

The Tigers in control at first, in big part thanks to Chris Chinea. The junior was 4-5 at the plate, including 3 RBI, 3 R and a HR. 

LSU will look to tie the series up against USC tomorrow in game 2 at 6 p.m. Austin Bain will get the start on the mound for the Tigers. South Carolina's starter in game 2 is still to be decided.


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LSU to host Oklahoma for 2016 hoops matchup http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-host-oklahoma-for-2016-hoops-matchup/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-host-oklahoma-for-2016-hoops-matchup/ LSU Sports Thu, 14 May 2015 2:59:33 PM Russell Jones LSU to host Oklahoma for 2016 hoops matchup

BATON ROUGE - The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 announced Thursday that Oklahoma will travel to Baton Rouge in 2016 to face LSU.

The Tigers and Sooners have met four times in the last 45 years with each side winning two games. This will be the first time the teams have played in Baton Rouge.

"The ability to showcase SEC basketball in this kind of inter-conference competition makes this a unique and exciting event for our coaches, student-athletes and fans," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.

The Jan. 30, 2016 matchup will be part of the conferences' third annual Big 12 / SEC Challenge. Ten games in all that day will feature Big 12 vs. SEC matchups, including a mid-season match between Kentucky and Kansas, the two winningest teams in college basketball.

 


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LSU baseball's Jared Foster wins appeal, eligibility restored, will travel to South Carolina http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-s-jared-foster-wins-appeal-eligibility-restored-will-travel-to-south-carolina/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-s-jared-foster-wins-appeal-eligibility-restored-will-travel-to-south-carolina/ LSU Sports Tue, 12 May 2015 7:56:37 PM Seth Lewis LSU baseball's Jared Foster wins appeal, eligibility restored, will travel to South Carolina

BATON ROUGE - LSU second baseman Jared Foster is academically eligible once again and will travel with the Tigers to South Carolina for their series against the Gamecocks.

As first reported by the Advocate, Foster won his appeal Tuesday, after being ruled academically ineligible last Friday. 

The senior was having a career year before being ruled out, batting .275 with 8 home runs and a .506 slugging percentage.


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LSU softball surrenders four runs late, bounced from SEC Tourney http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-surrenders-four-runs-late-bounced-from-sec-tourney/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-surrenders-four-runs-late-bounced-from-sec-tourney/ LSU Sports Thu, 7 May 2015 11:02:52 PM Michael Cauble LSU softball surrenders four runs late, bounced from SEC Tourney

The LSU Tiger softball team was hoping to be just the second team to ever host the SEC Softball Tournament and win the title. 

After the Tennessee Volunteers scored four unanswered runs to beat the Tigers 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, LSU will now have to wait until the weekend to find out if they're hosting a Regional for the NCAA Tournament.

LSU led 5-3 through five innings after scoring three in the fifth inning stealing the lead back from the Vols.

But in the sixth inning, the visitors scored three more runs to reclaim the lead.  Tennessee scored all but one of their seven runs with two outs.

LSU was led at the plate by Bianka Bell who was 2-4 with two RBI and a solo home run in the game.

The Tigers are 44-11 on the season and have the second best RPI in the nation, so they are expected to host a regional round of the NCAA Women's College World Series.


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