WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 2 May 2016 23:05:59 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU Softball claims series with comeback win http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-claims-series-with-comeback-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-claims-series-with-comeback-win/ LSU Sports Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:23:41 PM WBRZ LSU Softball claims series with comeback win

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Down four runs with just two innings to play, LSU softball rallied to score five runs to take the comeback win against the Arkansas Razorbacks, 5-4. 

After stealing the second game, the Tigers wrapped up the series in Arkansas in just a matter of hours. In game one, the Tigers put up 10 runs to the Razorback's 4 to take the first win. 

The Tigers improve to 39-13 overall record and 12-11 in the Southeastern conference.

As expected, head coach Beth Torina was excited about the come from behind game two win.

"I love seeing the fight of our team," Torina said. "It’s not the first time this season we’ve been down to our last strike and be able to come away with a win.I think that’s such an unbelievable quality for a team to have; to have guts and fight down to the wire when your back is against the wall and be able to find a way."

The final game of the series is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Bogle Park.


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LSU baseball drops series at Ole Miss http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-drops-series-at-ole-miss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-drops-series-at-ole-miss/ LSU Sports Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:20:19 PM WBRZ Staff LSU baseball drops series at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – The LSU Tigers were only able to put up 2 runs in Saturday's loss to Ole Miss in Oxford.

The Tigers drop to 28-16 overall and 11-10 in the Southeastern Conference. 

In an interview after the game, LSU head coach Paul Mainieri was clearly frustrated.

“It seemed like we had chances in every inning," Mainieri said. "We had bases-loaded situations and runners in scoring position with no outs. We had a lot of hits; we just couldn’t get the hits when it mattered."

Mainieri said the team's focus is on the final 12 games of the regular season, starting with Arkansas next weekend.

LSU returns to Alex Box Stadium Friday to host the Razorbacks in game one of a three-game SEC series. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. 


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Lange leads LSU to 6-3 win over Ole Miss http://www.wbrz.com/news/lange-leads-lsu-to-6-3-win-over-ole-miss/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lange-leads-lsu-to-6-3-win-over-ole-miss/ LSU Sports Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:52:24 PM Bill Franques Lange leads LSU to 6-3 win over Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Sophomore right-hander Alex Lange fired his second straight complete game Friday night to lead eighth-ranked LSU to a 6-3 win over No. 9 Ole Miss at Swazye Field.

 

LSU improved to 28-15 overall and 11-9 in the SEC, while Ole Miss dropped to 32-12 overall and 11-9 in conference play.

 

The teams will conclude the series at 11 a.m. CT Saturday in a game that will be televised by ESPN2. Saturday’s game can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live audio and stats are available at www.LSUsports.net.

 

Lange (5-3) limited Ole Miss to three runs – two earned – on seven hits in nine innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. Lange, who also turned in a complete game last week versus Mississippi State, became the first LSU pitcher to record back-to-back complete games since Aaron Nola posted four in a row in 2013.

 

Catcher Jordan Romero led LSU’s 11-hit attack by going 2-for-2 at the plate with a two-run homer and three RBI.

 

“Alex Lange would not be denied tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He upped it another notch and showed what he is capable of being. We needed him desperately because of how we went into our bullpen yesterday. I’ve never seen a more determined athlete in my life. He put his team on his back.

 

“Offensively, I’m so proud of our approach at the plate. We have battled and done a great job. At the end of the day, we got it done and Alex was phenomenal.”

 

Ole Miss starter David Parkinson (2-2) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered four runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout.

 

LSU scored a run in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Romero, but Ole Miss responded with a two-run homer by centerfielder J.B. Woodman, his sixth dinger of the season.

 

The Tigers tied the game in the second when designated hitter Bryce Jordan doubled and scored on a groundout to shortstop by third baseman Chris Reid.

 

Romero blasted a two-run homer – his seventh dinger of the season – in the third inning to give LSU a 4-2 advantage.

 

The Rebels narrowed the gap to 4-3 in the fourth on an RBI single by first baseman Will Golsan.

 

LSU scored two runs in the top of the sixth with the aid of an Ole Miss miscue. First baseman Greg Deichmann doubled and Reid walked before relief pitcher Connor Green made an errant throw on second baseman Cole Freeman’s sacrifice bunt, allowing Deichmann to score.

 

Reid later crossed the plate on a groundout by rightfielder Antoine Duplantis, giving LSU a 6-3 lead.


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Ole Miss edges LSU, 7-6, in game one of SEC Series http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-edges-lsu-7-6-in-game-one-of-sec-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ole-miss-edges-lsu-7-6-in-game-one-of-sec-series/ LSU Sports Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:57:15 PM Bill Franques Ole Miss edges LSU, 7-6, in game one of SEC Series

OXFORD, Miss. – Second baseman Tate Blackman collected three RBI Thursday night and centerfielder J.B. Woodman drove in two runs to lead ninth-ranked Ole Miss to a 7-6 win over No. 8 LSU at Swayze Field.

 

Game 2 of the series is set for 6:30 p.m. CT Friday, and it may be viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.

The game can he heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, with live audio and live stats at www.LSUsports.net.

 

Ole Miss reliever Brad Feigl (4-0) was credited with the win, recording two outs in the sixth inning after LSU had taken a 5-4 lead. LSU reliever Parker Bugg (0-2), who entered the game in the fifth inning with the score tied 4-4, was charged with the loss as he surrendered three runs on two hits in in two innings with two walks and three strikeouts.

 

Ole Miss starting pitcher Brady Bramlett was lifted in the fourth inning after LSU touched him for four runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

LSU starter Jared Poche’ worked four innings and was charged with four runs on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

 

“I thought we did a tremendous job against one of the best pitchers in the league (Bramlett),” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our hitters scored two in the first inning and then we scored two more in the third. We ran his pitch count up. I thought we just did a tremendous job against him. Unfortunately, they were able to get a few hits off of Jared and were able to fight back. They are a good ball club and they showed why.

 

“Jared was out there competing as hard as he could. He obviously didn’t have his ace stuff tonight. He got us through four innings. I thought Parker (Bugg) threw well and I thought (Russell) Reynolds threw well. We had an inning there where we just had a few plays we could have made but didn’t. It was just the story of the game. I thought it was a great ball game. It was exciting, and our kids played so hard. The difference was very slight between what we did and what they did tonight.”

 

LSU took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as rightfielder Antoine Duplantis singled, moved to second on centerfielder Jake Fraley’s single, stole third base and scored when catcher Henri Lartigue’s throw sailed into left field. Fraley later scored from third on a sacrifice fly by catcher Jordan Romero to give the Tigers the early two-run advantage.

 

The Rebels tied the game in the bottom of the first as rightfielder Ryan Olenik doubled and scored on second baseman Tate Blackman’ single, and Blackman scored on a double by centerfielder J.B. Woodman.

 

LSU regained the lead in the top of third when Romero belted a two-run double to score Fraley and shortstop Kramer Robertson, who had opened the inning with back-to-back singles.

 

Ole Miss tied the contest again in the bottom of the third on run-scoring doubles by Blackman and Woodman.

 

LSU scored an unearned run in the sixth, when the Tigers were aided by an error at second base by Blackman. Duplantis delivered an RBI groundout to score second baseman Cole Freeman with the go-ahead run.

 

Ole Miss, however, scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against reliever Parker Bugg to take a 7-5 lead. Shortstop Errol Robinson lined an RBI triple and later scored from third when Bugg’s throw to the plate on Olenik’s ground ball sailed over Romero’s head. Blackman’s sacrifice fly gave the Rebels a two-run advantage.

 

LSU narrowed the deficit to 7-6 in the top of the seventh when Robertson scored from third on a grounder by first baseman Greg Deichmann.

 

The Tigers had an opportunity to tie the game in the eighth, but Woodman threw out pinch runner Brennan Breaux at the plate after a base hit by Duplantis against Ole Miss closer Wyatt Short. It was the second outfield assist of the game for Woodman, who threw out Freeman at the plate in the fourth inning.

 

Short earned his seventh save of the season after retiring LSU in order to the top of the ninth.


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LSU at Ole Miss series kicks off Thursday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-at-ole-miss-series-kicks-off-thursday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-at-ole-miss-series-kicks-off-thursday/ LSU Sports Thu, 28 Apr 2016 8:16:28 AM Brock Sues LSU at Ole Miss series kicks off Thursday

BATON ROUGE - The No. 8 LSU Tigers open a three-game SEC series at No. 9 Ole Miss at 6 p.m. in Oxford, Mississippi.

Game 2 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, and first pitch for Game 3 is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.

The game can be viewed on the SEC Network +, accessible through the WatchESPN app with live audio carried on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. Saturday’s game will appear on ESPN2.

LSU had a down week in the Baseball America national poll as they dropped some spots, but they remain in a three-way tie with Ole Miss and Mississippi State for second place in the SEC West Division.

“We've had some tremendous games with Ole Miss over the years, and this series should provide its share of excitement,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Ole Miss has another outstanding team, and we're looking forward to competing in a very challenging road environment. We've had some success on the road this year in some pretty tough places to play, and I'm hopeful we can continue to play at a high level in another team's ball park.”

LSU is No. 4 in the SEC in hitting with a .300 team batting average. Freshman rightfielder Antoine Duplantis remains the Tigers’ leading hitter, batting .358 with six doubles, four triples, one homer, 25 RBI, 31 runs and 10 stolen bases. He’s No. 9 in the conference in batting average and fifth in the league in base hits.

LSU’s pitching staff is ranked 10th in the league with a 4.19 team ERA. Sophomore right-hander Alex Lange is expected to be on the hill in Game 2 against the Rebels. He’s fifth in the SEC in strikeouts with 75.

The series between LSU and Ole Miss is 172-147 to the Tigers with the series inaugurated in 1906. LSU has won five in a row in contests between the schools. The Rebels last took a series win from LSU in 2010 when Ole Miss swept three games at Oxford.


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5 Tigers set to tee off at annual Zurich Classic http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-tigers-set-to-tee-off-at-annual-zurich-classic/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-tigers-set-to-tee-off-at-annual-zurich-classic/ LSU Sports Wed, 27 Apr 2016 3:44:48 PM Brock Sues 5 Tigers set to tee off at annual Zurich Classic

BATON ROUGE - As the PGA Tour makes its annual stop at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, five current and former Tigers will be teeing off in the event.

The opening round at TPC Louisiana in Avondale gets underway on Thursday.

Former PGA Champion David Toms and PGA TOUR rookie Smylie Kaufman will be automatic crowd draws as they have been paired together for the first two rounds. They’ll play alongside Charley Hoffman on Thursday at 12:40 p.m. from the first tee and Friday at 7:40 a.m. from the 10th. Kaufman is having an unbelievable rookie season, already having earned $2,075,938 with three top-10 and seven top-25 finishes in 2015-16.

Toms is returning for the first time in two weeks after he tied for 14th place during his appearance at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The first Tiger, Andrew Loupe, tees off Thursday at 8:40 a.m. from the first tee. Senior All-American Zach Wright begins at 1:40 p.m. along with Ben Taylor at 10 minutes later at the 10th tee.

Loupe is enjoying the most successful season in his three-year career as a member of the PGA TOUR, claiming $705,463 in earnings leading up to the Classic with a trio of top-10 finishes and four top-25 finishes.

Taylor is newly-exempt from Canada’s Mackenzie Tour in his rookie season at LSU. He’s No.10 in the college rankings, according to Golfstat ratings.

World No. 1 Jason Day headlines the field with No. 5 Rickie Fowler and No. 10 Justin Rose, according to LSUsports.net. Rose enters the weekend as defending champion after he won last year’s Zurich Classic title by one shot, finishing at 22-under par.


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LSU Softball Caps Midweek Play With 5-2 Win over McNeese http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-caps-midweek-play-with-5-2-win-over-mcneese/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-caps-midweek-play-with-5-2-win-over-mcneese/ LSU Sports Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:57:58 PM LSU Athletics LSU Softball Caps Midweek Play With 5-2 Win over McNeese

BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 12 LSU softball team produced 11 hits offensively and got a two-hitter from Carley Hoover in the circle as the Tigers defeated the McNeese State Cowgirls 5-2 Tuesday evening at Tiger Park, winning the team’s final midweek game of the season and pushing their unbeaten run to seven games.

 

LSU (37-13) scored four of its five runs in the first two innings and earned nine of their 11 hits in the first 13 at-bats of the game to strike the first blow against the Cowgirls (33-11), while Hoover had a no-hitter through four innings as she only gave up a pair of hits through the contest to earn the complete-game victory in the circle. The win moved LSU to 10-0 in midweek games this year and 7-0 against Louisiana teams this year.

 

“I think it was a tough game, and McNeese is a very good opponent. There are always things that I wish we could have done better, but we fought and it was a quality win for our team,” head coach Beth Torina said. “We took the extra time to prepare for them by changing our off day this week. We wanted to get ready for their pitching staff and preparing for what they bring to the table.”

 

The top four hitters in the LSU lineup all finished with multiple hits in the win, led by senior Bianka Bell who went 3-for-3 as she is the new program leader in total bases in LSU history with 469 with five games in the regular season and the postseason to go.

 

“I’m out here doing everything I can to spark my team and find a way to win, and if that means being a record holder then I’ll take it,” Bell said. “At the end of the day, I really want a national title. All those individual accolades are cool, but I want the team aspect more than myself.”

 

Sahvanna Jaquish was 2-for-4 on the night with a double and three RBIs, Sandra Simmons with a double among her two hits and a run scored and Emily Griggs with two hits and two runs scored with a walk.

 

Hoover (14-6) allowed one earned run in the win on Tuesday, walking and striking out four on 118 pitches thrown. The sophomore retired the side in three of the seven innings as the Cowgirls struggled much of the night.

 

“This was a really good win, this wasn’t just a shut-up-and-play midweek game,” Hoover said. “McNeese is a very good team and this is a very good win to add to our schedule.”

 

Emily Vincent (12-3) suffered the loss allowing five runs, four earned, on all 11 hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Jamie Allred three just five pitches and get the only out of the inning she needed in the sixth. Tori Yanitor and Vincent had the only two hits for McNeese offensively.

 

The Tigers opened the offensive in the first, as consecutive bunt singles from Simmons and Griggs put two on for LSU, as Bell ripped a single up the middle to load the bases. Following suit, Jaquish laced a double down the left field line to drive in two to give LSU an early 2-0 lead.

 

With two on a wild pitch allowed Jaquish to move to third, but Bell was put out at home for the first out. Kellsi Kloss lifted a single to the short porch in left to drive in Jaquish to make it 3-0 Tigers. After a fly ball out, a Constance Quinn single and a walk to Amber Serrett loaded the bases again for LSU, but a strikeout ended the inning.

 

“Usually it took us an at-bat or two to get going and coach really told us today to come out in the first at-bat like we know what we’re doing,” Jaquish said.

 

In the very next frame, Griggs earned her second hit of the day to reach with an out in the bottom of the second. Bell singled through the right side to put runners at the corners as a Jaquish single through the right side plated another Tiger run to put the team on top 4-0.

 

A walk to open the McNeese fifth put one on for the visitors, as a single to left put two on for the Cowgirls. A sacrifice bunt advanced the two McNeese runners to second and third, as on the next play, a grounder back to Hoover in the circle started a cat-and-mouse game with the lead runner at third, as everyone was safe to load the bases. A run would cross on the next play, as Serrett was able to put out the lead runner at third for the second out, with Kloss throwing out the next runner trying to steal third to end the inning.

 

Kloss drew a walk to open the bottom of the fifth, as Akiya Thymes came on to pinch run for the LSU catcher. She stole second, as the errant throw to try and catch her went into the outfield to move to third. Another error on a toss back to the circle allowed Thymes to score to put LSU up 5-1.

 

A walk and an error in the seventh put two McNeese runners on, with a wild pitch advancing the two to second and third. An infield popup put an out on the board, as a single to left scored McNeese’s final run of the game as a foul out and grounder to the circle ended the game, preserving the win for LSU.

 

“I think this is a tough to place for the visiting team to play and that is made up by the awesome fans that we have here at Tiger Park,” Torina said. “We love playing at home and love playing in front of our crowd and we love our Tiger fans.”

 

LSU will be back in action this weekend, traveling to Fayetteville for the final SEC conference series of the year against the Arkansas Razorbacks.


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LSU Baseball falls to Tulane 4-1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-falls-to-tulane-4-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-falls-to-tulane-4-1/ LSU Sports Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:49:31 PM Bill Franques LSU Baseball falls to Tulane 4-1

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Tulane right-hander J.P. France limited eighth-ranked LSU to one run through 7.1 innings Tuesday night to lead the 20th-ranked Green Wave to a 4-1 win over the Tigers at Turchin Stadium.

 

Tulane improved to 27-13 with the win, while LSU dropped to 27-14.

 

LSU opens a three-game SEC series at 6 p.m. CT Thursday against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. The game will be televised on the SEC Network, and it can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.

 

France (4-1) threw 102 pitches, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

“We just weren’t able to solve him,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He threw strikes with his fastball and curveball. I thought we hit three balls good early in the game. With the wind blowing like it was I thought they might carry out the park, but they didn’t. We just didn’t make a lot of hard contact after that. It just wasn’t our night.

“The result wasn’t what we were looking for tonight. I think the kids were out there doing the best they can, and it just didn’t work out. We have to move forward because we have a very important series coming up in less than two days at Ole Miss.”

LSU starter Doug Norman (1-1) was charged with the loss, as he allowed one run on three hits in 3.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout. 

Tulane grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as shortstop Lex Kaplan reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to third on third baseman Hunter Hope’s double and scored on a groundout by first baseman Hunter Williams.

The Green Wave added two runs in the fifth against LSU reliever Caleb Gilbert, as designated hitter Jeremy Montalbano delivered an RBI single and an LSU fielding error allowed the second run to score.

 

Tulane increased the advantage to 4-0 in the sixth on a solo homer by second baseman Jake Willsey against LSU reliever Jesse Stallings. The homer was Willsey’s sixth of the season.

 

LSU scored a run in the eighth when designated hitter Bryce Jordan scored from third on a bases-loaded balk by Tulane left-handed reliever Sam Bjornjeld.

 

The Tigers had runners on second and third with one out, but Bjornjeld struck out centerfielder Jake Fraley. Right-hander Patrick Duester relieved Bjornjeld, and he fanned catcher Jordan Romero to end the inning.

 

Duester pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.


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LSU softball to host McNeese Tuesday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-to-host-mcneese-tuesday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-to-host-mcneese-tuesday/ LSU Sports Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:02:49 AM Alicia Serrano LSU softball to host McNeese Tuesday

BATON ROUGE- The LSU softball team will host McNeese State on Tuesday afternoon in their final non-conference midweek game of the season.

Fans that have made it to Tiger Park for the season-long Turn Up Tuesday’s promotion will receive their final stamp and be given an LSU softball visor when entering the gates.

LSU goes into the game against the Cowgirls with a 36-13 record for the season and 10-11 record in league play. The Tigers earned a sweep against the South Carolina Gamecocks over the weekend in the team’s final home SEC series of the year.

The wins pushed the team’s winning streak to six-straight, however the team is going in with the same attitude as the rest, according to head coach Beth Torina.

We are approaching this one a little differently just because McNeese is such a talented team,” Torina said.

 “I know they have a very good player and they always play us tough whenever we face each other, so we are treating this game as we would any series going into it.”

The game will be the seventh game against an in-state opponent and the Tigers have a 6-0 mark against teams from the state thus far.

LSU has won eight of the last ten meetings against McNeese.

The Cowgirls will be streamed online through SEC Network+, with radio coverage on 107.3 FM.

The game starts at 6 p.m. in Tiger Park.


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LSU to take on Tulane Tuesday night in New Orleans http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-take-on-tulane-tuesday-night-in-new-orleans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-take-on-tulane-tuesday-night-in-new-orleans/ LSU Sports Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:53:30 AM Brock Sues LSU to take on Tulane Tuesday night in New Orleans

BATON ROUGE - No. 8 LSU will face off with a No. 20 Tulane Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans.

Audio of the game will be available locally on WDGL 98.1 and on the web at www.LSUsports.net/live. The game will also be televised, so check your local cable or satellite listings to see where you can catch the game.

LSU came it at No. 9 in the Baseball America poll after dropping a few spots following a 2-2 week. Currently, the Tigers are in a three-way tie with Ole Miss and Mississippi State for second place in the SEC West Division.

“There are only 16 games left in the regular season, and each one will be important in helping us reach our postseason goals,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We’re going to be facing a challenging environment and a very good team at Tulane, so it’s up to us to meet that challenge by playing as hard as we can and leaving everything on the field. Our team has continued to improve, and now is the time, as we approach the home stretch, for us to be at our best.”

The coach says sophomore Doug Norman (1-0, 3.26 ERA) will make his second start on the mound this season against the Green Wave. Norman was key to LSU’s victory over Southeastern during his first start of the year last Wednesday.

LSU is batting .303 as a team with 29 home runs and 68 steals from 92 attempts. Freshmen right fielder Antoine Duplantis is at the top of hitting heap as he is batting .358 with six doubles, four triples, a homer, 25 RBI, 31 runs and 10 stolen bases.

LSU leads the series with Tulane 180-127-3. The Tigers played Tulane in the first intercollegiate athletic event in the history of LSU. That victory was posted by LSU with a score of 10-8 in 1893. LSU has come out on top in the last 13 of 17 meetings between the schools.


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LSU baseball down three spots to No. 8 after 2-2 week http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-down-three-spots-to-no-8-after-2-2-week/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-down-three-spots-to-no-8-after-2-2-week/ LSU Sports Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:47:57 AM Brock Sues LSU baseball down three spots to No. 8 after 2-2 week

BATON ROUGE - New national baseball rankings have the Tigers dropping three spots to No.8 after a 2-2 week.

LSU’s next game will be at No. 20 Tulane on Tuesday followed by a three-game series starting on Thursday at No. 9 Ole Miss.

Here is the entire Baseball America Top 25:

Rank, Team, Record, Previous

1, Florida, 36-6, 2
2, Texas A&M, 32-8, 3
3, Mississippi State, 27-13, 7
4, Miami (Fla.), 30-8, 1
5, Florida State, 28-11, 11
6, South Carolina, 33-8, 12
7, TCU, 28-10, 4
8, LSU , 27-13, 5
9, Ole Miss, 31-10, 15
10, Louisville, 31-9, 6
11, Vanderbilt, 30-10, 8
12, N.C. State, 28-11, 14
13, Texas Tech, 31-12, 10
14, Southern Miss, 29-12, NR
15, Rice, 25-13, 13
16, Michigan, 28-10, 18
17, UC Santa Barbara, 25-10, 9
18, Oregon State, 26-10, 22
19, Coastal Carolina, 30-11, 25
20, Tulane, 26-13, NR
21, East Carolina, 26-14, NR
22, Virginia, 26-17, NR
23, UL-Lafayette, 27-13, 24
24, Minnesota, 25-11, NR

25, Oklahoma State, 25-14, NR

Dropped out: (16) North Carolina, (17) Long Beach State, (19) Kentucky, (20) California, (21) Florida Atlantic, (23) Michigan State


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LSU takes game 3 over No. 6 Mississippi State http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-takes-game-3-over-no-6-mississippi-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-takes-game-3-over-no-6-mississippi-state/ LSU Sports Sun, 24 Apr 2016 5:22:43 PM LSU Athletics LSU takes game 3 over No. 6 Mississippi State

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Tigers used 12 hits to score 11 runs and take Game 3 of the Southeastern Conference series over Mississippi State, 11-8, Sunday afternoon in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

With the win, No. 5 LSU improved to 27-13 on the year and 10-8 in SEC play while Mississippi State fell to 27-13-1 and 10-8 in the league.

The Tigers will return to action Tuesday night at 6 p.m.  in New Orleans at Turchin Stadium.  The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network and can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone.

After entering in the third inning, junior right-hander Russell Reynolds (1-0) fired 2.2 innings, limited the Bulldogs to two hits and struck out two to earn his first win of the season.

Konnor Pilkington (1-1) was charged with the loss after allowing four runs—three earned—on three hits. The freshman left-hander struck out two in his 3.1 inning start for the Bulldogs.

“I’m so proud of our guys for continuing to battle in this game after we faced the early deficit,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “They could have easily thrown in the towel when we were down 3-0 in the fourth inning, but they didn’t, they remained focused and energized, as I knew they would. These are high-character kids, and they earned a significant victory today.”

LSU starter John Valek III pitched 2.1 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and walked one.  

“I hated to take John out early in the game, because he has been so good for us all year,” Mainieri said. “He wasn’t pitching poorly, but I just felt that Russell could get us out of the jam with us stuff. Russell came in and stabilized the game, and he gave us the momentum to rally in the bottom of the fourth.”

Mississippi State centerfielder Jake Mangum singled up the middle to lead off the top of the third. Designated hitter Jack Kruger followed to put runners in scoring position with no outs. Right fielder Brent Rooker doubled to right-centerfield, plating Mangum. In the next at-bat, left fielder Reid Humphreys drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to centerfield, and first baseman Nathaniel Lowe doubled to left-centerfield to put the Bulldogs up 3-0.

The Tigers took their first lead of the weekend in the bottom of the fourth after back-to-back singles by centerfielder Jake Fraley and left fielder Beau Jordan put runners on first and second for Jordan Romero. The catcher followed with a double down the left field line to score Fraley. After a ground out by shortstop Kramer Robertson plated Be. Jordan, Romero scored on an error by the second baseman. With two outs, second baseman Cole Freeman singled up the middle to bring in Deichmann from third and give LSU the 4-3 lead.

With two outs in the fifth, Romero sent his second double of the day to the left-centerfield wall, and Robertson took his first pitch to left-center for a double, scoring Romero. With two outs and runners on the corners, Robertson crossed home plate on a double steal that put Deichmann on second, and designated hitter Bryce Jordan ripped a 1-2 pitch into the left field landing to extend the Tigers’ lead to 8-3.

In the top of the sixth with a runner on first, second baseman Hunter Stovall doubled to right center to score shortstop Ryan Gridley from first. Mangum followed with single to score Stovall and cut the LSU lead to 8-5.

Fraley launched a triple to right-centerfield in the bottom of the sixth, scoring right fielder Antoine Duplantis, who reached via walk to lead off the inning. With runners on first and third and no outs, Romero grounded into a double play, scoring Fraley, and Robertson capped off the inning with a solo shot to left field—his first of the season—to put the Tigers up 11-5.

Gridley singled through the right side to open up the top of the eighth inning, and he scored on the one-out single by Mangum. With the bases loaded, Humphreys drilled a single to left field, driving in two Bulldogs to make it 11-8 LSU.


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Tigers Get Defensive in 2-0 Win Over Gamecocks http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-get-defensive-in-2-0-win-over-gamecocks/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-get-defensive-in-2-0-win-over-gamecocks/ LSU Sports Sun, 24 Apr 2016 4:37:07 PM LSU Athletics Tigers Get Defensive in 2-0 Win Over Gamecocks

BATON ROUGE – A pair of runs would be all the No. 14 LSU softball team would need to score in the finale of its SEC series on Sunday, as some defensive stops and a solid pitching performance from freshman Sydney Smith in the circle proved to be the difference in a 2-0 win for the Tigers over the South Carolina Gamecocks to earn the series sweep Sunday afternoon at Tiger Park.

After two solid days of play offensively, the Tiger (36-13, 10-11 Southeastern) defense stole the show on Sunday and got a huge boost in the form of a game-tying solo home run being robbed by Sandra Simmons in left field early on for South Carolina (32-16, 5-13) that kept the visitors off the board and helped propel LSU to the victory and it’s first sweep of a conference opponent this season.

I think that is how the SEC goes. No one is going to roll over and die for you on a Sunday even after you beat them in the first two games,” head coach Beth Torina said.

LSU got both of its runs in various ways, with heads up base running and a long ball to put the home side ahead, as Bianka Bell belted the home run, her 10th of the season, while Constance Quinn and Amber Serrett each had hits. Sahvanna Jaquish had a double for her only hit, scoring on the first of two errors for South Carolina in the bottom of the second to put LSU up first.

“It was a good job by the team. We did a lot of good things this weekend scoring lots of runs and doing our jobs,” Bell said. “Our pitchers did a great job in the circle this past weekend getting us out of jams and working with a few things. Some of them didn’t throw their best games but they came back and fought through the entire game. Finding a way to get outs and getting the lead runners, and just an overall good job by us.”

After allowing a single hit in the second, Smith (9-2) retired the next 12 in a row and sat the side down in order in four of the seven innings on the day to earn her sixth shutout of the season Sunday, scattering three hits and striking out four with no walks.

“It really helped me move along on the mound,” Smith said. “Honestly, having them have my back each game and knowing that wherever I put the ball they’re going to field it, it’s just awesome having teammates like that.”

Nickie Blue (15-12) suffered the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Lauren Masters, Kennedy Clark and Ansley Ard had the three hits for South Carolina on the day.

Jaquish opened the bottom of the second inning with a ripped double down the line in left to put a Tiger runner in scoring position. After successive outs, Quinn poked one through the left side of the defense for the single as an error in left allowed Jaquish to come home to score to give LSU a 1-0 lead.

With one out in the top of the third, a sky-high shot was lifted deep to left that was bound for the terrace, but Simmons timed her jump just right to make the catch at the wall and save the game-tying homer from leaving the park.

“I just saw it and thought it was hit right to me, but then I realized it was a little bit deeper so I just kept going back,” Simmons said. “Emily (Griggs) was there to help me and she just let me know that I had room, and I was able to catch it. If it wasn’t out, it was very close to hitting the top of the wall.”

LSU doubled its lead in the very first at-bat of the fourth, as Bell went deep into the count before launching one down the line in left for the solo shot to put the Tigers up 2-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, Serrett singled to left to reach first, as Landry came up next and hit a grounder to second as Serrett was originally called out, but was reversed as both were now on base with South Carolina head coach Beverly Smith arguing the call before getting ejected in the frame. The next two batters would go down in order leaving the two with the Tigers still leading.

South Carolina gained a bit of momentum in the top of the sixth, as with an out an infield single put one on, with a fielder’s choice forcing out that runner at second on the next play. Another infield single put two on for the Gamecocks for the first time on the day, but an infield popup ended the threat.

The Gamecocks would get two more on in the seventh due to an error and a hit batter, but Smith’s fourth strikeout of the day came at the perfect time, closing the door and ending the day to secure the sweep.

LSU closes out its home stand on Tuesday, hosting the McNeese State Cowgirls at 6 p.m. at Tiger Park.


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Mississippi State edges LSU 2-1 to take series http://www.wbrz.com/news/mississippi-state-edges-lsu-2-1-to-take-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mississippi-state-edges-lsu-2-1-to-take-series/ LSU Sports Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:35:44 PM LSU Athletics Mississippi State edges LSU 2-1 to take series

BATON ROUGE, La. – Right-hander Austin Sexton limited fifth-ranked LSU to one run in 7.1 innings Saturday as No. 6 Mississippi State edged the Tigers 2-1 in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field on Saturday night.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 27-12-1 and 10-7 in Southeastern Conference play while LSU fell to 26-13 and 9-8 in conference games.

Game 3 of the series will start Sunday at 12 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field and will be aired on ESPN2. The game can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio through the GeauxZone. 

Sexton (4-2) earned the win after tossing 7.1 innings and allowing one run on five hits, striking out four.

Right-hander Reid Humphreys collected his fifth save of the season, firing 0.2 innings and gave up no hits.

LSU right-hander Alex Lange (4-3) was charged with the loss despite a brilliant effort on the mound. He allowed only two runs – one earned -- on just four hits with seven strikeouts in a nine-inning performance.

The outing marked the first complete game by an LSU pitcher since Lange accomplished the feat last June in the College World Series against Cal State Fullerton.

Saturday’s win gave Mississippi State its first series victory over LSU since 2006. The Tigers had won nine consecutive series over the Bulldogs.

 

“Alex Lange pitched his heart out tonight, and it’s a shame we couldn’t win the game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We certainly didn’t play poorly; in fact, we played very well behind Alex for most of the game. You have to credit Mississippi State – we knew their pitcher was going to keep spinning up breaking balls, and we couldn’t quite get adjusted to it.

 

“We have to turn the page on this game and look forward to trying to get a win tomorrow. Every game in the 30-game SEC schedule is important, and it’s high-caliber baseball where the margin of error is very small. We need to come back out here tomorrow and raise our level of play because Mississippi State has an excellent team.”

 

In the top of the first inning, designated hitter Jack Kruger hit a solo shot to left field, giving the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead.

 

The Bulldogs extended their lead 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning as Humphreys, who started the game in left field, hit an RBI sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to score centerfielder Jake Mangum. The run was unearned, as Mangum had reached base on an LSU error.

 

LSU got on the board in the eighth as centerfielder Jake Fraley grounded out to short to bring pinch hitter Beau Jordan home from third, cutting the Bulldogs lead to 2-1.

 

Shortstop Kramer Robertson doubled with one out in the ninth and moved to third on designated hitter Bryce Jordan’s groundout to second. However, Humphreys retired third baseman Chris Reid on a liner to shortstop to end the game.


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LSU defeats South Carolina 8-0 to take series http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defeats-south-carolina-8-0-to-take-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-defeats-south-carolina-8-0-to-take-series/ LSU Sports Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:26:23 PM LSU Athletics LSU defeats South Carolina 8-0 to take series

BATON ROUGE, La. – Going for the series victory, the No. 14 LSU softball team scored seven runs over the course of two innings in an eventual 8-0 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks in five innings Saturday evening at Tiger Park in the fifth-annual “Strikeout Ovarian Cancer” game.

 

With their winning streak now extended to five games, the Tigers (35-13, 9-11 Southeastern) were efficient in all areas Saturday, needing just eight hits to plate all eight runs as seven LSU players earned a hit on the night. The win also kept the team’s record spotless in the teal contest, moving to 5-0 in the annual event.

 

“I knew that we were going to be playing our best softball at the end and I think that I really like the performance we got from our team tonight,” head coach Beth Torina said.

 

LSU was led at the plate by senior Bianka Bell who went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. She was walked once on the night, as in the process she passed Rachel Mitchell for the program career-high in walks with 123 in her career.

 

“You can see it with everyone at the plate. Everyone is swinging at good pitches and taking the bad pitches,” Bell said. “We are focusing on the team as a whole and not just on ourselves.”

 

Emily Griggs earned her second multi-RBI game of the weekend, driving in two and scoring three times, with Sahvanna Jaquish driving in two with a hit and a sacrifice fly, while Constance Quinn belted her first home run of the season in the victory.

 

Sophomore Allie Walljasper (8-5) pitched her third shutout of the season on just 54 pitches, striking out two and allowing just two hits to South Carolina (32-15, 5-12) in five innings. Both of the Gamecock hits came in the third, both on infield hits, as the visitors did not have a runner reach past second base on the evening.

 

“It’s awesome. We’ve worked so hard to get back to this point and just regaining confidence in what we can do,” Walljasper said. “It’s just great to see it all come together.”

 

South Carolina’s Nickie Blue (15-11) suffered the loss, walking five with no strikeouts in four innings. Kenzie Maguire and Alexis Mack had each of South Carolina’s hits.

 

Sandra Simmons opened the first with a single, but was put out on the next play on a fielder’s choice. With Griggs now at first, she advanced to second on wild pitch, coming in to score as Bell singled through the right side to put the Tigers up 1-0.

 

A walk to Amber Serrett opened the LSU third, as a bunt single by Bailey Landry put two on. A passed ball advanced the two, leaving the open base for Simmons who was walked to load the bases for the Tigers.

 

Griggs earned an RBI by drawing a walk to make it 2-0 LSU, leaving the bases juiced for Bell who ripped a double down the line in left to double the lead at 4-0. With runners now at second and third, Jaquish hit a sacrifice fly to right to score another run to make it 5-0.

 

The Tigers got the fireworks in the fourth, as Quinn lifted one high to left center, having just enough to clear the fence for the home run to give LSU a 6-0 lead. A walk to Landry put one on, as she stole second and moved to third on an infield grounder for the second out. She came in on a Griggs infield single to make it a seven-run advantage, as LSU wasn’t done with a walk to Bell putting two on before Jaquish hit a single down the right field line to score Griggs to make it 8-0.

 

“The day was a win before we stepped on the field.  And that is what I told them before game,” Torina said. “We are going to win this day no matter what the outcome is on the field. But having a win in the game is pretty awesome to cap off a perfect day.”

 

LSU goes for the series sweep on Sunday in the finale. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Tiger Park and will streamed live online on 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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LSU retires Furniss' 36 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-retires-furniss-36/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-retires-furniss-36/ LSU Sports Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:15:19 PM Brett Buffington & Hunter Robinson LSU retires Furniss' 36

BATON ROUGE - Eddy Furniss' sweet swing is forever etched in the memories of Tiger fans, and LSU cemented his place in Tigers' lore Friday night by retiring his number 36.

That honor has only been bestowed on two other's: Skip Bertman and Ben McDonald.

"It's really something that all those sacrifices when you're hitting hundreds of balls when you're 12 that you can see," Furniss said after the ceremony.

Furniss holds a handful of LSU and SEC records, including the most hits, homeruns and RBI's in conference history.

"It's a big honor to be that special to people in the stands," he said. "But the fans at LSU are very special to me as well."

Following the presentation, Furniss stood on the field reminiscing about his days on the diamond 20 years ago. He fondly recalled the feeling of playing in The Box on Friday night and hearing the chant of the crowd.

"You know the first time anybody ever did that, I thought they were chanting for Eddie Kentenson," he said. "I was looking around going 'Where's Eddy?' It's so nice when they do that; to have that kind of support from the fans.

The weekend of nostalgia continues for Tigers fan Saturday. They'll honor the 1996 championship team, Furniss included, before their game with Mississippi State.


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LSU Places Forty-Five Student-Athletes On SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-places-forty-five-student-athletes-on-sec-winter-academic-honor-roll/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-places-forty-five-student-athletes-on-sec-winter-academic-honor-roll/ LSU Sports Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:03:13 PM LSU Athletics LSU Places Forty-Five Student-Athletes On SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Forty-five LSU student-athletes from the men's basketball, women's basketball, gymnastics, and swimming and diving teams earned spots on the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll as announced by the league office Friday. 

The swimming and diving team led the way for LSU with 29 student-athletes, including all-Americans Logan Rysemus, Cassie Weil and Leah Troskot. The women’s program placed 19 student-athletes on the list for the second-straight year.

Rysemus rounded out his junior season with all-America honors in the 100 fly and 100 back. The Tacoma, Washington native broke the school record in both events and also earned silver at SEC Championships. Rysemus became the first swimmer in school history to go sub-46 in both the 100 fly and 100 back.

 

Weil capped a remarkable career as a six-time all-American between three-meter and platform. At NCAA Championships, Weil earned the highest finish for a Lady Tiger at the national event since 2004 as she finished fifth on platform.

 

Troskot also earned all-America honors in the 100 free after earning a spot in the consolation final. The junior finished 13th overall with a personal-best time of 48.37. Troskot became the fifth Lady Tiger in school history to earn the honors in the 100 free and the first since Amanda Kendall in 2011.


Ten LSU gymnasts earned spots on the honor roll. Those listed include Sydney Ewing, Michelle Gauthier, Ashleigh Gnat, Myia Hambrick, Erin Macadaeg, Kylie Moran, Shonacee Oliva, Jessica Savona, Randii Wyrick and Shae Zamardi.

 

The gymnastics team is fresh off a school-record finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships where the Tigers were the national runner-up. LSU earned a 197.4500 to place second, the highest finish in school history, as the Tigers reached the NCAA Super Six for the fifth time in program history and the third time in the last four seasons.


Seniors Ann Jones and Anne Pedersen, junior Rina Hill and sophomore Jenna Deemer earned accolades on the women’s basketball team. Pedersen and Jones have already earned their bachelor’s degrees from LSU. Pedersen, who is currently working on her master’s degree in sport pedagogy, is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Hill picks up her third-straight honor roll designation by the league office, and Deemer was a member of the SEC’s First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2014-15.

LSU men’s basketball was represented by Henry Shortess and Brandon Eddlestone, both multiple time members of the list. Shortess, who will graduate in three years in May, was given a scholarship by Coach Johnny Jones this semester for his dedicated work to help make the program better.

 

The 2015-16 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2015 Spring, Summer and Fall terms. A total of 667 student-athletes received accolades around the conference.


Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed on his/her institution’s NCAA?Sports Sponsorship Form is eligible for nomination to the Academic Honor Roll. The following criteria is followed: 

(1) A student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution. 

(2) If a student-athlete attends summer school, his/her grade point average during the summer academic term must be included in the calculation used to determine eligibility for the Academic Honor Roll. 

(3) Student-athletes eligible for the Honor Roll include those receiving an athletics scholarship, recipients of an athletics award (i.e., letter winner), and non-scholarship student-athletes who have been on a varsity team for two seasons. 

(4) Prior to being nominated, a student-athlete must have successfully completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree at the nominating institution. 

(5) The student-athlete must have been a member of a varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

LSU’s complete 2015-16 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll follows:

Brandon Eddlestone – Men’s Basketball – Accounting

Henry Shortess – Men’s Basketball – Management

Jenna Deemer – Women’s Basketball – Kinesiology

Rina Hill – Women’s Basketball – General Business

Ann Jones – Women’s Basketball – Interdisciplinary Studies

Anne Pedersen – Women’s Basketball – Pedagogy

Sydney Ewing – Gymnastics – Kinesiology

Michelle Gauthier – Gymnastics – Kinesiology

Ashleigh Gnat – Gymnastics – Sport Administration

Myia Hambrick – Gymnastics – Mass Communication

Erin Macadaeg – Gymnastics – Marketing

Kylie Moran – Gymnastics – Kinesiology

Shonacee Oliva – Gymnastics – Kinesiology

Jessica Savona – Gymnastics – Kinesiology

Randii Wyrick – Gymnastics – Sport Administration

Shae Zamardi – Gymnastics – Sport Administration

Harry Ackland – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Marketing

Silas Dejean – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Marketing

Elliot Dewlen – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Construction Management

Austin Drummond – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Finance

Brandon Goldman – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Finance

Alex Linge – Men’s Swimming and Diving – General Business

Devin Mccaffrey – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Plant & Soil Systems

Damen Pheiffer – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Coastal Environmental Science

Logan Rysemus – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Political Science

Andrew Suchla – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology

Allie Alter – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Textiles, Apparel, & Merchandising

Angele Cherbonnier – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Finance

Megan Cox – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Marketing

Jessie James – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Sport Administration

Kara Kopcso – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology

Katie Lagarde – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology

Jane Macdougall – Women’s Swimming and Diving – General/Special Education

Taryn Mackenzie – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology

Hannah Martin – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology

Caley Oquist – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Sport Administration

Stacey Stanfield – Women’s Swimming and Diving – English

Madison Sthamann – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology

Danielle Stirrat – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Psychology

Leah Troskot – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Mechanical Engineering

Sophie Weber – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Finance

Cassie Weil – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Textiles, Apparel, & Merchandising

Makenna Wilson – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Mass Communication

Kari Wray – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Mechanical Engineering

Kate Zimmer – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Nutrition & Food Sciences


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Softball takes to field this weekend in 'Strikeout Ovarian Cancer' game http://www.wbrz.com/news/softball-takes-to-field-this-weekend-in-strikeout-ovarian-cancer-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/softball-takes-to-field-this-weekend-in-strikeout-ovarian-cancer-game/ LSU Sports Fri, 22 Apr 2016 1:11:38 PM Alicia Serrano Softball takes to field this weekend in 'Strikeout Ovarian Cancer' game

BATON ROUGE- The LSU softball team is set to open a three-game SEC series against the South Carolina Gamecocks this weekend, and a special women's cause is attached to the game.

This weekend is special as Saturday’s game is the fifth-annual “Strikeout Ovarian Cancer” game. Earlier Saturday morning, will be the fourth annual “Geaux Teal Ovarian Cancer Walk” at Tiger Park at 10:30 a.m.

Tiger Park will go teal on Saturday with the team wearing special jerseys and helmets and fans who wear teal can buy admission tickets for $2.

In addition, the first 1,000 fans will receive a teal koozie.

On Friday, the first 750 fans will receive a light-up bracelet, welcoming patrons on East Baton Rouge Parish School Night with $2 admission tickets available with an EBR flyer.

Sunday is “Geaux Play Day” as the team will welcome Geaux Play participants to the park and will get the chance to run on the field after the game.

The Tigers won against the Northwestern State Lady Demons on Wednesday 6-1 to improve the team’s overall season to 33-13.

The Tigers have 10 games left in the regular season.

“I think our mindset isn’t any different now than where we’ve been all season long, but we’re just taking everything one game at a time,” head coach Beth Torina said. “That’s always been our focus and where it will continue to be.”

The first two games in this weekend’s series on Friday and Saturday will start at 6 p.m. and Sunday’s game will be for 1 p.m.

SEC Network+ will have coverage of game two and three of the series, with Lyn Rollins and Yvette Girouard calling the action. All three games of the weekend will be aired on 107.3 FM locally in Baton Rouge and at LSUsports.net for Geaux Zone subscribers.


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LSU gymnastics ends historic 2016 season http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-ends-historic-2016-season/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-ends-historic-2016-season/ LSU Sports Thu, 21 Apr 2016 6:07:23 PM Alicia Serrano LSU gymnastics ends historic 2016 season

BATON ROUGE- After LSU gymnastics Ashleigh Gnat finished the final vault in The Tigers’ 2016 season, it not only earned her a Super Six score of 9.95, but it also solidified the team’s national runner-up performance.

The team’s season was a perfect 10 for the record books.

A look back at the team accomplishment from the 2016 season:

- LSU tallied a total score of 197.4500 to place second and finish as the national runner-up, the best finish in school history.

- LSU used a solid 197.3375 score in the NCAA Semifinal I to earn a spot in the NCAA Super Six, the third time in the last four years and the fifth time overall the Tigers qualified to the national championship meet.

- The Tigers scored a 197.300 score to win the NCAA Athens (Georgia) Regional, the fourth-consecutive regional title and the 15th overall regional title in program history.

- LSU compiled a 31-6 overall record, the first time in school history LSU has reached the 30-win milestone.

- The Tigers also went 18-4 in the post-season, and the 18 post-season wins are the most in a single season in LSU history.

- LSU finished the season with a 197.242 meet average, the third consecutive season in which the Tigers’ season average was higher than a 197.

- The team earned a 6-1 regular season record against SEC opponents, the best record against SEC foes for the second straight year.

- LSU ranked in the Top 5 in all four events, one of only three teams in the nation to do so.

- LSU tied the school record with a 49.700 on floor against Auburn, and the Tigers also posted the program’s fourth-highest beam total with a 49.575 to lead the team to victory at Florida on Feb. 26.

- For the third consecutive season LSU finished with a perfect home record. The Tigers went 5-0 this season, beating Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arkansas, Auburn and Alabama inside the Maravich Center. LSU is 21-0 at home over the last three seasons.

- As a team LSU compiled 17 total All-America honors with 11 at the NCAA Championships and six in the regular season.

- LSU shattered the home attendance record for the fourth straight season as an average of 9,906 fans attended each meet this season. That figure is up from last season’s 9,208 average.

- A school-record 13,296 fans packed the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on March 4 to watch LSU defeat Alabama, 197.925-196.225. Another 10,177 fans were in attendance to watch LSU beat Auburn on Feb. 19, and 10,052 fans saw LSU knock off Kentucky on Jan. 22.

Take a look at the individual accomplishments in the 2016 season:

 - Head coach D-D Breaux reached the exclusive 700 career wins milestone at the NCAA Championships.

- Ashleigh Gnat earned SEC Specialist of the Year and NACGC/W Central Region Gymnast of the Year.

 - Sydney Ewing, Sarah Finnegan, Ashleigh Gnat, Myia Hambrick, Lexie Priessman and Jessica Savona earned All-America honors in the 2016 season. They combined to tally 17 All-America honors.

- Gnat won the SEC Floor Exercise Title, the fifth gymnast in LSU history to claim the SEC floor title.

- Finnegan and McKenna Kelley both earned SEC All-Freshman honors to become the seventh and eighth LSU gymnasts to earn the distinction since the honor began in 2009.
    
- Finnegan, Gnat and Hambrick tallied All-SEC honors, giving LSU a grand total of 70 in program history.
 Hambrick was the National Runner-Up for the floor exercise national title, and she placed third in the final all-around standings.

 - Gnat set the LSU single-season record with six perfect 10.0 scores, including a school single-season record four on floor exercise. She also added two perfect 10s on vault.

- Gnat also tied the LSU record for most floor titles in a season as she claimed 10 titles in 2016. She also won 10 vault titles, tied for fourth-most in a single season in program history.

 - LSU won a total of nine SEC Weekly honors: Hambrick was SEC Gymnast of the Week three times, Gnat was SEC Gymnast of the Week once, Shae Zamardi was SEC Specialist of the Week once, Gnat was SEC Specialist of the Week once and Sarah Finnegan was SEC Freshman of the Week three times.

- Finnegan tallied a 9.925 on beam in the season opener against Oklahoma. Her 9.925 is the highest score in an LSU gymnast’s first career beam routine in program history.

 - Finnegan scored a 9.95 on bars at the Lady Luck Invitational on Jan. 14. She became the first gymnast in LSU history to post a 9.95 on bars in the first road meet of her career.

  - A school-record tying six Tigers finished ranked in the Top 25 nationally in at least one category: Gnat ranked No. 1 on vault and floor and No. 17 on beam; Ewing ranked No. 10 on vault; Finnegan ranked No. 4 on beam and No. 11 on bars; Hambrick ranked No. 10 in the all-around, No. 17 on bars, No. 24 on vault and No. 25 on beam; Erin Macadaeg ranked No. 23 on beam; Randii Wyrick ranked No. 24 on floor. LSU also had six gymnasts ranked in the Top 25 in at least one event in 2005.

LSU is expected to return 20 of 24 routines for the 2017 season. The Tigers will also return six All-Americans as well as welcome three talented newcomers in Kennedi Edney, Ruby Harrold and Ashlyn Kirby. Fans can read about the newcomers here: lsul.su/1WVSSVs.


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LSU softball to host Northwestern Wednesday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-to-host-northwestern-wednesday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-to-host-northwestern-wednesday/ LSU Sports Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:18:46 PM Alicia Serrano LSU softball to host Northwestern Wednesday

BATON ROUGE- The LSU softball team is set to host the Northwestern State Lady Demons on Wednesday afternoon at Tiger Park.

The game is the first of five consecutive home games for The Tigers.

LSU returns home after claiming a major win over the SEC series this past weekend at Mississippi State. The Tigers won two of the three games in the series, improving their record to 32-13 on the season and 7-11 in the Southeastern Conference.

“I was happy with how the series ended, and I think Saturday could be looked at as a possible turning point for us in the season,” head coach Beth Torina said.

The Tigers lost the first game in the series and then came back for the last games in a big way.

“It felt different; the way they played Saturday and then how they came back on Sunday. We’re hoping that it was our moment and that we can go forward from there and continue to build.”

The game against the Lady Demons is at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Tiger Park.

The first 500 fans at the game will receive an LSU softball cell phone wallet as the athletic department will host its annual “Student Worker Appreciation Night,” serving pizza and soft drinks for athletics student workers throughout the department.

Patrick Wright will call all of the action for the LSU Sports Radio Network on 107.3 FM.


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