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. () () Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:07:24 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Austin Nola sparkles in 4th of July home debut for Zephyrs http://www.wbrz.com/news/austin-nola-sparkles-in-4th-of-july-home-debut-for-zephyrs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/austin-nola-sparkles-in-4th-of-july-home-debut-for-zephyrs/ LSU Sports Sat, 4 Jul 2015 9:37:21 PM AP Austin Nola sparkles in 4th of July home debut for Zephyrs

Metairie - Austin Nola had four hits and drove in a pair of runs to support Jose Urena, who pitched a five-hit shutout as the New Orleans Zephyrs blanked the Iowa Cubs, 7-0 on Saturday night.

Playing in his first game at Zephyr Field since being promoted to Triple-A, Nola led off the first inning with a single and reached on an error in the third. The former LSU Tiger then knocked in runs on a single in the fourth, and on a double to the wall in center field in the sixth before adding a single in the eighth.

Nola has had four multi-hit efforts in his first seven starts with the Zephyrs. The four hits tied his career high, set twice last year with Double-A Jacksonville.

"What can you say about Austin Nola? It was kind of his night," Zephyrs manager Andy Haines said. "I joked with (him), telling him 'I can't believe all these people came to see you play.' The reception he got when they announced his name was pretty special."

The Z's offered plenty of support for Urena, who owned the Pacific Coast League's best ERA prior to earning a Major League promotion in May. The right-hander retired the first 13 batters he faced and limited the I-Cubs to five hits en route to the first nine-inning complete game shutout by a Zephyr since Sean West in July 2010.

It was the 12th shutout of the season by the Zephyrs, the most of any team in Minor League Baseball and just one shy of the franchise record set in 2011.

"You could tell early he was in control of the game," Haines said. "He was impressive. We've seen him be really good but that was about as good as I've seen him."

Urena (5-0) struck out four and walked one as his ERA dipped to 0.97 in seven starts this season with New Orleans. He even chipped in at the plate, delivering an RBI single in a run of six consecutive hits during the Zephyrs' four-run fourth inning.

After the Z's plated a run in the second inning when Isaac Galloway's single cashed in a Jordany Valdespin two-out double, the Zephyrs jumped all over Iowa starter Frank Batista in the fourth. Donovan Solano led off with a single and scored when Juan Diaz doubled down the right field line.

Diaz scored on a single by Valdespin, who was tagged out between first and second on the play. But Urena came to the plate following back-to-back singles by Galloway and Brandon Bantz and ripped a single to left for his third hit of the year, and Nola capped the inning with a single to right.

Diaz had two doubles among three hits, giving him four straight multi-hit games, and Galloway added three knocks as the Zephyrs piled up 15 hits in the game.

The Zephyrs defeated Batista (0-2) for the second time in eight days. The Iowa hurler was charged with five runs on 11 hits in five innings.

New Orleans and Iowa continue the five-game series on Sunday at 4 p.m.


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Former LSU turned Grizzlies Forward Martin says he has stress fracture in his foot http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-turned-grizzlies-forward-martin-says-he-has-stress-fracture-in-his-foot/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-turned-grizzlies-forward-martin-says-he-has-stress-fracture-in-his-foot/ LSU Sports Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:12:02 PM Associated Press Former LSU turned Grizzlies Forward Martin says he has stress fracture in his foot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis Grizzlies first-round draft pick Jarell Martin says he has a stress fracture in his foot that will prevent him from playing in any summer league games.

Martin and second-round pick Andrew Harrison were introduced Monday. Martin says he "overworked my body" throughout the pre-draft process.

Martin says: "We'll see when we get back how things are going, but overall I'm getting better. It is very tough, but we've got to look for later on down the road and do what's best."

The Grizzlies chose the 6-foot-10 Martin on Thursday with the 25th pick. Martin averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds for LSU this past season to rank third in the Southeastern Conference in both categories.

The Grizzlies are participating in the Orlando Pro Summer League from July 4-10.

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Mainieri Wins Skip Bertman Coach of the Year Award http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-wins-skip-bertman-coach-of-the-year-award/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-wins-skip-bertman-coach-of-the-year-award/ LSU Sports Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:45:09 PM LSU Athletics Mainieri Wins Skip Bertman Coach of the Year Award

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The National College Baseball Hall of Fame announced Monday that LSU coach Paul Mainieri is the winner of the 2015 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award.

Mainieri will be honored at the Hall of Fame's annual Night of Champions celebration Monday night in Lubbock. Other awards that will be presented at the event include the National Pitcher of the Year, the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year and the Brooks Wallace Award winner.

"I'm really excited for coach Mainieri," said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. "I'm sure this will be a special honor for him, given his respect for Coach Bertman."

The award is named for Bertman, who coached at LSU from 1984 to 2001. During his tenure, he won five national championships and was named National Coach of the Year six times. He coached 31 players who went on to play Major League Baseball and was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006. Since that time, three of his players - Ben McDonald, Todd Walker and Eddy Furniss - have joined him in the Hall of Fame.

"I am so very happy," Bertman said, "to be giving the award to a great coach and to my great friend, Paul Mainieri."

"I am so honored as this award means more to me than any award that I have ever received," Mainieri said. "I say this because of the respect I have for Skip Bertman and all he has done for college baseball. In addition to that fact, he is my dear friend, and he brought me to LSU when he was the athletic director. When he hired me, I told him my only goal at LSU was to make him proud of me."

The National Coach of the Year designation is the second this season for Mainieri, who earlier this month was named National Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He has received National Coach of the Year recognition in two previous seasons at LSU (2008, 2009) and in one previous season at Notre Dame (2000).

Over the past four seasons, LSU under Mainieri has won a nation's-best 204 games, and the Tigers are the only team in the country to earn a National Seed in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments.

In 2015, Mainieri led the Tigers to the College World Series for the second time in three years and for the fourth time in his nine-season LSU tenure. The Tigers posted a nation's-best 54 wins, and were ranked No. 1 in the country for 10 consecutive weeks during the season.

Mainieri was also named in 2015 the SEC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, as he directed LSU to the SEC regular-season championship and to the Western Division title.

The LSU squad had five first-team All-SEC players and five players that earned All-America recognition. Eight LSU players were selected in June's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including the No. 2 overall pick, shortstop Alex Bregman.

For more information on the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, contact the Hall of Fame at (806) 749-CBF3 or visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.


TOTAL: 17 Coach of the Year Awards (in five different seasons)?
3-time National Coach of the Year (2008, 2009, 2015)

2015 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award
2015 National Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
2015 National Coach of the Year by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
2015 SEC Coach of the Year
2015 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association
2013 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association
2013 One of five finalists for the inaugural Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award
2012 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association
2009 National Coach of the Year by American Baseball Coaches Association
2009 National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
2009 National Coach of the Year by Baseball America
2009 National Coach of the Year by Rivals.com
2009 SEC Coach of the Year
2009 South Region Coach of the Year by American Baseball Coaches Association
2009 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association
2009 College Coach of the Year in Louisiana by All-State Sugar Bowl Committee
2008 National Coach of the Year by College Baseball Insider.com
2008 National Coach of the Year by Rivals.com
2008 Coach of the Year by Louisiana Sports Writers Association


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Simmons and Blakeney attend Nike Basketball Academy http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-and-blakeney-attend-nike-basketball-academy/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-and-blakeney-attend-nike-basketball-academy/ LSU Sports Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:24:09 PM LSU Athletics Simmons and Blakeney attend Nike Basketball Academy

BATON ROUGE - LSU basketball freshman Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney are taking part in the inaugural NIKE Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, California.


In this invitation only event, Simmons and Blakeney are the only true freshman who have yet to play a Division I game among the college players invited to participate in the special camp which runs through Monday.


LSU is one of three schools with multiple college players in attendance among the 27 players invited to the event.


The Nike Basketball Academy is taking place at the Santa Monica Airport's Barker Hangar. Shifting from three skills academies to one, the academy will be a tailor-made experience for guards, wings and bigs all under one roof. By creating a seamless experience, the Nike Basketball Academy's goal is to allow the best players in the country (both high school and college) to compete against the best competition while receiving guidance from Nike Basketball's biggest stars -- LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. Additional basketball legends will be on hand to serve as mentors and coaches for the weeklong session with the top high school and college players in the country.


As part of the experience, participants will go through a professional basketball combine, off-court workouts, drills, film sessions and 5-on-5 competition.


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Grizzlies select LSU forward Jarell Martin with 25th pick http://www.wbrz.com/news/grizzlies-select-lsu-forward-jarell-martin-with-25th-pick/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/grizzlies-select-lsu-forward-jarell-martin-with-25th-pick/ LSU Sports Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:15:53 PM PHIL STUKENBORG Grizzlies select LSU forward Jarell Martin with 25th pick

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies have selected LSU forward Jarell Martin with their first-round pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-10 Martin was the 25th overall selection.

He was an honorable mention Associated Press All-America selection this past season. He averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds to rank third in the Southeastern Conference in both categories.

Martin will give the Grizzlies another double-double candidate in points and rebounds to complement veteran power forward Zach Randolph. Martin had 15 double-doubles last season, including five in his final seven games.

Possessing strong hands and an explosive first step, the 235-pound Martin blossomed during the final two months of the season. He averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in February and March.

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Celtics get shot blocker, draft Mickey in 2nd round http://www.wbrz.com/news/celtics-get-shot-blocker-draft-mickey-in-2nd-round/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/celtics-get-shot-blocker-draft-mickey-in-2nd-round/ LSU Sports Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:13:57 PM HOWARD ULMAN Celtics get shot blocker, draft Mickey in 2nd round

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics have drafted shot-blocking forward Jordan Mickey of Louisiana State in the second round of the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-7 Mickey led the nation with 3.64 blocks per game last season while averaging 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds.

Interior defense was a major problem for the Celtics last season when they finished with a 40-42 record but were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs.

Mickey was taken with the 33rd overall pick after two seasons at LSU. He is the second player in school history, following Shaquille O'Neal, to block at least 100 shots in a season. He blocked 106 as a freshman and 113 as a sophomore last season.

In the first round, the Celtics drafted guards Terry Rozier of Louisville and R.J. Hunter of Georgia State. They also had another second-round pick, the 45th overall.

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LSU hoops duo picked in 2015 NBA Draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-duo-picked-in-2015-nba-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-duo-picked-in-2015-nba-draft/ LSU Sports Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:03:58 PM Michael Cauble LSU hoops duo picked in 2015 NBA Draft

LSU sophomore Jarell Martin was selected 25th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Just eight picks later Jordan Mickey was tabbed by the Boston Celtics with the third pick of the second round.

Both LSU hoops big men left campus two years early to pursue their professional careers after turning in impressive numbers guiding the Tigers back to the NCAA Tournament.

Martin averaged 16.9 points per game and 9.2 rebounds while earning first-team All-SEC honors and was an honorable mention All-American selection.

Mickey averaged 15.4 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game and led the nation in block average at 3.64 blocks per game. He also earned first-team All-SEC honors and was named a finalist for national Defensive Player of the Year.

The picks gave the Tigers a second-straight year with at least one player selected in the draft and Martin was LSU's first selection in the first round since Anthony Randolph was taken with the 14th pick of the 2008 draft.

LSU last had two players selected in the draft in 2000 when Stromile Swift was selected in the first round and Jabari Smith was selected in the second round.

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Former LSU pitcher Rumbelow called up to MLB by the Yankees http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-pitcher-rumbelow-called-up-to-mlb-by-the-yankees/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-pitcher-rumbelow-called-up-to-mlb-by-the-yankees/ LSU Sports Tue, 23 Jun 2015 5:53:00 PM Seth Lewis Former LSU pitcher Rumbelow called up to MLB by the Yankees

BATON ROUGE - Former LSU pitcher Nick Rumbelow has been called up to the Major Leagues by the New York Yankees, and he has joined the club for its series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium.

Rumbelow, a right-hander from Bullard, Texas, was called up to the big leagues from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate. Rumbelow was selected by the Yankees in the seventh round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Rumbelow pitched for three seasons (2011-13) in the LSU bullpen, making 70 career appearances. He posted a 3-0 mark and a 3.71 ERA in 70.1 innings with 40 walks and 86 strikeouts.

He made 31 appearances in 2013, posting a 1-0 mark and a 3.31 ERA in 32.2 innings with 15 walks and 36 strikeouts as he helped lead the Tigers to the College World Series. He fired five scoreless innings in 2013 NCAA Tournament play (three appearances), allowing just one hit with one walk and eight strikeouts.

Rumbelow turned in a perfect relief outing in the 2013 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional championship game versus Louisiana-Lafayette, as he limited the Cajuns to no runs and no hits in 2.2 innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

Rumbelow becomes the ninth former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the big leagues. The others are pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitcher Kevin Gausman, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, infielder Matt Clark and outfielder Mikie Mahtook.

LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 23 of the past 25 seasons. LSU has produced a total of 67 Major Leaguers during its illustrious baseball history.

There are five former LSU players currently in the big leagues, including Rumbelow, Furbush (Mariners), LeMahieu (Rockies), infielder Aaron Hill (Diamondbacks) and pitcher Will Harris (Astros).

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LSU's Lange tapped for freshman All-American first team http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-lange-tapped-for-freshman-all-american-first-team/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-lange-tapped-for-freshman-all-american-first-team/ LSU Sports Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:03:21 AM Russell Jones LSU's Lange tapped for freshman All-American first team

BATON ROUGE - Baseball America named LSU pitcher Alex Lange to its first team All-American squad this week.

Lange joined four other Southeastern Conference first-timers on the team, Vanderbilt's Jeren Kendall and Kyle Wright as well as Florida's J.J. Schwarz, giving the SEC the most players of any league on the team.

Lange was LSU's first freshman with more than 100 strikeouts in a season, and had three postseason games with more than 10 K's each. He's just the second LSU freshman to start and win a College World Series game, and ended the season with a perfect 12-0 record.

Louisville's Brendan McKay received Freshman of the Year honors, the first from his school to take the award. McKay led the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 1.77 ERA and ranked second in both strikeouts (117) and opponents' average (.159), all while batting cleanup with a .308/.418/.431 average and four home runs.

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LSU Basketball's Father and Son Camp providing unique opportunities http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-s-father-and-son-camp-providing-unique-opportunities/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-s-father-and-son-camp-providing-unique-opportunities/ LSU Sports Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:19:44 AM Seth Lewis LSU Basketball's Father and Son Camp providing unique opportunities

BATON ROUGE - LSU Men's Basketball held its annual Father/Son Basketball Camp this weekend.

The two day event allowed families to participate in various drills, competitions, while also offering the chance for families to stay in the dorm overnight.

About 95 combos were in attendance. But while basketball was the basis for why everyone was gathered, Johnny Jones shared some of his fatherly experiences and expressed the value of a dad.

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The 2016 LSU Baseball Preview http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-2016-lsu-baseball-preview/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-2016-lsu-baseball-preview/ LSU Sports Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:48:20 PM Seth Lewis The 2016 LSU Baseball Preview

BATON ROUGE - When the LSU Baseball team takes the field for the first time in 2016, you may need a roster handy to recognize all the new faces.

The Tigers will have to replace 8 positional starters, with only outfielder Jake Fraley returning.

The pitching staff will flip from young to experienced, with the majority of their arms returning. That includes SEC Freshman of the year Alex Lange, along with the Lutcher Lefty, Jared Poche.

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Putting the wraps on LSU's 2015 baseball season http://www.wbrz.com/news/putting-the-wraps-on-lsu-s-2015-baseball-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/putting-the-wraps-on-lsu-s-2015-baseball-season/ LSU Sports Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:02:16 PM Chris Price Putting the wraps on LSU's 2015 baseball season

BATON ROUGE - The LSU baseball team hit some major milestones during their 2015 campaign, but fell short of the ultimate goal of winning a national championship. 

Expectations are always high for the 6-time national champions, and the Tigers managed those throughout the year, holding a #1 ranking for 9 out of 12 weeks in the regular season. 

Along the way, the Tigers also won their 18th SEC West Title, 16th SEC Championship and reached the CWS for the 17th time. 

Looking specifically at the Tigers performance in Omaha, though, it's clear they needed better pitching than what they had to offer. 

Former Tiger Ryan Theriot, for one, believes that side of the team will be much impoved in the 2016 season. 

"The good news for everybody in Baton Rouge is that the stuff is there," Theriot told WBRZ Friday.

"Jake Godfrey has great stuff out there in my opinion. I look for Jake to use the experience this year, a little failure, to light a fire, so you have jake and you have some guys in the bullpen that can contribute, you've got Alex (Lange) and Jared (Poche') and then the ace in the hole Alan Dunn, so these guys are always going to compete but identifying a third starter and maybe a fourth starter is huge and I think we saw it play out this week."

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LSU eliminated from CWS with 8-4 loss to TCU http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-eliminated-from-cws-with-8-4-loss-to-tcu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-eliminated-from-cws-with-8-4-loss-to-tcu/ LSU Sports Thu, 18 Jun 2015 7:01:57 PM Michael Cauble LSU eliminated from CWS with 8-4 loss to TCU

OMAHA - The LSU Tiger baseball team started hot, but faded in their rematch bid against the TCU Horned Frogs as they fall 8-4.

LSU tied the game at 3 in the third inning, but TCU reliever Trey Teakell followed by retiring ten straight Tiger batters to shut down the offense.

The Horned Frogs rallied in the sixth with a pair of shots to the right field corner that scored three runs to make it a 6-3 TCU lead.

The Tigers offense began when leftfiedler Jake Fraley drew an 11 pitch walk and then Kade Scivicque singled him home from second with a shot through the right side. LSU led 1-0 early after one, as six batters went to the plate.

Starting LSU pitcher Zac Person ran into some trouble in the third inning when he loaded the bases and then walked in Keaton Jones with the bases loaded to tie the game at 1.

Nine hole hitter and second baseman Garrett Crain then drove in two runs with a shot past first base for the Frogs to stake TCU to a 3-1 lead.

LSU rallied in the next inning as Jake Fraley roped an RBI triple to deep centerfield scoring Alex Bregman.

Fraley then scored on the next pitch when a wild pitch got past the catcher.

The Tigers finish the season with a record of 54-12. 

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Announced SEC games include 2 LSU night kickoffs http://www.wbrz.com/news/announced-sec-games-include-2-lsu-night-kickoffs/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/announced-sec-games-include-2-lsu-night-kickoffs/ LSU Sports Thu, 18 Jun 2015 4:28:31 PM Brock Sues Announced SEC games include 2 LSU night kickoffs

BATON ROUGE - Game times and network designation of 32 Southeastern Conference football games, including a pair of nighttime kickoffs for the LSU Tigers, were announced Thursday on the SEC Network.

The games are scheduled across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the SEC Network with additional selections to be determined as the 2015-16 NCAA football season progresses.

The two LSU games that were announced provide for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff at home against McNeese State on Sat., Sept. 5 (SEC Network alternate) and an 8:15 p.m. kickoff at Mississippi State on Sat., Sept. 12 (ESPN).

The season opens up on Thursday, Sept. 3 with two non-conference matchups: the Belk College Kickoff Game in Charlotte, N.C. Featuring North Carolina vs. South Carolina on ESPN at 5 p.m., followed by Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt on the SEC Network at 7 p.m.

The SEC Network will carry a total of seven matchups in the opening week with its SEC Network Alternate channel airing an additional three games. All SEC Network and SEC Network Alternate games will be available for streaming on WatchESPN.

2015 SEC Football on ESPN (subject to change):

DateTime (CT)GamesNetwork
Thu, Sept 3 5 p.m. Belk College Kickoff Game (from Charlotte):
North Carolina vs. South Carolina


7 p.m.Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt SEC Network
Sat, Sept 5 11 a.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia SEC Network
11 a.m.Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss SEC Network Alternate
2:30 p.m.UTEP at Arkansas ESPNU
3 p.m.Bowling Green at Tennessee (from Nashville) SEC Network
3 p.m.Southeast Missouri State at Missouri SEC Network Alternate
6 p.m.AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (from Houston):
Arizona State vs. Texas A&M
6 p.m.Louisiana-Lafayette at Kentucky ESPNU
6:30 p.m.New Mexico State at Florida SEC Network
6:30 p.m.McNeese State at LSU SEC Network Alternate
7 p.m.Wisconsin vs. Alabama (from Arlington) ABC
Sat, Sept 12 11 a.m. Jacksonville State at Auburn SEC Network
 2:30 p.m.Fresno State at Ole Miss ESPN2 or ESPNU
3 p.m.Middle Tennessee at Alabama SEC Network
3 p.m.Toledo at Arkansas (from Little Rock) SEC Network Alternate
5 p.m.Oklahoma at Tennessee ESPN
6 p.m.East Carolina at Florida ESPN2
6 p.m.Ball State at Texas A&M ESPNU
6:30 p.m.Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network
8:15 p.m.LSU at Mississippi State ESPN
Sat, Sept 19 11 a.m. Connecticut at Missouri ESPNU
11 a.m.Nevada at Texas A&M SEC Network
3 p.m.Northwestern State at Mississippi State SEC Network
3 p.m.Austin Peay at Vanderbilt SEC Network Alternate
5 p.m.South Carolina at Georgia ESPN
6 p.m.Texas Tech at Arkansas ESPN
6 p.m.Western Carolina at TennesseeESPNU 
6:30 p.m.Florida at Kentucky SEC Network
 8:15 p.m.Ole Miss at Alabama ESPN
Thu, Oct 15 6 p.m. Auburn at Kentucky ESPN
Thu, Nov. 5 8 p.m. Mississippi State at Missouri ESPN


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LSU to start lefty Zac Person against TCU Thursday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-start-lefty-zac-person-against-tcu-thursday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-start-lefty-zac-person-against-tcu-thursday/ LSU Sports Wed, 17 Jun 2015 6:44:21 PM AP LSU to start lefty Zac Person against TCU Thursday

OMAHA, NE - LSU (54-11) seeks to win a second College World Series elimination game at 7 p.m. Thursday when the Tigers face TCU (50-14) at TD Ameritrade Park.

Thursday's game will be televised by ESPN, and it may be viewed at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

The game will be carried on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Live audio and stats may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net.

LSU dropped a 10-3 decision to TCU on Sunday afternoon in its CWS opener before winning an elimination game over Cal State Fullerton, 5-3, on Tuesday. Freshman right-hander Alex Lange fired a complete game and junior shortstop Alex Bregman, batting in the lead-off position for just third time in his career, was 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Tigers to victory.

The winner of Thursday's LSU-TCU game will play Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. Friday. Thursday's winner must defeat Vanderbilt twice to the advance to the CWS championship series.

The Tigers are playing in their 17th College World Series, and all 17 appearances have come since 1986. LSU is tied with Texas for the second-highest number of CWS championships with six. Southern California has the most NCAA baseball titles with 12.

The Tigers practiced for two hours Wednesday afternoon at Creighton University in preparation for Thursday's contest.

"Obviously, TCU is a very tough team, they beat us the other day, and they're going to be throwing a very talented pitcher," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We've got the challenge of a lifetime with our backs against the wall, but I know our players are excited about the opportunity to advance in this tournament."

Mainieri said that senior left-hander Zac Person (2-0) will be the Tigers' starting pitcher on Thursday. Person will make his third career start and his second this season. TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle will counter with sophomore right-hander Mitchell Traver (9-2).

"Zac is a talented, veteran pitcher who displays a lot of poise and composure on the mound, and we feel like he can get us off to a good start," said Mainieri. "He was a starting pitcher in junior college at LSU-Eunice, so this is not a completely unfamiliar position for him to be in. He's had a great two years in our program, and we're very confident that he can pitch effectively in this environment."

Senior catcher Kade Scivicque, a second-team All-American, is hitting .352 this season with 21 doubles, six homers, and 47 RBI, and he has thrown out 19 runners attempting to steal. Junior centerfielder Andrew Stevenson, a third-team All-American, is batting .350 with 12 doubles, five triples, one homer, 23 RBI, 53 runs and 26 stolen bases.

Junior first baseman Chris Chinea, a third-team All-American, is batting .348 with 17 doubles, 11 homers, 58 RBI and 42 runs.

TCU is batting .286 on the year with 27 home runs and 119 steals in 162 attempts. The Horned Frogs' pitching staff has the nation's second-best ERA at 2.37.

TCU is led at the plate by senior outfielder Cody Jones, who is hitting .362 with 14 doubles, one triple, five homers and 34 RBI. Junior infielder Derek Odell is batting .300 with 10 doubles, three homers and 41 RBI, and freshman catcher Evan Skoug is hitting .286 with team-highs of seven homers and 44 RBI.

LSU leads the all-time series with TCU, 6-2, and Sunday's game marked the first NCAA Tournament matchup between the squads. All of the other meetings between the schools have occurred in Baton Rouge. LSU swept three games from the Horned Frogs in 1994 by scores of 13-6, 15-10 and 16-8. LSU also split two games with TCU in 1967, and the Tigers won two straight over the Frogs in 1989.

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Tigers defeat Titans 5-3 at CWS http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-defeat-titans-5-3-at-cws/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-defeat-titans-5-3-at-cws/ LSU Sports Tue, 16 Jun 2015 2:25:21 PM Michael Cauble Tigers defeat Titans 5-3 at CWS

OMAHA, NB - Alex Lange rallied from an uncharacteristically slow start to pitch a complete game for the LSU baseball team, and the Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Cal State Fullerton 5-3 and stay alive in the College World Series. 

Head coach Paul Mainieri has moved shortstop Alex Bregman up to the lead off spot moving Mark Laird down to the eight hole.

The move paid dividends right away as Bregman beat out an infield single and then reached second on a ground out.  However the Tigers were unable to move him home with their remaining two outs in the first.

In the bottom of the inning, the Titans got a single from Tyler Stieb and a triple from Davi Barrera brought him around to put CSF up 1-0.

Jerrod Bravo then slapped a single back up the middle to score Barrera and the Titans lead it 2-0 with 1 out.

LSU trailed 3-0 at the start of the third inning when the LSU bats came alive.

Alex Bregman led off the inning with a single and then Jake Fraley followed with the same on his heals.  Kade Scivicque singled home Bregman for the Tigers first run of the game, then Chris Sciambra brought home Fraley with an RBI single to make it 3-2 CSF.

The Tigers would tie the game on a Andrew Steveson sacrifice fly to plate Scivicque and then Mark Laird plated the go ahead run with a shot through the right side to score Sciambra.

Lange recovered from his slow start to finish the complete game with 6 hits, 3 runs, 10 strikeouts and 2 walks as the Tigers live to play another day. 

LSU will meet the loser of Vanderbilt and TCU Thursday night at 7pm: the Tigers lost to TCU 10-3 on Sunday and have not met the Commodores this year. 


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Mainieri named NCBWA Coach of the Year http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-named-ncbwa-coach-of-the-year/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-named-ncbwa-coach-of-the-year/ LSU Sports Sat, 13 Jun 2015 11:33:38 AM Michael Vinsanau Mainieri named NCBWA Coach of the Year

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri can add another award on his already prestigious résumé.

The National College Baseball Writers' Association awarded Mainieri as the Coach of the Year at a press conference Saturday morning in Omaha.

He has skippered the Tigers to a 53-10 record, and a College World Series berth, which begins today. LSU also won the SEC regular season championship, and are undefeated in NCAA post season play.

This is Mainieri's fourth time to receive the honor as he accepted it in 2008 and 2009 with LSU, and in 2000 witrh Notre Dame.  

LSU will begin their quest for a national title on Sunday at 2 pm against TCU.


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LSU to start Poche in CWS opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-start-poche-in-cws-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-start-poche-in-cws-opener/ LSU Sports Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:32:12 AM Michael Vinsanau LSU to start Poche in CWS opener

BATON ROUGE - LSU will send left-hander Jared Poche to the mound for their opening game of the College World Series.  

The sophomore is 9-1 on the season, including a 2-0 record in NCAA postseason play, during which he has earned a 0.55 ERA.

Paul Mainieri announced his decision Friday, but it came after many expectations due to TCU's dominant left-handed batting order.

National Freshman of the Year Alex Lange (11-0, 1.89 ERA) is expected to start the Tigers' second game in Omaha.  

LSU plays TCU Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN. You can watch the pre-CWS LSU press conference on YouTube by clicking here.

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LSU First Baseman Chris Chinea Selected on Day 3 of MLB Draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-first-baseman-chris-chinea-selected-on-day-3-of-mlb-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-first-baseman-chris-chinea-selected-on-day-3-of-mlb-draft/ LSU Sports Thu, 11 Jun 2015 12:06:05 AM LSU Athletics LSU First Baseman Chris Chinea Selected on Day 3 of MLB Draft

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU junior first baseman Chris Chinea was selected Wednesday in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.


A total of eight LSU players were selected during the draft, which began Monday and ended Wednesday.


Junior shortstop Alex Bregman was selected in the first round Monday by the Houston Astros, and junior outfielder Andrew Stevenson was chosen in the second round Monday by the Washington Nationals.


On Tuesday, senior catcher Kade Scivicque was chosen in the fourth round by the Detroit Tigers, senior infielder Jared Foster was selected in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Angels, senior left-handed pitcher Zac Person was chosen in the ninth round by the Houston Astros, junior outfielder Mark Laird was selected in the ninth round by the Philadelphia Phillies and senior third baseman Conner Hale was chosen in the ninth round by the Seattle Mariners.


Chinea, a native of Miami, is batting .355 this season with 17 doubles, 11 homers, 58 RBI and 42 runs. He is No. 3 in the SEC in hits (87), and he is fifth in the league in RBI, sixth in total bases (137), seventh in batting average, eighth in doubles, 10th in slugging percentage (.559) and 10th in home runs.


A 2015 third-team All-America selection, Chinea was voted to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional All-Tournament team after batting .455 (5-for-11) in three games with one double, three RBI and three runs.


2015 LSU Baseball Draft Summary

1st rd. (2), Alex Bregman, SS, Houston Astros
2nd rd. (58), Andrew Stevenson, OF, Washington Nationals

4th rd. (130), Kade Scivicque, C, Detroit Tigers

5th rd. (165), Jared Foster, INF, Los Angeles Angels
9th rd. (259), Zac Person, LHP, Houston Astros
9th rd. (264), Mark Laird, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

9th rd. (275), Conner Hale, INF, Seattle Mariners

17th rd. (521), Chris Chinea, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals


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LSU's Scivicque drafted in the 4th round http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-scivicque-drafted-in-the-4th-round/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-scivicque-drafted-in-the-4th-round/ LSU Sports Tue, 9 Jun 2015 1:37:08 PM Michael Vinsanau LSU's Scivicque drafted in the 4th round

BATON ROUGE - Another LSU Tiger has a chance to make it to the major leagues, this time by sticking with a different set of Tigers.

LSU catcher Kade Scivicque was drafted Tuesday in the 4th round by the Detroit Tigers.

The senior drove in 6 home runs and 45 RBI's for the purple and gold, in addition to batting a .347 on the season, which ranked third amongst the Tigers.  

Scivicque was also named a finalist for the Johnny Bench award, which is given to the nations top catcher.  

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