WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:03:47 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Hayes Fawcett: The most popular HS freshman to football recruits http://www.wbrz.com/news/hayes-fawcett-the-most-popular-hs-freshman-to-football-recruits/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hayes-fawcett-the-most-popular-hs-freshman-to-football-recruits/ Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:26:10 PM Brandon Saho Hayes Fawcett: The most popular HS freshman to football recruits

BATON ROUGE, LA - "Not only am I well know here, but I'm well know across the country for doing this."

Meet Hayes Fawcett, a 15-year old from Kinder, Louisiana who you've probably never heard of, but is the most popular high school freshman to your soon to be favorite football player.

"I edit photos for high school football recruits. When Derrius Guices was in the Army All American game I made edits for him the whole week, and the recruits from that game saw my work and started coming to me and for the years to come it was like a chain reaction."

Now 2,000 edits later, the nation's top recruits come to Hayes before National Signing Day every spring. The cost? Free.

 "I just really like seeing people enjoy my work and being a part of their process. I think it's more about the players, I want something they can remember when they're out of high school or college to look back on and say that was a cool way to announce my commitment."

A cool photo for these big names to Tweet and Instagram for thousands to see, but what goes in to creating his edits?

"First they'll send me the picture and the school they are going to and I'll put a little filter on it with a couple of apps then I'll crop out the background and masque it then I'll make my own background depending on the school they are going to and just piece it all together."

With his love for football, Hayes one day wants a job in sports but for now he's making five star edits for five star recruits.


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LSU beats Southeastern 8-2 on Wednesday http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-beats-southeastern-8-2-on-wednesday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-beats-southeastern-8-2-on-wednesday/ Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:15:34 PM LSU Sports Communications LSU beats Southeastern 8-2 on Wednesday

BATON ROUGE, LA. –  Freshman third baseman Josh Smith and rightfielder Greg Deichmann combined to go 6-for-7 at the plate, accounting for a total of seven RBIs as No. 6 LSU (17-5) defeated Southeastern (14-6) by a score of 8-2 at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field on Wednesday night.

Freshman right-hander Zack Hess (3-0) earned the win after tossing four innings, allowing only one run on two hits. For Southeastern, right-hander Carlisle Koestler (1-2) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in three innings. In all, the Lions used a total of seven pitchers that allowed eight runs on 10 hits.

LSU returns to action on Friday for its first SEC road series against No. 13 Florida at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network, as well as the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net/live for live stats and audio.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, third baseman Josh Smith hit an RBI double to center to score left fielder Antoine Duplantis, putting LSU on the board first 1-0.

With runners at the corners in the bottom of the third, Deichmann delivered a two-out, three-run homer over the left field wall for his eighth of the season, as LSU extended its lead to 4-0.

The Lions cut the lead to 4-1 in the fourth after third baseman Taylor Schwaner hit  a solo shot to left.

Centerfielder Zach Watson hit a sacrifice fly to left in the seventh to bring home shortstop Kramer Robertson, tallying LSU’s fifth run of the game. With the bases loaded, Smith drove in three more runs on an RBI double, adding to LSU’s lead 8-1.

Second baseman Carson Crites tacked on the final run of the night for the Lions in the top of the ninth with a solo home run to left field.

Overall, LSU’s pitching staff put on an impressive performance, as the Tigers utilized five pitchers that allowed just two runs on five hits, striking out 10 batters.


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LSU introduces Will Wade as new men's basketball coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-live-lsu-introduces-will-wade-as-new-men-s-basketball-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-live-lsu-introduces-will-wade-as-new-men-s-basketball-coach/ Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 9:29:56 AM WBRZ LSU introduces Will Wade as new men's basketball coach

BATON ROUGE – LSU officially introduced newly hired men’s basketball coach Will Wade Wednesday afternoon.

Wade left VCU to take over the LSU team after guiding the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons as coach.

"Will Wade is a smart, energetic, and skilled individual," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said. "He will provide great leadership for our student-athletes. The future of the program is bright."

The 34-year-old Wade guided the Rams to a 51-20 record. He spent the two previous seasons at Chattanooga and is 91-45 overall as a head coach.

He replaces Johnny Jones, who was fired March 10 with two years remaining on his contract after the Tigers finished 10-21.


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LSU hoops hires VCU's Wade as newest head coach http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-hires-vcu-s-wade-as-newest-head-coach/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-hires-vcu-s-wade-as-newest-head-coach/ Sports Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:46:26 PM HANK KURZ Jr. LSU hoops hires VCU's Wade as newest head coach

RICHMOND, Va.  - Will Wade is leaving VCU to take over LSU after guiding the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons as coach.

LSU made the announcement Monday night on its athletics web site and Twitter. It said more details will come Tuesday.

The announcement was attributed to Vice Chancellor and athletic director Joe Alleva, who flew to Richmond on Sunday with deputy AD Eddie Nunez and met with Wade for several hours.

"Will Wade is a smart, energetic, and skilled individual," Alleva said. "He will provide great leadership for our student-athletes. The future of the program is bright."

The 34-year-old Wade guided the Rams to a 51-20 record. He spent the two previous seasons at Chattanooga and is 91-45 overall as a head coach.

He replaces Johnny Jones, who was fired March 10 with two years remaining on his contract after the Tigers finished 10-21.

Wade will be formally introduced to LSU students, fans and media tomorrow on the LSU campus. Details about Wade's introduction to the Baton Rouge community will come later today.


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LSU wins 7-6, sweeps Georgia to open SEC play http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-7-6-sweeps-georgia-to-open-sec-play/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-7-6-sweeps-georgia-to-open-sec-play/ Sports Sun, 19 Mar 2017 6:58:11 PM Bill Franques LSU wins 7-6, sweeps Georgia to open SEC play

BATON ROUGE, LA – Shortstop Kramer Robertson scored four runs and right-hander Eric Walker struck out a career-best eight batters as the No. 6 LSU baseball team completed the series sweep against Georgia, defeating the Bulldogs, 7-6, Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium Skip Bertman Field.  

 

With the win, LSU improves to 16-5 on the year and 3-0 in Southeastern Conference play. Georgia falls to 8-13 and 0-3 in the conference with the loss. 

 

Walker improved to 3-0 on the year after firing six innings, allowing only three runs on five hits. 

 

Caleb Gilbert earned his second save of the season. The sophomore right-hander entered in the ninth and allowed two runs on three hits and struck out one. 

 

The loss was charged to Georgia starter Chase Adkins, who threw 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on five hits and struck out one. 

 

“It’s hard to win baseball games in this league, and this weekend wasn’t easy, but we were able to finish the job,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I knew we would have our work cut out for us today; their starting pitcher had some very good numbers, but Eric Walker was able to outpitch him ever so slightly, and we were able to eke out a win.”

 

LSU returns to action Wednesday, March 22 against Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. CT at The Box. The game will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be accessed atWatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. The game will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net/live for live stats and audio.  

 

Shortstop Kramer Robertson led off the bottom of the third with a single to centerfield. The senior moved to second on an errant throw by Georgia’s third baseman and advanced to third on a double play ball. With two outs, and Robertson on third, right fielder Greg Deichmann singled through the left side to give LSU the early 1-0 lead. 

 

With two outs in the top of the fifth and Georgia first baseman LJ Talley on first base after being hit by a pitch, second baseman Will Proctor sent a home run to the left field landing to give the Bulldogs the 2-1 lead. 

 

In the bottom of the fifth inning, LSU recorded three runs. Robertson was hit by a pitch, left fielder Antoine Duplantis walked and Deichmann walked to load the bases with one out for Zach Watson. The centerfielder took a walk to drive in Robertson and knot the game at 2-2. With two outs, third baseman Josh Smith took a 3-2 pitch and walked in Duplantis to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead. Designated hitter Beau Jordan followed with the Tigers’ only hit of the inning, a single to third base, which scored Deichmann as LSU snagged the 4-2 lead. 

 

The Bulldogs plated a run in the sixth to put Georgia within one, 4-3. With left fielder Keegan McGovern on third after being hit by a pitch earlier in the inning and designated Michael Curry on first after hitting into a fielder’s choice, there were two outs for LJ Schunk. The third baseman roped a single through the left side to drive in McGovern. 

 

In the top of the seventh with the bases loaded and one out, McGovern was hit by a pitch, and drove in catcher Austin Biggar to tighten LSU’s lead to 5-4.  

 

The Tigers drove in two runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it 7-4 LSU. With Jordan on second after a walk and a wild pitch, Robertson reached on an errant throw by the shortstop, which scored Jordan from second and put the shortstop on second base. Second baseman Cole Freeman ripped a single through the right side to drive in Robertson and extend the Tigers’ lead. 

 

The Bulldogs fought back in the top of the ninth inning and plated two runs. Biggar and Proctor laced back-to-back base hits to put runners on first and second for Tucker Maxwell. The centerfielder doubled to left-center to score Biggar, and shortstop Cam Shepherd followed with a grounder to second base to score Proctor. Georgia had the tying run at third base with two outs, but Gilbert recorded a strikeout to end the game. 

 

“Caleb was throwing the ball hard, he was throwing strikes, but give credit to Georgia, they put the bat on the ball,” Mainieri said. “Caleb made some big pitches when he needed to at the end against some very tough hitters.”

 

Zack Hess entered to pitch the seventh inning and allowed one run on one hit and walked one. Matthew Beck fired two shutout innings, allowing only one walk.


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LSU takes series over Georgia with 5-1 win http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-takes-series-over-georgia-with-5-1-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-takes-series-over-georgia-with-5-1-win/ Sports Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:42:58 PM LSU Sports Communications LSU takes series over Georgia with 5-1 win

BATON ROUGE, La. – Antoine Duplantis carried the LSU offense with three RBI and a solo home run, leading the Tigers to a 5-1 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Tigers improved to 15-5 and 2-0 in conference play, while Georgia fell to 8-12 and 0-2 in the SEC.

The teams will complete the weekend series Sunday afternoon, with Game 3 set for 1 p.m. CT.


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Jacob Evans is playing for his mom http://www.wbrz.com/news/jacob-evans-is-playing-for-his-mom/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jacob-evans-is-playing-for-his-mom/ Sports Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:15:49 AM Brandon Saho Jacob Evans is playing for his mom

BATON ROUGE, LA - "It's always exciting to play in March, especially in the big dance. You have a chance to show the country and show the world what you've been working on."

Jacob Evans has been working on his game. The former St. Michael standout and 2015 Louisiana Mr. Basketball nominee is now Cincinnati's leading scorer, hoping to lead his new team to the Final Four.

 "Being on a big stage you just want to do good. You've been working for this moment your whole life and now you finally have an opportunity to do it.

Evans isn't just playing for Cincinnati, he's playing for his hometown of Baton Rouge, for his former coaches and teammates at St. Michael, but most importantly for his mom.

"We are really close, she had to sacrafice a lot for me to be here today. I just want to be able to give everything back to her plus more, make her happy."

 "This is the moment that he's dreamed of. I've seen all of the hard work he's put into it. All of the long days dribbling this basketball until 11 or 12 o'clock at night. I hear boom, boom. I'm like Jacob, stop dribbling the ball," says his mom Theresa.

But she's happy he kept dribbling and shooting, as she watches her son on the big stage from their couch at home, always with his basketball in hand.

     "I am getting to the point where I am starting to miss him but I want him to do good in the tournament. But it's like it's almost time for you to come home so mama can see you, but this is like a little piece of him is still here."


Before his next game, Evans will get a good luck text from mom with some advice too, hopefully helping him keep winning in March.


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LSU baseball dominates LA College in mid-week game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-dominates-la-college-in-mid-week-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-dominates-la-college-in-mid-week-game/ Sports Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:54:03 PM Michael Cauble LSU baseball dominates LA College in mid-week game

Baton Rouge - The LSU Tiger baseball team scored early and late in their Tuesday night game against Louisiana College, routing the visiting Wildcats 13-0.

The game was a quickly scheduled affair that replaced the rained-out San Diego contest from a week prior. 

Tiger starting pitcher Zach Hess was near perfect in his time on the mound, firing six innings of one-hit baseball, walking none and striking out seven.

“I thought Zack Hess was just tremendous,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He had a rough outing last week at McNeese, but he comes back tonight and was totally dominant. He threw so many strikes and dominated the game for us, which was wonderful.”

LSU plated three runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead, they would then pour it on late with seven runs in the 7th inning.

“I was really happy with the way our guys came out tonight and the intensity they displayed at the plate,” Mainieri said. “We had one of our best batting practices of the year before the game, and you could tell the guys were anxious to play and were very focused, and the first inning demonstrated that.”

The Tigers are back in action on Wednesday night hosting UNO at the Box with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Alex Box Stadium.


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Ruby Harrold's journey from the Olympics to LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/ruby-harrold-s-journey-from-the-olympics-to-lsu-94616/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ruby-harrold-s-journey-from-the-olympics-to-lsu-94616/ Sports Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:31:08 PM Brandon Saho Ruby Harrold's journey from the Olympics to LSU

BATON ROUGE, LA - "People ask me what's the biggest difference and I can't really pin point one because everything's so different."

Ruby Harrold's story is different. The LSU freshman gymnast coming over from England where she represented her home country in the Olympics, Now adjusting to living and competing in Baton Rouge.

"Where I'm from it's very rural, everyone keeps to themselves, being British is quite an individual thing."

But now she's part of a team and community, something she's grown to enjoy.

"I see the girls every day in and out of the gym, walking to class. They've definitely been the stepping stones I've needed to adjust. The Olympics is the pinnacle of an ahtlete's career, so you're working so hard for that one goal while here you're in the P-MAC every other weekend and I've got the chance to enjoy being on the floor in front of a home crowd, it's just really fun."

What seperates Ruby from her teammates and any other college gymnast is her bar routine. Something you have to see to believe, because no one else in the country can do it.

"We were like what can we put in this routine to make people say wow? So basically I'm hanging from the top bar facing away from the low bar and I shoot my feet through my hands and catch the one bar. It's called a Schleudern."

"She'll say it and I say it different. I'll call it a Schleudern, I can't understand when she says it, but it truly is a beautiful skill. Her entire routine is unique, and for it to end with a really difficult front landing makes it even harder," says head coach D-D Breaux.

A routine that the Tigers need to make history this April.

"A championship run? We're going to have to have Ruby Harrold 100 percent in great shape, ready to go because her vault, her bars, having her as a back up on floor is going to be critical to our success."

Success for this postseason and three more years with Ruby in the purple and gold.


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LSU Lady Tigers back in the Big Dance http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-lady-tigers-back-in-the-big-dance/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-lady-tigers-back-in-the-big-dance/ Sports Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:01:23 PM Michael Cauble LSU Lady Tigers back in the Big Dance

Baton Rouge - After one year away, Nikki Fargas has her LSU Lady Tiger basketball team back in the Big Dance.  

The Tigers were selected as the 8th seed in the Oklahoma City Regional and will face 9th seeded Cal Saturday evening in Waco, Texas.

According to a LSU release, this is the 25th time the Tigers have made the NCAA postseason and 17th out of the last 19 years.

Saturday's game tips off at 8 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2.

More on the Waco host site can be read in the Associated Press article below:


Baylor women No. 1 NCAA seed in Oklahoma City Regional
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Basketball Writer

WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor is going into the women's NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed for the fifth time in seven years.

The Lady Bears (30-3), who won their seventh consecutive Big 12 regular season title, are the top seed in the Oklahoma City Regional. They will play SWAC team Texas Southern (23-9) in a first-round game Saturday in Waco. Baylor has won 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament games at home by an average margin of 29.4 points.

SEC runner-up Mississippi State (29-4) is the No. 2 seed in the region, and will also start at home, as will No. 3 seed Washington (27-3) and No. 4 seed Louisville (27-7). Tennessee (19-11), which has been in all 36 NCAA Tournaments, is the No. 5 seed in the region.

The women's Final Four will be played in Dallas, about 100 miles from the Baylor campus.


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UNO basketball punches ticket to big dance with OT win over Texas A&M CC http://www.wbrz.com/news/uno-basketball-punches-ticket-to-big-dance-with-ot-win-over-texas-aandm-cc/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/uno-basketball-punches-ticket-to-big-dance-with-ot-win-over-texas-aandm-cc/ Sports Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:55:58 PM Chris Price UNO basketball punches ticket to big dance with OT win over Texas A&M CC

KATY, TX - Its been over 20 years since UNO has been to the NCAA championship: waiting 5 more minutes didn't seem to matter. 

The Privateers held off Texas A&M Corpus Christi in overtime 68-65 to earn the Southland Conference tournament championship and earn the school's first trip to the big dance since 1996.

The Islanders built a 10 point lead in the first half, but the Privateers hit a buzzer beater to end the 1st half and cut the lead to 33-26. 

Late in the 4th quarter, the Privateers held a one point lead but Travin Thibodeaux fouled Rashawn Thomas on a 3 point attempt, and Thomas made all 3 free throws after the miss to give the Islanders a two point lead. 

Nate Frye then made two free throws for the Privateers to tie the game at 60, and both teams missed last chance shots in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 60. 


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LSU bats win big over Wichita State 12-5 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-bats-win-big-over-wichita-state-12-5/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-bats-win-big-over-wichita-state-12-5/ Sports Sat, 11 Mar 2017 7:50:31 PM LSU Athletic Communications LSU bats win big over Wichita State 12-5

BATON ROUGE – Behind another strong performance by senior Jared Poche’ and a combined 17 hits from the Tiger hitters, No. 6 LSU (11-4) defeated Wichita State, 12-5, Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Poche’ improved to 4-0 after firing off seven shutout innings and striking out three. The Lutcher native has not allowed a run in 29 innings for the second-best streak in school history. LSU’s longest scoreless innings streak was established by Ben McDonald in 1989, when he threw 44.2 consecutive scoreless frames.

In five appearances at the plate, freshman Zach Watson was 3-for-4 with four RBI. Watson also hit his first career home run, a three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Wichita State dropped to 8-5 with Saturday’s loss. The final game of the series against the Shockers will be at 2 p.m. CT Sunday. The game will be available online through the SEC Network+ and can be accessed through the WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.

The game will also be broadcast live on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge.  Fans can go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio.

“I honestly thought Jared didn’t have his good stuff and was laboring through the early part of the game,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “He actually got stronger and threw better in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Those were probably his best innings of the game. I’m so proud of Jared – he’s such a fierce competitor, such a great teammate, everybody on the team loves him to death, and it couldn’t happen to a better kid.”

The Tigers strung together three hits in a row to begin the bottom of the third to load the bases. With one out, freshman Jake Slaughter flied out to deep left-center field for an RBI sac fly. Watson then followed with his first career RBI on a hard single past the third baseman to push the lead to 2-0.

It was once again Slaughter and Watson who added four runs for the Tigers in the fifth. With runners on second and third and the infield in, Slaughter knocked a single through the right side to score Cole Freeman. Watson followed with his first career home run, a three-run bomb 411 feet to left field to make it a 6-0 game.

In the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth inning, Michael Papierski hit his second home run of the season. After a double by Kramer Robertson, Freeman singled to left field to plate another run and give LSU an 8-0 lead.

In the four-run sixth inning, Greg Deichmann also tacked on his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field, to make it 10-0.

Robertson added the 11th run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a single to center field. Beau Jordan plated Robertson with an RBI single to right field for run No. 12.

“This may have been our best day as far as balance throughout the lineup is concerned,” Mainieri said. “It was a great day for us offensively; we had a tremendous approach at the plate. I was so happy to see the balance throughout the  lineup that we showed today as opposed to counting  on our top four hitters.

The Shockers put up five runs in the ninth inning. WSU plated two runs on a pair of bases-loaded walks issued by reliever Hunter Kiel. A two-RBI double by Noah Croft and RBI groundout by Sam Goodwin pushed the shockers to five runs for the game. 


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Lange leads LSU to 6-1 win over Wichita State http://www.wbrz.com/news/lange-leads-lsu-to-6-1-win-over-wichita-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lange-leads-lsu-to-6-1-win-over-wichita-state/ Sports Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:22:49 AM Bill Franques Lange leads LSU to 6-1 win over Wichita State

BATON ROUGE – Junior right-hander Alex Lange tossed eight innings, allowing just two hits, no runs, and no walks with nine strikeouts to deliver a masterful performance on Friday night, as sixth-ranked LSU defeated Wichita State, 6-1, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU's offense also fired on all cylinders, as sophomore leftfielder Antoine Duplantis went 3-for-4 with two RBI, scoring two runs. Rightfielder Greg Deichmann also had an incredible night, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBI and a home run.

With the win, LSU improved to 10-4 on the season, while Wichita State fell to 8-4.

Game 2 of the series against the Shockers will start Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be available online through the SEC Network+ and can be accessed through the WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.

The game will also be broadcast live on the affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Fans can go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio.

Lange, who improved to 3-1 with the win, fired 96 pitches in his superb outing, limiting the Shockers to just a pair of singles.

"Alex really dominated the game from the beginning through his entire eight innings," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "I thought he pitched a tremendous game and set the stage for the whole evening."

In the bottom of the first inning, Duplantis lined an RBI double to right field to bring in shortstop Kramer Robertson, giving LSU a 1-0 lead.

Duplantis singled to left in the third inning to score Freeman for the Tigers' second run of the game. After a wild pitch, Deichmann singled through the left side, driving in Duplantis as LSU grabbed a 3-0 advantage.

"The top of our lineup was very productive tonight," Mainieri said, "and I'm particularly proud of Antoine Duplantis. He started the season slowly at the plate, but he's demonstrated lately the kind of hitter he is, and he had some huge hits for us tonight."

With runners at the corners, the Tigers extended their lead to 6-0 after Deichmann ripped his sixth home run of the year with a three-run shot to right center.

After Lange exited the game, Wichita State avoided the shutout in the final frame when first baseman Josh DeBacker delivered an RBI single.

Wichita State starter Willie Schwanke (2-2) was charged with the loss as he allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings with no walks and one strikeout.


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LSU senior gymnasts eyeing national title http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-senior-gymnasts-eyeing-national-title/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-senior-gymnasts-eyeing-national-title/ Sports Fri, 10 Mar 2017 1:04:39 PM Brandon Saho LSU senior gymnasts eyeing national title

BATON ROUGE, LA - "It's just really emotional, we've been thru so much together just the three of us. And watching the program grow so much, honestly this has been the best four years of my life," says Shae Zamardi.

With a national runner up finish last season and a SEC title this year, this senior class is sure to be remembered. But these ladies know they still have unfinished business.

"Clinching that national title for our team and for D-D and for this university. Oh my gosh I couldn't think of anything better to end my career as as gymnast," says Sydney Ewing.

Ashlegh Gnat adding, "It would mean absolutely everything. The way that we respect her and honor her is why I hope we can do that every single day. Just as a team effort it would be an amazing, amazing thing."

What Ashleigh Gnat, Sydney Ewing and Shae Zamardi have done at LSU is amazing. From perfect 10's to helping LSU to their top 10 highest scores in school history.

"It's been great to have been apart of this team just simply because how we have unified and bonded and I think being able to leave this team, every single person leaves their mark on the program and it's just been an honor to be apart of something this big."

"The way that we've been able to come together as sisters and grow with this program and grow together as people is something amazing. I know that those are lifelong sisters and friends for me because I know we are all going to keep in touch."

These seniors admit it will be tough to walk out of the P-MAC one final time, but they are excited to see where the underclassmen can take this program to new heights.


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Details on Coach O's new, 5-year deal with LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/details-on-coach-o-s-new-5-year-deal-with-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/details-on-coach-o-s-new-5-year-deal-with-lsu/ Sports Thu, 9 Mar 2017 5:50:25 PM Trey Schmaltz Details on Coach O's new, 5-year deal with LSU

BATON ROUGE – New LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron will earn about $3.5 million according to newly-released documents.

Orgeron will earn roughly $800,000 less than fired LSU coach Les Miles. LSU's governing body, the board of supervisors, is expected to rubber-stamp the contract at an upcoming meeting.

The contract runs through 2021 – about five years. It includes buyouts of $12 million, $8.5 million, $6 million, $4.5 million and $1 million for each of his contract years, respectively.

In addition to post season incentives and academic goals for the team, the contract includes incentives for winning games and titles of both national and SEC coach of the year.

Orgeron also has an option of two courtesy vehicles or an allowance for two vehicles.

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AP Source: LSU's Jones out as basketball coach after 5 years http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-source-lsu-s-jones-out-as-basketball-coach-after-5-years/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ap-source-lsu-s-jones-out-as-basketball-coach-after-5-years/ Sports Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:04:59 PM APNewsNow AP Source: LSU's Jones out as basketball coach after 5 years

NEW ORLEANS - A person familiar with the situation says LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones is out after five seasons at the school.
    
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because LSU has not announced Jones' firing.
    
LSU labored through a school-record 15-game losing streak this season and finished with a 10-21 record following a 79-52 loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville on Wednesday night.
    
This was the first losing season for Jones, who coached LSU to one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. However, Jones' coaching has been under increasing scrutiny since last season, when LSU missed the NCAA Tournament despite the presence of eventual first-overall NBA draft choice Ben Simmons on the roster.
    
After the game, Jones said he hadn't been told of the decision.


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LSU hoops season ends with a dud at SEC Tournament http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-season-ends-with-a-dud-at-sec-tournament/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hoops-season-ends-with-a-dud-at-sec-tournament/ Sports Wed, 8 Mar 2017 8:01:16 PM Michael Cauble LSU hoops season ends with a dud at SEC Tournament

Nashville, TN - The LSU men's basketball season crashed to it's firey death in a 79-52 dismantling by Mississippi State in the opening game of the 1st Round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville. 

The Tigers failed to score a bucket on thier final 15 shots, going without a field goal for the last 11:33 minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs turned LSU over 19 times in the game an scored 32 points off of turnovers to runaway with the tourney opening win.

With the closure of the season, the start of questions regardling the future of LSU head coach Johnny Jones and the future of Tiger hoops have began.

Jones finishes the season with a 10-21 overall record and 2-16 in SEC play, failing to make the postseason for the second straight season.


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Southern hoops moving on to SWAC Semi-Finals in Houston http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-moving-on-to-swac-semi-finals-in-houston/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-hoops-moving-on-to-swac-semi-finals-in-houston/ Sports Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:46:57 PM Michael Cauble Southern hoops moving on to SWAC Semi-Finals in Houston

Baton Rouge - The Southern Jaguars are heading to Houston to keep dancing in hopes they can bring home the SWAC Tournament Title and represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament.

Both the Southern Jaguars and Lady Jags won SWAC Tournament Quarterfinal games in the Clark Center on Tuesday night to stay alive in the postseason tournament.

Roman Banks Jaguars team beat Jackson St. 69-63 behind a huge second half of action.  The Jags scored 19 of their final 21 points from the free throw line to maintain thier lead as the Tigers made a late game run.

The Jaguars will now face Alcorn on Friday in the SWAC semi-finals.

The Lady Jags jumped out to an early lead on the Alcorn Lady Braves and held on for the 73-67 win behind 17 points from Myia Crowder and Samantha Duncan.  Four Lady Jags scored in double figures as the team shot 61% from the floor in the second half. 

The Lady Jags will face Grambling in the semi-finals on Friday in Houston.


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LSU baseball game against University of San Diego canceled http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-game-against-university-of-san-diego-canceled/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-game-against-university-of-san-diego-canceled/ Sports Tue, 7 Mar 2017 3:33:47 PM Alicia Serrano LSU baseball game against University of San Diego canceled

BATON ROUGE – The LSU baseball game against the University of San Diego on Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium has been canceled. 

The game was set for 6:30 p.m. however the LSU baseball team tweeted that the game was canceled after being temporarily delayed due to heavy rain. 

The team then tweeted that the game would be made up later in the season against another opponent. 

LSU had two wins and two losses last week, defeating Nicholls and Baylor, but dropping to TCU and Texas Tech.

"Our guys will have to be ready to play, because San Diego has some very talented ball players," head coach Paul Mainieri said.

Tuesday's game would have been the first meeting between LSU and San Diego. Additionally, LSU has a 6-2 mark overall against the current members of the West Coast Conference.

The game will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network and on LSUSports.net/live.


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Amid reports of firing, LSU parting ways with Johnny Jones is obvious http://www.wbrz.com/news/amid-reports-of-firing-lsu-parting-ways-with-johnny-jones-is-obvious/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/amid-reports-of-firing-lsu-parting-ways-with-johnny-jones-is-obvious/ Sports Tue, 7 Mar 2017 5:49:57 PM Trey Schmaltz Amid reports of firing, LSU parting ways with Johnny Jones is obvious

BATON ROUGE – The obvious decision LSU must make coming out of this week's SEC basketball tournament is to part ways with its head coach, those who cover the sport acknowledge.

Multiple newspaper reports cited unnamed sources Tuesday that LSU will fire Johnny Jones after the tournament. LSU plays Mississippi State Wednesday evening in Nashville at the SEC tournament.

WBRZ Sports Director Michael Cauble pointed out in a series of tweets about the reports, it's just “common sense.”

While people who don't want to be named talk, LSU is keeping a lid on it and staying focused on Wednesday's game.

“We have a game tomorrow and our goal is to win the SEC tournament,” Joe Alleva, LSU's athletic director, told the Baton Rouge newspaper, The Advocate.

Jones, who has been with the Tigers for the last five seasons, leads a team that is 10-20 overall and 2-16 in the SEC.

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