WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2021, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 2 Mar 2021 HH:03:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU softball gets clean sweep on final day of Tiger Invitational https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-gets-clean-sweep-on-final-day-of-tiger-invitational/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-gets-clean-sweep-on-final-day-of-tiger-invitational/ Sports Sat, 27 Feb 2021 11:01:40 PM WBRZ Sports LSU softball gets clean sweep on final day of Tiger Invitational

BATON ROUGE – The LSU softball team secured two wins Saturday night in Tiger Park to close out the LSU Invitational. The Tigers defeated No. 9 ULL 3-2, and Buffalo 7-1. The Tigers improve to 10-5 on the season, while ULL falls to 9-1 and Buffalo moves to 0-8.

The Tigers are set to square up in a midweek match up against Southern Miss on Tuesday at 6 p.m. This game will stream on SEC Network+ and will be available via live stats.

Game 1

The Tigers got on the board first in game one. In the bottom of the third, Aliyah Andrews slapped a two out single then added a stolen base to move herself into scoring position. Taylor Pleasants drove in Andrews with a single up the middle and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead over ULL.

The Cajuns were able to plate a run in the top of the third and the Tigers made the change in the circle to Maribeth Gorsuch. UL-Lafayette was able to plate another run and loaded the bases, but the Tigers got out of the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Georgia Clark crushed a solo shot over the left field wall to tie the score at two.

In the bottom of the sixth, Briggs laid down a bunt. The Cajuns threw the ball away and Briggs came all the way around to score what would end up being the winning run.

In the top of the seventh the Cajuns were able to put a runner on with one out and the Tigers went to Ali Kilponen in the circle to close the game out. Kilponen and the Tigers recorded the final two outs to secure the win.

Andrews went 2-for-3 in the box, while Pleasants and Briggs both went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Clark also went 1-for-3 in game one with a solo homerun.

Gorsuch recorded the win for the Tigers and moves to 2-0 on the season. Kilponen earned her first save on the season when she entered in the seventh to close out the game.

Game 2

Andrews got things going in the bottom of the first with a single. She stole second and would come around to score on Pleasants double.

Buffalo would tie the game up in the next inning on a solo shot over the left field wall but that was it as Morgan Smith and the Tigers shut down the Bulls the rest of the way.  

In the home half of the second, Tidwell laid down a bunt and followed with a stolen base and was plated on an Andrews double up the middle. The Tigers took the lead back 2-1 over Buffalo.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers loaded the bases with one out and Taylor Pleasants plated a runner on a deep sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The Tigers were able to add explosive offense in the bottom of the sixth. Anna Jones led off with a bunt single and stole second. Andrews grabbed another infield single, and Pleasants walked to load the bases. Amanda Doyle hit a deep sacrifice fly to plate Jones from third. Akiya Thymes laid down a bunt that forced a Buffalo error to plate Andrews. Raeleen Gutierrez laced a single to the right center gap that scored two, increasing the Tigers' lead to 7-1.

Morgan Smith was able to close out the game in the circle and secure the 7-1 victory for the Tigers. Smith moves to 2-0 on the season. She recorded three strikeouts on the game.

Andrews went 4-for-4 with a double and one RBI and a combined 6-for-7 on the day. Briggs was 2-for-4 with a double, while Pleasants was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI. Gutierrez went 1-for-1 with two RBI.

Torina's Thoughts

Thoughts on the Briggs game winning bunt against ULL…

"I've seen things like that, but I haven't seen anything bounce like that in Tiger Park before. You kind of hate to see a game like that come to an end on a play like that, but we'll take the win any way we can get. I think it was a huge game for us to kind of get our mentality back to where it needs to be going forward in the season."

Thoughts on the difficult schedule from this past week…

"I really hope that come the end of May we are the most prepared team in the country, we've played these huge teams early on, but I think at the end of the day it is really going to pay off for us. I've tried to talk to my team telling them they're not going to hit .450 right now against these types of teams but what we want is a W in the win column at the end of the day, so I believe it's going to pay off for us in the long run."

On Aliyah Andrews… 

"You just can't say enough about Aliyah. The third catch in the ULL game, I never thought that was going to be something that she could catch, I thought it was a base hit all the way. She's a great leadoff hitter and probably one of the best centerfielders in the country."

On Maribeth against the Cajuns…

"She's our leader and when she's out there she gets us to compete. We have a lot of young people out there on the field, six or seven that have never started an SEC game. Maribeth makes us calm and makes us feel safe and I think she's a great leader for us out there on the field."



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Drew Bianco's 2 homeruns power LSU to shutout of Nicholls 14-0 https://www.wbrz.com/news/drew-bianco-s-2-homeruns-power-lsu-to-shutout-of-nicholls-14-0/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/drew-bianco-s-2-homeruns-power-lsu-to-shutout-of-nicholls-14-0/ Sports Sat, 27 Feb 2021 10:58:15 PM WBRZ Sports Drew Bianco's 2 homeruns power LSU to shutout of Nicholls 14-0

BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior right-hander Landon Marceaux fired a career-best 10 strikeouts Saturday night to lead No. 11 LSU to a 14-0 win over Nicholls in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. 

Earlier Saturday, the Tigers defeated Youngstown State, 5-3, on a two-run, walk-off homer by second baseman Cade Doughty.

 LSU improved to 6-1 with the two victories, and the Tigers have won four straight games. Youngstown State dropped to 1-6 and Nicholls fell to 2-3 with Saturday’s losses. 

LSU returns to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the Tigers play host again to Nicholls in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. 

“It was a long day today, but a good day,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We had a very emotional victory in the first game, and you’re always worried about a letdown after a game like that, but we came out like gangbusters in the second game. Landon Marceaux set the tone and pitched outstanding all night, and we hit some homers that gave us an early lead against a pitcher that beat us last year. 

“With the prevailing wind, there was more of a hitters’ environment here today, and we took advantage of it. I really like the way the middle of our order is shaping up right now, (rightfielder) Dylan Crews is an intimidating force at the top of the lineup, and our hitters are swinging with a lot of confidence.” 

Marceaux (1-0) worked six innings against the Colonels, allowing no runs on two hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. 

Nicholls starter Tyler Theriot (0-1) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered six runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. 

The shutout was LSU’s first since a 2-0 win over South Alabama on April 3, 2019. 

LSU blasted four homers in the game, including two by junior shortstop Drew Bianco. Crews and third baseman Jordan Thompson also homered to pace the Tigers’ 13-hit attack, and centerfielder Brody Drost collected three hits, including a double, one RBI and two runs scored. 

DH Cade Beloso added a double and three RBI, and catcher Alex Milazzo produced a two-run double. 

LSU entered the bottom of the ninth inning of Saturday’s first game tied 3-3 with Youngstown State. With one out, Crews was hit by a pitch, and after first baseman Tre’ Morgan flied out, Crews moved to third on a failed pick-off attempt by YSU reliever Gary Clift.

 Doughty followed with a blast over the left-field fence on a 2-2 count to give the Tigers the victory. It was LSU’s first walk-off win since a 4-3 victory over Auburn in the SEC Tournament on May 23, 2019. 

LSU won a game with a walk-off homer for the first time since February 16, 2019, versus Army when Cade Beloso hit a game-winning dinger in the bottom of the ninth. 

LSU reliever Alex Brady (1-0) earned the win, as he blanked Youngstown State in the top of the ninth inning, recording two strikeouts. Clift (0-1) absorbed the loss after allowing the Doughty home

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Cade Doughty hits walk-off home run to beat Youngstown State 5-3 https://www.wbrz.com/news/cade-doughty-hits-walk-off-home-run-to-beat-youngstown-state-5-3/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/cade-doughty-hits-walk-off-home-run-to-beat-youngstown-state-5-3/ Sports Sat, 27 Feb 2021 5:40:39 PM Reggie Chatman Cade Doughty hits walk-off home run to beat Youngstown State 5-3

BATON ROUGE- After blowing a 2-run lead in the 8th inning, infielder Cade Doughty would hit a walk-off blast to left field to get the Tigers a 5-3 win. 

Doughty finished the day with 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. His first RBI of the day came in the 1st inning as the Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

They would lead 3-1 in the eight inning until RHP Devin Fontenot gave up two runs to tie the game. 

Doughty's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth came with two outs.

LSU improves to 5-1 on the year and will play the second half of their doubleheader against Nicholls later in the evening.

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Smith helps No. 20 Arkansas beat LSU 83-75 https://www.wbrz.com/news/smith-helps-no-20-arkansas-beat-lsu-83-75/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/smith-helps-no-20-arkansas-beat-lsu-83-75/ Sports Sat, 27 Feb 2021 4:19:17 PM Associated Press Smith helps No. 20 Arkansas beat LSU 83-75

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Justin Smith had 19 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 20 Arkansas beat Cameron Thomas and LSU 83-75 on Saturday.

The Razorbacks (19-5, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) had four players score in double figures in their sixth straight win. Moses Moody had 18 points on 3-for-14 shooting, and reserve J.D. Notae also scored 18.

Arkansas grabbed control with a 16-2 run in the second half. Jalen Tate made two foul shots, Davonte Davis scored and Moody capped the surge with a layup, making it 72-55 with 7:04 left.

LSU, one of the highest scoring teams in Division I, went without a field goal for more than five minutes during the key stretch.

Arkansas reached the bonus with 11:46 left and made eight foul shots during its big run. The Razorbacks went 23 of 31 from the line for the game. LSU (14-8, 9-6) committed 22 fouls, including 13 in the second half.

Thomas, the No. 4 scorer in the nation, scored 25 points, shooting 11 of 19 from the field. His teammates combined to shoot 33% (19 of 57) from the field.

Davis added 15 points for the Razorbacks on 7-for-12 shooting.


Arkansas’ win, combined with a Tennessee loss earlier Saturday, secured a top-four SEC finish for the Razorbacks. That means they will have a first-round bye for the SEC Tournament.

LSU is still likely to get into the NCAA Tournament, though a win Saturday would have practically clinched a berth. The Tigers are still in the top four of the SEC, though six other teams are within two games in the loss column, meaning LSU has work to do over its final two regular-season games.


LSU hosts Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.

Arkansas travels to South Carolina on Tuesday before finishing the regular season against Texas A&M next Saturday in a make-up game that was postponed because of COVID-19 protocols.

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Four homeruns propel LSU past Youngstown State https://www.wbrz.com/news/four-homeruns-propel-lsu-past-youngstown-state/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/four-homeruns-propel-lsu-past-youngstown-state/ Sports Fri, 26 Feb 2021 9:40:40 PM WBRZ Sports Four homeruns propel LSU past Youngstown State

Baton Rouge – No. 11 LSU is powered to a 6-2 victory over Youngstown State with six shutout innings pitched by Jaden Hill and four homeruns, Friday evening at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. 

LSU's Jaden Hill (2-0) earned the third victory of his career on Friday. Hill pitched six scoreless innings for the Tigers, his longest career outing, and allowed just one hit. The junior struck out four for the day, including two in the second inning. The LSU pitching staff allowed just two runs on six hits in nine innings. 

LSU opened the first inning with a single up the middle by freshman first baseman Tre' Morgan to get on base. Then, Cade Beloso homered to right field to score Morgan and give LSU a 2-0 lead. 

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LSU gymnastics drops 3rd straight meet, lose 197.100 to 196.800 to Kentucky https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-drops-3rd-straight-meet-lose-197-100-to-196-800-to-kentucky/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymnastics-drops-3rd-straight-meet-lose-197-100-to-196-800-to-kentucky/ Sports Fri, 26 Feb 2021 7:53:20 PM Reggie Chatman LSU gymnastics drops 3rd straight meet, lose 197.100 to 196.800 to Kentucky

LEXINGTON- LSU Gymnastics lost their third straight meet of the season on Friday, as they fall 197.100 to 196.800 to Kentucky.

Kentucky gymnast Raena Worly won the All-Around as the Wildcats improve to 4-3, while the Tigers drop to 4-3.

LSU came out slow in the meet with problems on the uneven bars. They finished with a team score of 49.000 as Haleigh Bryant had a team high 9.875.

The Tigers had an even worse showing on beam as Reagan Campbell and Sami Durante had scores of 9.350 and 9.300. They finished with a 48.825 during their final rotation and fell short in the meet.

Up next, the Tigers will finish up the regular season at home against Missouri on Friday, March 5th at 7:15 PM.

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QB Russell Wilson open to playing in New Orleans https://www.wbrz.com/news/qb-russell-wilson-open-to-playing-in-new-orleans/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/qb-russell-wilson-open-to-playing-in-new-orleans/ Sports Thu, 25 Feb 2021 1:51:13 PM WBRZ Staff QB Russell Wilson open to playing in New Orleans

Star quarterback Russell Wilson has told his agent he's open to being traded to a handful of teams, one of them being the New Orleans Saints.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the Seahawks quarterback has told his agent he still wants to play in Seattle, but he is open to a trade to some select landing spots: the Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders, New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears. Due to the way Wilson's current contract is structured, Seattle cannot trade him to another team without him first signing off on the destination.

The news come after multiple reports suggesting a growing rift between Wilson and the Seahawks.

While it sill seems like a longshot, New Orleans would be a prime landing spot for Wilson should Drew Brees ultimately decide to retire. Though while many expect Brees to hang up the pads this offseason, the longtime New Orleans QB has not made an official announcement. 

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LSU baseball hammers Cajuns in Lafayette https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-hammers-cajuns-in-lafayette/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-hammers-cajuns-in-lafayette/ Sports Wed, 24 Feb 2021 10:42:21 PM Michael R Cauble LSU baseball hammers Cajuns in Lafayette

The LSU Tiger baseball team took advantage of Ragin Cajun mistakes and consistent hitting on Wednesday night to hammer ULL 11-2 in Lafayette.

LSU belted out 14 hits for their second game in a row, and the early lead provided by the bats and Cajun miscues helped settled down a pair of Tiger freshmen pitchers who were solid in their first outings.

“It was a great team victory for us tonight; I thought we played well in all facets of the game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I thought we really swung the bats well all night, and the story of the game was the two freshmen pitchers, Edwards and Hellmers. Garrett got us off to a great start, and Will looked fantastic in his two innings. Getting an early lead really helped both of those guys and allowed them to challenge the hitters.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Garrett Edwards got the Tigers started off strong with his first start of the season, he threw three innings of work allowing three hits and one run, a solo home run by former LSU Tiger Brennan Breaux. 

Freshman left-hander Will Hellmers followed Edwards on the mound and showed no ill affects from his struggles in the field over the weekend. Hellmers who was experimented with at third base struggled in a different role, but back on the mound for the first time as a collegiate athlete he delivered two strong innings of work allowing no hits and no runs while striking out two.

LSU scored three runs in the second inning to take control of the game and they would one more in each of the third, sixth and seventh inning before breaking the game open in the ninth with five runs.

“We had a lot of great at-bats, and it was just a total team effort. I’m really proud of the guys; it was fun to win a game on the road against a really good team.”

The Tigers are back in action on Friday night hosting Youngstown St. at Alex Box Stadium. 

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LSU sets dates for Spring Football, Spring Game info to come https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-sets-dates-for-spring-football-spring-game-info-to-come/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-sets-dates-for-spring-football-spring-game-info-to-come/ Sports Wed, 24 Feb 2021 4:36:13 PM Michael R Cauble LSU sets dates for Spring Football, Spring Game info to come

LSU Football has announced dates for the start of spring football practices as well as other key dates including the annual Spring Game which was cancelled last year due to COVID.

The Tigers will open spring practice on Tuesday, March 16 for the first of 15 practices over the next five weeks culiminating in the National L Club Spring Game on Saturday, April 17.

The school announced that more details regarding the Spring Game will be available in the coming weeks.

The Tigers will sandwich their Pro Day workout sessions for departing Tigers to the NFL on March 31. 

2021 LSU Spring Practice Dates 
Week 1: March 16, 18, 20
Week 2: March 23, 25, 27
Week 3: March 30, April 1
Week 4: April 6, 8, 10
Week 5: April 13, 15, 16, 17
Pro Day: March 31
Spring Game: April 17 

More information regarding the 2021 Tiger football team can be found in this release from the University.

LSU, under sixth-year coach Ed Orgeron, return 33 players who started at least one game in 2020. The Tigers closed out the 2020 season with back-to-back wins over No. 7 Florida and Ole Miss to finish 5-5 overall. 
Among LSU's returning offensive starters include record-setting wide receiver Kayshon Boutte and All-America candidate offensive lineman Ed Ingram. Boutte se the SEC record for receiving yards in a game with 308 and three TDs on 14 catches in the season-finale against Ole Miss. 
?Defensively, LSU returns arguably the top two cornerbacks in college football in Derek Stingley Jr. and Eli Ricks. Stingley, a two-time first team All-America, and Ricks, a freshman All-America in 2020, have combined for 10 interceptions. 
In addition, LSU's entire defensive line from 2020 returns intact, a group that includes Ali Gaye, who ranked No. 6 in the SEC in tackles for loss with 9.5 a year ago, along with Andre Anthony, who led the Tigers and finished ninth in the SEC in sacks with 5.5. 

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LSU basketball falls flat at Georgia, losses 91-78 https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-falls-flat-at-georgia-losses-91-78/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-basketball-falls-flat-at-georgia-losses-91-78/ Sports Tue, 23 Feb 2021 8:28:58 PM Michael R Cauble LSU basketball falls flat at Georgia, losses 91-78

LSU head basketball coach Will Wade called his teams effort "laughable" but there was nothing fun or funny about the way the Tigers play on Tuesday night in Athens as they lost 91-78 to the Georgia Bulldogs.

The game got out of hand early in the first half and LSU never fought their way back into it as they failed to stop the Bulldogs on defense, hardly a new trend this season, but their offense also failed to produce with the ferocity and frequency we've seen previously from this team.

LSU trailed by as many as 22 points to the Bulldogs who used frequent scoring streaks to pull away and keep the Tigers from ever mounting a serious comeback attempt.

There were no exception deficiencies in LSU's game but the sum of their failures helped a Georgia team put up their largest margin of victory in a SEC game this season.

LSU will be back in action on Saturday as the Tigers travel to Arkansas, a team they have previously blown out in similar fashion to their own loss on Tuesday night.

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LSU radio crew adapts to road games at home https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-radio-crew-adapts-to-road-games-at-home/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-radio-crew-adapts-to-road-games-at-home/ Sports Tue, 23 Feb 2021 6:55:57 PM Michael R Cauble LSU radio crew adapts to road games at home

Just like most Americans, the LSU radio crew has also had to adjust the way they do business.

This basketball season has added an unseen challenge to calling games on the radio.

Not able to travel to away games, play-by-play radio broadcaster Chris Blair and color-analyst John Brady have a set-up on campus that allows them to see the game and relay that through their radio calls.

With a special broadcast feed fed into their conference room, Blair and Brady do their best to fill in the holes for fans that can't get to a television to see the game.

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LSU Tiger baseball explodes for big win over LA Tech https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tiger-baseball-explodes-for-big-win-over-la-tech/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tiger-baseball-explodes-for-big-win-over-la-tech/ Sports Mon, 22 Feb 2021 9:17:40 PM Michael R Cauble LSU Tiger baseball explodes for big win over LA Tech

The LSU Tiger baseball team trailed 6-2 in the 6th inning of their game against Louisiana Tech on Monday night at Alex Box Stadium before the bats slammed their way to 14 runs over the final three innings of play.

LSU 2-1) took home their second win of the season with a 16-7 victory over the Bulldogs as the offense woke up late and pounded their way to 14 hits.

Tiger left-fielder Gavin Dugas started the rally in the sixth as he belted his first hit of the season, a bases-clearing grand slam to left field.  Those four runs tied the Tigers with the visiting Bulldogs at 6-6, but then the next batter freshman Jordan Thompson smacked a solo homer to left-center to give the Tigers a lead they would never relenquish.

Starting LSU pitcher AJ Labas had an odd night on the bump as he struck out eight Bulldog batters, but also surrendered 11 hits allowing five runs in his three and a third innings of work.

Freshman reliever Javen Coleman came in and shut down the Bulldogs with three and two-thirds innings of work allowing just one run on one hit while striking out seven.

LSU's offense continued to hammer home runs as they plated four in the seventh inning and five more runs in the eighth.

The LSU Tigers will play ULL on Wednesday night at Tigue Moore Stadium in Lafayette.

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Southeastern completes sweep of Mississippi Valley with 17-0 win https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-completes-sweep-of-mississippi-valley-with-17-0-win/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-completes-sweep-of-mississippi-valley-with-17-0-win/ Sports Sun, 21 Feb 2021 11:00:18 PM WBRZ Sports Southeastern completes sweep of Mississippi Valley with 17-0 win

HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana defeated Mississippi Valley State, 17-0, Sunday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, completing a sweep of the three-game series.
The Lions (3-0) received 5.1 no-hit innings from starting pitcher Grant Upton (1-0). The sophomore right-hander combined with five relievers to finish off a third-consecutive shutout of the Delta Devils (0-3), marking the first time in program history Southeastern has tossed a trio of shutouts to open the regular season.
Noah Hughes finished out the sixth inning for the Lions and freshman Kyle Bartley recorded the first out of the seventh inning before Valley catcher Jonathan Yandrich dropped a single into right field, breaking up the no-hit bid. Upton earned the win, scattering four walks.
Southeastern started its offensive onslaught early. Champ Artigues laced a one-out single in the first inning. Preston Faulkner followed with a double to right-center field. Artigues scored on a Nick Ray sacrifice fly and Faulkner scored on a Jacob Burke infield single. Burke then promptly stole second base and third, eventually scoring on a double steal.
Burke capped a five-run second with an RBI double and then blasted a three-run home run in the fourth.
Six Lions turned in multi-hit performances at the plate, including Burke (3-for-4), Gaby Cruz (3-for-5), Artigues (2-for-3), Preston Faulkner (2-for-3), Christian Garcia (2-for-3) and Brandon Hale (2-for-2). Burke drove in five runs and Cruz provided three RBIs.
Southeastern returns to action Thursday, opening a four-game series at Preseason No. 10-ranked Arizona. Games are scheduled for 7 p.m. (CST) Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The Lions then return home to host Preseason No. 43-ranked Tulane in a midweek contest, March 3, for the annual Fireworks at the Pat promotion.

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LSU gymanastics tallies 197.325 in loss to #6 Alabama https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymanastics-tallies-197-325-in-loss-to-6-alabama/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-gymanastics-tallies-197-325-in-loss-to-6-alabama/ Sports Fri, 19 Feb 2021 10:13:00 PM WBRZ Sports LSU gymanastics tallies 197.325 in loss to #6 Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The second-ranked LSU Gymnastics team scored a 197.325 in the loss to No. 6 Alabama on Friday night inside Coleman Coliseum. 

LSU moved to 4-2 on the year, while Alabama improved to 5-1 with a team score of 197.725. 

Freshman Haleigh Bryant led the squad with a 39.600 in the all-around to match her career high. 

"Credit to Alabama for bringing it tonight," head coach Jay Clark said. "We couldn't put it all together tonight so now it's time to get back in the gym and fight. We cannot sulk over what happen tonight and have to work before we go to Kentucky for another tough meet."

LSU's bars lineup put the squad in a solid position after one rotation with a 49.375. Johnson opened with a 9.875 and freshmen Olivia Dunne and Bryant scored a 9.85 and 9.875 respectively. Alyona Shchennikova led the way for the squad with a 9.90 in the fifth spot and Sami Durante anchored with a 9.875. 

The Tigers trailed Alabama, 98.700-98.775 at the halfway point of the meet after a 49.325 on vault. Durante started the lineup with a 9.85 and Elena Arenas scored a 9.825. Johnson provided a 9.85 in the fifth spot. Sarah Edwards and Bryant also each earned a 9.90. 

The Tigers struggled to find their landings on floor but Edwards delivered a 9.90 and Bryant anchored with a 9.95 to get the squad to a 49.250. LSU also used a 9.825 from Dean and Arenas as well as a 9.85 from Shchennikova. 

The beam lineup put up five 9.875s to end the night and give the squad a 49.375. The lineup of Desiderio, Bryant, Dean, Johnson and Shchennikova provided the consistent ending. 

LSU returns to the road to face Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Friday Feb. 26 in Lexington. The meet will be live from Memorial Coliseum on SEC Network. 

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NCAA restricting attendance at March Madness venues to 25% https://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-restricting-attendance-at-march-madness-venues-to-25-/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/ncaa-restricting-attendance-at-march-madness-venues-to-25-/ Sports Fri, 19 Feb 2021 10:28:45 AM News Staff NCAA restricting attendance at March Madness venues to 25%

BATON ROUGE - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will restrict attendance at March Madness venues at the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, including all rounds and the Final Four.

The decision will allow up to 25% capacity including "participants, essential staff, family and a reduced number of fans. All attendees must wear face coverings and physically distance during the event."

“We continue to use the knowledge we have gained over the season on how to conduct games in a safe environment,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “I want to thank our host universities and conferences, the Indiana State Health Department, and the leaders in the Marion, Monroe and Tippecanoe county health departments as they help make that possible.”

The NCAA previously announced it would stage the entire 2021 men's basketball championship in Indiana with majority of the tournament's 67 games taking place in Indianapolis.

“This year’s tournament will be like no other, and while we know it won’t be the same for anyone, we are looking forward to providing a memorable experience for the student-athletes, coaches and fans at a once-in-a-lifetime tournament,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball. “After the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, we are happy to welcome some fans back to all rounds of the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.”

The NCAA's formalized COVID-19 health and safety protocols include testing, face coverings, physical distancing, and contact tracing requirements before teams arrive and throughout their stay.

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Notre Dame baseball won't make trip to Baton Rouge because of COVID issues https://www.wbrz.com/news/notre-dame-baseball-won-t-make-trip-to-baton-rouge-because-of-covid-issues/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/notre-dame-baseball-won-t-make-trip-to-baton-rouge-because-of-covid-issues/ Sports Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:42:52 PM Reggie Chatman Notre Dame baseball won't make trip to Baton Rouge because of COVID issues

BATON ROUGE- Heading into LSU baseball's opening weekend at Alex Box Stadium, the Notre Dame baseball team will not make the trip because of COVID issues within their program. 

LSU and Notre Dame were scheduled to play on Sunday, but because of the cancellation, Air Force will fill into that time slot. 

If Air Force and LA Tech clear their COVID protocols, the rescheduled baseball weekend schedule will be:

Saturday: vs. Air Force at 1pm

Sunday: vs. Air Force at noon

Monday: vs. Louisiana Tech at 6:30pm

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Catholic soccer pushes past Dutchtown 2-1 https://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-soccer-pushes-past-dutchtown-2-1/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/catholic-soccer-pushes-past-dutchtown-2-1/ Sports Wed, 17 Feb 2021 3:17:29 PM Reggie Chatman Catholic soccer pushes past Dutchtown 2-1

BATON ROUGE- Catholic high soccer came away with a 2-1 win over Dutchtown on Wednesday morning to help propel them into the semifinals of the Division I playoffs. 

After a scoreless second half, Catholic's Marcello Occupati broke the tie with a header that put the ball into the back of the net.

Some minutes later, Dutchtown's Ayden Rawashdeh scored the equalizer for the Griffins.

In the end, Catholic would retake the lead for good as Blake Cook would score what would end up being the game winner.

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LSU softball explodes for 19-runs in win versus North Dakota https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-explodes-for-19-runs-in-win-versus-north-dakota/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-softball-explodes-for-19-runs-in-win-versus-north-dakota/ Sports Wed, 17 Feb 2021 2:35:07 PM Reggie Chatman LSU softball explodes for 19-runs in win versus North Dakota

BATON ROUGE- A 15 run 4th inning helped LSU blow past North Dakota 19-3 on Wednesday. 

During the inning, Amanda Doyle hit two home runs including a grand slam. Freshman Ali Newland also hit a home run in her first career at bat.

The Tigers next two games against Garnder-Webb were canceled, so they will suit up next against Liberty on Saturday at 11 am.

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Winter weather changes LSU v Ole Miss basketball game scheduled for this week https://www.wbrz.com/news/winter-weather-changes-lsu-v-ole-miss-basketball-game-scheduled-for-this-week/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/winter-weather-changes-lsu-v-ole-miss-basketball-game-scheduled-for-this-week/ Sports Mon, 15 Feb 2021 6:09:58 PM WBRZ Staff Winter weather changes LSU v Ole Miss basketball game scheduled for this week

OXFORD - LSU's basketball game scheduled against Ole Miss in Mississippi has been re-scheduled because of the winter weather situation crippling the south.

The LSU at Ole Miss game originally scheduled for Wednesday night in Oxford will now be played at The Pavilion at Ole Miss on Thursday at 4 p.m. 

It will be seen on the SEC Network and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network.

LSU’s opponent on Saturday in Baton Rouge, Auburn, will also play on Thursday at the same time, hosting Mississippi State.

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Central's 7 foot center Ethaniel Rizan is a man of great size and even greater heart https://www.wbrz.com/news/central-s-7-foot-center-ethaniel-rizan-is-a-man-of-great-size-and-even-greater-heart/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/central-s-7-foot-center-ethaniel-rizan-is-a-man-of-great-size-and-even-greater-heart/ Sports Sun, 14 Feb 2021 11:09:07 PM WBRZ Sports Central's 7 foot center Ethaniel Rizan is a man of great size and even greater heart

At 6'10 in the ninth grade, Central's Ethaniel Rizan had basketball superstar written all over him.

"When you see a sixth ten ninth grader you expect him to be Shaquille O'Neal," says Central head coach Gary Duhe. 

But Ethaniel, or Big E as he's affectionately known, hasn't always had it that easy. Growing so fast and eventually surpassing seven feet tall, coordination was always his toughest opponent. It got so frustrating that he eventually took some time away from the game.

Now as a senior for the Wildcats he's back and better than ever; hoping for to better his teammates and himself in the process.

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