WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:06:09 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Ties that bind: Alex and Renee Lange http://www.wbrz.com/news/ties-that-bind-alex-and-renee-lange/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ties-that-bind-alex-and-renee-lange/ LSU Sports Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:09:25 PM Chris Price Ties that bind: Alex and Renee Lange

BATON ROUGE - Renee Lange adopted her son Alex when he was 1 day old: the adoption was a such a surpise, Renee didn't have a crib for baby Alex and he slept in a dresser drawer the first night he was home. 

It was love at first sight for Renee, and Alex - entering his junior season at LSU this fall - loved baseball almost as quickly. 

"In Alex's biological family there are professional baseball players," Renee said. "So when he was born his biological mom did tell me and his dad Craig, 'if he picks up a ball, make sure you foster that.'"

Renee did just that, raising Alex on her own after she and her husband divorced when Alex as 5.

"I don't know if I could have done it by myself as a parent," Alex says. "That's what I'm most proud of: just the way she handled everything with class and dignity. It's really special."

WBRZ interviewed Alex and Renee together to discuss their relationship growing up, and some special moments the two have shared in Alex's first 2 years with the Tigers. 

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Turf wars: getting the field at Tiger Stadium ready for Saturdays in the fall http://www.wbrz.com/news/turf-wars-getting-the-field-at-tiger-stadium-ready-for-saturdays-in-the-fall/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/turf-wars-getting-the-field-at-tiger-stadium-ready-for-saturdays-in-the-fall/ LSU Sports Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:56:21 PM Chris Price Turf wars: getting the field at Tiger Stadium ready for Saturdays in the fall

BATON ROUGE - It takes months to prepare the field at Tiger Stadium to reach the quality fans have come to expect: that process has now been underway for two weeks. 

Sports Turf Specialists have been installing the turf for the past 7 years: once again they delivered 90,000 sq. ft. of celebration bermuda to Death Valley following Bayou Country Super Fest.

"The tolerances for LSU are impecable," says Sports Turf Specialists owner Troy Romero. "It has to be perfect."

And so the process continues. 

Now that the field has been installed, the LSU turf team takes over the rest of the way, getting the field ready for its first home game on September 10th against Jacksonville State. 

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Simmons awaits NBA Draft Day http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-awaits-nba-draft-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/simmons-awaits-nba-draft-day/ LSU Sports Wed, 22 Jun 2016 3:55:06 PM WBRZ Staff Simmons awaits NBA Draft Day

BATON ROUGE – For Ben Simmons, after the one-and-done of college basketball, the moment he has been thinking about for years is finally at hand.

The specially designed suit will be put on; he will gather with family and friends, including LSU head coach Johnny Jones at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn Thursday to await the start of the 7 p.m. CT 2016 NBA Draft. 

He won’t wait long. After ESPN welcomes the television audience and sets the scene, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will walk to the podium and say what everyone seems to know already that Ben Simmons of LSU will be the first pick in the draft to the Philadelphia 76ers. 

He will be the second LSU men’s basketball player selected in the top spot joining a player who became one of the icons in the game – Shaquille O’Neal – who was chosen by the Orlando Magic with the first pick in the 1992 NBA Draft.

In all, Simmons is expected to be the eighth LSU player picked in a pro league at the number one spot (NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, NPF).

Simmons will be LSU’s 15th first-round pick since 1952 in the NBA draft and Simmons will be the seventh to go in the top four. He will be the fourth in Coach Jones’ first four years to be drafted and his second first-round pick. 

The native of Melbourne, Australia whose father David is from the Bronx and was a star in the Australian Basketball League, joined other draft prospects Wednesday for a pre-media draft availability. 

Simmons has been coy about out right saying the 76ers will pick him, starting Tuesday night on “The Tonight Show” as Jimmy Fallon’s band “The Roots” gave Simmons a 76ers introduction as he came on stage. Earlier Wednesday with Andy Katz on ESPN, Simmons also took a “we’ll see” posture on what would happen Thursday night. 

One of the more interesting quotes to come out Wednesday was in a USA Today interview with Scott Gleeson. Simmons, has is well-documented if a huge fan and friend of LeBron James and he said he admires James’ desire to prove others wrong.

“I try to play with an edge like that, too,” Simmons told Gleeson. “Because a lot of people say things about me and my character. People say a lot of things about LeBron but he just keeps having a good mentality and grinding. That’s what I try to do, proving people wrong by what I do on the court. LeBron’s been like a big brother to me, watching me play and giving me pointers on just little things. I really look up to him. Seeing him with that championship, that’s what it’s all about.”

The 76ers will make the first pick in the NBA Draft for the first time since choosing Allen Iverson with the top selection in 1996. Iverson, who will be enshrined (along with O’Neal) in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September, was named the 1996-97 NBA Rookie of the Year and the 2000-01 NBA MVP with Philadelphia. 

The 76ers also selected Doug Collins with the top pick in 1973. Philadelphia owned the top pick in 1986 by virtue of a previous trade with the Clippers, but the 76ers traded the pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected Brad Daugherty.

It is possible time the first 14 picks are done that comprise the teams in the NBA Lottery that as many as nine freshmen could have been selected. That list includes the other most talked about player in the draft, Brandon Ingram of Duke, and Kentucky players Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray.

There were a record 13 college freshman selected in last year’s draft, three more than the previous high of 10 in 2008.

While Philadelphia put itself in position for this chance to get LSU’s Simmons with their regular season record, the odds that the draft lottery would end up as it did wasn’t in their favor. Since the lottery moved to its present format in 1994, the team with or tied for the best odds has won just five of the 23 lotteries. But Philadelphia beat the odds both times it was in the position, this year and in 1996. 

Simmons, who won the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award to highlight a list of FOY awards, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.79 assists and 1.97 steals per game. He was the first player to finish in the top five in the Southeastern Conference in points, rebounds and assists.

LSU’s ninth first team All-America had 23 double doubles with six games of 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. He posted 17 games of 20 or more points, making 56 percent of his field goal attempts. He made 199 free throws during the year, certainly the most for an LSU player in the shot clock era and only icons Bob Pettit and Pete Maravich made more free throws for the Tigers in a single season. 

Tiger Tim Quarterman, who left LSU and signed with an agent after the season, is certainly hoping to hear his name called in the second round after working out for more than 15 teams in the recent weeks.

Quarterman played 99 games in his three years and in his sophomore and junior seasons he averaged 11.5 points in 2015 and 11.2 points in 2016. The Savannah, Georgia native finished his career 11th all-time in school history with 302 assists. He is one of just 25 LSU players to have recorded 100 steals in their LSU career.

This past year he ranked seventh in the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 2.3 mark based on 120 assists and 53 turnovers. 

Draft coverage begins on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT from the Barclay’s Center and the first pick of the two-round draft will come shortly after 7 p.m. CT. Both rounds will be conducted Tuesday night. 

Follow updates throughout the evening on Simmons and Quarterman on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/LSUbasketball and @LSUBasketball on Twitter. Complete coverage will also be available at LSUsports.net.

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Les Miles appears at No. 7 in head coach power ranking http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-appears-at-no-7-in-head-coach-power-ranking/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-appears-at-no-7-in-head-coach-power-ranking/ LSU Sports Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:43:43 AM Brock Sues Les Miles appears at No. 7 in head coach power ranking

BATON ROUGE - A new ranking of head coaches in the Power Five conferences places LSU’s Les Miles at the No. 7 position.

The CBS Sports poll ranks all head coaches in college football’s top-flight conferences in 65 positions. Miles is the second highest ranked coach in the SEC behind the Crimson Tide’s Nick Saban at No. 1.

The write-up for Miles, who finished in the poll at No. 4 last go around, reads as follows:

“Miles was almost fired after last season, and depending on whom you want to believe, the only reason he wasn't was that the school couldn't afford to do it. While the last two years have not been up to the standards Miles has helped set at LSU, he's still ranked this high because he does still have that national championship and two SEC titles under his belt.”

Here’s how the top 10 looked:

1. Nick Saban, Alabama (1)

2. Urban Meyer, Ohio State (2)

3. Gary Patterson, TCU (5)

4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma (3)

5. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State (15)

6. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (8)

7. Les Miles, LSU (4)

8. Dabo Swinney, Clemson (22)

9. David Shaw, Stanford (20)

10. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan (9)

The entire top 25 can be viewed by clicking here.

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76ers work out potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons http://www.wbrz.com/news/76ers-work-out-potential-no-1-pick-ben-simmons/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/76ers-work-out-potential-no-1-pick-ben-simmons/ LSU Sports Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:04:30 PM 76ers work out potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons

PHILADELPHIA - Ben Simmons has worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers, who could make him the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The LSU freshman went through drills Tuesday, two days before the draft in New York.

President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo told reporters afterward that by choosing to work out for the 76ers, Simmons "closed the chapter on any doubt" that he didn't want to play for Philadelphia. Duke's Brandon Ingram and every other player Colangelo said the team would consider had already worked out.

The 76ers had already had dinner with Simmons and his representatives, but Colangelo says by Simmons working out in front of himself and team ownership, it "speaks to his desire to want be selected No. 1."

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LSU Gymnastics camp experiences a spike in popularity http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-camp-experiences-a-spike-in-popularity/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-camp-experiences-a-spike-in-popularity/ LSU Sports Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:39:20 PM Seth Lewis LSU Gymnastics camp experiences a spike in popularity

BATON ROUGE - The popularity of LSU Gymnastics camp is at an all-time high.

The program saying they've seen the number of campers spike this year, correlating with the team's recent success.

LSU Gymnastics finishing as the runner-up in the NCAA Super Six this spring, the highest finish in school history.

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Mainieri says he's sticking with LSU baseball http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-says-he-s-sticking-with-lsu-baseball/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mainieri-says-he-s-sticking-with-lsu-baseball/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Jun 2016 2:01:34 PM Brock Sues Mainieri says he's sticking with LSU baseball

BATON ROUGE – Tigers baseball coach Paul Mainieri says he’s sticking with LSU.

“LSU is home for the Mainieri family, and it’s my intention to keep it that way for a long time,” Mainieri said in an announcement Thursday afternoon.

Mainieri’s announcement comes one day after rumors surfaced that the University of Texas was interested in acquiring LSU’s coach to replace Augie Garrido.

Mainieri just finished his 10th season at LSU. He is No. 5 in wins among active NCAA Division I coaches with 1,324 wins in 34 seasons. He is also one of only seven coaches in NCAA history to win 1,300 games and a national championship.

LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva stood by his coach.

“I’m extremely pleased that Paul Maineriei is the baseball coach at LSU,” Alleva said. “He has established a consistent record of excellence in all facets of our program, and I’m confident that the Tigers will continue to contend for national championships during his tenure.”

So far, Florida’s Kevin O’Conner and TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle have been contacted, but Texas had no luck with luring each of those coaches away from their respective schools.

Coach Mainieri came to the Tigers by way of Notre Dame at the end of the 2006 season. Coincidentally, LSU’s only national championship during Mainieri’s reign came in 2009 against Texas.

Mainieri’s salary at LSU is $750,000 per year.

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Fournette receives 2015-16 SEC Sportsmanship Award http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-receives-2015-16-sec-sportsmanship-award/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-receives-2015-16-sec-sportsmanship-award/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:10:36 AM Brock Sues Fournette receives 2015-16 SEC Sportsmanship Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - LSU’s record-setting running back, Leonard Fournette, has been named the men’s recipient of the 2015-16 SEC Sportsmanship Award, according to a Thursday announcement from the league.

Fournette joins the women’s winner Lloydricia Cameron of the Florida track & field team and the Kentucky Wildcat Volleyball team and support staff as the winners of this year’s award. It’s the ninth time it has been given out with the winners being selected by a vote of the SEC’s 14 Directors of Athletics.

“There are many stories of sportsmanship and generosity on the part of Southeastern Conference student-athletes, and these three stories are indicative of a spirit that is pervasive in the SEC,” said Commissioner Greg Sankey.  “We are proud of Leonard, Lloydricia and the Kentucky volleyball program for setting a standard of sportsmanship and exhibiting that spirit that lives in the heart of SEC student-athletes, coaches and staff members.”

Fournette takes home the award in large part due to his actions in support of the people of South Carolina after the state saw unprecedented flooding.

The Tigers scheduled road game against the Gamecocks had to be moved to Baton Rouge due to flooding that was eerily reminiscent of the devastation that New Orleans and Fournette saw during Hurricane Katrina. In a live on-air interview with ESPN after the South Carolina game, Fournette announced to the nation that he would auction his jersey from the game in order to help flood victims in the state. The jersey auction would receive NCAA approval and go on to raise $101,00, the most ever generated for an auction by an active college student-athlete, according to LSU.

“We are very proud of Leonard and the role he played in raising awareness and generating money to aid the victims of the devastating flooding in South Carolina last fall,” LSU Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “This is a tremendous honor for Leonard and one that is every bit as important as the accolades he’s earned for his performance on the football field.”

Fournette had a tremendous year on the gridiron as well as he set the school’s single-season rushing record with 1,953 yards and a school-record 22 rushing touchdowns. He broke 200 yards in four different games during the Tigers’ 2015 campaign and also earned first team All-America honors. He was a first-team All-SEC selection as well.

“I’m very appreciative and humbled by this award,” Fournette said. “After suffering through Hurricane Katrina as a child and the devastation that it brought to my hometown of New Orleans, I somewhat understood what the people in South Carolina were experiencing. I wanted to do anything that I could to help make a difference and I appreciate LSU, the SEC and the NCAA for allowing me to raise money and awareness by auctioning my game jersey from the South Carolina game.” 


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LSU creates plan to allow for return of visiting marching bands http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-creates-plan-to-allow-for-return-of-visiting-marching-bands/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-creates-plan-to-allow-for-return-of-visiting-marching-bands/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Jun 2016 3:40:12 PM Brock Sues LSU creates plan to allow for return of visiting marching bands

BATON ROUGE - LSU announced on Wednesday that the university has developed a plan to allow visiting bands to perform halftime shows on the field of Tiger Stadium.

The LSU Athletic Department, the LSU Band and the LSU Office of Risk Management all came together in an effort to restore the halftime pageantry that has been so sorely missing from the stadium due to visiting bans. The bans were put into place with the main goal being to ensure a safe environment for all parties involved.

To make it happen, seating areas in the South End Zone will be reconfigured so that visiting bands can take a more direct route to the field, reducing congestion and safety hazards created by previous field entry solutions.

Also, while visiting bands are scheduled to perform, the LSU Band will perform first, allowing plenty of time for the visiting band to exit its seats and enter the field in a precise manner, according to LSU.

“There are serious safety issues to consider in adopting the proper plan for on-field performances by visiting bands,” said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. “When both our band and the visiting band are scheduled to perform, there’s the possibility of having over 600 additional people converging onto already crowded sidelines while the game is in progress. There are legitimate safety concerns that can affect our student-athletes, so we have developed a plan to insure a more secure environment for everyone.”

Several modifications have been made by the LSU Athletic Department in order to address safety concerns on the sidelines of Tiger Stadium. The changes put into place include the installation of fencing to act as a buffer between the sidelines and network TV equipment, shifting fencing to create more space between the sidelines and seating areas and adjustments to some of the football team’s working procedures.

“We’re very grateful to the band and to the risk management office for working with us to find a practical solution,” Alleva said. “Our goal is to celebrate the tradition of college football while enhancing the comfort and security of everyone who visits our campus on Saturday nights.”

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LSU softball closes year with top 5 rankings in polls http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-closes-year-with-top-5-rankings-in-polls/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-closes-year-with-top-5-rankings-in-polls/ LSU Sports Tue, 14 Jun 2016 3:12:09 PM Brock Sues LSU softball closes year with top 5 rankings in polls

BATON ROUGE - After their semifinal appearance in the 2016 Women’s College World Series last week, the LSU softball team closes this season as one of the highest ranked teams in the final national polls.

The Tigers ranked third in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Coaches Poll and fourth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25, according to announcements on Tuesday.

The No. 3 ranking in the NFCA poll puts the Tigers where they finished the year prior, while their other ranking places them one spot lower than they were at the start of their 2016 campaign. The program never fell out of the top 15 in both polls on the year.

LSU softball wrapped up the year with 52 wins, tying the team for the ninth-most in program history. It’s the first time that LSU has earned consecutive trips to the World Series and the third time in the last five years LSU has ended the season in Oklahoma City.

Here are the polls in their entirety:

2016 USA Today/NFCA Division I Softball Coaches Poll

Rank, Team, Totals, 2016 Record, Last Poll
1, Oklahoma (32), 800, 57-8, 3
2, Auburn, 767, 58-12, 5
3, LSU, 709, 52-18, 10
4, Florida State, 699, 55-10, 7
5, Michigan, 680, 52-7, 2
6, Alabama, 625, 51-14, 6
7, Georgia, 607, 46-20, 15
8, Florida, 580, 56-7, 1
9, UCLA, 553, 40-16-1, 14
10, Oregon, 507, 48-10, 4
11, James Madison, 489, 50-6,
12, Louisiana-Lafayette, 441, 46-9, 9
13, Washington, 409, 39-15, 12
14, Arizona, 381, 40-21, 18
15, Missouri, 368, 42-16, 17
16, Utah, 313, 36-21, 25
17, Tennessee, 267, 43-16, 11
18, Kentucky, 243, 46-14, 13
19, Texas A&M, 210, 39-20, 16
20, Minnesota, 195, 43-14, 19
21, Baylor, 173, 45-14, 21
22, Fresno State, 105, 42-12-1, 20
23, Notre Dame, 93, 43-13, 23
24, Florida Atlantic, 62, 51-9, 22
25, USF, 43, 45-16, 24

ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Points, Previous Ranking
1., Oklahoma (20), 57-8, 500, 3
2., Auburn, 58-12, 480, 5
3., Florida State, 55-10, 445, 7
4., LSU, 52-18, 429, 12
5., Michigan, 52-7, 426, 2
6., Georgia, 46-20, 399, 19
7., Alabama, 51-14, 387, 6
8., Florida, 56-7, 353, 1
9., UCLA, 40-16-1, 347, 13
10., James Madison, 50-6, 297, 8
11., Oregon, 48-10, 274, 4
12., Missouri, 42-16, 254, 16
13., Washington, 39-15, 253, 14
14., Louisiana-Lafayette, 46-9, 250, 9
15., Arizona, 40-21, 217, 22
16., Utah, 36-21, 188, RV
17., Kentucky, 46-14, 183, 11
18., Tennessee, 43-16, 164, 10
19., Minnesota, 43-14, 155, 15
20., Texas A&M, 39-20, 113, 20
21., Baylor, 45-14, 103, 17
22., Fresno State, 42-12-1, 67, 18
23., Florida Atlantic, 51-9, 43, 21
24., Ole Miss, 41-22, 38, RV
25., Notre Dame, 43-13, 32, 23

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LSU loses to Coastal Carolina 11-8; Meet again Sunday night http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-loses-to-coastal-carolina-11-8-meet-again-sunday-night/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-loses-to-coastal-carolina-11-8-meet-again-sunday-night/ LSU Sports Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:43:55 PM Seth Lewis LSU loses to Coastal Carolina 11-8; Meet again Sunday night

BATON ROUGE - If there was any question if Coastal Carolina's power travels, the Chanticleers have answered those doubts. 

Coastal Carolina hitting 3 home runs to lead LSU 10-5 in the 8th inning.  The game ended with one more run for Coastal Carolina and three more runs for LSU; though the Tiger's lost 11-8 Saturday night.

G.K. Young getting the long ball party started with a solo homer to make it 1-0 Chanticleers. Then Connor Owings and Zach Remillard hit back to back jacks in the 8th inning to push Coastal's lead to 9-5.

LSU took the lead in the bottom 4th with a 3 run shot from Greg Deichmann to put the Tigers up 3-1. 

LSU ace Alex Lange looking strong on the mound at first, striking 8 out through 5. But Coastal Carolina roughing up Lange in the top of the 6th, as he gave up 4 earned runs to give the Chanticleers the 6-4 lead.

First pitch for game 2 is set for 8 p.m. The broadcast will be on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

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Jake Fraley selected 77th overall in 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/jake-fraley-selected-77th-overall-in-2016-major-league-baseball-first-year-player-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jake-fraley-selected-77th-overall-in-2016-major-league-baseball-first-year-player-draft/ LSU Sports Thu, 9 Jun 2016 11:32:57 PM Chris Price Jake Fraley selected 77th overall in 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft

BATON ROUGE - The final pick on day 1 of the 2016 Major League baseball draft was colored purple and gold as the Tampa Bay Rays selected LSU outfielder Jake Fraley with the 77th pick.

With the pick, the Rays add one of the top hitters from the Tigers over the past 3 years.

The Tigers junior is hitting .324 this season after hitting .307 during his sophomore campaign and .372 in 121 at bats as a freshman - Fraley earned freshman all-america honors that year.

Fraley has said he would leave for the majors if given the chance: he said his time at LSU helped prepare him for the move.

"A big reason why I chose LSU was because I would be blessed and fortunate enough to be around a coaching staff that would prepare me on the baseball side as well as being a man," Fraley said.  "The Lord has blessed me with people around me that prepared me for every step of the way."

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LSU readies for Coastal Carolina in Saturday Super Regional http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-readies-for-coastal-carolina-in-saturday-super-regional/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-readies-for-coastal-carolina-in-saturday-super-regional/ LSU Sports Tue, 7 Jun 2016 4:24:35 PM Brock Sues LSU readies for Coastal Carolina in Saturday Super Regional

BATON ROUGE - After the Tigers managed to rallypossum their way past the Rice Owls to secure their berth in the NCAA Super Regional, they set their sights on their next opponent in the form of Coastal Carolina.

LSU is scheduled to meet Coastal Carolina in the Super Regionals on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium.

Coastal Carolina (47-16) advanced to the next round of play via a thrilling victory 7-5 over North Carolina State after they banged in four runs in the top of the ninth. It’ll be the Chanticleers third NCAA Super Regional appearance with their last Super Regional appearance coming back in 2010.

For those curious, the Chanticleers derive their mascot from the proud, witty rooster made famous in "The Nun's Priest's Tale" of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, according to the school's Wikipedia page.

Due to the rainy conditions both teams were beset with over the weekend, LSU and Coastal Carolina will play a day later than most Super Regional teams. The upswing is that the Tigers will have an extra day to recover from their 5-2 win over Rice on Tuesday night. The Chanticleers were forced to eke out their Regional win with a delayed start and a break in the fifth inning due to wet weather.

Inclement weather is not expected to be a factor for Saturday’s game at The Box with the News 2 Weather Team expecting conditions to be similar to Tuesday with only a possible pop-up shower in the likely forecast.

Ticket information is available at LSUSports.net.

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Rice beats LSU 10-6 to force deciding Game 7 on Tuesday http://www.wbrz.com/news/rice-beats-lsu-10-6-to-force-deciding-game-7-on-tuesday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rice-beats-lsu-10-6-to-force-deciding-game-7-on-tuesday/ LSU Sports Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:43:38 PM Rice beats LSU 10-6 to force deciding Game 7 on Tuesday

BATON ROUGE - The Rice Owls forced a deciding game seven in the Baton Rouge Regional by beating LSU 10-6 on Monday night in Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers and Owls will play at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday to decide who advances to Super Regional play this coming weekend.

The Owls struck early and routinely scoring three runs in three different innings never trailing in their second game of the day.

Earlier on Monday Rice took out Southeastern 15-0 to advance to the Regional championship game, and with their win over LSU the Owls forced a deciding game 7.

The LSU Tigers hit pretty well in the contest outpacing the Owls 15-13 in hits, however the Tigers left 12 runners on base.

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Season comes to an end as LSU softball falls to OU 7-3 in national semis http://www.wbrz.com/news/season-comes-to-an-end-as-lsu-softball-falls-to-ou-7-3-in-national-semis/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/season-comes-to-an-end-as-lsu-softball-falls-to-ou-7-3-in-national-semis/ LSU Sports Mon, 6 Jun 2016 2:20:33 AM AP Season comes to an end as LSU softball falls to OU 7-3 in national semis

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - A three-run home run that tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third helped lift the spirits of the No. 10 LSU softball team, but in the end the relentless offense of the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners proved to be too much as they score in all but three innings in a 7-3 victory to end LSU’s run in the 2016 Women’s College World Series.

After spotting the Sooners (55-7) three runs, a three-run blast from the bat of Sahvanna Jaquish leveled the game and put LSU (52-18) back in the hunt in the contest. Unfortunately the Tiger offense would be held in check for the rest of the contest from that point on, as Oklahoma scored three more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth to pull out ahead for good.


“Congratulations to Oklahoma, and we wish them luck. They are a very athletic team and have a lot going for them,” head coach Beth Torina said. “We have only played four games, we played about 14 games here, it feels like. I thought we gave it all we had and came up short.”


Senior Sandra Simmons was 3-for-3 in the game with a run scored, followed by Emily Griggs who was 2-for-3 with a run scored. For Jaquish it was her 13th home run of the season to finish tied with Bianka Bell for the season high on the year.


Starter Allie Walljasper pitched the first 2.1 innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits, as Sydney Smith (13-4) wound up suffering the loss allowing three runs on three hits with a walk in an inning pitched. Carley Hoover pitched the final 3.2 innings and allowed just a single run on two hits with two strikeouts and five walks.


OU’s Page Parker scattered eight hits and allowed all three runs in the complete-game effort, striking out four and walking two over the course of the game. Erin Miller and Shay Knighten each had two hits and drove in two for the Sooners.


After the Sooners went down in order to open the game, LSU took to the bottom half of the inning getting an opening single from Simmons to right center. Although she would be put out on a fielder’s choice, a walk to Bell put two Tigers on. However, a fielder’s choice and a fly out ended the inning.


A throwing error for LSU to open the top of the second allowed a Sooner runner on base, but on the next play Elyse Thornhill made a running grab in left and the runner on base was called out for not tagging second before returning to first to put two outs on the board. On the next play a triple down the right field line put an OU runner back on before an infield single allowed the run to cross giving the Sooners a 1-0 lead.


A single and another LSU error allowed an Oklahoma runner to reach second to open the top of the third. A grounder to second allowed the runner to advance to third, as a grounder to second resulted in another error and the run crossed to make it 2-0. The runner on base stole second, then advanced to third on a throwing error, eventually coming in on a single to make it 3-0, as Smith came on and got two of the next three batters to go down to end the inning.


Griggs opened the bottom of the third by dropping a single to the short porch in left to reach first. Simmons was hit by a pitch to put two on, as Bailey Landry sacrificed the two over with a bunt for the first out. After a fly out to left field, Jaquish fouled off four straight pitches towards the end of her at bat before reaching out and launching one over the fence in left center for the three-run shot to tie the game at 3-3.


A walk to lead off the fourth put a Sooner runner on base, as a bunt single put two OU runners on. A sacrifice bunt put both runners in scoring position, as a single up the middle brought in both to give Oklahoma the lead back at 5-3, as Hoover came on in relief of Smith. A walk put two on, as a fielder’s choice put runners at the corners, with a wild pitch bringing in another run to make it 6-3.


A solo home run for Oklahoma in the top of the sixth was the final run for either side on the night, as Oklahoma extended the lead to 7-3.


With an out in the final frame, Simmons singled through the right side to reach, as Landry earned a single to put two on. Unfortunately, a double play ended the game, sending OU to the championship series against Auburn Monday.


The Tigers finish the year with 52 wins, tied for the ninth-most in program history, as it’s the 11th time LSU has won 50-plus games in a season and first time since 2006 and 2007 to win 50 wins in back-to-back seasons. It’s the first time that LSU has earned consecutive trips to the Women’s College World Series and third time in the last five years LSU has ended the season in Oklahoma City.


“So, I want to say just how much I appreciate this senior class. I think the five seniors that we have had have taken a program with a lot of tradition already and it has a really great history and continued to make it better,” Torina said. “I think they set a standard for us that it's going to be really amazing for us to continue to build upon. They have truly changed the culture, and I just feel really lucky to have had these five seniors and been part of their career, but mostly been part of their lives. They're just really special people.”

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LSU softball defeats Bama, advances in WCWs http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-defeats-bama-advances-in-wcws/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-defeats-bama-advances-in-wcws/ LSU Sports Sat, 4 Jun 2016 5:14:45 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU softball defeats Bama, advances in WCWs

BATON ROUGE – LSU softball will advance in the WCWS after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 6-4 Saturday.

LSU’s Sandra Simmons led the way to for the Tigers. She marked two hits, 2 RBIs and a home run.

“You can’t expect anything less from an LSU-Alabama matchup. It’s a battle every time these two teams take the field,” head coach Beth Torina said. “Alabama is a class program, especially with their four seniors, and we have so much respect for them and how they play the game. As for our team, I thought we fought hard, played well and had a lot of kids step up.”

Alabama gave LSU a scare, scoring three runs in the sixth inning and cutting the Tiger’s lead to just two. The Tigers were able to hold on and take home the win.

The Tigers will be back on the diamond Sunday at 2:30 p.m. to face the loser of Georgia vs Auburn at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. That game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.

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NCAA Regional games moved to Sunday http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-regional-games-moved-to-sunday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-regional-games-moved-to-sunday/ LSU Sports Sat, 4 Jun 2016 4:50:34 PM Michael Cauble NCAA Regional games moved to Sunday

Baton Rouge - The LSU Tiger baseball team earned the right to play in a winner's bracket game scheduled for Saturday night, but Mother Nature had other plans with all day rains postponing their contest until Sunday at the earliest.

The NCAA announcing just before we 5:00 p.m. on Saturday that heavy rains have forced the tournament directors to adjust play pushing games back.

Just before 8 p.m. Saturday, game officials made the call to postpone the Rice and Southeastern Louisiana game to 11 a.m. Sunday. That game was stopped in the 7th inning with the Owls leading 4-1.

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LSU Softball falls 2-0 to Michigan in Game 1 at WCWS http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-falls-2-0-to-michigan-in-game-1-at-wcws/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-falls-2-0-to-michigan-in-game-1-at-wcws/ LSU Sports Fri, 3 Jun 2016 11:19:32 PM LSU Softball falls 2-0 to Michigan in Game 1 at WCWS

LSU Softball couldn't solve Michigan pitcher Megan Betsa in the circle and was shutout in their first game of the 2016 Women's College World Series, losing to the Wolverines 2-0 on Friday night in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Tera Blanco roped a 2 RBI double to right field in the sixth inning off of LSU pitcher Carley Hoover for the only runs in the game.

LSU will now face Alabama in an elimination game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., that game will be televised by ESPN.

The Tigers scratched just four hits off of Betsa, only one of them for extra bases. The Michigan pitcher improved to 28-3 on the year with eight strikeouts against LSU.

LSU batters were 0-9 with runners on base.

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LSU beats Utah Valley 7-1 in NCAA regional opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-beats-utah-valley-7-1-in-ncaa-regional-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-beats-utah-valley-7-1-in-ncaa-regional-opener/ LSU Sports Sat, 4 Jun 2016 12:43:38 AM Associated Press LSU beats Utah Valley 7-1 in NCAA regional opener

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jake Fraley and Greg Deichmann each hit two-run home runs and Jared Poche struck out eight in six innings to help LSU beat Utah Valley 7-1 in the Baton Rouge Regional on Friday night.

Antoine Duplantis led off the bottom of the first with a walk and Fraley followed with a homer to give the top-seeded Tigers (43-18) a 2-0 lead.

Fourth-seeded Utah Valley (37-22) answered in the second when Justin Erlandson's double scored Mark Krueger. But LSU scored again in the second, third and fifth innings, and Diechmann's two-run homer in the seventh capped the scoring.

LSU advanced to the winners' bracket and Utah Valley will face elimination. Both teams await the outcome of Saturday's matchup between Southeastern Louisiana and Rice which was postponed Friday.

Poche (8-4) allowed five hits and one earned run to get the victory and the Tigers' staff struck out 12.

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UPDATE: LSU softball postponed by rain at the Women's College World Series http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-lsu-softball-postponed-by-rain-at-the-women-s-college-world-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-lsu-softball-postponed-by-rain-at-the-women-s-college-world-series/ LSU Sports Thu, 2 Jun 2016 9:22:08 PM Michael Cauble UPDATE: LSU softball postponed by rain at the Women's College World Series

The LSU Tiger softball team will have to wait a 24 more hours to start their game at the Women's College World Series after evening rains halted play on opening night in Oklahoma City.

LSU was set to face off against Michigan in the final game of the evening when lightning and rain stopped play in the third inning of the Alabama/Oklahoma game on Thursday night.

The Alabama/Oklahoma game will resume play on Friday morning and then Beth Torina's Tigers will have their chance to take the field against the same Michigan Wolverine team that eliminated them from the WCWS a year ago.

LSU will resume play on Friday evening against Michigan at 8:30 p.m. with EPSN2 still broadcasting their game.

SEC member schools Georgia and Auburn both won their games on Thursday and are scheduled to play their second game against each other on Saturday in the new revised schedule. 


Oklahoma City- Lighting and rain delays in the Oklahoma City area have postponed session two games during the Women’s College World Series.

The matchup between Alabama and Oklahoma which was halted in the bottom of the second will resume Friday evening at 6 p.m. CT. The game will broadcast on ESPN2.

The LSU-Michigan game which was slated for an 8:30 p.m. start Thursday night will be played on Friday after the completion of the Alabama/Oklahoma game.

Games originally scheduled for Friday, June 3 will shift to evening games on Saturday, June 4.

First pitch for session four games of the double-elimination bracket will commence on Saturday morning.

Teams advancing from the winner’s bracket will play Saturday evening at 6 and 8:30 p.m. respectively.

Sunday’s action will begin at Noon with games continuing at 2:30, 6, and 8:30 p.m.

Games 13 and 14 (if necessary) will shift to Monday evening in the event they are played.

If there are no “if necessary” games, then Game 1 of the championship finals will begin on Monday June 6th. If one or more “if necessary” game (s) is played, then the championship finals will begin on Tuesday, June 7th.

Gates will open tomorrow at 5 p.m. Session two tickets will be honored Friday evening. Session Four tickets will be honored Saturday morning as originally scheduled. Tickets for session three will now be honored during Saturday night’s games at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Session five tickets are valid on Sunday morning while Session six tickets will be accepted Sunday evening. 

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