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. () () Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:03:40 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU's Jordan Mickey entering 2015 NBA Draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-jordan-mickey-entering-2015-nba-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-jordan-mickey-entering-2015-nba-draft/ LSU Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:44:43 PM Russell Jones LSU's Jordan Mickey entering 2015 NBA Draft

BATON ROUGE - LSU forward Jordan Mickey announced Tuesday that he will give up his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

LSU said Mickey shared his decision with Coach Johnny Jones and members of the media through a text message. Mickey said in the text that leaving LSU was a "tough decision."

"This is just the beginning for LSU, I'm confident great things are coming in the near future for this team as they continue to grow," he said. "After discussing my options with my family I believe it is my time to move on and accept new challenges at the next level."

Mickey was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2015 after earning second-team and all-freshman honors in 2014. He was also named as a Lefty Driesell All-American and a finalist for the Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award.

Mickey led the league in rebounding at 9.9 a game, was second on the team in scoring at 15.4 points a game and led the nation in blocks at 3.64 per game. LSU said he was the only player to block more than 100 shots in a season at the university other than Shaquille O'Neal.

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Chinea hits inside the park home run, LSU wins 7-3 http://www.wbrz.com/news/chinea-hits-inside-the-park-home-run-lsu-wins-7-3/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chinea-hits-inside-the-park-home-run-lsu-wins-7-3/ LSU Sports Sat, 28 Mar 2015 9:06:38 PM Seth Lewis Chinea hits inside the park home run, LSU wins 7-3

BATON ROUGE - LSU first baseman Chris Chinea didn't have a home run before Saturday. And not many could've predicted his first would be inside the park.

Tied at 2-2 in the 8th, the power slugger hitting a 3-run inside the park HR to give the Tigers the lead for good in a 7-3 victory over Kentucky.

Chinea hitting the ball past the Wildcats diving left fielder. The ball getting lodged under the outfield padding, leading to Kade Scivicque, Andrew Stevenson and eventually Chinea all coming home. 

Kentucky tried to argue that because of the ball be lodged, it was a double by rule. But as many LSU fans remember from the regional last year, if you can see the ball, it is fair.

LSU advances to 22-4 on the year and 4-3 in the SEC. Kentucky drops to 17-9, 3-4 SEC. The rubber game will take place Sunday at 11 a.m.

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Kentucky takes game one 5-4 over LSU Baseball in 12 innings http://www.wbrz.com/news/kentucky-takes-game-one-5-4-over-lsu-baseball-in-12-innings/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/kentucky-takes-game-one-5-4-over-lsu-baseball-in-12-innings/ LSU Sports Sat, 28 Mar 2015 1:25:12 PM LSU Athletics Kentucky takes game one 5-4 over LSU Baseball in 12 innings

BATON ROUGE, La. - Kentucky leftfielder Ka'ai Tom doubled down the right field line to plate two runs for the Wildcats in the 12th inning Friday night, as the Wildcats posted a 5-4 win over top-ranked LSU in an SEC series opener.


Kentucky improved to 17-9 on the season and 3-4 in SEC play, while LSU fell to 22-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play.


The teams will meet in Game 2 of the series Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. It will also be broadcast live on LSU Radio Network affiliates, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.


Freshman right-hander Alex Lange will get the start on the mound Saturday for LSU, and Kentucky will counter with junior right-hander Dustin Beggs.


Kentucky junior right-hander Zach Strecker earned the win and improved to 2-0 on the season after coming on in relief in the bottom of the ninth for Kentucky, limiting the Tigers to one run and four hits in three innings with two walks. Spencer Jack earned his fourth save of the season after pitching the 12th inning.


LSU redshirt freshman Jesse Stallings (0-1) suffered his first career loss, surrendering two runs on four hits and walking one in 3.2 innings pitched.


LSU starter Jared Poche' worked 6.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out three.


"This was one of the most frustrating games I've ever coached, because we made mistakes that we don't usually make," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "That falls back on coaching - it's my responsibility to make sure we don't make those kind of mistakes, and I have to make sure the players understand how to correct them and are prepared to execute the right way. Kentucky has a good ball club, so we have to brush this game off and look forward to tomorrow for a chance to even the series."


In the top of the second, centerfielder Andrew Stevenson singled up the middle to lead off the inning, and first baseman Chris Chinea followed with a single through the right side. With runners on first and third and no outs, left fielder Jake Fraley grounded into a fielder's choice to score Stevenson from third. After second baseman Jared Foster reached on a walk, designated hitter Chris Sciambra singled to right-centerfield, scoring Fraley from second base. The Tigers lead Kentucky 2-0 heading into the third inning.


Poche' retired 12 straight batters, heading into the fifth inning. Kentucky second baseman JaVon Shelby reached on an error by third baseman Conner Hale. Poche' worked out of the inning after giving up his first hit to right fielder Dorian Hairston.


In the top of the seventh with one out, Hairston doubled to right-centerfield, and third baseman Thomas Bernal followed with an RBI single. After Bernal advanced to second base with two outs, back-to-back singles by shortstop Connor Heady and centerfielder Kyle Barrett plated two runs for the Wildcats. Kentucky was up 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.


With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Laird singled through the right side. Hale reached on an error by Bernal, allowing Hale to advance to second and Laird to score with two outs. The score was tied at 3-3 after seven innings, and the game eventually headed into extra innings.


In the top of the 12th, Barrett singled through the right side, and first baseman Evan White was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second for Tom with two outs. Tom doubled down the right field line, and Kentucky took the 5-3 lead.


In the bottom of the 12th, pinch hitter Grayson Byrd and Andrew Stevenson reached on throwing errors by the third baseman and second baseman, respectively. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to scoring position, Fraley flied out to right field, scoring Byrd, leaving the score 5-4.

Jack retired Foster on a ground ball to shortstop to end the game.


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LSU Softball falls to Kentucky 5-2, first series loss of the season http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-falls-to-kentucky-5-2-first-series-loss-of-the-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-falls-to-kentucky-5-2-first-series-loss-of-the-season/ LSU Sports Sat, 28 Mar 2015 1:20:26 PM LSU Athletics LSU Softball falls to Kentucky 5-2, first series loss of the season

LEXINGTON, Ky. - After suffering a tough loss the night before, the No. 1 LSU softball team looked to even things up on Saturday in game two of its series against No. 16 Kentucky, and after taking a slim one run lead early, late miscues allowed the Wildcats to get back into the contest and overtake the Tigers in a 5-2 loss Saturday to claim the series at John Cropp Stadium.


The Tigers (31-3, 5-3 Southeastern) had three errors on Saturday, while offensively struggling to the tune of 11 runners left on base over the course of the game. LSU has now dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.


Bianka Bell led all LSU players going 2-for-3 on the day with a double and an RBI, as she extended her career-long hitting streak to 15 games which is now the second longest this season for any LSU player and ties the second longest in program history. Like last night, the first five players in the order earned most of the hits, as Bailey Landry had a double going 1-for-4 with a run scored, while Kellsi Kloss went 1-for-4 with an RBI.


Carley Hoover (8-2) suffered the loss for LSU, allowing five runs, three earned on eight hits in five innings of work, striking out seven and walking two. The Tigers ran into trouble late in a three-run sixth by the Wildcats (23-8, 3-5), being relieved for Baylee Corbello, who got all three outs of the inning facing four batters and tossing just 17 pitches.


LSU was able to get to Kentucky starter Erin Rethlake, scoring both runs on five hits, but in the end Meagan Prince (9-4) pitched the next 4.1 and allowed just two hits with five strikeouts and four walks to earn the win, with Kelsey Nunley (3) earning the save after getting the final out of the game in the top of the seventh.


Nikki Sagermann had aa home run to put UK up early, as she finished the day 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Sylver Samuel went 2-for-3 with an RBI an run scored on a sac fly and stolen base.


After both teams had chances to plate runners in each of the three half innings, Sagermann homered to dead center for the first score of the game to give Kentucky a 1-0 lead over LSU in the bottom of the second.


LSU finally warmed up in the top of the third as after a fly out to left, Landry ripped a shot through the left side earning the double to put things in motion for the Tigers. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Bell ripped a double down the left field line to score the right fielder easily to knot the game at 1-1.


Sahvanna Jaquish followed suit with a single through the left of the defense to put runners at the corners for the Tigers, as it officially became a trend with a Kloss single through the left to plate Bell and keep two on for LSU prompting a UK pitching change after going up 2-1. After the switch, Sandra Simmons drew a walk to juice the bags for LSU, but the team was unable to extend the lead any further after a strike out and ground out.


LSU began to threaten again in the top of the fourth, as A.J. Andrews singled to right to reach first with one out, moving over to second after a grounder by Landry. Bell took a long at-bat that resulted in a walk to put two on, with a wild pitch advancing the two to second and third. The bases were loaded after a walk to Jaquish, but a strikeout ended the frame for LSU.


Kentucky came back in the bottom half of that inning and LSU got a diving catch in center by Andrews for the first out. But after that a walk and another highlight catch, this time by Emily Griggs in left, put two outs on the board. Still, UK got another walk to put two on, and nearly another, but a fly out to Landry in foul territory ended the inning for the home side.


LSU nearly got out of another tough situation in the bottom of the fifth, but would not be so lucky this time as an infield single proved to be the game-tying run as another single later in the frame with two outs pushed a runner to third then home on the resulting error on the throw tying the game at 2-2.


Three consecutive hits in the bottom of the sixth by Kentucky loaded the bases for the Wildcats, and on the next play a routine fielder's choice that should have forced out the runner at home from short for the first out was dropped at the plate on the error and the floodgates opened as they went on to score three runs in the frame amid a pitching change to Corbello to take a 5-2 lead into the final inning, getting the final three LSU batters to go down in order to preserve the win.


LSU closes out the series against Kentucky Sunday at 12 p.m., with the game being streamed live on SEC Network+


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LSU pitchers to challenge strong-hitting Kentucky http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-pitchers-to-challenge-strong-hitting-kentucky/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-pitchers-to-challenge-strong-hitting-kentucky/ LSU Sports Fri, 27 Mar 2015 6:04:55 AM Russell Jones LSU pitchers to challenge strong-hitting Kentucky

BATON ROUGE - The top-ranked LSU Tigers host Kentucky starting tonight for a weekend SEC series at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU (22-3, 4-2 SEC) is coming off their 13-7 against Tulane Tuesday, the third straight win for the Tigers. The team is ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America poll for the third straight week, and the Tigers are also No. 1 this week in the USA Today and D1 Baseball rankings.

Kentucky (16-9, 2-4 SEC) will face LSU sophomore Jared Poche on the mound Friday, freshman Alex Lange on Saturday and freshman Jake Godfrey Sunday according to head baseball coach Paul Manieri.

"Kentucky is always a very talented, hard-nosed ball club, and we have to play at a high level to have success against them," Mainieri said. "We've been swinging the bats very well this season, but Kentucky will certainly challenge us with their arms. They also have an excellent lineup that put up some impressive numbers in their series win last weekend over Mississippi State, and they had a chance to win their series at South Carolina two weeks ago. Kentucky definitely has our attention, and we're looking forward to a great series against them."

Kentucky is hitting .299 as a team - fifth in the SEC - with 10 homers and 30 steals in 38 attempts. The Wildcats are also 13th in the league in team ERA (4.29).

LSU is hitting a nation's-best .332 as a team with 20 homers and 39 steals in 53 attempts. The Tigers have struck out just 108 times, the best mark in the SEC. The Tigers' pitching staff has the third-best ERA in the SEC at 2.62.

Tune in to News 2 at 6 for our Friday At The Box coverage of the Kentucky series tonight.


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Coach Breaux, Hall claim top SEC gymnastics awards http://www.wbrz.com/news/coach-breaux-hall-claim-top-sec-gymnastics-awards/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/coach-breaux-hall-claim-top-sec-gymnastics-awards/ LSU Sports Thu, 26 Mar 2015 9:21:05 AM Brock Sues Coach Breaux, Hall claim top SEC gymnastics awards

BATON ROUGE - LSU Gymnastics head coach D-D Breaux has received the Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year award, and senior Lloimincia Hall has earned the SEC Event Specialist of the Year award in a vote by league coaches, according to an announcement from the SEC office Thursday.

Breaux, now a seven time winner of the award, shares the coach of the year title with Auburn Gymnastics' Jeff Graba.

The award claimed by Hall has now been given out twice since its creation. She won the coaches' vote through her No. 1 performer on floor ranking in regional qualifying score (9.975) and season average (9.941). Now at the end of a four year collegiate career, Hall is the second gymnast in conference history to win four SEC titles at the same event and holds 31 career titles on the floor, which is the most in the school's history.

Head Coach Breaux led fourth-ranked LSU to a 13-1 overall record during the 2015 regular season, along with a perfect 7-0 conference mark that made LSU history.

As an entire unit, LSU broke many school records this season, achieving the highest score since the program began. They finished second at the SEC Championship as they went on to the best team finish since 2005. Four gymnasts appeared on the All-SEC Team, a second for the program.

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Jarell Martin to leave LSU for NBA Draft http://www.wbrz.com/news/jarell-martin-to-leave-lsu-for-nba-draft/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jarell-martin-to-leave-lsu-for-nba-draft/ LSU Sports Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:03:17 PM Brock Sues Jarell Martin to leave LSU for NBA Draft

BATON ROUGE - LSU forward Jarell Martin announced Wednesday morning his plans to forego his final two years of eligibility to enter the 2015 NBA draft later this summer.

Martin, a sophomore, will enter the draft as he comes off an All-SEC first team season during which he led the team with an average 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. During the 18-game conference schedule, he averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds per game, according to LSUsports.net.

During his freshman season, the forward took the SEC All-Freshman accolade and averaged 10.3 points a game with 4.6 rebounds. The Tigers won 42 games during Martin's two seasons with 20 of those wins coming during conference play. He appeared in the NIT in 2014 and the NCAA Tournament this season.

The NBA Draft will be held on June 25 in New York City.

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LSU baseball beats Tulane 13-7 in New Orleans http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-beats-tulane-13-7-in-new-orleans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-beats-tulane-13-7-in-new-orleans/ LSU Sports Tue, 24 Mar 2015 8:12:18 PM Michael Cauble LSU baseball beats Tulane 13-7 in New Orleans

LSU baseball belted out 19 hits against Tulane in Turchin Stadium beating the Wave 13-7 on Tuesday night.

Former Tulane Green Wave player Andy Cannizaro made his return to his former school this time wearing the purple and gold of LSU as the teams hitting coach.

His current students more than did their part as they scored runs in seven of their nine innings.

LSU improved to 22-3 on the season and will now host Kentucky for a three game series starting Friday at Alex Box Stadium.


Update from lsuports.net :

LSU has 55 hits in it last three games, and the Tigers defeated a Tulane pitching staff that entered Tuesday's game with a 1.89 ERA, the third-best in the nation.

Reliever Hunter Newman (2-0), the second of seven LSU pitchers, earned the victory as he entered the game in the third inning and fired three scoreless frames. Newman allowed just one hit with one walk and one strikeout.

Tulane starter Patrick Duester (3-2) was charged with the loss as he surrendered five runs - four earned - on six hits in 3.1 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

"We had another tremendous performance at the plate," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We had production throughout the entire lineup and swung the bats very well. Hunter Newman entered the game and settled it down and allowed us to build the lead. I'm proud of the guys for again excelling in a road environment in front of a great crowd."

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#1 LSU Softball run rules #24 South Alabama, 8-0 http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-lsu-softball-run-rules-24-south-alabama-8-0/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-lsu-softball-run-rules-24-south-alabama-8-0/ LSU Sports Tue, 24 Mar 2015 6:53:22 PM Michael Cauble #1 LSU Softball run rules #24 South Alabama, 8-0

Top ranked LSU dispatched 24th ranked South Alabama with relative ease Tuesday night in Tiger Park.  

The Tigers scored in every inning en route to the 8-0 run-rule shortened game capped by a solo home run from LSU slugger Sahvanna Jaquish in the 5th.  Jaquish was 2 for 2 on the night with two RBI and two runs scored.

LSU pitcher Kelsee Selman threw the five inning shutout win, striking out seven while walking one and allowing two hits.

LSU improved to 31-1 on the season and will travel to Kentucky for a three game series starting on Friday.



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LSU defense shines in second scrimmage http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defense-shines-in-second-scrimmage/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defense-shines-in-second-scrimmage/ LSU Sports Sat, 21 Mar 2015 8:26:30 PM LSU Athletics LSU defense shines in second scrimmage

BATON ROUGE - Another strong defensive effort highlighted LSU's second scrimmage of the spring here Saturday as the Tigers reached the halfway point of spring practice with a 130-play workout at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.


Saturday's scrimmage started outside but after about 30 minutes rain showers chased the Tigers indoors where the remainder of the workout took place.


LSU coach Les Miles said the scrimmage focused on first-and-10 situations as well as various third-down opportunities. The scrimmage also featured several series when the No. 1 offense faced the No. 1 defense. The quarterbacks were "live" while the team scrimmaged outside, but were switched to green "tag off" jerseys when the team went indoors.


"I felt like the defense really started out fast and played hard for most of the day," Miles said. "One thing that is obvious about that defense is that it's fast to the ball. I thought they had a better day than the offense.


"Both quarterbacks are continuing to come along, but today (Anthony) Jennings looked a little more productive overall. Leonard Fournette continues to run hard and I think the offensive line played well. Coach Grimes is doing a good job of getting young guys in positions that they need to be in and moving them around. They are getting a lot of work there."


Miles said Jennings threw a pair of touchdown passes during the scrimmage and that he looked sharp in the passing game.


"He was crisp with his passes," Miles said of Jennings. "He threw a couple of touchdown passes. Brandon made some pretty big plays with both his feet and his arm. He wasn't as productive. When you get to the film and rotate guys, you wonder was the route the exact way it was supposed to be, do we have a protection issues, and all of those pieces you put together once you get film study. I think Brandon is more capable than what he showed today."


Other offensive standouts during the scrimmage according to Miles were wide receiver D.J. Chark, who caught a pair of touchdown passes, along with wide receiver Travin Dural, who hauled in a TD.


"One thing about D.J. (Chark) is that he has speed and ability," Miles said. "He's improving each time he steps on the field. He done a nice job of catching the football. I think our wide receiver group as a whole has improved. They are working hard and pushing each other. That's a talented group."


Defensively, Miles singled out the play of tackles Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux along with linebacker Kendell Beckwith and safety Rickey Jefferson.


Saturday's scrimmage capped a busy three days for LSU football as the Tigers held their annual coaching clinic this week which was highlighted by featured speaker and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. Nearly 450 high school coaches from across the state and region were in attendance.


"We had another great clinic," Miles said. "Our coaching staff did a great job and I think the high school coaching community really enjoyed their visit to LSU and got a lot out of the clinic. Michael Irvin was a treat. He was exactly what the high school coaches needed to hear. When he came in, he gave a similar presentation to our players, but when the players asked questions he rose to another level. He really just did a great job. Paul Alexander (Bengals offensive line coach) was another guy who was spectacular presenter and Pete Jenkins (former LSU assistant coach) did a magnificent job. It was a lot of fun. It was very busy, very hectic. Just the way it was supposed to be."


The Tigers will return to practice on Tuesday for the first of three workouts next week. LSU will have its third scrimmage next Saturday. Spring practice concludes on April 18 at 1 p.m. when LSU holds the National L-Club Spring Game in Tiger Stadium. Admission to the game is free.


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LSU Gym finishes 2nd at SEC Meet http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gym-finishes-2nd-at-sec-meet/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gym-finishes-2nd-at-sec-meet/ LSU Sports Sat, 21 Mar 2015 6:44:44 PM Seth Lewis LSU Gym finishes 2nd at SEC Meet

DULUTH, GA - They say in gymnastics, the SEC meet may be tougher than the NCAA meet. Well, that definitely held true Saturday.

LSU finishing 2nd in the meet with a 197.450, behind Alabama who finished with a 197.525. Florida came in third with a 197.400. 

The Tigers' Jessie Jordan and Rheagan Courville tying for the all-around title with a 39.525. LSU will have a week off before the beginning of regionals, April 4th.

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Home runs power LSU to victory over Oklahoma http://www.wbrz.com/news/home-runs-power-lsu-to-victory-over-oklahoma/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/home-runs-power-lsu-to-victory-over-oklahoma/ LSU Sports Sat, 21 Mar 2015 6:35:18 PM LSU Athletics Home runs power LSU to victory over Oklahoma

BATON ROUGE, La. - A day after combining for just four hits and one run, the fans in Tiger Park on Saturday saw the sticks at work in a big way, as the No. 1 LSU softball team exploded for 10 runs on 10 hits to blow past the visiting No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners 10-2 in six innings Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park to take both games of the series.


Of the 15 total hits by both sides on the day, six were of the home run variety, as LSU (30-1) tied its season high for home runs in a single game with four on the afternoon for the second time this season. Seven of nine total batters for the Tigers earned hits, with seven hits coming in the last two innings alone.


"The great thing about today was we were able to make so many adjustments throughout their entire pitching staff, which I really liked to see," head coach Beth Torina said. "We got to see their lefty (Paige Parker) again today, and we were able to make a good adjustment on her. She's very talented. The fact that we saw as many innings off of her as we did is going to make us better as we continue through this season."


For just the second time this season, an LSU player went yard twice in the same game, as Bianka Bell capped another solid weekend with two home runs as she finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored with an intentional walk. It was the first multi-home run of the year for the junior, and first since Sahvanna Jaquish had two against Central Arkansas earlier this season, to help give LSU a lead it wouldn't relinquish with her three-run bomb in the very first inning to set the tone.


"Definitely. Just getting the runners on base was really key to that," Bell said. "We knew that Kelsey Stevens was kind of struggling, so I was just looking to try to make her come down the zone or down the middle."


Bell was one of three players to have a home run among multiple hits for the Tigers, as the other two players with home runs also matched that feat as Jaquish went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored with a solo shot and Kellsi Kloss also going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored with a solo bomb of her own.


"It felt awesome. I felt like we made an adjustment very early on into the game that helped us today," Jaquish said. "The adjustment was just swinging at the hard pitches instead of just swinging at the pitches. Swinging at our strengths, that's what helped us in our bats."


In her first outing since last weekend, LSU starter Allie Walljasper kept her record spotless in the circle as she held the Sooners (24-5) to just two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks in her eighth complete game victory of the year. The two runs came only on solo home runs for Oklahoma in the second and fourth, but the visitors ended the day stranding seven runners on base as she pitched her way out of some big jams to limit the damage throughout.


"I made two mistake pitches and I knew that, but other than that, coach called a very good game and she kept on us the whole time," Walljasper said. "Coach just kept calling an awesome game. She threw all my pitches and just kept the ball flying."


Kelsey Stevens (7-1) for the Sooners suffered her first loss of the season and did not record an out as she faced three batters and gave up three runs on one hit with two walks in the very first inning. After the performance by just one pitcher yesterday, OU needed three today and all struggled, including Friday starter Paige Parker who pitched 4.2 innings allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Shelby Pendley pitched the inning of the game for OU, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits with two walks.


Nicole Pendley was the only player with multiple hits for OU at the top of the order, going 2-for-2, while Kady Self and Tori Nirschl had each of the home runs for the Sooners' two scores of the game.


After allowing two on in the first with no score, LSU came back as A.J. Andrews and Bailey Landry both drew walks to put two on for the Tigers. The second wild pitch of the inning advanced the runners to second and third base, although it didn't matter in the end as Bell raked one to the berm in left center to give LSU a 3-0 lead on her second home run of the weekend, as Stevens would be pulled quickly thereafter.


Oklahoma got a run back in the top of the second inning, getting a solo home run from the bat of Nirschl to make it 3-1 LSU.


After a fly out in the bottom of that same inning, Constance Quinn battled through a long at bat to rip a single to left. Emily Griggs pulled out a walk to put two on for LSU in the frame in the hopes of starting a rally, but a fly out to left and a bang-bang play from the circle to first ending the inning for the Tigers.


With no score in the top half of the inning, LSU came up to bat and with two outs already on the board, and after taking the first pitch, Kloss reared back and launched the next over the fence in left center to put LSU up 4-1 in the third.


The Sooners got that run back in the very next frame, getting a leadoff solo home from Self to again cut the deficit as LSU led 4-2 at that point. In the very next inning, OU threatened again earning a leadoff walk to put one on, as a fly out and a strikeout proved to be the first two outs of the inning. A fielding error for LSU put runners at the corners for the Sooners, but a fly out to the warning track in left ended the inning.


"The cool part about Allie's performance was that she made some huge pitches," Torina said. "She definitely had some moments where we could do some things better, but a couple of pitches to Pendley and Chamberlain were huge pitches at some huge moments. She's such a gamer. I thought she really pulled through with that."


Another fruitless inning for OU proved to be costly, as with two outs in the bottom half of the fifth, Bell needed two pitches before cranking her second home run of the day to give LSU a 5-2 advantage. The Tigers weren't done, as Jaquish nearly had an identical at-bat, taking one pitch before yanking the next to left for the second home run of the inning to make it 7-2 LSU on the team's first back-to-back set of homers this season.


In the sixth with one out, Quinn drew a walk and was quickly moved over to second after a Griggs single to the short porch in left. Andrews followed up with a rope to right center for the double to score Quinn to make it 7-2.


Landry grounded out to second allowing Griggs to score to make it 8-2, as an intentional walk to Bell put runners at the corners and the Tigers still moving. With a favorable count at 3-1, Jaquish struck again with a single to left, driving in Andrews to keep two runners on. Taylor Lockwood came on to run for the Tigers for Bell at second with the game-clinching run on the bases, and after an error on a Kloss grounder at short, Simmons blasted a single that ricocheted off of the glove of Pendley to allow Lockwood to score to cap the game at 10-2 to claim the series.


"My team will tell you they still have so much to work on and that they still have a lot of room to grow," Torina said. "It's exciting to see that they continue to push themselves. It was another great test that we passed. What a great program Oklahoma is. They are definitely one of the best teams we've seen all year, without question. I have a ton of respect for what they are doing over there at Oklahoma. They have a great program. I know they are someone we will see again at the end of the year."


LSU closes out its four-game home stand with the South Alabama Jaguars on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network.


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.


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Lady Tigers fall in NCAA Tourney, 73-64 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-fall-in-ncaa-tourney-73-64/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lady-tigers-fall-in-ncaa-tourney-73-64/ LSU Sports Sat, 21 Mar 2015 6:19:25 PM Associated Press Lady Tigers fall in NCAA Tourney, 73-64

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Courtney Williams had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Alisia Jenkins added 15 points and No. 6 seed South Florida beat 11th-seed LSU 73-64 in an NCAA Tournament first round game Saturday night.

Next up for South Florida (27-7) in the second round Monday night is No. 3 seed Louisville (26-6), which forced 38 turnovers in defeating 14th-seed BYU 86-53 earlier Saturday.

Danielle Ballard scored 17 points and DaShawn Harden had 16 for LSU (17-14).

Laura Ferreira hit consecutive 3-pointers in the opening minute of the second half to put South Florida up 44-32. Jenkins then made it 46-32 on a layup.

Harden made a pair of 3's that trimmed the LSU deficit to 48-40 3 1-2 minutes into the second half. But South Florida pulled away.

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Bell's Solo HR lifts No. 1 LSU to 1-0 victory over Oklahoma http://www.wbrz.com/news/bell-s-solo-hr-lifts-no-1-lsu-to-1-0-victory-over-oklahoma/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bell-s-solo-hr-lifts-no-1-lsu-to-1-0-victory-over-oklahoma/ LSU Sports Fri, 20 Mar 2015 6:45:24 PM Seth Lewis Bell's Solo HR lifts No. 1 LSU to 1-0 victory over Oklahoma

BATON ROUGE - Pitcher duels haven't been a usual sight at Tiger Park this year. As the Lady Tigers have outscored opponents 167-23 at home this year.

But through 7 innings, LSU's Carley Hoover and Oklahoma's Paige Parker allowed the scoreboard to light up with all 0's. That is until Bianka Bell said enough is enough.

The junior in the 8th, knocking a solo home run to left field to give the #1 Tigers the 1-0 victory over the #6 Sooners.

For Bell, that was her 10th home run of the season, which is 2nd on the team.

Hoover pitching a 2-hit shutout against the Sooners, striking out 5 in the process.

LSU advances to 29-1, while Oklahoma falls to 24-4. First pitch of game two is set for 6 p.m. Saturday.

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LSU softball, baseball teams both ranked No. 1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-baseball-teams-both-ranked-no-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-baseball-teams-both-ranked-no-1/ LSU Sports Tue, 17 Mar 2015 4:19:27 PM Russell Jones LSU softball, baseball teams both ranked No. 1

BATON ROUGE - For the first time in school history, LSU's baseball and softball teams are ranked as the best in the nation at the same time.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I poll ranked LSU's softball team (27-1) as No. 1 Tuesday. The softball Tigers defeated top-ranked Florida twice over the weekend at Gainesville to secure their position at the top of the poll, the first time LSU's softball team has done so in its 36-year history. Both teams were undefeated going into the series.

They joined the baseball team at the top of the charts, which had already been ranked as No. 1 by the Baseball America poll and was ranked in the top three among the other major polls. The baseball Tigers (18-2) beat McNeese State last week and had two wins in their series against Ole Miss.

"We have a special group of young women, that truly understand the team concept and have worked hard to accomplish everything they have done so far this season," said head softball coach Beth Torina. "We are honored by the respect we have been shown for our accomplishments to this point; however, we have a clear understanding that there is still a long way to go in the 2015 season."

The softball team also announced pitcher Bianka Bell was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Co-Player of the Week and the USA Softball Player of the Week Tuesday. It's the first time an LSU player swept both awards in the same week since 2007.

The baseball team faces Southern University Tuesday in Baton Rouge before the Tigers travel to Fayetteville to take on the University of Arkansas this weekend. The softball Tigers host Nicholls in Baton Rouge Tuesday before also hosting No. 6 Oklahoma Friday and Saturday.

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LSU Wins Opening SEC Series with 18-6 victory over Ole Miss http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-opening-sec-series-with-18-6-victory-over-ole-miss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-opening-sec-series-with-18-6-victory-over-ole-miss/ LSU Sports Sun, 15 Mar 2015 9:26:45 PM Seth Lewis LSU Wins Opening SEC  Series with 18-6 victory over Ole Miss

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Top-ranked LSU (18-2, 2-1 SEC) rebounded from Saturday's extra-inning loss with an offensive explosion on Sunday, defeating Ole Miss (10-9, 1-2 SEC), 18-6, to win the SEC series at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.


LSU has won five straight SEC regular-season series over Ole Miss and 13 of the last 17. The last series victory for Ole Miss over LSU in Baton Rouge came in 1982.


The Tigers will face Southern University at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lee-Hines Field. The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television, and it may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network and in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.


LSU collected 19 hits in the contest and scored its most runs in an SEC game since an 18-6 win over Florida on May 4, 2013.


The barrage was led by shortstop Alex Bregman, who was 3-for-6 with a double, a homer, three runs and two RBI; and by third baseman Conner Hale, who was 3-for-4 with a homer, three runs and two RBI. Designated hitter Kade Scivicque was also 3-for-4 with one run and two RBI.


"I'm really proud of our guys," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We had a very tough loss last night, but we responded to that setback in a very positive way. Our hitters attacked the ball and had some great at-bats. We were also more selective at the plate without losing our aggressiveness, and that played a large role in our success."


Freshman right-hander Jake Godfrey (4-0) earned the win for LSU, working 5.2 innings and allowing five hits and three runs with four walks and two strikeouts.


Sam Smith (1-3) was charged with the loss for the Rebels as he worked 0.1 inning and gave up five runs on three hits with two walks.


Ole Miss scored the first run of the game in the top of the first after a wild pitch from Godfrey allowed Will Golsan to score from third base.


LSU took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning, exploding for five runs. After a Mark Laird walk, Bregman doubled down the left field line to bring in Laird, tying the game at 1-1. Hale then hit an RBI single to give LSU a 2-1 lead. A series of wild pitches put runners on second and third, and Scivicque singled to center to score Hale for the Tigers' third run. Chris Chinea hit a two-RBI single up the middle to increase LSU's lead to 5-1.


In the third, Hale hit a leadoff shot to the right field stands for his second home run of the year. Andrew Stevenson advanced to second on a fielding error in the outfield and Scivicque drove him in to give the Tigers a commanding six-run lead.


Bregman added to LSU's lead in the fourth with a solo shot to left - his fifth dinger of the year - giving LSU an 8-1 lead.


In the bottom of the fifth, a Scivicque single advanced Stevenson to third, and three batters later, Jake Fraley hit a two-run single up the middle.


Godfrey found himself in trouble in the sixth as Ole Miss loaded the bases with no outs. Errol Robinson reached first on an RBI fielder's choice for the Rebels' second run of the game. Josh Watkins grounded out to Bregman, allowing Tate Blackman to score, cutting LSU's lead 10-3.


LSU didn't waver as Jared Foster launched a two-run homer to left in the bottom half of the inning, extending LSU's lead 12-3.


The Tigers continued their showcase of offensive firepower in the seventh. Laird doubled down the left field line to score Fraley. A Bregman single moved Laird to third, and Kramer Robertson drove in Laird for the Tigers' 14th run.


Pinch hitter Grayson Byrd added to the lead with an RBI double and Stevenson singled to center to score Robertson. Ole Miss reliever John Wesley Ray walked Danny Zardon with the bases loaded to bring in Byrd, and Michael Papierski hit a sacrifice fly to right, tallying LSU's sixth run of the inning.


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LSU Gymnastics Posts School-Record 198.375 in front of record crowd http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-posts-school-record-198-375-in-front-of-record-crowd/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-posts-school-record-198-375-in-front-of-record-crowd/ LSU Sports Fri, 6 Mar 2015 9:02:55 PM LSU Athletics LSU Gymnastics Posts School-Record 198.375 in front of record crowd

BATON ROUGE - The No. 2 LSU gymnastics team exploded for a program-best 198.375 score to beat No. 16 Minnesota's 195.450 as a record crowd of 13,179 fans cheered the Tigers to victory Friday night in the Maravich Center.


LSU (11-1, 7-0 SEC) shattered the school record on vault with a 49.825, crushing the old record of 49.650 set at the NCAA Regional last season. The Tigers posted a 49.700 on floor, tying the school record set last season against Missouri. LSU also added a 49.475 on beam and 49.375 on bars to reach the record team score.


Minnesota dropped to 8-6 overall after scoring a 48.950 on vault, 48.700 on bars, 48.750 on beam and 49.050 on floor to finish with a 195.450.


LSU earned three perfect 10.0 scores in the meet, tying the single-meet school record set in 2004. Jessie Jordan and Rheagan Courville tallied 10s on vault, and Lloimincia Hall posted a 10 on floor. The only other time LSU scored three 10s in one meet was Feb. 23, 2004 when April Burkholder picked up a 10 on vault and Nicki Butler and Terin Martinjak each earned 10s on floor in a meet at Texas Woman's.


Sophomore Ashleigh Gnat recorded her second all-around title with a career-best 39.725, while Jordan placed second with a personal-best 39.675. Freshman Myia Hambrick also shattered her career high in the all-around to finish third with a 39.575.


Courville earned her eighth bars title of the season with a 9.925, and she and Jordan tied for the vault title with perfect 10.0s. It marked the first 10 of Jordan's career and the third on vault for Courville.


Gnat captured her second beam title of the season and fifth of her career with a 9.925.


Hall added to her LSU record total of perfect 10s on floor with the sixth 10 of her career against the Golden Gophers. It also marked her 29th career floor title.


The crowd of 13,179 broke the record of 12,217 set two weeks ago against Florida.


"The whole meet experience tonight was incredible," LSU head coach D-D Breaux said "We had to make adjustments in lineups tonight, and the ladies handled that responsibility and got the job done. This team has been about each other, and they gave such a team effort to come away with a phenomenal performance.


"I am also so thrilled at the crowd, not only with them packing the arena but with the energy and excitement they gave tonight. I love to see the community come out and support their Fighting Tigers."


LSU put the meet out of reach from the start with the 49.825 on vault compared to Minnesota's 48.700 on bars. Courville and Jordan led the way with perfect 10.0 scores, followed closely by Gnat's career-high 9.975. Britney Ranzy and Hambrick tied their career-best vault scores with matching 9.925s. Hall led off the event with a season-high tying 9.875.


The Tigers kept the momentum going with a 49.375 on bars in the second rotation. Courville paced the team with a 9.925, followed by 9.875s from Hambrick and Jessica Savona. Gnat and Jordan provided 9.85s, and Shae Zamardi scored a 9.825.


LSU's 49.475 on beam ranks as the fourth highest in program history. Gnat won the title with a 9.925, and Hambrick and Jordan notched 9.90s to place second in the event. Sydney Ewing and Erin Macadaeg added 9.875s, and Hall posted a 9.825.


The Tigers tied the floor record with a 49.700, led by Hall's perfect 10. Gnat broke her personal best with a 9.975 to finish second. Ewing set her career high with a 9.925 on floor, and Jordan tied her career best with a 9.925. Savona and Hambrick added 9.875s to round out the scoring.


With the win LSU finished with an undefeated home record for the second straight year. The Tigers also extended two home streaks: 14 consecutive meets with a 197 or higher score and 12 straight meets with a win.


LSU will close out the regular season next week when the Tigers travel to Shreveport to face Centenary and New Hampshire. The tri-meet will start at 7 p.m. CT on March 13 in Centenary's Gold Dome.





1. #3 LSU 198.375 (VT - 49.825, UB - 49.375, BB - 49.475, FX - 49.700)

2. #16 Minnesota 195.450 (VT - 48.950, UB - 48.700, BB - 48.750, FX - 49.050)


Individual (Includes first place and all LSU competitors)


All-Around - 1. Ashleigh Gnat 39.725, 2. Jessie Jordan 39.675, 3. Myia Hambrick 39.575


Vault - t1. Rheagan Courville 10.00, t1. Jessie Jordan 10.00, 3. Ashleigh Gnat 9.975, t4. Myia Hambrick 9.925, t4. Britney Ranzy 9.925, 6. Lloimincia Hall 9.875


Bars - 1. Rheagan Courville 9.925, t2. Myia Hambrick 9.875, t2. Jessica Savona 9.875, t5. Ashleigh Gnat 9.85, t5. Jessie Jordan 9.85, 8. Shae Zamardi 9.825


Beam - 1. Ashleigh Gnat 9.925, t2. Myia Hambrick 9.90, t2. Jessie Jordan 9.90, t4. Sydney Ewing 9.875, t4. Erin Macadaeg 9.875, 7. Lloimincia Hall 9.825


Floor - 1. Lloimincia Hall 10.0, 2. Ashleigh Gnat 9.975, t3. Sydney Ewing 9.925, t3. Jessie Jordan 9.925, t5. Myia Hambrick 9.875, t5. Jessica Savona 9.875



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LSU Baseball at Houston College Classic This Weekend http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-at-houston-college-classic-this-weekend/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-at-houston-college-classic-this-weekend/ LSU Sports Thu, 5 Mar 2015 9:58:05 PM LSU Athletics LSU Baseball at Houston College Classic This Weekend

BATON ROUGE, La. - Second-ranked LSU (12-1) takes its first road trip of the season this weekend as the Tigers play in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.

LSU will face the University of Houston (8-4) at 7 p.m. CT Friday, Baylor (6-5) at 3:30 p.m. CT Saturday and Nebraska (6-4) at 11 am. CT Sunday.

The games will be carried on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network (in Baton Rouge, 98.1 FM on Friday and Sunday, and 100.7 FM on Saturday), and live audio and stats for the contests may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net.

All LSU games will be televised by Cox Sports Television and by Root Sports Southwest. There will be no online streaming of any games in the Houston College Classic

"We're very excited for this opportunity to play in a Major League ball park against some outstanding teams," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Having played 13 games, we have a pretty sound idea about the strengths and weaknesses of our team, and this weekend allows us to continue to develop as we begin SEC play next week. We're looking forward to having a great experience this weekend and the chance to see the tremendous LSU following in the Houston area."

This weekend's event marks the second time in LSU baseball history the Tigers have played in an MLB ball park. LSU played in the 1995 Hormel Foods Classic at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, at the time the home of the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers won three straight games over Florida State, Michigan and Minnesota in the Metrodome.

LSU is No. 2 in the Baseball America poll and No. 3 in the Collegiate Baseball rankings and enters Friday's game riding a nine-game win streak.

Mainieri said sophomore left-hander Jared Poche' (3-0) will start Friday's game on the mound for the Tigers, while Houston coach Todd Whitting will counter with sophomore right-hander Andrew Lantrip (3-0).

Poche' improved to 3-0 this season by defeating Princeton last Friday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. He limited Princeton to two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Poche has a 12-3 mark in his two seasons at LSU with a 2.37 career ERA.

LSU is hitting .334 on the year with nine home runs and 27 steals in 31 attempts. The Tigers are led at the plate by senior catcher Kade Scivicque, who is batting .448 (13-for-29) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and 11 runs. Sophomore outfielder Jake Fraley is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with three doubles, three triples and seven RBI, while junior outfielder Mark Laird is batting .396 (19-for-48) with two doubles, five RBI, 14 runs and five steals.

Senior infielder Conner Hale has hit safely in all 13 of LSU's games this season, and he is batting .327 (18-for-55) on the year with five doubles, one triple, 10 RBI and nine runs scored.

Houston is hitting .277 as a team with seven home runs and 21 steals in 24 attempts. Junior first baseman Chris Iriart is batting .348 (16-for-46) with two doubles, three homers and 11 RBI, junior outfielder Kyle Survance is batting .333 (18-for-54) with one double, two triples, six RBI and 11 steals, and freshman infielder Connor Wong is hitting .321 (17-for-53) with two doubles, one triple, two homers and 14 RBI.

Houston leads, 25-19, in the all-time series with LSU that began in 1975. The teams met three times last season in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, with LSU defeating UH, 5-1, in the second round of the regional before the Cougars rebounded with 5-4 (11 innings) and 12-2 victories over the Tigers to win the regional. LSU and Houston also met in NCAA Regional play in 1985 at Austin (11-4 UH win) and in 1990 at Baton Rouge (6-4 LSU win).

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LSU takes 9 game streak to Houston with victory over Grambling http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-takes-9-game-streak-to-houston-with-victory-over-grambling/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-takes-9-game-streak-to-houston-with-victory-over-grambling/ LSU Sports Wed, 4 Mar 2015 9:45:06 PM Seth Lewis LSU takes 9 game streak to Houston with victory over Grambling

BATON ROUGE, La. - Second-ranked LSU (12-1) extended its winning streak to nine games by defeating Grambling, 7-1, Wednesday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.


LSU returns to action for the final non-conference weekend of the season at the Houston College Classic March 6-8 at Minute Maid Park. The Tigers begin Friday at 7 p.m. against Houston. All three games over the weekend will be televised live on Cox Sports Television and on Root Sports Television.


Fans can listen to the games through LSU radio affiliates in the state or in the Geaux Zone at LSUSports.net/Live.


LSU freshman right-hander Doug Norman (1-1) earned the first win of his career on Wednesday. Norman went four innings and only allowed one run on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Coleman McKinney (1-1) of Grambling was charged with the loss, the first of the season. McKinney pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks.


Grambling fell to 2-9 on the year with Wednesday's loss.


"Doug Norman gave us a good outing, and our bullpen was magnificent over the final five innings," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "They held Grambling without a hit, and the only baserunner was hit by a pitch. Offensively, we weren't spectacular, but we have a good idea now of the strengths of each of our players and how they best fit into our lineup.


"We're looking forward to traveling to Houston this weekend, and our guys are very excited about playing in a Major League ball park. It should be a great environment with intense completion against some outstanding programs."


LSU relievers Austin Bain, Collin Strall, Russell Reynolds, Alden Cartwright and Jesse Stallings combined to limit Grambling to no hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in five shutout innings.


Grambling took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Edwin Drexler led off the inning with an infield single, moved to second on a groundout and eventually scored on an RBI single by Larry Barraza.


LSU responded in the bottom of the second inning with two runs to take the lead. Catcher Kade Scivicque knocked a double to right-center field to score Andrew Stevenson from second base. Left fielder Jake Fraley then hit a two-out double to right field to score Scivicque.


The Tigers added two more in the bottom of the sixth inning. Second baseman Conner Hale legged out the second triple of his career to score Alex Bregman. Stevenson then grounded out to first base to score Hale from third.


LSU extended its lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Pinch hitter Grayson Byrd collected the first RBI of his career on a single to right field. Bregman followed with a double to left field to score Fraley.


Jared Foster hit his second home run of the year over the left field wall to make it 7-1 for the Tigers in the eighth inning.


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LSU Gym stays at 2 in National Standings http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gym-stays-at-2-in-national-standings/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gym-stays-at-2-in-national-standings/ LSU Sports Mon, 2 Mar 2015 9:17:55 PM Seth Lewis LSU Gym stays at 2 in National Standings

BATON ROUGE - The LSU gymnastics team stayed put at No. 2 with a 197.485 regional qualifying score in the latest GymInfo national rankings released Monday.


LSU (10-1, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) wrapped up a perfect regular season against the SEC with a 197.350-197.225 victory at Alabama last week to remain No. 2 behind Oklahoma.


The Tigers are preparing for a sixth-straight meet against a Top 25 team when LSU takes on 16th-ranked Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday in the Maravich Center. It will be senior night as the Tigers honor Rheagan Courville, Lloimincia Hall, Jessie Jordan, Britney Ranzy and Scarlett Williams.


The first 2,000 fans in attendance at the meet will receive a free set of LSU gymnastics trading cards. Doors to the Maravich Center will open at 6 p.m. Friday.


Tickets are available for purchase starting as low as $2 for groups of 10 or more. General admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 3-12. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net, over the phone by calling the LSU Ticket Office at 225-578-2184 or in person at the ticket office on the first floor of the Moran Family Center for Athletic Administration.


In the team event rankings, LSU climbed one spot to No. 2 on beam, but the Tigers remained No. 2 on floor, No. 4 on bars and No. 6 on vault.


Three Tigers are ranked in the all-around Top 25 - Jordan is No. 3, Courville is No. 4 and Ashleigh Gnat is No. 16.


Jordan ranks second nationally on beam with a 9.915 RQS, 14th on floor at 9.90 and 23rd on bars at 9.870.


Courville is No. 3 on bars at 9.935 and No. 6 on vault at 9.920.


Hall ranks first nationally on floor with a 9.940 RQS, while Gnat is seventh on floor at 9.920 and Jessica Savona is 24th at 9.880.


LSU will close out the home schedule against Minnesota on Friday before wrapping up regular season competition at Centenary on March 13.


GymInfo Gymnastics Top 25

March 2, 2015


Rank, Team, Regional Qualifying Score (RQS)

1. Oklahoma 197.740

2. LSU 197.485

3. Florida 197.455

4. Utah 197.295

5. Michigan 197.065

6. Alabama 197.055

7. Nebraska 196.840

8. UCLA 196.785

9. Auburn 196.745

10. Georgia 196.720

11. Penn State 196.200

12. Illinois 196.195

13. Stanford 196.175

14. Boise State 196.165

15. Oregon State 196.150

16. Minnesota 196.010

17. Denver 195.935

18. Arkansas 195.910

19. Arizona 195.860

20. California 195.845

21. Southern Utah 195.725

22. Kentucky 195.555

23. Michigan State 195.550

24. Missouri 195.460

T25. Washington 195.395

T25. Iowa 195.395


LSU in the Individual National Rankings

Rheagan Courville: 4th AA, 6th VT, 3rd UB

Ashleigh Gnat: 16th AA, 7th FX

Lloimincia Hall: 1st FX

Jessie Jordan: 3rd AA, 23rd UB, 2nd BB, 14th FX

Jessica Savona: 24th FX


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