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, 22 Jun 2021 HH:06:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Sports2-a-Days Preview: Woodlawn Panthers https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-woodlawn-panthers-143628/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-woodlawn-panthers-143628/ Sports Mon, 21 Jun 2021 8:34:44 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-a-Days Preview: Woodlawn Panthers

Woodlawn had a super productive season in 2020, winning half of their games. Problem is they played just four. But former LSU quarterback Marcus Randall knows that if there was ever a time to have a fantastic year, it's this year. Nine returners on offense and five on defense with one of those nine being highly touted quarterback Rickie Collins.

All of Woodlawn's skill guys return including all three running backs. Marcus Randall has 110 players on the roster which is the biggest team he's had since being at Woodlawn.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Istrouma Indians https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-istrouma-indians-143586/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-istrouma-indians-143586/ Sports Sun, 20 Jun 2021 8:27:27 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-a-Days Preview: Istrouma Indians

Despite getting knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by Edna Karr last year, Istrouma had the deepest playoff run in fifteen years. Jeremy Gradney enters his 5th season at the helm of the program and might have his most talented roster yet especially with running back and Alabama commit LeVeon Moss. 

The defense will look much different as the Indians are switching to a 3-4 from a 4-2-5. The offensive line will be a question mark as four seniors are lost from last year's front five.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Central Wildcats https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-central-wildcats/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-central-wildcats/ Sports Sat, 19 Jun 2021 7:41:47 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-a-Days Preview: Central Wildcats

There are plenty of teams that lay their heads down at night and pray for seasons with 8 wins like Central had in 2020. But when you're draped in the maroon and black it's not up to par.

Sid Edwards returns six offensive players from last year's team that was bounced in the 2nd round of the playoffs by West Monroe. They're led by Jonathan Swift at quarterback who will look to be more comfortable in year two of his switch from running back. The defense will be a question having just two returners.


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Former LSU standout Davon Godchaux holds annual free football camp in Plaquemine https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-standout-davon-godchaux-holds-annual-free-football-camp-in-plaquemine/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-standout-davon-godchaux-holds-annual-free-football-camp-in-plaquemine/ Sports Sat, 19 Jun 2021 7:22:14 PM WBRZ Sports Former LSU standout Davon Godchaux holds annual free football camp in Plaquemine

Summer time months bring summer time camps and former LSU and Plaquemine standout Davon Godchaux helped the kids turn the heat up on football fundamentals Saturday afternoon.

The current New England Patriot held his annual "Chaux Down" camp. A free event, kids 8 to 16 were given instruction on the finer points of football all while being under the watchful eye of Godchaux who had his jersey retired before the event.


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LSU ace recruiter Nolan Cain heads to SEC rival Texas A&M https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ace-recruiter-nolan-cain-heads-to-sec-rival-texas-aandm/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-ace-recruiter-nolan-cain-heads-to-sec-rival-texas-aandm/ Sports Fri, 18 Jun 2021 7:16:07 PM Michael R Cauble LSU ace recruiter Nolan Cain heads to SEC rival Texas A&M

LSU assistant coach Nolan Cain landed the number one recruiting class for the Tigers but now he's off to compete against the team he both played and coached.

Cain will leave the LSU Tiger baseball program and take a job with new Texas A&M head coach Jim Schlossnagle who comes over from TCU.

Cain was both a pitcher at LSU (2006-09) and an assistant coach with the program under outgoing head coach Paul Mainieri, and has most recently been credited with landing the number one ranked recruiting class in the country that brought star players Tre' Morgan and Dylan Crews to the team.

From the LSU sports website bio on Cain:

Former LSU pitcher Nolan Cain was promoted to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator in November 2016 after working for one season as the Tigers’ volunteer coach and for two seasons as coordinator of operations.

Cain, 34, who also serves as LSU’s third-base coach, catchers coach and outfielders coach, manages all aspects of the Tigers’ recruiting process. Three of his past four recruiting classes have received a Top 5 national ranking, including his 2020 class, which was rated No. 2 by Baseball America.

Cain’s 2018 recruiting class was ranked No. 1 in the nation by both Baseball America and by Collegiate Baseball, and Collegiate Baseball rated his 2017 LSU class No. 5 in the country.

During Cain’s seven prior seasons on the LSU staff, the Tigers have earned five NCAA Tournament National Seeds, two College World Series appearances, four NCAA Regional titles, two SEC championships, two SEC Western Division titles and two SEC Tournament crowns.

Over the past five seasons, Cain has coached seven LSU players who were selected in the MLB Draft, including three second-round choices and one third-round pick.

 


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Sports2-A-Days Preview: Denham Springs Yellow Jackets https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-denham-springs-yellow-jackets-143498/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-denham-springs-yellow-jackets-143498/ Sports Wed, 16 Jun 2021 7:56:31 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-A-Days Preview: Denham Springs Yellow Jackets

A talented but experienced sophomore class was the main reason for optimism at Denham Springs despite a 1-7 record in 2020. That group, led by 4 star quarterback Reese Mooney, heads into 2021 with a year of experience under their belt and look to make waves in District 4-5A.


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Sports2-a-Days Preview: Catholic High Bears https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-catholic-high-bears-143468/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/sports2-a-days-preview-catholic-high-bears-143468/ Sports Tue, 15 Jun 2021 10:59:20 PM WBRZ Sports Sports2-a-Days Preview: Catholic High Bears

After long time coach Gabe Fertitta left for a job at the collegiate level, the keys to the Catholic program were handed over to former Catholic PC David Simoneaux and what a treasure trove he inherits.

The defending Division I state champs have five star offensive tackle and LSU target Emery Jones and the number three ranked wide receiver in the 2023 class in Shelton Sampson. All centered around sophomore quarterback Daniel Beale who started the second half of last year as a freshman.


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Rose Bowl stadium will be at 100% capacity when LSU travels to California to start football season https://www.wbrz.com/news/rose-bowl-stadium-will-be-at-100-capacity-when-lsu-travels-to-california-to-start-football-season/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/rose-bowl-stadium-will-be-at-100-capacity-when-lsu-travels-to-california-to-start-football-season/ Sports Tue, 15 Jun 2021 3:23:17 PM Trey Schmaltz Rose Bowl stadium will be at 100% capacity when LSU travels to California to start football season

PASADENA, California - California started to fully reopen Tuesday and with it, announced there will be no capacity restrictions when LSU travels there for the season opener against UCLA.

The Tigers start the season on the road against UCLA on Saturday, September 4, at the Rose Bowl. 

The Rose Bowl will be “at full seating capacity,” the university announced.

UCLA will use mobile ticketing for all home games. 


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Paul Mainieri's career ends with super regional loss to Tennessee https://www.wbrz.com/news/paul-mainieri-s-career-ends-with-super-regional-loss-to-tennesseewb/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/paul-mainieri-s-career-ends-with-super-regional-loss-to-tennesseewb/ Sports Sun, 13 Jun 2021 3:53:11 PM WBRZ Staff Paul Mainieri's career ends with super regional loss to Tennessee

Release via LSU Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee belted six home runs Sunday as the Volunteers defeated LSU, 15-6, to win the Knoxville Super Regional and advance to the College World Series.

Tennessee improved to 50-16 with its fifth straight NCAA Tournament win. LSU completed its season with a 38-25 record.

Sunday's game marked the end of the career of LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who announced on May 28 that he would retire at the end of the Tigers' 2021 season.

Mainieri completed his 39-season coaching career with a 1,505-777-8 record, including a 641-285-3 mark in 15 seasons at LSU.

LSU won a remarkable 31 team championships during Mainieri's tenure, including the 2009 national championship, nine NCAA Regional championships, five NCAA Super Regional championships, four SEC regular-season titles, six SEC Tournament titles and six SEC Western Division crowns.

Mainieri completed his career No. 7 among NCAA Baseball Division I coaches in wins, and he is one of only five coaches in NCAA Division I Baseball history to earn 1,500 victories and a national championship.

Tennessee right-hander Blade Tidwell (10-3) earned the win Sunday, as he worked seven innings and allowed six runs on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

LSU starter Landon Marceaux (7-7) was charged with the loss as he gave up three runs – two earned – on three hits in three innings with one walk and four strikeouts.

"We felt good going into the game," Mainieri said. "Landon has so much courage and guts, and he was unbelievable in pitching twice in the regional last weekend, but I could tell early on he didn't have his usual stuff. His slider didn't have the kind of bite that it normally does and his velocity was down. It just shows you what kind of competitor he is, he gritted his teeth and battled through three innings."

Tennessee, the visiting team for Sunday's game, grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when third baseman Jake Rucker unloaded a two-run homer, his eighth dinger of the season.

LSU responded in the bottom of the first with a run as rightfielder Dylan Crews led off the frame with a homer, his 17th of the season.

Rucker hit a solo homer with one out in the third to extend UT's lead to 3-1, but Crews again responded with a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the inning to narrow the gap to 3-2.

Tennessee catcher Connor Pavolony blasted a two-run homer in the fourth against reliever Garrett Edwards, giving the Vols a 5-2 advantage.

The Vols erupted for six runs in the fifth in a rally that was highlighted by rightfielder Jordan Beck's three-run homer.

LSU reduced the deficit to 11-4 in the sixth on a two-run homer by first baseman Tre' Morgan, and the Tigers trailed 11-6 when designated hitter Brody Drost launched a two-run homer in the seventh.

However, Tennessee leftfielder Evan Russell hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and the Vols added two runs in the ninth to account for the final margin.

"Our kids battled like crazy all year," Mainieri said. "We were counted out a lot of times during the course of this year, and our guys never gave up. They're a resilient bunch, and I love them. I'll always remember them, they're my last team.

"I don't want people to be sad for me, I'm the luckiest guy in the world. Thirty-nine years of being able to live out a childhood dream of being a college baseball coach. I got to do what I wanted to do with my life, who could ask for more?"


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LSU falls in tough Super Regional opener to Tennessee, 4-2 https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-falls-in-tough-super-regional-opener-to-tennessee-4-2/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-falls-in-tough-super-regional-opener-to-tennessee-4-2/ Sports Sat, 12 Jun 2021 6:20:05 PM WBRZ Staff LSU falls in tough Super Regional opener to Tennessee, 4-2

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee scratched across three runs in the bottom of the 6th, and starter Chad Dallas struck out 12 to lift the Volunteers to a 4-2 victory in game one of the Knoxville Super Regional in Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Dallas kept the Tiger hitters off balance in his six-inning outing, picking up his 11th win of the year while giving up two runs on five hits. Tennessee closer Sean Hunley relieved Dallas in the top of the 7th and tallied four strikeouts without giving up a run on three hits. 

LSU went with senior right-hander Ma'Khail Hilliard, who gave the Tigers a great effort, firing five innings, while allowing only one run on three hits and striking out six Volunteers. Freshman reliever Javen Coleman (3-2) was charged with the loss after taking over for Hilliard in the 6th and allowing three runs on three hits.

The Tigers will return to action Sunday afternoon to take on the Volunteers in game two of the super regional. The matchup will be televised on ESPN2, and it will be broadcasted on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates including 98.1 FM. 


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LSU Men's Track wins NCAA outdoors National Championship https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-men-s-track-wins-ncaa-outdoors-national-championship/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-men-s-track-wins-ncaa-outdoors-national-championship/ Sports Fri, 11 Jun 2021 9:17:50 PM Michael R Cauble LSU Men's Track wins NCAA outdoors National Championship

The LSU men's track team has won it's fifth NCAA outdoor title with a dominating showing at the NCAA Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Strong showings in both the track and field events at the national championships allowed the LSU Tigers to distance themselves from the rest of the competition.

JuVaughn Harrison once again pulled off the rare double-double as he won the long jump and high jump competitions, repeating the feat he first perfected in the indoor season.  With his event titles Harrison brought home 20 points by himself for the men's team.

Zachary native freshman hurdler Sean "Squirrel" Burrell won the men's 400m hurdles as just a freshman.

Parkview Baptist javelin thrower Tzuriel Pedigo stepped up and threw his sixth and final attempt with a meet best 241’ 1” (73.49 meters).  Pedigo is LSU’s first national champion in the event since 1967 when Delmon McNabb won it. 

LSU will add their latest title to previous men’s national titles won in 1933, 1989, 1990, and 2002.

The LSU women will try to place on the podium with the event concluding on Saturday from Oregon.

 


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LSU officially opening Tiger Stadium for tours https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-officially-opening-tiger-stadium-for-tours/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-officially-opening-tiger-stadium-for-tours/ Sports Fri, 11 Jun 2021 12:14:29 PM Logan Cullop LSU officially opening Tiger Stadium for tours

BATON ROUGE- Beginning Monday, June 14 LSU football fans can take a walking tour of Tiger Stadium. 

LSU Athletics says tours include walking through the Bill Lawton Room, The Ready Room, The Jeff Boss Locker Room and the players' tunnel. During the 45-minute tour, fans can also touch the iconic "WIN" bar.

Tours will be held Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. except Wednesday when the morning tour will start at 9 a.m.

Walking tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children and tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance at www.LSUsports.net/tours.


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College Football Playoff considering expansion to 12 teams https://www.wbrz.com/news/college-football-playoff-considering-expansion-to-12-teams/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/college-football-playoff-considering-expansion-to-12-teams/ Sports Thu, 10 Jun 2021 2:31:06 PM Associated Press College Football Playoff considering expansion to 12 teams

The College Football Playoff announced Thursday it will consider expanding from four to 12 teams to settle the national championship, with six spots reserved for the highest-ranked conference champions and the other six going to at-large selections.

The CFP’s surprising announcement outlined a plan that would triple the number teams that enter the postseason with a chance to win it all.

Even if the format is adopted — no earlier than this fall — there was no indication in the proposal about when an expanded playoff could be in place. The soonest would seem to be for the 2023 season, but it is probably more likely to be after the 2026 season.

A selection committee would still be involved, and the proposed 12-team playoff would not limit how many teams can come from any one conference. The four highest-ranked conference champions would receive first-round byes and teams 5-12 would face each other in four games played on campus sometime during the two-week period following conference championship weekend, typically early December.

The plan calls for no re-seeding of the bracket as teams advance. Quarterfinals would be hosted by bowl games on New Year’s Day —- unless that falls on a Sunday, in which case those games will be played Jan. 2 — and an adjacent day.

The semifinals would also be hosted by bowl games, as is the case now.

The proposal includes no dates for semifinals and the championship game to be played, but did indicate the semifinals would not be played as a doubleheader on a single day.

Currently six bowl games have a three-year rotation for hosting the semifinals and the championship game site is open to bidders, similar to the what the NFL does with the Super Bowl. The current semifinal bowl rotation includes the Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton and Peach bowls, not they are not guaranteed to be hosts in the proposed expansion plan.

“The process for selecting the six bowls that would rotate as hosts of the quarterfinals and semifinals (is) still to be determined,” the CFP plan said.

The proposal will be considered by the full CFP management committee in Chicago on June 17-18.

On Thursday, a subcommittee comprised of Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbick presented the proposal to the rest of conference commissioners in a Zoom meeting.

The group has been working on an expansion plan for almost two years and it might have been put forth sooner if not for the pandemic.

“The four-team format has been very popular and is a big success,” the members of the four-person working group said in a statement. “But it’s important that we consider the opportunity for more teams and more student-athletes to participate in the playoff. After reviewing numerous options, we believe this proposal is the best option to increase participation, enhance the regular season and grow the national excitement of college football.”

The full management committee will determine next week whether it will recommend expansion to university presidents who make up the CFP oversight committee. The presidents are scheduled to meet with the management committee in Dallas on June 22.

If the presidents sign off, the next step is determining over the summer whether the plan can be implemented and when. The final approval would likely come in September.

The College Football Playoff is entering year eight of a 12-year agreement with ESPN. The deal doesn’t lock in a format but an assumption has been that any changes would come after that deal expires following the 2025 season.

CFP executive director Bill Hancock has said no changes to the CFP format could be made this season or in 2022.

The four-team playoff was implemented in 2014, a natural progression from the Bowl Championship Series, which matched No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the title game from 1998-2013.

The playoff’s popularity seems to have waned as only a few teams have grabbed the majority of the spots since 2014. Alabama and Clemson have each made the playoff six times in seven years. Ohio State and Oklahoma have each been selected four times. That’s 71% of the playoff spots to just four of the 130 teams that play major college football.

A 12-team field with six spots reserved for conference champions would guarantee at least one team from outside the Power Five conferences would be in the playoff each season. The Group of Five has never had a team crack the field of four or been particularly close.


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REPORT: Tigers interested in Pat Casey for baseball head coach job https://www.wbrz.com/news/report-tigers-interested-in-pat-casey-for-baseball-head-coach-job/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/report-tigers-interested-in-pat-casey-for-baseball-head-coach-job/ Sports Wed, 9 Jun 2021 8:50:45 PM Michael R Cauble REPORT: Tigers interested in Pat Casey for baseball head coach job

The rumor mill started spinning furiously on Wednesday night when rumors of a potential front-runner to replace Paul Mainieri atop the LSU Tiger baseball program surfaced.

Kendall Rogers from D1baseball.com tweeted out that LSU was interested in former Oregon State head coach Pat Casey and that more details could come soon.

Casey is a three time national championship coach winning the College World Series in 2007, 2008 and 2018 with the Beavers. 

An unnamed source at LSU confirmed with WBRZ that Casey met with athletic officials last week in Baton Rouge. 

Casey retired from the Beaver program in 2018 and continues to work in the athletic program where he makes over $600,000 in an advisor role at Oregon St.

LSU will likely make no official moves until after the LSU season concludes as to not take any of the attention from the current Tiger baseball team.


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LSU battles back to beat Oregon in Regional final https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-battles-back-to-beat-oregon-in-regional-final/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-battles-back-to-beat-oregon-in-regional-final/ Sports Mon, 7 Jun 2021 8:44:16 PM Michael R Cauble LSU battles back to beat Oregon in Regional final

The LSU Tiger baseball team didn't make it easy on themselves in their Regional final against homestanding Oregon, but the finish was exactly what they wanted for the elimination game of the Eugene regional on Monday night.

The LSU Tigers rallied with three runs in the eighth inning to take the lead back from Oregon and win it 9-8 for their first road regional win since 1989.

LSU will now travel to face the Tennessee Volunteers in the NCAA Super Regional in Knoxville at the end of the week.

LSU starting pitcher Ma'Khail Hilliard fired a hitless first inning and the Tiger bats responded with a big Gavin Dugas two-run home run in the bottom of the first.

Unfortunately that was short lived as freshman pitcher Ty Floyd replaced Hilliard in the second and the Oregon Ducks quickly started hitting him, scoring two runs in the second.

Michael Fowler replaced Floyd in the third, but the results were the same as the Ducks touched up Fowler for a home run as well.

Dugas would help LSU respond with a solo shot to start the bottom of the fourth, but the Ducks were leading 5-3 nearing the mid-way point of the game. 

LSU would add another run on a passed-ball and then in the sixth inning Drew Bianco blasted a two run shot to left-center to put the Tigers back in front 6-5 heading to the seventh.

Garrett Edwards would get touched up by Kenton Tovan for a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Ducks would regain the lead 7-6.

However in the eighth inning the Tigers would tie the game when the Ducks pitcher balked in a Cade Doughty from third for the run.

Jordan Thompson would single to center to score Will Safford and make it a 9-7 game.  The Ducks would add a run in the 9th, but Landon Marceaux would get a fly out to right to finish the game off. 


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Crews, LSU beat Oregon 4-1, stay alive at Eugene Regional https://www.wbrz.com/news/crews-lsu-beat-oregon-4-1-stay-alive-at-eugene-regional/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/crews-lsu-beat-oregon-4-1-stay-alive-at-eugene-regional/ Sports Mon, 7 Jun 2021 10:20:47 AM Associated Press Crews, LSU beat Oregon 4-1, stay alive at Eugene Regional

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Dylan Crews went 3 for 3 with a double and home run, Gavin Dugas hit a solo shot that gave LSU the lead for good in the top of the fourth innings and the Tigers beat Oregon 4-1 on Sunday night at the Eugene Regional.

Dugas finished 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and two runs for LSU (37-23). The Tigers can clinch a Super Regional berth Monday with another win over No. 1 seed Oregon.

Dugas led off the fourth with a home run that made it 2-1 and then hit a triple to center field in the top of the sixth before scoring on a fielding error. Crews hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth and cap the scoring.

Gavin Grant and Tanner Smith hit back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the third inning and then Grant scored on a sacrifice fly in foul territory by Kenyon Yovan to tie it at 1-1 for Oregon (39-15).

Trent Vietmeier threw a scoreless inning before being relieved by Javen Coleman in the second. Coleman (3-1) allowed three hits and one run with six strikeouts over six innings and Devin Fontenot pitched two no-hit innings to earn his fifth save of the season.


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Tigers force a winner take all title game after 4-1 win vs Oregon https://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-force-a-winner-take-all-title-game-after-4-1-win-vs-oregon/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tigers-force-a-winner-take-all-title-game-after-4-1-win-vs-oregon/ Sports Mon, 7 Jun 2021 12:09:49 AM Reggie Chatman Tigers force a winner take all title game after 4-1 win vs Oregon

BATON ROUGE- LSU Baseball forces a game 7 in the Eugene Regional after a 4-1 vs. Oregon on Sunday night.

After coming into the game in the 2nd, freshman pitcher Javon Coleman pitched 6 inning and only allowed 3 hits.

Devin Fontenot would close things out in the final 2 innings.

Gavin Dugas and Dylan Crews both hit home runs in the win. 

LSU and Oregon will play again Monday night with a first pitch scheduled for 9 p.m. CST to decide the Eugene Regional Title.   Television broadcasts for the Monday night finale have not been finalized at this point.


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Labas' gem propels LSU into regional final against Oregon https://www.wbrz.com/news/labas-gem-propels-lsu-into-regional-final-against-oregon/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/labas-gem-propels-lsu-into-regional-final-against-oregon/ Sports Sun, 6 Jun 2021 8:42:47 PM WBRZ Sports Labas' gem propels LSU into regional final against Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. - LSU junior AJ Labas pitched eight strong innings and the Tiger hitters came out swinging in the first three innings to lift the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over Gonzaga in the NCAA Eugene Regional at PK Park.

Labas (4-2) fired 123 pitches throughout his eight-inning outing and tied a career high with eight strikeouts while giving up four runs on six hits. Senior reliever Trent Vietmeier came in for relief to finish off the game in the top of the 9th and picked up one strikeout.

Gonzaga starter Alec Gomez (5-4) was charged with the loss, pitching one inning and giving up six runs on six hits.

The Tigers return to action at 9 p.m. CT Sunday night to take on the Oregon Ducks in the regional final of the Eugene Regional. The Bulldogs have been eliminated from the tournament.

The matchup tonight will be streamed on ESPN3, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates including 98.1 FM and streaming free at


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Southern eliminated from Austin regional after loss to Fairfield https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-eliminated-from-austin-regional-after-loss-to-fairfield/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-eliminated-from-austin-regional-after-loss-to-fairfield/ Sports Sat, 5 Jun 2021 8:05:06 PM WBRZ Sports Southern eliminated from Austin regional after loss to Fairfield

AUSTIN, Texas – The 2021 Fairfield University Baseball team will forever live on in the record books. The Stags kept their historical season alive as they defeated Southern University 6-2 for the program's first-ever win in the NCAA Regionals. Jake Noviello was credited with the historical win as he tossed five innings, earning his ninth victory of the season which also broke the program's single season wins record.
 
"I don't think we showed up to this tournament just to get our first Regional win," acting Head Coach Brian Fay said. "We came here to try and win a regional and that's definitely what we're still trying to do. I think the guys are excited and they're understanding of the moment but at the same time we expect to be here and we know we belong here."
 
"It's great," Jake Noviello said. "Coming here out of high school you want to come into a winning program and that was something that was here. This was the next step for us. We have a great team this year with great camaraderie and great fight and I couldn't be happier to be a part of this team."
 
Fay was the acting head coach today as Fairfield's head coach Bill Currier was attending his son's wedding in Vermont. Currier will be back tomorrow for Fairfield's next game.
 
After nearly a three hour lightning delay, the Stags were immediately put into pressure as Southern tallied three hits and a hit batter in the first inning. Tremaine Spears got the big hit for the Jaguars with a RBI bloop single into right field for the games first run. The Jaguars would load the bases but Noviello would get a ground ball to third to end the threat.
 
The Stags would find their offensive footing in the bottom of the second. Charlie Pagliarini started the rally with a one-out walk and was followed with a Mike Becchetti double down the left field line. Matt Venuto brought both runners home with a RBI single to give the Stags a lead they would not relinquish.
 
Fairfield would add to the lead with three runs in the fourth. Dan Ryan drove in the first of those runs with a RBI single to left and Sean Cullen added a pair with a RBI single up the middle to put the score at 5-1.
 
Noviello would keep that advantage as he completed five innings. The right hander would strikeout three and allow just the first inning run in picking up his record setting ninth victory of the season.
 
Noviello was relieved by John Signore who threw two scoreless innings, needing just 13 pitches to get through those frames. Jason Hebner would add a hitless eighth, to bring his season total to 8.1 innings without allowing a hit. Nick Grabek would close the door on the historical win allowing only an unearned run.
 
The Stags would cap their scoring in the sixth after Justin Guerrera stole second base, allowing Mike Handal to create a run by sprinting home and forcing a muffed throw.
 
Cullen and Venuto were the two Stags to record multiple hits with Cullen reaching base three times.
Fairfield will survive and advance for another day and will meet the winner of the Texas and Arizona State matchup later on tonight. The Stags, along with Head Coach Bill Currier, will look for a spot in the Regional Final when they take the field on Saturday at 2pm EST (1pm CST).


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LSU Tigers walk-off Central Connecticut with thrilling 6-5 win https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tigers-walk-off-central-connecticut-with-thrilling-6-5-win/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tigers-walk-off-central-connecticut-with-thrilling-6-5-win/ Sports Sat, 5 Jun 2021 3:52:30 PM Michael Cauble LSU Tigers walk-off Central Connecticut with thrilling 6-5 win

EUGENE, Oregon - The LSU Tiger baseball team stayed alive in their their NCAA Regional elimination game as they walked off Central Connecticut on Saturday in Eugene as Giovanni DiGiacomo came up with his first hit at the most important time.

DiGiacomo stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and got a shot through the right side to score the winning run in 6-5 victory.

The Tigers stay alive and advance on in the regional as LSU will face the loser of Gonzaga and host team Oregon on Sunday with a 5 p.m. first pitch scheduled.

LSU started their game in perfect fashion as Dylan Crews hit his first of two home runs in the game to get the Tiger scoring started.

However the Blue Devils responded with a big five-run second inning.

LSU would respond as well in the third inning as Crews once again got the scoring started with his second of two home runs.  LSU would plate three runs to tie the game in the third, but the game would then play out scoreless for the next six innings.

LSU got great relief pitching from both Parker Edwards and Devin Fontenot who both combined to spin six innings of work allowing just two hits and no runs while striking out six.


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