WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 24 May 2016 07:05:17 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 A trip through the history of Mike the Tiger http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-trip-through-the-history-of-mike-the-tiger/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/a-trip-through-the-history-of-mike-the-tiger/ LSU Sports Mon, 23 May 2016 1:55:52 PM Brock Sues A trip through the history of Mike the Tiger

BATON ROUGE - Despite the announcement Monday that LSU's live tiger mascot is to be treated for a rare form of cancer, Mike VI will remain one of just two live tigers left representing U.S. universities in the country. LSU's first tiger arrived in the fall of 1936 after nearly two years of planning by university officials. Through the years, LSU has had to replace the mascot a total of five teams, giving LSU a roster of six "Mikes" that have represented the school.

As the current Mike iteration prepares to receive medical attention from LSU veterinarians and Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, here's a trip through all of the generations of LSU live tiger mascots.

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LSU softball advances to Super Regional round with 2-0 over ASU http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-super-regional-round-with-2-0-over-asu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-super-regional-round-with-2-0-over-asu/ LSU Sports Sun, 22 May 2016 11:06:44 PM AP LSU softball advances to Super Regional round with 2-0 over ASU

BATON ROUGE – Thanks to a single pair of runs midway through and the seventh combined shutout in LSU postseason history, the No. 10 LSU softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round for the fifth time in program history with a 2-0 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils Sunday afternoon at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge.


After earning two wins to book a spot on Championship Sunday, the Tigers (48-15) got a dominant effort in the circle first with Allie Walljasper (10-5), while Carley Hoover (2), the regional most valuable player, came on in relief and earned her second save of the season after earning wins on Friday and Saturday as they held Arizona State (32-26) to just four hits on the afternoon. The LSU defense also had an impeccable day, committing no errors and having some big plays to keep the Sun Devils off of the board.


“Congratulations to Arizona State on a great season. Obviously they fought hard down to the last pitch, and their center fielder making that catch capped off the way they played the entire regional. They really fought hard,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I’m proud of my team. I’m proud that we stayed in it, and I thought we capitalized on some opportunities. I thought we did a decent job of moving runners up.”


Bailey Landry was 2-for-4 on the afternoon, as Sandra Simmons was 1-for-2 with a double, Bianka Bell going 1-for-3, Walljasper going 1-for-2 and Constance Quinn going 1-for-4. Sahvanna Jaquish drove in one of the two runs on the day with a run scored and drove in five on the weekend, while Simmons scored the other run on an error.


“I really think our team has a tremendous amount of battle in them. I think that’s what we’ve worked on since day one, from how to fight and to never give up,” Simmons said. “Whether you win 300 to nothing or one to nothing, little things always make a big difference in the games. I think we did the little things right this weekend, and you can expect us to continue to do that.”


While it was the seventh combined shutout by two pitchers in program history, it was the 21st overall for LSU in the NCAA tournament and first since Hoover’s against Arizona last season in the super regional. Walljasper pitched 5.1 innings and struck out four with one walk, scattering three hits on 72 pitches, while Hoover pitched the remaining 1.2 innings and gave up just a hit with a walk and a strikeout.


“(Allie) did a great job. She really had them off?balance I thought for the majority of the day,” Torina said. “Also a great performance on the mound with Carley (Hoover) coming in to shut the door.”


Kelsey Kessler (16-13) suffered the loss for Arizona State, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with two strikeouts and five walks in four innings, as she started every game for the Sun Devils on the weekend. Dale Ryndak pitched the next three after that, walking three and allowing a hit. The duo combined to walk eight LSU batters on the afternoon, tying the LSU record for most received in a game.


In the top of the second, consecutive walks to Jaquish and Kellsi Kloss quickly put two LSU runners on base. Walljasper fooled the defense by coming through with the sacrifice bunt, as the errant throw from the circle allowed Jaquish to score to make it 1-0, with Kloss moving to third on the play. A grounder advanced Walljasper to third, but a line out, throw out double play ended the inning.


In the bottom of the second, a leadoff double to right center put a Sun Devil runner on base, with a grounder to third keeping the runner at bay. A walk put two ASU runners on, but Walljasper sat down the next two with back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning and end the threat.


A walk to Kloss put an LSU runner on base to open the fourth, as Taylor Lockwood came on to pinch run at first. Walljasper advanced Lockwood to second on a sacrifice bunt, as Quinn singled up the middle and advanced to second on the throw in to put runners at second and third. Unfortunately, a shallow fly and strikeout ended LSU’s threat.


Simmons led off the top of the fifth with a double that one-hopped off the wall in center to open the frame. Landry caught the defense sleeping and had a bunt single to reach, putting Tiger runners at the corners. A walk to Bell ended Kessler’s day, as Ryndak came on in relief.


Jaquish nearly poked one through the right side of the defense, but a diving stop kept the ball on the dirt as Simmons scored anyway to make it a 2-0 game. However, a pop fly to short and foul out to first ended LSU’s charge.


An infield single for Arizona State put a Sun Devil runner on in the bottom of the sixth, as after a grounder to short, a single to right center put runners at the corners, as Hoover came on in relief. A walk loaded the bases for ASU, as on the very next play a liner to Landry in right was the second out as she rifled in the throw home to get the runner at the plate for the double play to end the inning.


“Like Carley mentioned earlier, we’ve practiced the sacrifice play every day,” Landry said. “It would be more of a pressure situation, but I feel more comfortable in that situation because it’s familiar. I knew once I caught it I had to make a good throw, and Kellsi (Kloss) did a great job of tagging the runner at home.”


LSU will now advance to the super regional round, traveling to take on James Madison next weekend in a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the 2016 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


“I really liked how we battled throughout. You know this time of the year you just need to find a way to win, and our team has done a great job of doing that,” Torina said. “We’re able to win in many different ways. We can win with a shutout on the mound, or by scoring a lot of runs. That’s why we’re tough to beat. I liked the way we battled, and I’ll take a win any way we can get one.”


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.


2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional All-Tournament Team

Carley Hoover – LSU (MVP)

Sahvanna  Jaquish - LSU

Kelsey Kessler – Arizona State

Bailey Landry – LSU

Erika Piancastelli – McNeese State

Dale Ryndak – Arizona State

Sandra Simmons – LSU

Jenn Soria – Arizona State

Emily Vincent – McNeese State

Whitney West – LIU Brooklyn


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LSU baseball claims 5th seed at SEC Tourney http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-claims-5th-seed-at-sec-tourney/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-claims-5th-seed-at-sec-tourney/ LSU Sports Sat, 21 May 2016 7:46:09 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU baseball claims 5th seed at SEC Tourney

BATON ROUGE – LSU baseball fell to the top-ranked Florida Gators in Game 3, but not before securing the series in a game two win against their SEC opponent.

The Tigers claimed the series with a 7-3 victory over Florida in game two. The Gators struck back in game three, winning 6-2.

LSU will be the fifth seed and take on 12th-seeded Tennessee at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the SEC Tournament.

— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) May 21, 2016

LSU improved to 39-17 overall and 19-11 in Southeaster Conference play. With the series win, the Tigers secured the five seed in the SEC Tournament. LSU will take on 12th seed Tennessee at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hoover, Alabama.

“Our team has grown so much over the past couple of months, and we’re looking certainly forward to the postseason,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We talked about finishing strong and winning our final 12 games of the season, and we nearly pulled it off, winning 11 in a row. We’ll go to the SEC Tournament, try to win as many games as we can, and put ourselves in the best possible position for the NCAA Tournament.”

The game will be televised on the SEC Network and fans can also listen to the game on LSU Sports Radio Network.

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LSU softball advances to regional title game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-regional-title-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-advances-to-regional-title-game/ LSU Sports Sat, 21 May 2016 4:27:37 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU softball advances to regional title game

BATON ROUGE – The LSU softball team will advance to the regional title game after a 4-1 win over the McNeese State Cowgirls Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park.

The Saturday win means the Tigers claimed a spot on the final day for the second consecutive year.

LSU secured the victory after plating two insurance runs in the sixth inning to extend the Tiger’s lead by three.

“I can barely remember a game against McNeese State where it wasn't an absolute battle. Every time you play them I feel like it’s just down to the wire,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I thought our team continued to fight. We had a lot of opportunities with people on base and they made some great pitches.”

Junior Sahvanna Jaquish became the second LSU player to earn 200 RBIs in a career. Jaquish is now at 72 on the season, four away from tying her school record at 76.

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LSU baseball defeats Florida 5-4 in game one http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-defeats-florida-5-4-in-game-one/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-defeats-florida-5-4-in-game-one/ LSU Sports Fri, 20 May 2016 10:37:38 PM Seth Lewis LSU baseball defeats Florida 5-4 in game one

BATON ROUGE - LSU defeats Florida 5-4 in game one of the series.

Kramer Robertson's RBI single in the 8th, giving the Tigers the lead for good. 

LSU advances to 18-10 in the SEC, while Florida falls to 18-9.

The Tigers and Gators will take part in a doubleheader Saturday, with the first game starting at 11 a.m. That will be the completion of the Thursday game between the two teams.

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LSU softball run-rules Long Island Brooklyn to begin Baton Rouge regional http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-run-rules-long-island-brooklyn-to-begin-baton-rouge-regional/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-run-rules-long-island-brooklyn-to-begin-baton-rouge-regional/ LSU Sports Fri, 20 May 2016 10:35:12 PM AP LSU softball run-rules Long Island Brooklyn to begin Baton Rouge regional

BATON ROUGE – In the team’s opener of the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, the No. 10 LSU softball team produced 10 runs on 15 hits, plating eight runs in the final three frames of the game to breeze past the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 10-2 in six innings Friday evening at Tiger Park.


After watching the visitors come back to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth, the Tigers (46-15) got the timely hits when it counted as eight different players produced base knocks on the evening, while LIU Brooklyn (30-26) was held to just five hits, while committing three errors that kept LSU runs going.


“I thought LIU was a very tough opponent, and I think we all understand why they’re here. They have a great pitcher that definitely gave us some trouble for a few innings. I think she’s a big reason why they’re here, and they just play solid softball,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I like how our team fought. I liked how they continued to battle throughout the game. I think as soon as LIU scored we were able to answer right back. I thought we had some big at?bats throughout the game. I really liked the way we battled and fought the entire game.”


The Tigers were led at the plate by senior Sandra Simmons who went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored in the win. Simmons tied the individual program record for hits in an NCAA tournament game, runs scored and triples.


“I was just going into the game trying to lead the team,” Simmons said. “I was really just trying to get pitches I could hit. I don’t try to think about getting on base or anything like that, but more of trying to stay with the plan our coaches have for us. The coaches have done a god job of recognizing pitchers’ sequences, and we’re just trying to stay within that.”


Bailey Landry was 3-for-4 with a triple, RBI and a run scored as she and Simmons are two of just 12 players in LSU history to have a triple in an NCAA contest. Constance Quinn was the final player to have multiple hits, going 3-for-4 with an RBI.


“I thought we were really prepared for their pitchers,” Landry said. “You know it’s easier to get hits when the team is doing so well and everyone is focused in the same way.”


Sydney Smith started the contest in the circle for LSU lasting 3.1 innings before Carley Hoover (19-7) came on in relief and allowed just two hits in 2.2 innings of work to earn the win. Smith and Hoover combined for nine strikeouts Friday, as LIU up until the fourth had been held off the board and with only a single hit in the contest.


Erynn Sobieski (19-18) suffered the loss for the Blackbirds allowing nine runs, seven earned, on 13 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings, as Tallie Woodson allowed a run on two hits in relief. Whitney West had two of LIU’s five hits, going 2-for-3 while Angie Vazquez and Kayla Gloady had an RBI each.


After LIU Brooklyn left two on in the opening frame of the contest, the Tigers came back and got a double off the wall in left from Simmons to open the game. Landry legged out an infield single to put LSU runners at the corners, as Bianka Bell drew a walk to load the bases. After a strikeout, Kellsi Kloss grounded out to second, allowing Simmons to score to make it 1-0 LSU.


With an out in the bottom of the third, Kloss reached on an error as after a foul out Quinn singled up the middle as Kloss moved to third and Quinn to second on the throw back in from the outfield. Another error in the infield allowed Kloss to score giving LSU a 2-0 lead over the Blackbirds.


In the top of the fourth, a walk and infield single put two LIU Brooklyn runners on, as Smith got a strikeout but not before a double off the wall in left brought in a run and ended Smith’s day as Hoover came on in a 2-1 game with runners at second and third. Hoover got a strikeout for the second out, but an infield single scored another LIU run to tie the game at 2-2.


Simmons came through with a triple to right center to open the bottom half of the frame, as after an infield grounder Bell dropped a single down the left field line to score Simmons to give LSU the lead back at 3-2. Sahvanna Jaquish came through next and smashed a double to the gap in left center to extend the lead to 4-2.


Allie Walljasper made use of the first pitch of her at-bat in the bottom of the fifth, smoking it to the terrace in left field to make it a 5-2 LSU lead.


Simmons skied a double to right to open the bottom of the sixth, as it was followed by a Landry triple to left center to give the Tigers a 6-2 lead. A fielding error allowed Landry to score from third to make it a 7-2 LSU advantage.


After a walk to put two on, a failed force out on a fielder’s choice loaded the bases for LSU setting the stage for Elyse Thornhill, who came in to play defense in the top half of the inning, singled through the left side to drive in two to put LSU on the brink, saving it for Quinn who singled to left to bring in the game-closing run at 10-2.


LSU advances to the winner’s bracket game and will take on McNeese State at noon Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park. McNeese defeated Arizona State in the first game of the day 5-2, as the Sun Devils will take on LIU Brooklyn in the elimination game which follows at 3 p.m.


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LSU softball opens Regional play on Friday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-opens-regional-play-on-friday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-opens-regional-play-on-friday/ LSU Sports Fri, 20 May 2016 1:05:44 PM Alicia Serrano LSU softball opens Regional play on Friday

BATON ROUGE- The LSU softball team, the tenth overall national seed, will open the NCAA Division I Softball Championship on Friday night at Tiger Park.

The Tigers will play against the Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn Blackbirds at 6 p.m. on Friday.

This is the second consecutive year LSU will be hosting its own regional. The team will be hosting the Arizona Sun Devils, LIU Brooklyn and McNeese State in the double-elimination tournament.

The Sun Devils and Cowgirls will kick off the tournament on Friday at 3 p.m.

The Tigers are making their 18th appearance in the NCAA tournament, extending its record run in the post season to 11 consecutive years.

The team has won 15 of their last 17 games as they enter into this weekend‘s tournament play.

The Tigers extended that by going 3-1 in the SEC tournament last week in Starkville, falling only in the championship game.

“Hopefully we’ve played the whole season like we were playing in postseason tournament games, so I think we are well rehearsed for this moment,” head coach Beth Torina said. “The plan is to not make these games bigger than they are and to go out and compete the same way we’ve been all year long.”

The winner of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional will advance to the next round and face the winner of the NCAA Harrisonburg Regional hosted by James Madison University and features overall No. 7 seed James Madison, North Carolina, Longwood and Princeton.  

Every game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional will be streamed online on SEC Network + and available through WatchESPN.

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Rain causes re-shuffling of LSU-Florida baseball series with game 1 delayed until Saturday http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-causes-re-shuffling-of-lsu-florida-baseball-series-with-game-1-delayed-until-saturday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-causes-re-shuffling-of-lsu-florida-baseball-series-with-game-1-delayed-until-saturday/ LSU Sports Thu, 19 May 2016 10:28:56 PM AP Rain causes re-shuffling of LSU-Florida baseball series with game 1 delayed until Saturday

BATON ROUGE - Game 1 of the series between top-ranked Florida and No. 8 LSU was suspended Thursday night due to severe weather with the score tied 0-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Play was stopped with LSU rightfielder Antoine Duplantis at the plate and a runner on second base with one out.


Thursday’s suspended game will be resumed in the bottom of the third inning at 11 a.m. CT Saturday, and it will be a full nine-inning game. Fans should bring their Game #33 tickets in order to be admitted to Saturday’s 11 a.m. game. Details about the televising the game will be announced as soon as possible.


Game 2 of the series will start at 6 p.m. CT Friday night, as originally scheduled, and it will be a full nine-inning game. Fans should bring their Game #34 tickets in order to be admitted to Friday’s 6 p.m. game. Friday’s Game 2 will be televised on the SEC Network.


Game 3 of the series will start at 3:30 p.m. CT Saturday, as originally scheduled, and it will be a seven-inning game. Fans should bring their Game #35 tickets in order to be admitted to Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game. Saturday’s Game 3 will be televised on ESPNU.


All games of the LSU-Florida series can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, with live audio and live stats at www.LSUsports.net.

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LSU moves win streak to nine with 7-2 win over Demons http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-moves-win-streak-to-nine-with-7-2-win-over-demons/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-moves-win-streak-to-nine-with-7-2-win-over-demons/ LSU Sports Tue, 17 May 2016 5:17:00 PM Michael Cauble LSU moves win streak to nine with 7-2 win over Demons

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tiger baseball team distanced themselves from the Northwestern St. Demons with four runs in the final two innings of their 7-2 win at Alex Box Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Tigers stretched their win streak to nine games by scoring three runs in both the first and last innings of their final regular season non-conference game.

LSU held an early 3-0 nothing lead before the Demons battled back scoring two earned runs off starting pitcher John Valek in the third inning.

However once the bullpen took over the LSU battery pitched six shutout innings allowing just two hits.

Tiger relievers Jesse Stallings, Jake Latz, Austin Bain, Russell Reynolds and Doug Norman combined to retire the final 15 Demon batters in a row.

“I’ve said this for the last few weeks now, our bullpen has made tremendous strides, and that was very evident in tonight’s game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “The guys have made significant improvement, and that illustrates the greatness of (LSU pitching coach) Alan Dunn. He has worked diligently with our pitchers, and the result is that we now have a very reliable group of relievers.”

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Les Miles to talk LSU satellite camps in noon conference http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-to-talk-lsu-satellite-camps-in-noon-conference/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-to-talk-lsu-satellite-camps-in-noon-conference/ LSU Sports Tue, 17 May 2016 5:41:22 AM Brock Sues Les Miles to talk LSU satellite camps in noon conference

BATON ROUGE - LSU head coach Les Miles is to address the media Tuesday at noon about upcoming satellite camps.

The Tigers will host a pair of camps in New Orleans with one of those in conjunction with the New Orleans Saints. A second camp will be held in Shreveport.

LSU will also participate in out-of-state satellite camps as well, including one at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Frank Wilson, former LSU recruiting coordinator and running back coach, has recently taken over the head coaching job there.

As always, the Mad Hatter could vary from the topic, hopefully whetting the appetite of Tiger analysts ahead of another season of LSU football.

The NCAA recently lifted a ban on satellite camps, allowing LSU to load up on summer camp action. The SEC has given conference teams the opportunity to devise their own summer recruitment plan meaning a busy June for Tiger recruits.

We’ll have a Facebook Live stream of the press conference right here and in your Facebook News Feed.

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LSU softball earns #10 national seed for NCAA championships, will start at home in regional http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-earns-10-national-seed-for-ncaa-championships-will-start-at-home-in-regional/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-earns-10-national-seed-for-ncaa-championships-will-start-at-home-in-regional/ LSU Sports Sun, 15 May 2016 11:07:23 PM Chris Price LSU softball earns #10 national seed for NCAA championships, will start at home in regional

BATON ROUGE - The LSU softball team will begin the NCAA tournament at home, as the Tigers earned the #10 national seed and the right to host a regional this weekend. 

The Tigers will start their tournament against Long Island - Brooklyn on Friday, but the Tigers will also welcome Arizona State and McNeese State to Tiger Park this weekend. 

The winner of the Baton Rouge regional will face the winner of the James Madison regional as the Dukes earned the #7 national seed. 

LSU has won 15 of its last 17 games including a run to the SEC tournament finals. 

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LSU baseball sweeps Tennessee to finish series http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-sweeps-tennessee-to-finish-series/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-sweeps-tennessee-to-finish-series/ LSU Sports Sun, 15 May 2016 9:14:42 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU baseball sweeps Tennessee to finish series

KNOXVILLE – The LSU baseball team finished with a full sweep against SEC opponent Tennessee Sunday afternoon.

With the 10-7 win in game three, the Tigers extended its winning streak to eight games and improved to 36-16 overall season record (17-10 in Southeastern Conference play).

Rightfielder Antoine Duplantis and designated hitter Bryce Jordan together drove six runs to lead the Tigers to a 10-7 victory.

LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said the win Sunday keeps the team’s goals within reach.

“Completing a sweep in the SEC is a very difficult task, but we came to the park today determined to finish the job,” Mainieri said. “We swung the bats well to take the lead, and when Tennessee came back to tie the game, we responded in a big way.”

The Tigers will return to Baton Rouge Tuesday to host Northwestern State in Alex Box Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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LSU softball falls to Auburn 7-1 in SEC tournament title game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-falls-to-auburn-7-1-in-sec-tournament-title-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-falls-to-auburn-7-1-in-sec-tournament-title-game/ LSU Sports Sat, 14 May 2016 8:21:56 PM AP LSU softball falls to Auburn 7-1 in SEC tournament title game

STARKVILLE, MS - Trying to win its fourth game in as many days, the No. 12 LSU softball team’s magical run in the 2016 SEC Softball Tournament came to an end on Saturday in the championship game, as the No. 8 Auburn Tigers scored four runs in the second to jut out to a solid lead and hold on to win 7-1.


After playing flawlessly for three days, a pair of errors doomed LSU (45-15) in that four-run second Saturday, as the team was only able to plate a run in the third to try and make a game of it late, but not finding the offense it needed to rally in the end. LSU was the first seventh-seeded team to make it to the championship game since 2000, looking to become the first in the new format to win four straight games to claim the crown.


“I’m really proud of how my team played. I thought they played a great tournament,” head coach Beth Torina said. “I’m excited about what’s up next for this program, and I’m excited for tomorrow night to find out what type of draw we get, because I’m excited to see what this team does in the postseason because I think we’re in a really good spot.”


LSU finished with five hits in the game, coming from Bailey Landry, Bianka Bell, Sahvanna Jaquish, Constance Quinn and Amber Serrett. Serrett scored the only LSU run on a wild pitch in the third inning.


Sydney Smith (12-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs, none earned on three hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Carley Hoover pitched the next 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk, with Allie Walljasper getting two outs and allowing just a hit.


Makayla Martin (12-3) earned the win for Auburn, allowing just a run on five hits, as Rachel Walters came on in relief and pitched two innings, issuing just a walk. Tiffany Howard and Emily Carosone had two RBIs each, with Carosone and Whitney Jordan having two hits each.


In the bottom of the second, a single down the right field line put an Auburn runner on base after a lineout. A strikeout put two outs on the board, but another single to right center put runners at the corners for the opposition.


A stolen base put runners at second and third for Auburn, with a walk loading the bases for Auburn. An error at second allowed the first run to cross to make it 1-0 Auburn. A single through the right side brought in two, as another error allowed a third run to score making it 4-0.


Serrett reached on an infield single to open the top of the third, advancing to second on a wild pitch. Emily Griggs grounded out to second as Serrett moved to third, eventually coming in on another wild pitch to make it a 4-1 game.


Bell legged out an infield single to reach first to open the top of the fourth. She advanced to second on a wild pitch, as a line drive out to center allowed her to tag up and move to third. Unfortunately, she would be stranded there as the next two batters went down in order, keeping the Auburn lead at three runs.


With an out in the bottom of the fifth, a pair of singles put two Auburn runners on first and second. A dribbling single through the right side scored another Auburn run to give the home side a 5-1 lead.


A leadoff double to open the bottom of the sixth put an Auburn runner on base. A diving catch on a bunt attempt was the first out, but on the very next at-bat a two-run home run to right center gave Auburn a 7-1 lead, as Walljasper came on in relief of Hoover. Walljasper would get the next batter to ground out to second and the next to popup to end the inning.


Bell, Hoover and Sandra Simmons were each named to the SEC All-Tournament Team, the most LSU has had on a team since the 2010 campaign.


LSU will now wait to find out its regional fate as the NCAA Selection Show airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

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LSU baseball continues win streak with game two win over Tennessee http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-continues-win-streak-with-game-two-win-over-tennessee/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-continues-win-streak-with-game-two-win-over-tennessee/ LSU Sports Sat, 14 May 2016 8:04:21 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU baseball continues win streak with game two win over Tennessee

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers baseball team continued its winning streak Saturday, topping Tennessee 11-3 in game two of the series.

The Tigers have won seven straight games, with five consecutive SEC contests. LSU baseball improved to 35-16 overall and 16-10 in Southeaster Conference play.

The Tigers got started quickly in Tennessee, scoring six runs in the first inning. LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said his team is playing with confidence in the critical time of the season.

“We have a very good offensive team that takes an excellent approach at the plate, and that was certainly evident today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “That first inning outburst was huge for us and set the tone for the game. Jared gave us a solid outing and worked into the sixth inning, which is exactly what we needed. Russell Reynolds continues to very effective out of the bullpen, so our pitching is set up nicely for the final game of the series.

The Tigers and Volunteers will return to the field in Knoxville Sunday to finish off the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m Central time.

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LSU Baseball takes two games from Notre Dame http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-takes-two-games-from-notre-dame/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-takes-two-games-from-notre-dame/ LSU Sports Wed, 11 May 2016 11:24:17 PM LSU Baseball takes two games from Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Junior right-hander Riley Smith fired six scoreless innings Wednesday night to earn his first LSU win as the 11th-ranked Tigers completed a doubleheader sweep of Notre Dame with a 3-2 win in Game 2 at Frank Eck Stadium.

Centerfielder Jake Fraley launched a solo homer in the top of the 11th inning of Game 1 to lift the Tigers to a 1-0 win over the Irish in the first game of the twin bill.

LSU, which has won five straight games, improved to 33-16, while Notre Dame dropped to 26-22.

LSU will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday and begin a three-game SEC series at Tennessee on Friday at 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. CT).

“I’m very proud of our guys for coming here and earning two hard-fought victories,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who served as the Notre Dame coach from 1995-2006. “Notre Dame has a very tough team, and they made it very difficult on us throughout the entire day. Our pitching was tremendous in both games, and it set us up nicely for this weekend at Tennessee. All of our pitchers should be fresh and ready to go, and hopefully we’ll take the momentum from these wins with us to Knoxville.”

Smith (1-0), making his first career LSU start, blanked the Irish through the first six innings of the seven-inning nightcap. He fired 65 pitches and allowed just four singles with no walks and four strikeouts.

The Tigers broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh against Notre Dame reliever Peter Solomon, who loaded the bases with nobody out on two hit batsmen and a walk. First baseman Bryce Jordan then delivered a two-run single up the middle to score pinch runner Brennan Breaux and left fielder Beau Jordan.

In game one of the two game set, LSU's Jake Fraley finally broke the 0-0 tie in the opener with a solo homer to lead off the top of the 11th inning against Notre Dame reliever Evy Ruibal. The dinger was the second of the season for Fraley and his first since March 5 versus Fordham.

Right-hander Austin Bain, the fifth of six LSU pitchers in Game 1, was credited with the win as he tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with two walks and one strikeout.

Right-hander Hunter Newman picked up his fourth save of the season as he blanked Notre Dame in the bottom of the 11th. LSU catcher Jordan Romero threw out Irish centerfielder Kyle Richardson as he attempted to steal second base for the final out of the contest.

Ruibal (0-1) was charged with the loss, as he allowed one run on one hit in two innings with three walks and two strikeouts.

LSU starter John Valek III worked 4.1 shutout innings in the opener, allowing three hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

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LSU Softball rallies to defeat Texas A&M 5-4 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-rallies-to-defeat-texas-aandm-5-4/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-rallies-to-defeat-texas-aandm-5-4/ LSU Sports Wed, 11 May 2016 4:51:12 PM Seth Lewis LSU Softball rallies to defeat Texas A&M 5-4

STARKVILLE, MS - LSU scores 3 in the 7th inning to rally and defeat Texas A&M 5-4 in the opening day of the SEC Tournament.

Catcher Kellsi Kloss coming up with the game winning hit, off the glove of the Aggies' Riley Sartain to score Sandra Simmons.

LSU trailed heading into the bottom 7th, when Sandra Simmons hit a RBI single to make it 4-3.

After loading the bases, a wild pitch by A&M allowing Bailey Landry to score to make it 4-4.

Next up for LSU, 2 seed Kentucky at 1:30 pm Thursday.

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LSU Baseball game at Notre Dame Postponed until Wednesday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-game-at-notre-dame-postponed-until-wednesday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-game-at-notre-dame-postponed-until-wednesday/ LSU Sports Tue, 10 May 2016 5:50:28 PM LSU Baseball game at Notre Dame Postponed until Wednesday

The LSU Tiger baseball team's first game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana will have to wait for that first pitch.

Heavy rains in the area postponed play for the series opener, and now the Tigers and Irish will play two seven inning games starting at 2:05 p.m. on Wednesday

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Tigers rank No. 5 in analyst's predicted preseason AP top 10 http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-rank-no-5-in-analyst-s-predicted-preseason-ap-top-10/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-rank-no-5-in-analyst-s-predicted-preseason-ap-top-10/ LSU Sports Tue, 10 May 2016 2:21:02 PM Brock Sues Tigers rank No. 5 in analyst's predicted preseason AP top 10

BATON ROUGE - College football analyst Phil Steele has placed the LSU Tigers at No. 5 in his predicted preseason AP top 10.

In his past outings, Steele has hit 66 out of 70 teams that actually make it to the AP top 10 resulting in a 94.3 success rate. He takes several factors into account including team performance in previous bowl game, returning starters and recruiting classes.

Alabama comes in at No. 1 ahead of the Clemson Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, Florida State Seminoles and the Tigers in fifth position.

Here’s everything Phil Steele had to say about the Bayou Bengals:

"Les Miles was on the verge of being fired late last year, but he has proven to be a Tiger with nine lives and bounced back with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. I have great respect for the folks at ESPN Stats & Info, and their Football Power Index (FPI) has LSU rated No. 1 -- one of my main sets of power ratings agrees with that. The Tigers have 18 returning starters, which is the most in the SEC, and one of those returnees is running back and Heisman favorite Leonard Fournette. While LSU was depleted by the number of players leaving early for the NFL in 2012 and 2013, and three left early after last season, just one starter left early after 2015 (offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins)."

The Tigers’ season-opener will pit the team against Wisconsin at historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Saturday, Sept. 3.

You can view Steele's full top 10 (or 11 in this case) by clicking here.

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LSU baseball sweeps away Arkansas, wins finale 7-1 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-sweeps-away-arkansas-wins-finale-7-1/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-sweeps-away-arkansas-wins-finale-7-1/ LSU Sports Sun, 8 May 2016 11:22:51 PM AP LSU baseball sweeps away Arkansas, wins finale 7-1

BATON ROUGE – In his first career collegiate start, freshman right-hander Caleb Gilbert tossed five scoreless innings  to lead 13th-ranked LSU to a 7-1 victory and an SEC series sweep over Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.


LSU improved to 31-16 overall and 14-10 in the SEC, while Arkansas dropped to 26-22 overall and 7-17 in conference play.


LSU returns to the road for a five-game road trip against Notre Dame and Tennessee. The Tigers will compete against the Fighting Irish on Tuesday and Wednesday in South Bend, Ind. LSU then takes on the Volunteers in a three-game Southeastern Conference series beginning Friday.


Both games against Notre Dame will start at 5 p.m. CT, and they will be available online only through ESPN3, which is accessible through Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app. 


The games can also 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. 


Gilbert improved to 4-2 on the season after not allowing a run in five innings of work on Sunday. The Hoover, Ala., native limited the Razorbacks to five hits and struck out a pair of batters while walking just one.


“Caleb did exactly what he needed to do for us to win today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We thought he would have a chance to succeed in going through a starter’s routine during the week, and he responded very well to this opportunity. He’s a young man with a lot of talent and great stuff, and I’m very proud of the outing he gave his team today.”


Reliever Parker Bugg entered the game in the sixth and only allowed one base runner in three innings.


Arkansas’s Keaton McKinney (1-4) was charged with the loss after allowing four runs in 4.1 innings of work.


LSU took a 2-0 lead in the second off the bat of leftfielder Brennan Breaux, who ripped a two-out single up the middle to plate two runs. Breaux, who was 3-for-3 after coming off the bench in Saturday’s win over Arkansas, made his second career SEC start on Sunday.


“Brennan came up with a huge, two-out hit for us today, and he was a real spark for us over the past two days,” Mainieri said. “His play is a testament to continuing to work hard in a reserve role and being ready to contribute in a significant way when give the opportunity.”


The Tigers added four more runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Second baseman Cole Freeman scored from third on a wild pitch by McKinney. With two on, catcher Jordan Romero launched a three-run home run 383 feet into the left field bleachers.


“I gave Jordan a very emphatic ‘green light’ on a 3-0 pitch,” Mainieri said, “and fortunately he put a good swing on it.”


The final LSU run of the game came in the eighth inning. With runners on first and second, centerfielder Jake Fraley singled up the middle to score first baseman Greg Deichmann.


Arkansas scored a run in the top of the ninth inning. With runners on first and second, first baseman Cullen Gassaway singled up the middle to account for the final margin.

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LSU softball wins series vs Washington with extra-innings, walk-off home run http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-wins-series-vs-washington-with-extra-innings-walk-off-home-run/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-wins-series-vs-washington-with-extra-innings-walk-off-home-run/ LSU Sports Sun, 8 May 2016 11:15:24 PM AP LSU softball wins series vs Washington with extra-innings, walk-off home run

BATON ROUGE – With a tie score for the second time on the day and the game going down to the wire, the No. 13 LSU softball team got a gift in the form of a ninth-inning walk-off solo home run from the bat of Allie Walljasper to send the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the No. 11 Washington Huskies Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale at Tiger Park.


Staring down a three-run deficit with just an inning remaining between them and a series loss, the Tigers (42-14) scored three runs in the sixth, only to watch the visiting Huskies (33-13) hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh to put LSU on the brink again. Refusing to quit, LSU scored another heart-stopping run in the seventh to send the game to extras, shaking off the sting of nearly having the possible game winner in the eighth before Walljasper’s bomb in the ninth claimed the series for LSU.


“It felt like we were on the way to the World Series after winning that game, it was just so intense,” head coach Beth Torina said. “It just felt like it had that kind of postseason atmosphere and we’ve practiced for that, we’re ready for that now.”


Before getting to Walljasper’s home run, the Tigers got fireworks from the bat of Bailey Landry, who hit a three-run home run, her third of the season, to tie the game initially in the sixth. The junior finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored in the win.


“When it came off the bat, I knew that it felt like a solid hit,” Landry said. “It stayed low and then rose up into the stands.”


Landry was a part of the LSU batting order that combined for eight of LSU’s 14 hits on the afternoon, with Constance Quinn and Amber Serrett having three each as Quinn was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Serrett going 3-for-4 with a run scored. The trio was three of five LSU players to earn multiple hits on the afternoon, with Bianka Bell and Sandra Simmons each having two.


Although her streak of keeping teams off the board came to an end Sunday, freshman pitcher Sydney Smith (12-2) can lay claim to holding an offensive power such as Washington (33-13) to just one run in 13.2 innings of work on the weekend, as she earned her second win of the series by giving up one run, scattering six hits with two strikeouts and four walks.


“Knowing that I haven’t pitched against a ranked team, but that all the teams that I did pitch against were great, gave me and my defense a chance to get a win today,” Smith said.


Madi Schreyer (10-4), who stifled the LSU bats for much of the second game on Saturday, suffered the loss on Sunday in a heartbreaker, exiting the game in the seventh with the lead, before coming back in after the Husky lead was lost and pitching in all 7.2 innings allowing four runs on 12 hits with a strikeout and two walks, ending with the home run to Walljasper. Casey Stangel pitched an inning, the seventh, as the game-tying run came home on an error for the unearned run before exiting.


“When it came off the bat, I knew it was gone. I have never hit a walk off homerun at any level, so it was exciting,” Walljasper said.


With an out in the top of the third, a bunt single put a Washington runner on base and consecutive RBI doubles thereafter ended Carley Hoover’s day as Smith came on in relief. Smith would get the next batter out, but an error in the infield allowed another run to cross the plate to make it 3-0 before getting the final out of the inning.


LSU threatened in the bottom of that same inning, as Serrett singled to left, followed by a single by Landry to put two on for the Tigers. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners for the second out of the inning, with a grounder to the circle ending the frame.


In the bottom of the fourth, a walk to Sahvanna Jaquish with one out put one LSU runner on, as after a fly out for the second of the inning, Walljasper was hit by a pitch to put two on. Randi Provost came on to pinch run, as a single by Quinn loaded the bases. However, a fly out to left ended another LSU threat.


A single for Washington opened the top of the fifth, but a round-the-bases double play put two outs on the board. A walk put another Husky runner on base, as a double off the wall in left was sure to bring in another run, but Simmons roped a throw to Serrett, who fired home to Kellsi Kloss for the tag to end the inning to keep it a three score game.


With two outs in bottom of the fifth, Emily Griggs singled to third to reach base, as a single by Bell to left and a walk to Jaquish loaded the bases, but again LSU came up empty as a fielder’s choice grounder to short ended the inning.


With an out in the bottom of the sixth, Quinn singled to center to reach, moving to second on a passed ball. A single by Serrett put runners at the corners, but the trot in would be sweet as Landry belted a shot to right center, clearing the fence for the three-run homer to tie the game at 3-3.


In the very first at-bat of the seventh, a solo home run that danced down the left field line gave Washington the lead back at 4-3.


With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Quinn ripped a single to right center and caught the defense sleeping as she motored to second. It proved costly for the visitors as Serrett singled to left, with an error in the outfield allowing Quinn to score to tie the game at 4-4.


In the bottom of the eighth, Simmons singled through the right side to open the inning. Griggs moved her to second on the sacrifice bunt, as Simmons raced to third on a foul out by Bell. On the very next play, Jaquish looked to have the game-winning hit, but the right fielder was playing shallow and made the play at first for the final out of the inning.


The game ended with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the ninth, as with one out and a 1-2 count on board, Walljasper sent the Tiger faithful out with a bang, belting the solo shot to the terrace in left field to propel LSU to the victory.


“I think it was just set up because we’re trying to play this best competition we can every chance we get,” Torina said. “It was a series we were excited about and we were thrilled to have them. Honestly, it was an honor to host them, they’re a class program. They played hard and every kid on the team was respectful and polite. I enjoyed hosting them and the atmosphere they brought to Tiger Park.”


Before and after the game, the team honored its five-member senior class of Bell, Alayna Falcon, Kloss, Jenna Kreamer and Simmons, putting a cap on the senior weekend festivities that took place over the span of the two-day series.


“This senior class is so special and it was nice to send them out in their last regular season game like this,” Torina said. “They deserve all the success in the world. They’re really special to me, their coach, and to this program, all the records they’ve set and the things they’ve done. They’re just awesome people and awesome players.”


LSU will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., opening the 2016 SEC Softball Tournament as the No. 7 seed, taking on the tenth-seeded Texas A&M Aggies at Nusz Park in Starkville. All games of the tournament will be televised, with the first two rounds on the SEC Network, semifinals on ESPNU and championship game on ESPN.

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