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. () () Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:04:41 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Tigers sweep doubleheader over Bulldogs baseball http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-sweep-doubleheader-over-bulldogs-baseball/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-sweep-doubleheader-over-bulldogs-baseball/ LSU Sports Sat, 18 Apr 2015 9:43:53 PM LSU Athletics Tigers sweep doubleheader over Bulldogs baseball

ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore left-hander Jared Poche' scattered four hits over seven innings Saturday, and top-ranked LSU pounded out 14 hits as the Tigers defeated Georgia, 9-1, to complete a sweep of an SEC doubleheader at Foley Field.

 

LSU pitchers Alex Lange and Hunter Newman limited Georgia to five hits in Game 1 as the Tigers posted a 4-1 victory.

 

LSU improved to 34-6 overall and 12-5 in the SEC, while Georgia dropped to 20-20 overall and 6-11 in conference play.

 

The teams are scheduled to conclude the three-game series at 1 p.m. ET (12 p.m. CT) Sunday. The game may be viewed on SEC Network +, available at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. The game may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live stats and audio are available in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.

 

"Our pitching was outstanding in both games," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Poche' was really sharp throughout his outing, and after the first couple of innings, Lange worked into a groove and was dominating. Our bullpen was excellent - Hunter Newman has been remarkable all season, and Parker Bugg gave us a tremendous outing in Game 2.

 

"I wasn't real pleased with the way we swung the bats in the first game, because we didn't take advantage of some scoring opportunities. But, we were more productive in the second game with 14 hits and generated the run support we needed for our pitchers."

 

LSU senior catcher Kade Scivicque was a combined 5-for-7 in the doubleheader with one double, one homer, three RBI and two runs to lead the Tigers' offensive attack.

 

Poche' (7-1) limited Georgia to just one run on four hits in seven inning with one walk and five strikeouts. Bugg pitched a perfect final two innings with two strikeouts to close out the game.

 

Georgia starter Sean McLaughlin (3-3) was charged with the loss as he surrendered four runs on 10 hits in six innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

 

LSU took a 2-0 lead in the second inning of Game 2 as Scivicque launched a solo homer - his fifth dinger of the season - and designated hitter Chris Sciambra's sacrifice bunt scored centerfielder Andrew Stevenson from third base.

 

Georgia responded with a run in the bottom of the second as first baseman Zack Bowers unloaded a solo dinger, his seventh homer of the year.

 

The Tigers increased the lead to 3-1 in the fourth on first baseman Chris Chinea's sacrifice fly, and LSU added a run in the sixth when Scivicque scored from third base on a passed ball by catcher Brandon Stephens.

 

In the seventh, third baseman Conner Hale lifted a sacrifice fly and first baseman Bryce Jordan - who entered the game in the sixth when Chinea was hit in the face by a pitch - drew a bases-loaded walk to give LSU a 6-1 advantage.

 

The Tigers scored three runs in the ninth as Jordan belted an RBI double, pinch hitter Grayson Byrd delivered an RBI groundout and second baseman Jared Foster produced a run-scoring single.

 

Lange (7-0) worked six innings in Game 1, limiting Georgia to one run on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Newman earned his second save of the season, firing three shutout innings and allowing no hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

 

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when rightfielder Mark Laird singled, stole second base and scored on Hale's single.

 

Georgia tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first when shortstop Nick King led off the inning with a home run, his first of the season.

 

LSU broke the tie in the fifth when Foster walked, moved to second on leftfielder Jake Fraley's sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a wild pitch from Georgia starter Ryan Lawlor and scored on another Lawlor wild pitch.

 

The Tigers extended the lead to 4-1 in the seventh when catcher Kade Scivicque delivered a two-run double against reliever David Sosebee.

 

Lawlor (4-5) was charged with the Game 1 loss, as he allowed three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings with three walks and seven strikeouts.

 


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White defeats Purple 45-6 in Annual Spring Game http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-defeats-purple-45-6-in-annual-spring-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-defeats-purple-45-6-in-annual-spring-game/ LSU Sports Sat, 18 Apr 2015 9:25:33 PM LSU Athletics White defeats Purple 45-6 in Annual Spring Game

BATON ROUGE - Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris combined to rack up 420 passing yards and threw for four touchdowns as the White team secured a 45-6 victory over the Purple team Saturday during LSU's National L-Club Spring Game presented by Tony Chachere's at Tiger Stadium.

Both signal callers were effective and efficient as LSU registered nine passing plays of 15-plus yards highlighted by a quartet of touchdowns. Each quarterback found wide receivers Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural on scoring plays.

Jennings was 13-for-20 for 242 yards and two touchdowns, while Harris posted an 11-of-17 effort en route to 178 yards and two scores. The Tigers also received a 3-for-3 performance for 55 yards and a touchdown from true freshman quarterback Justin McMillan.

Dural recorded four catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He hauled in the game's longest play on a 70-yard pass late in the second quarter.

Dupre added four catches for 112 yards and two scores. He scored the game's first two touchdowns from 37 yards and 35 yards out, respectively. The 35-yard catch was a diving, fully extended grab.

Tight end DeSean Smith opened the second half and scored a 50-yard touchdown pass from McMillan on a 3rd-and-10 play.

LSU's rushing attack was led by Leonard Fournette's eight carries for 42 yards. Darell Williams grinded out 40 yards on 10 carries and tacked on a touchdown, while freshman back David Ducre plunged in from 2-yards out on the game's final play for Purple's line score.

Defensively, linebackers Ronnie Feast and Deion Jones collected seven tackles apiece. Linebackers Kendell Beckwith and Lamar Louis picked up four stops each in the opening half. Defensive end Maquedius Bain came away with three of the game's five sacks whereas freshman cornerback Kevin Toliver II notched the game's lone interception.

LSU begins the 2015 season when the Tigers take on McNeese State at Tiger Stadium on Sept. 5. Below is the list of the 2015 spring season award recipients which were handed out on the field after today's game.

2015 LSU Football - Spring Awards

Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award
(Outstanding performance in LSU Off-Season Program)
Lewis Neal, Christian LaCouture, Ethan Pocic, K.J. Malone, Josh Boutte, Jordan Harper, Tommy LeBeau, Lamar Louis, Tre'Davious White, Jamal Adams, Reid Ferguson, Colin Jeter, John Diarse, Dwayne Thomas, John David Moore, Jake Clise, Andy Dodd, Kevin Toliver II, Jevonte Domond, Brad Kragthorpe

Eric Andolsek Leadership Award
(Outstanding Leadership in Spring Drills- Offense)
Ethan Pocic, Leonard Fournette, John David Moore

Mike Miley Leadership Award
(Outstanding Leadership in Spring Drills- Defense)
Kendell Beckwith, Tre'Davious White, Christian LaCouture, Jalen Mills

Toby Caston Performance Award
(Outstanding Performance in Spring Drills- Defense)
Davon Godchaux, Deion Jones, Jamal Adams

Ralph Norwood Performance Award
(Outstanding Performance in Spring Drills Offense)
Jerald Hawkins, John Diarse, Dillon Gordon

Most Improved Award
(Players who have made the most improvement during Spring Drills)
Darrel Williams, Rickey Jefferson, Colin Jeter, Andy Dodd, Lamar Louis, Sione Teuhema, Jevonte Domond

Jimmy Taylor Award
(The comprehensive Spring Award for Outstanding Leadership, Effort and Performance)
Ethan Pocic, Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams, Davon Godchaux

Jerry Stovall Special Teams Award
Reid Ferguson, Colby Delahoussaye, Trent Domingue

Newcomer Award
William Clapp, D.J. Chark, Kevin Toliver II, Lewis Neal

Overcoming Adversity Award
Tashawn Bower, Dwayne Thomas

Coaches Award
Vadal Alexander, Duke Riley, Brad Kragthorpe, Lewis Neal

 


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Historic national title run begins for LSU gymnastics tonight http://www.wbrz.com/news/historic-national-title-run-begins-for-lsu-gymnastics-tonight/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/historic-national-title-run-begins-for-lsu-gymnastics-tonight/ LSU Sports Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:30:57 AM Brock Sues Historic national title run begins for LSU gymnastics tonight

FORT WORTH, TX - With a chance to make history on the line, fourth-ranked LSU gymnastics will look to advance to the NCAA Super Six Finals as they compete Friday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.

The Tiger squad has made long strides toward proving they are a top team this season as they build off two previous successful seasons at the NCAA Championships. They placed fifth in 2013 and established a new program best last season when they took third place. Tonight at 7 p.m., LSU will have another opportunity to move in the direction of keeping the trend alive.

LSU, with an overall record of 24-2 with an undefeated conference record, is set to compete against No. 1 Oklahoma (21-0), No. 5 Alabama (20-3), No. 8 Auburn (14-9), No. 9 Nebraska (26-6) and No. 12 Oregon State (18-9) with a ticket to Saturday night's NCAA Super Six Finals at stake. If they finish in the top three on Friday, it will be the Tigers third straight appearance in the Super Six.

"We have done the proving all season long of how we good are, but now it's crucial to do it a few more times." said LSU head coach D-D Breaux.

LSU has Olympic rotation order ahead of them in Friday's contest, which means they will start on vault before progressing to a bye, bars, beam and then a bye. They will finish on the floor, where their tumbling team has excelled all season long. Coach Breaux told LSUSports.net she feels the rotation order is a good fit for the balanced squad she has been leading this season.

That balanced squad consists of a deep lineup with contributions from 11 gymnasts with standouts including nationally-ranked all-rounders Rheagan Courville, Jessie Jordan and Ashleigh Gnat. As a team, the Tigers rank in the top 5 in every event they will compete in during tonight's meet.

Live audio of the meet at 7 p.m. will be available free of charge in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live, and live video and stats will be available on www.NCAA.com.

Image: Chris Parent, LSU Athletics Student Photographer


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LSU baseball rained out at Georgia, doubleheader Saturday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-rained-out-at-georgia-doubleheader-saturday-71888/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-rained-out-at-georgia-doubleheader-saturday-71888/ LSU Sports Fri, 17 Apr 2015 3:49:04 PM Michael Cauble LSU baseball rained out at Georgia, doubleheader Saturday

The opening game of LSU's SEC series against Georgia has been rained out in Athens and the two teams will start their series Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

There will be two nine inning games with the second contest starting 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first.

LSU is 32-6 on the season, while the Bulldogs are 20-18.  Tiger freshman ace Alex Lange was expected to move into the Friday night SEC role with this outing, however the rains will have him pitching on his usual day even if it is game one of the series.

According to an LSU sports information release both games Saturday may be viewed on SEC Network +, available at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

Game 3 of the series is scheduled to be played Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (12 p.m. CT).

 


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LSU Sand Volleyball drawing support http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-sand-volleyball-drawing-support/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-sand-volleyball-drawing-support/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Apr 2015 9:10:15 PM LSU Sand Volleyball drawing support

The LSU sand volleyball team (10-8) ends the regular season as they host their final series of home matches this weekend at Mango's Beach Volleyball Club for the Battle on the Bayou Tournament.

The Lady Tigers' first match starts Saturday at 11 a.m. against UNO. Weather looks to be a factor though, as the forecast is calling for excessive amounts of rain throughout Saturday.

"I think that's part of being an outside sport," said head coach Russell Brock. "We played in really cold weather up in Birmingham, and they fought through and we won some big matches up there. These matches are so important to our program, and defending our home sand is so important to our players and it's not going to matter what the conditions are. They're going to fight hard and play well."

LSU also plays matches against Tulane, ULM, Spring Hill as well as SEC foe South Carolina for the first time all season.

"We've had the opportunity to watch (South Carolina) a little bit, and they're much improved from last year," said coach Brock. "I think it's going to be a battle. They have some young kids that are playing some pivotal positions for them. There will be a lot of intensity, a lot of emotion and I think whoever handles those things the best will come out on top."

The Lady Tigers look to move forward after the matches for an opportunity for one of the pairs to head to Gulf Shores for the AVCA National Championships in two weeks. Only the top two pairs garner consideration to be invited to play in the championships.

"I think our one's (Katie Lindelow and Mandi Orellana) have a legitimate opportunity," said coach Brock. "That's part of our focus this week: to make sure that we're training hard and creating an environment where they're getting challenged everyday so that they can be at their top when they play this weekend to get a bid to nationals."

"I really want us to play our best. I think we made some good progress in Siesta Key, and I think we've got to build on that and play even better than we have the last few outings. It's really nice that it's at home even if the weather is going to compromise this week, and that's exciting."

For the latest information on LSU Sand Volleyball, fans can follow the Tigers on Twitter and Instagram @LSUsandVB and @RussLSUsand, or on Facebook by liking LSU Sand Volleyball


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Alex Lange moves to Friday night role http://www.wbrz.com/news/alex-lange-moves-to-friday-night-role/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alex-lange-moves-to-friday-night-role/ LSU Sports Thu, 16 Apr 2015 9:01:39 PM Michael Cauble Alex Lange moves to Friday night role

With a road trip to face the Georgia Bulldogs in their sights, LSU head baseball coach Paul Mainieri made the move that many had been expecting, promoting freshman pitcher Alex Lange up a day to the Friday night SEC starters role.

Lange is coming off of a weekend of rest after he developed what he called elbow stiffness and was unable to recover like he had in the past.

The freshman from Missouri has been remarkable for LSU through the first half of their SEC schedule posting a perfect 6-0 record.

Here is more on the series from and LSU Sports Information release:

"Georgia is always a very talented team with a lot of outstanding players," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "They've had some injuries to their pitching staff, but some of their pitchers are returning to full strength. (Georgia coach) Scott Stricklin is in his second year of implementing his system, and he's an excellent coach who knows how to build a successful program. This is a very important series for us as we move into the second half of the league schedule, and we know we have to be at our best this weekend, especially in a road environment."

Mainieri said that freshman right-hander Alex Lange will start Friday's game on the mound for the Tigers after sitting out last weekend's series versus Auburn with tightness in his arm. Lange is 6-0 on the year, and he leads the SEC with a 1.39 ERA.

LSU leads the SEC with a .319 team batting average, and the Tigers have launched 36 home runs, just five shy of the 41 they hit for the entire 2014 season. LSU also has 65 stolen bases, already 16 more than the 49 steals it had in all of 2014.

Sophomore left-hander Jared Poche' (6-1, 3.11 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday's game for the Tigers, and freshman right-hander Austin Bain (0-1, 3.29 ERA) will start on Sunday. LSU is fourth in the SEC with a 3.02 team ERA.


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Tigers Crush Cardinals to tune of 11-2 victory http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-crush-cardinals-to-tune-of-11-2-victory/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-crush-cardinals-to-tune-of-11-2-victory/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Apr 2015 8:07:23 PM Seth Lewis Tigers Crush Cardinals to tune of 11-2 victory

BATON ROUGE - LSU Baseball letting Lamar know early this would not be a happy visit to Baton Rouge.

The Tigers scoring 9 runs in the first three innings, to eventually win 11-2.

LSU's first seven batters reaching base in the first inning, with Mark Laird driving in the first run to make it 1-0. Connor Hale, Kade Scivicque and Chris Chinea also adding RBI to leave the 1st inning up 6-0.

Then in the 2nd inning, Alex Bregman hitting a solo home run to left field to make it 7-0. It's his 8th home run of the year.

In the 3rd inning, Chinea adding a 2-run home run to make it 9-0 LSU. Even pitcher Collin Strall getting in on the action, with an RBI in the game.

LSU now travels to Athens to face Georgia this weekend in a 3-game weekend.


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Tiger softball crushes McNeese 13-4 in five inning game http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-softball-crushes-mcneese-13-4-in-five-inning-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-softball-crushes-mcneese-13-4-in-five-inning-game/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Apr 2015 6:53:45 PM Michael Cauble Tiger softball crushes McNeese 13-4 in five inning game

LSU Softball traveled to McNeese and quickly made the home team uncomfortable scoring 13 runs in the first three innings.

The Tigers beat the McNeese State Cowgirls 13-4 in a run rule shortened five inning game Wednesday night.

The game was not all favorable for LSU, as the Tigers committed three errors in the early stages of the contest.

A fearsome foursome of Tigers posted remarkable nights at the plate as Bailey Landry who went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored, Bianka Bell going 2-for-3 with two RBI, Sahvanna Jaquish going 2-for-2 with a double and run scored, and Sandra Simmons going 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two walks.

Junior outfielder Alayna Falcon hit her first home run of her LSU career, it was a grand slam.

The Tigers will host Texas A&M in an odd Saturday, Sunday and Monday series.


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Jones fills coaching vacancy on staff with John Treloar http://www.wbrz.com/news/jones-fills-coaching-vacancy-on-staff-with-john-treloar/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jones-fills-coaching-vacancy-on-staff-with-john-treloar/ LSU Sports Wed, 15 Apr 2015 2:04:57 PM Michael Cauble Jones fills coaching vacancy on staff with John Treloar

LSU men's basketball head coach Johnny Jones has hired former Tiger assistant coach John Treloar to replace outing Eric Musselman on his staff.

Treloar has been a college assitant for 11 years including a stint with the Tigers from 2004-2008, but has spent the past five seasons as the Director of Player Personnel for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA.

The 58 year old Mississippi native will not officially join the staff until July 1 when he finishes work for the Suns and the NBA Draft.

"We are excited about the addition of John Treloar to our staff at LSU," said Coach Jones. "His experience both on the professional and college level will be of great value to our program. We look forward to his arrival on July 1 as we embark on preparations for the 2015-16 season."

The following is from a release from LSU on the hiring"

"I'm looking forward to rejoining the LSU Basketball family and working with Coach Jones and his staff in helping these young men who wear the purple and gold be the best they can be," Treloar said. "My goal is to serve and assist Coach Jones any way that I can in whatever areas he feels I can help. I will do all I can to help him achieve and sustain excellence.

"Coach Jones reached the Final Four as both a player and as an assistant at LSU," Treloar said. "As a coach, I have been a part of two Final Fours, one at Indiana in 2002, and here at LSU in 2006. Being a part of continuing to build an elite program at LSU is a challenge I welcome."

Treloar began his coaching career at the University of Alabama in 1980 where he served as graduate assistant for two years.

In his role with the Suns, Treloar, 58, worked with General Manager Ryan McDonough in personnel and the club's scouting process. After leaving LSU and prior to joining the Suns, Treloar was the head coach of the NBA Developmental League's Erie Bayhawks, where he also handled personnel decisions. He assembled the squad and led it to the playoffs in its inaugural season.

A 33-year veteran of basketball as both a coach and general manager, Treloar's head coaching experience at the professional ranks includes time in the CBA with the Wichita Falls Texans (1990-94), Chicago Rockers (1994-95) and Connecticut Pride (1996-97). His teams made seven playoff appearances in eight seasons and in 1991 Treloar became just the second coach in league history to win a championship in his first season on the bench.

He also served as head coach from 1982-87 for two different professional teams in Germany. Treloar's international experience also includes a stint with a professional team in Venezuela in 1997. He joined the team at midseason and went on to guide the club to the league championship finals.

A native of Clinton, Mississippi, Treloar and wife, Debra, have two children, Taylor (16) and Trey (12).


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LSU remains at top of national polls http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-remains-at-top-of-national-polls/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-remains-at-top-of-national-polls/ LSU Sports Mon, 13 Apr 2015 9:43:01 AM Russell Jones LSU remains at top of national polls

BATON ROUGE - The LSU baseball team held onto its top position in national polls Monday after going 4-1 last week.

Perfect Game USA ranked LSU (31-6, 10-5 SEC)their No. 1 team in college baseball following the Tigers' 2-1 series against Auburn.

LSU stormed to a six-run lead in the first three innings of their Sunday match against Auburn, taking the series in the 6-2 finale. Senior Zac Person notched the win in his second career start.

LSU returns to action Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. when they host Lamar at Alex Box Stadium. They'll then travel to Athens, Ga. to take on the UGA Bulldogs this weekend.


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Tigers Drop Finale to Tennessee, 8-5 http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-drop-finale-to-tennessee-8-5/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-drop-finale-to-tennessee-8-5/ LSU Sports Sun, 12 Apr 2015 11:06:55 PM LSU Athletics Tigers Drop Finale to Tennessee, 8-5

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After taking the series on Saturday, the No. 1 LSU softball team was looking to close out the weekend with another win on Sunday against No. 11 Tennessee, and after a back-and-forth lead change between the two early, the Volunteers put enough distance between themselves and the Tigers late to win 8-5 Sunday afternoon at Lee Stadium to avoid the sweep.

 

LSU (38-5, 11-4 Southeastern) got three of their five runs driven in on the day from the bat of Kellsi Kloss who hit a solo home run in the second to give LSU the lead, only to come back in the third after the team fell behind to give LSU the lead back on an RBI double. She finished the day going 3-for-4, earning her first multi-home run game of the year, both solo shots, with three RBIs two runs scored.

 

Tennessee (30-11, 8-7) scored eight runs over the course of the second, third and fourth innings, scoring three each in the third and fourth. The first two runs the Vols scored in the second inning came via both of LSU's errors the team committed to allow UT to go up, finishing with 10 total hits on the day while LSU earned eight.

 

Baylee Corbello (9-1) suffered her first loss of the season on Sunday, allowing five runs, four earned in 2.1 innings on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Carley Hoover pitched the next 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a walk on 58 pitches.

 

Tennessee's Annie Aldrete put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the third, as she was one of three UT players to finish with multiple hits as she drove in three. Rainey Gaffin (7-2) earned the complete-game win, allowing all five runs on eight hits with four walks and six strikeouts for the Vols.

 

In the opening at-bat of the second inning after LSU opened the game with a hit, Kloss stepped up to the plate and initially was thought to be hit by a pitch but was called off. Instead, she took a 3-2 count and roped one over the fence in right center to give LSU a 1-0 lead over UT.

 

Things turned in a hurry and played into Tennessee's favor in a hurry to open the bottom half of the second inning, as the Vols scored two runs on three hits and two Tiger errors to take a 2-1 lead over LSU with no outs on the board. Fortunately, Corbello and the defense rallied as she struck out two and got the final batter to ground out to second to end the inning.

 

It became that kind of game in the top of the third, as Sydney Bourg came on to bat, replacing Emily Griggs in the lineup who was injured on a play in the field in the last inning, and drew a walk to take first. After a strikeout, Bailey Landry grounded into a fielder's choice to force out Bourg on the tag for the second out. A single by Bianka Bell put two runners on for LSU, as Sahvanna Jaquish laced one on the dirt through the infield to score Landry, tying the game at 2-2 and putting runners at the corners. Kloss came through again and ripped a double down the left field line to score Bell to make it 3-2, as Jaquish was sent and thrown out at home.

 

A walk and a single by Tennessee in the bottom of the third was the precipice for trouble for Corbello in the inning, as Aldrete hit a home run for the second time on the weekend to bring in all three as Tennessee went up 5-3 and ended the day for the sophomore. Hoover came on and gave up a hit to the first batter she faced, but got the next three to go down in order to end the inning.

 

A solo home run for the Vols by Lexi Overstreet in the first at-bat of the fourth extended Tennessee's lead to 6-3. A walk and wild pitch proved costly as a single through the left side scored another run putting UT up four at 7-3. With a runner still on second, another single to the right side scored a run to give Tennessee an 8-3 lead.

 

For the second consecutive inning, the Tigers got at least two runners on base as a walk to Sandra Simmons put one on, as after a strikeout, Constance Quinn drew one as well to put two on. Allie Walljasper earned an infield single to juice the bases for LSU, as A.J. Andrews brought in one on a sacrifice fly to center scoring Simmons to make it 8-4, but LSU ended the inning leaving two on.

 

Down to their final out in the top of the seventh, Kloss reared back and hit her second home run of the day, clearing the fence in center to cut it to an 8-5 game for the final run of the contest.

 

LSU will be back in action on Wednesday, traveling to Lake Charles for a doubleheader against the McNeese State Cowgirls beginning at 4 p.m. at Cowgirl Diamond.

 


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LSU defeats Auburn 6-2 to take series http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defeats-auburn-6-2-to-take-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defeats-auburn-6-2-to-take-series/ LSU Sports Sun, 12 Apr 2015 5:38:08 PM LSU Athletics LSU defeats Auburn 6-2 to take series

BATON ROUGE, La.-Top-ranked LSU erupted for six runs in the first three innings Sunday and defeated Auburn by a score of 6-2 to win the SEC series at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

 

Senior left-hander Zac Person (2-0) earned the win for the Tigers. He had his second career start and pitched for a career-high of three innings, giving up one hit and striking out two, surrendering no runs.

 

"We chose to start Zac Person because he's an experienced pitcher who we thought would get us off to a good start, and that's especially important in the third game of a series," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "We also had potential weather issues, so getting off to a good start was critical and Zac did that for us. (LSU relievers) Parker Bugg and Jesse Stallings followed Zac with very good outings and allowed us to win the series.

 

"We're at the halfway mark of the SEC schedule with 10 league wins, so we're pleased with that record, but we know we can improve. We didn't swing the bats especially well this weekend, and (freshman ace right-hander) Alex Lange didn't pitch in the series, but we still won two out of three, so I'm very proud of our guys."

 

Auburn's Rocky McCord (2-3) suffered the loss after giving up six runs-five earned-on six hits, walking two and striking out one in two innings of work. Right-hander Justin Camp came on in relief of McCord, allowing only one hit in his 5.1 innings of work, striking out three.

 

LSU will be back in action Wednesday as the Tigers face Lamar at 6:30 p.m. CT in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. 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.

 

LSU took the early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after back-to-back doubles from left fielder Chris Sciambra and right fielder Mark Laird. After an infield single by shortstop Alex Bregman, first baseman Chris Chinea grounded out to the shortstop, allowing Laird to score from third.

 

In the bottom of the second, centerfielder Andrew Stevenson led off with a walk, and third baseman Conner Hale put runners on the corners after hitting a single to right field. Stevenson scored on designated hitter Jake Fraley's fielder's choice, making the score 3-0 in favor of LSU.

 

With bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning after Laird singled, Bregman walked and Chinea was hit by a pitch, catcher Kade Scivicque singled to right field, scoring Laird and extending his hitting streak to 20 games. Bregman scored on a wild pitch during Stevenson's at-bat. Stevenson grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Chinea to score from third base, and LSU took the 6-0 lead after three innings.

 

In the top of the sixth with two outs, Auburn hit three consecutive singles against Bugg, and designated hitter Blake Logan scored on third baseman Kyler Deese's single, cutting the LSU lead to 6-1.

 

Auburn scored a run in the top of the eighth inning against Stallings, making the score 6-2 in favor of LSU, after catcher Ben Craft singled Justin Ebert home. Ebert had pinch hit for first baseman Daniel Robert earlier in the inning and singled to right-center.

 

Bugg and Stallings combined for two earned runs on eight hits and four strikeouts in six innings of work. Bugg pitched a career-high of four innings during his outing.

 


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LSU Commit Ben Simmons leads World to victory over USA in Nike Hoop Summit http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-commit-ben-simmons-leads-world-to-victory-over-usa-in-nike-hoop-summit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-commit-ben-simmons-leads-world-to-victory-over-usa-in-nike-hoop-summit/ LSU Sports Sat, 11 Apr 2015 9:21:44 PM Associated Press LSU Commit Ben Simmons leads World to victory over USA in Nike Hoop Summit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Canada's Jamal Murray had 30 points and Italy's Frederico Mussini scored the go-ahead points on three free throws with 2:04 remaining to help the World Selects beat the United States 103-101 on Saturday in the annual Nike Hoop Summit.

Skal Labissieri, a 7-foot forward from Haiti who is bound for Kentucky, scored 21 points. Louisiana State-bound Ben Simmons of Australia had 13 points and nine assists.

Luke Kennard, who has signed at Duke, had 22 points to lead the United States, which had five players score in double figures. Villanova-bound Jalen Brunson and Stephen Zimmerman scored 12 points each for the Americans.

Thon Maker had 10 rebounds to help the World Selects outrebound the U.S. 40-29.

The United States, which won the event last year, leads the series 12-6.


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Tigers Claim First Road Series at Tennessee with 7-4 Win http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-claim-first-road-series-at-tennessee-with-7-4-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-claim-first-road-series-at-tennessee-with-7-4-win/ LSU Sports Sat, 11 Apr 2015 9:13:31 PM LSU Athletics Tigers Claim First Road Series at Tennessee with 7-4 Win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After taking the first game of the weekend on Friday, the No. 1 LSU softball team was on the cusp of doing something it had never done before on Saturday, and after scoring four runs early, produced some insurance scores late in holding off the No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers in a 7-4 win Saturday afternoon to claim its first ever series in Knoxville in program history.

 

LSU (38-4, 11-3 Southeastern) scored early and often, jutting out to a 4-0 lead over Tennessee (29-11, 7-7), and after seeing the Vols cut the advantage to just two, the Tigers used a key, three-run frame thanks to a UT miscue to pull ahead and thwart the comeback attempt by Tennessee in the later innings by holding the home side to only two runs down the stretch.

 

Leading the way for LSU at the plate was Constance Quinn, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, including a big two-run home run in the fourth to give the Tigers that four-run lead on her third long ball of the season. The three runs driven in tied her career high, as the team finished with eight total hits coming from the bat of seven different players throughout the lineup.

 

Allie Walljasper earned the start and pitched 3.2 innings for LSU in the circle, allowing two unearned runs on five hits with four strikeouts, as Kelsee Selman (8-0) came on in relief with runners on the corners, and got out of the jam with a fly out and went on to pitch the next 3.1 innings, earning the victory by allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk.

 

Both teams committed two errors, but LSU was able to capitalize on them at key times, as UT starter Erin Gabriel (12-5) suffered the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in three innings. Her replacement in Gretchen Aucoin pitched the next four and allowed three runs, only one earned, on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

 

Shaliyah Geathers was the only UT player with multiple hits going 2-for-4, while Tory Lewis drove in two runs on her only hit of the day to lead the Volunteers at the plate.

 

After earning the game's first hit in the opening frame, Kellsi Kloss drilled a shot to deep center that was misplayed out in the field, resulting in a two-base error to get the leadoff batter in scoring position. An interference call and a strikeout made it seem as if the LSU designated player would be stranded with a chance to strike, but that's when Quinn stepped up and ripped a single that allowed Kloss to come home and slide in under the tag to score and give LSU a 1-0 lead.

 

After a fly ball out to left in the third inning, Bianka Bell stepped up to the plate looking for her first hit of the weekend and got it in a big way, taking the second pitch of her at-bat and launching one off the scoreboard in left center for her 13th home run of the season for a 2-0 LSU lead.

 

In the bottom of the third inning, Walljasper earned a strikeout and got the next batter to ground out to third, but back-to-back two-out singles put two on for the Volunteers for the first time all day. Looking to hold on to the two-run lead, she got the next batter to ground out to third to end the threat and the inning.

 

Looking for a little insurance, Jenna Kreamer put down a perfectly place bunt down the third base line to reach first easily, as that insurance came in the form of a Quinn bomb to straightaway center to drive in two and give LSU a 4-0 lead over the Vols with no outs on the board at that point in the frame.

 

Tennessee finally broke through in the bottom half of the fourth, as a two-base error put a runner on second base to open the inning, with a single up the middle next to bring in that runner to make it 4-1. A hit batter put two on, as a fly out to Griggs in left and a grounder to Kreamer at third put runners at second and third with two outs not on the board.

 

A single to right scored another to make it 4-2, ending the day for Walljasper in favor of Selman with runners at the corners. Fortunately for the Tigers, she came in and got the final batter to fly out to center to end the UT inning.

 

After a scare in the fourth, LSU led off the fifth with consecutive walks to Sahvanna Jaquish and Kloss putting two on for LSU. Sandra Simmons stepped up to the plate and put down a bunt single to the circle, with the resulting throw getting past the defender covering first which allowed Jaquish to come around and score to make it 5-2 with Kloss at third and Simmons at second.

 

Dylan Supak came on to pinch hit as she hit a deep enough ball to right to score Kloss on the sacrifice fly give LSU a 6-2 lead. Quinn drew a walk to put runners at the corners, as Quinn danced around before taking off for second, as the throw to catch her allowed Simmons to move and score to make it 7-2 Tigers.

 

A solo home run by UT's Annie Aldrete in the bottom of the fifth was the only run for the Vols in the inning, as LSU took a 7-3 lead into the final two innings of the contest. UT refused to quit and got another run in the bottom of the sixth, but LSU got a big play from the outfield by Bailey Landry who threw out a potential runner from right as the Vols would only bring in one to make it 7-4, going down in order in the final frame as LSU went on to win.

 

LSU will close out the series with Tennessee on Sunday, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Lee Stadium. The game will be streamed live on SEC Network+.

 


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Auburn evens series with 6-1 victory over LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/auburn-evens-series-with-6-1-victory-over-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/auburn-evens-series-with-6-1-victory-over-lsu/ LSU Sports Sat, 11 Apr 2015 9:05:32 PM LSU Athletics Auburn evens series with 6-1 victory over LSU

BATON ROUGE, La.- LSU centerfielder Andrew Stevenson scored LSU's lone run of the evening on his solo home run to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning as top-ranked LSU's seven-game win streak was snapped in Saturday night's 6-1 loss to Auburn in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

 

Auburn sophomore right-hander Keegan Thompson (7-2) earned the win after pitching a complete game, giving up one earned run on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

 

Freshman right-hander Austin Bain (0-1) suffered the loss in his first career start for LSU. Bain fired for 5.1 innings, giving up four earned runs off of six hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.

 

"I was really proud of Austin Bain tonight," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "He gave us a tremendous effort, competed extremely hard and pitched at a very high level. Unfortunately, Thompson was outstanding and we couldn't get take advantage of the few opportunities that we had. He threw four different pitches for strikes, he threw hard and he displayed a lot of athletic ability on the mound. There are some nights where you simply have to give credit to the opposition, and he certainly showed why he is one of the best pitchers in the nation.

 

"We've got an opportunity to win this series tomorrow, and I'm expecting a great effort from our players. If we can get to the halfway point of the SEC schedule with 10 league wins, then we're right where we should be."

 

The final game of the series against Auburn will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. 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.

 

After two scoreless innings, Auburn was the first to get on the board after a double by centerfielder Anfernee Grier that scored second baseman Melvin Gray, who had reached on a one-out single.

 

Auburn added a run to its 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. Bain issued a two-out walk to Gray, who scored on Grier's triple to right field.

 

With the 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth, first baseman Daniel Robert and designated hitter Sam Gillikin hit back-to-back singles, advancing to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Blake Logan. With one out, shortstop Cody Nulph tripled past diving centerfielder Andrew Stevenson, scoring Robert and Gillikin on the play.

 

Leftfielder Jackson Burgreen singled to centerfield, and Nulph scored, bringing Auburn to the 5-0 lead over LSU.

 

In the top of the ninth, Auburn scored its final run of the evening after Grier singled to left field, scoring Burgreen who reached on a walk with one out earlier in the inning.

 

Right-hander Alden Cartwright and right-hander Russell Reynolds came on in relief for LSU, pitching for a combined 3.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.

 


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Defense and Pitching Help LSU Edge Auburn, 3-2 http://www.wbrz.com/news/defense-and-pitching-help-lsu-edge-auburn-3-2/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/defense-and-pitching-help-lsu-edge-auburn-3-2/ LSU Sports Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:36:50 PM LSU Athletics Defense and Pitching Help LSU Edge Auburn, 3-2

BATON ROUGE, La.-After a two-hour rain delay, top-ranked LSU defeated Auburn, 3-2, in Game 1 of an SEC series at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

 

LSU improved to 30-5 overall and 9-4 in the SEC with its seventh straight victory. Auburn dropped to 20-14 overall and 4-9 in conference play.

 

LSU and Auburn return to action for Game 2 of the series tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. CT. Freshman right-hander Austin Bain (0-0, 2.45 ERA, 25 SO) will take the mound for LSU, while Auburn will counter with sophomore right-hander Keegan Thompson.

 

Saturday's game will be available online through the SECNetwork+, Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app. The game may be heard live in the Geaux Zone and on LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates in the state.

 

"It was another typical SEC game where the records and the stats don't matter," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We had some good fortune and played great defense and we were able to earn a hard-fought victory. Auburn's starting pitcher was very good; he mixed three different pitches and had a really hard curveball, and he was very tough on our hitters."

 

Sophomore left-hander Jared Poche' (6-1) got the win for LSU and went 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and two runs with five strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Cole Lipscomb (4-1) was charged with the loss for Auburn after working seven innings and allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.

 

Auburn got on the board in the top of the first inning. Catcher Blake Logan doubled to deep left center to score leadoff hitter Anfernee Grier, giving Auburn a 1-0 lead. Leftfielder Bo Decker hit an RBI single to right to extend the lead to 2-0.

 

In the bottom half of the inning, rightfielder Mark Laird doubled to left to give LSU runners on second and third. On the next play, shortstop Alex Bregman hit an RBI ground out to second to score Jake Fraley for LSU's first run of the game. Two batters later, Kade Scivicque blasted a two-out double off the left field wall to drive in Laird, extending his hit streak to 18 games and tying the game at 2-2.

 

LSU took the lead for good in the second, as Laird's RBI single to left drove in Chris Sciambra from third to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead.

 

In the top of the fourth, LSU's defense stepped up as Bregman threw out Melvin Gray at home after a Grier double, complete a spectacular 8-6-2 putout. Grier advanced to third on the throw, but Poche' struck out Damon Haecker to strand the tying run for Auburn.

 

In the sixth, sophomore right-hander Hunter Newman entered the game in relief of Poche' and found himself in an early jam with runners on first and second. Newman struck out Grier on a full count for the third out.

 

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Lipscomb walked Conner Hale to load the bases with only one out. LSU was unable to take advantage as Scivicque and Chris Chinea were both retired to end the inning.

 

LSU would hold strong, as Newman pitched the rest of the way in one of his best career outings, retiring ten consecutive batters through the final 3.1 innings to earn his first save of the season, securing the win for LSU.

 

"Hunter Newman is such a great story," Mainieri said. "He had shoulder surgery and had to miss last season, but he has come on so strong this spring. He's really become our go-to guy out of the bullpen, and he gave us a tremendous outing tonight."

 


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Former Tiger Mahtook called up to major league http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-mahtook-called-up-to-major-league/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/former-tiger-mahtook-called-up-to-major-league/ LSU Sports Fri, 10 Apr 2015 1:05:25 PM Russell Jones Former Tiger Mahtook called up to major league

BATON ROUGE - The Tampa Bay Rays called up former LSU outfielder Mikie Mahtook this week, and he will join them in Miami for their series against the Marlins.

Mahtook's rise brings the total number of former Tigers currently active in the MLB to six. He's also the eighth Tiger coached by Paul Mainieri to make into the majors.

Mahtook, a Lafayette native who played three seasons at LSU, earned All-Star honors with the Triple A Durham Bulls last season. He was selected by the Rays in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

Mahtook was a 2011 first-team all-American at LSU, and he completed the regular season as the SEC leader in slugging percentage (.709), walks (41), triples (5) and steals (29). He was No. 2 in the SEC in batting average (.383), home runs (14), total bases (139), on-base percentage (.496) and runs scored (61) and No. 3 in the league in RBI (56).

Mahtook, who was also named to the 2011 SEC all-Defensive Team, batted .441 (26-for-59) in the final 15 games of the season with four doubles, two triples, four homers, 18 RBI, 19 runs and eight steals.

He also helped LSU's club earn the 2009 College World Series title, providing the game-winning hit in the 11th inning of Game 1 of the CWS Finals versus Texas.

 


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LSU wins 6th straight, defeats Northwestern State 9-6 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-6th-straight-defeats-northwestern-state-9-6/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-6th-straight-defeats-northwestern-state-9-6/ LSU Sports Wed, 8 Apr 2015 8:42:45 PM LSU Athletics LSU wins 6th straight, defeats Northwestern State 9-6

BATON ROUGE, La. - Third-ranked LSU defeated Northwestern State, 9-6, Wednesday night behind three-hit games from designated hitter Chris Sciambra and first baseman Chris Chinea at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

 

The Tigers improved to 29-5 on the year and extended their winning streak to six games. The Demons fell to 17-15 on the year with the loss.

 

LSU delivered 15 hits on the night, recording their 12th straight game with double-digit hits. Chinea has now had three or more hits in four straight games. Shortstop Alex Bregman reached base four times and collected four steals. The junior became the fourth player in school history to have four steals in a game.

 

LSU returns to action this weekend against Auburn. All three games over the weekend will be on SEC Network+ through WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Fans can listen to the game through LSU radio affiliates in the state or in the Geaux Zone at LSUSports.net/Live.

 

LSU freshman right-hander Jake Godfrey (6-0) earned his sixth win of the year and remained unbeaten in his first season. Godfrey worked five innings and only allowed three runs on four hits. Northwestern State's Evan Tidwell (2-3) was charged the loss after pitching two innings and allowing five runs on seven hits.

 

"I thought we played a pretty good ball game tonight, and we swung the bats very well again," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Godfrey struggled a little bit early, but he minimized the damage and then threw three straight shutout innings. We had some miscues, and it wasn't a completely clean game, but Northwestern State has a very good club and we responded to their challenge."

 

Northwestern State got on the board in the top of the first inning. Godfrey hit the first batter of the game, Joel Atkinson. Atkinson found himself at third after a groundout and single. The shortstop scored the first run on an RBI groundout by third baseman Chase Daughdrill.

 

Sciambra tied up the game in the bottom of the first inning with a solo shot over the left-center field wall. It was the third of his career and the second game in a row that he's had a home run.

 

The Demons added two runs in the top of the second inning on a home run by catcher Garrett Logan.

 

The Tigers added four more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-3 lead. Second baseman Jared Foster hit a one out solo home run to left field bleachers. Third baseman Grayson Byrd reached first on a throwing error and moved to third on a throwing error by the pitcher. Byrd eventually scored on a sac fly by Jake Fraley. Bregman doubled to left- center field to score Sciambra and Chinea singled to right field to score Bregman.

 

Fraley hit LSU's third home run of the game to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tigers plated another run on an groundout by Chinea.

 

Northwestern State cut it to 7-5 in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by Caleb Dugas and RBI fielder's choice by David Fry.

 

LSU once again responded with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Chinea added his third hit of the night to score Bregman from second.

 

Fraley scored from third on a wild pitch by Northwestern State's Chase Hymel to extend the Tiger lead to 9-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning.

 

The Demons added one final run in the top of the ninth after Zardon made an error on a chopper by Fry.

 


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Tiger baseball routs UNO 11-2 http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-baseball-routs-uno-11-2/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-baseball-routs-uno-11-2/ LSU Sports Tue, 7 Apr 2015 8:52:09 PM Michael Cauble Tiger baseball routs UNO 11-2

The Tiger baseball team scored in every inning except the first in a 11-2 blowout win over the visiting UNO Privateers.

Kade Scivicque, Chris Sciambra and Chris Chinea each were 3 for 4 on the evening with two runs scored to lead the Tigers at the plate.

LSU pounded out 14 hits at the plate and Sciambra had four RBI.

The Tigers will host Northwestern St. at the Box on Wednesday night with a first pitch coming at 6:30.


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No. 1 ranked LSU softball to kick off road trip at Miss. State http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-1-ranked-lsu-softball-to-kick-off-road-trip-at-miss-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/no-1-ranked-lsu-softball-to-kick-off-road-trip-at-miss-state/ LSU Sports Tue, 7 Apr 2015 2:52:26 PM Brock Sues No. 1 ranked LSU softball to kick off road trip at Miss. State

BATON ROUGE - No. 1 ranked LSU softball is packing up for the team's longest road trip of the season with the opening game coming on Wednesday evening against Mississippi State in Starkville.

After their encounter with the Bulldogs, they'll head to Knoxville for a three-game SEC series against Tennessee this weekend. Finally, they wrap up the tour with a midweek doubleheader next Wednesday against McNeese State in Lake Charles.

The Tigers recently boosted their record to 36-3 overall and 9-3 in conference play prior to the start of the Spring Break run. The series of road games comes at a crucial time in the season as only four weeks of regular season play remain in their 2015 campaign. MSU is coming into tomorrow's road trip opener on a five-straight tear of wins.

Tomorrow night's game at 6 p.m. can be streamed online via SEC Network+ through WatchESPN. According to LSUSports.net, radio coverage will resume locally on ESPN 104.5/9 later on this week.

Keep up with Tiger softball news on at www.lsusports.net/softball and on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Of course, you can always get the latest from the News 2 Sports Team on our TV broadcasts and right here on WBRZ.com.

Image: Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer


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