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Marvelous May gives LSU baseball No. 8 national seed; Baton Rouge regional to be shown online-only

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU baseball player Jared Poche' applauds during the announcement of the teams ranking on Monday morning during an NCAA selection show watch party at Alex Box stadium club house.

While Clemson flashed as the No. 7 national seed inside the Alex Box Stadium Champion’s Club, a nervous hush enveloped those assembled. “I thought we were going to get that seven-spot,” Kramer Robertson said. “They got it I was like ‘Oh man.’” Paul Mainieri kept a tight eye on his cell phone… Continue reading →

Key players, broadcast info, more: LSU, UL-Lafayette lead historic group of Louisiana teams into NCAA baseball tournament

Louisiana Tech, Southeastern, UL-Lafayette, LSU and Tulane will all be represented in the 2016 NCAA baseball tournament. (Advocate file photos)

Rod Walker: Five schools — LSU, UL-Lafayette, Tulane, Southeastern and Louisiana Tech — give the NCAA baseball tournament a distinct Louisiana flavor

Five Louisiana teams make the NCAA baseball tournament, LSU, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Tulane, Southeastern and Louisiana Tech.

It started with a loud cheer in Baton Rouge. It ended with more of a golf clap in New Orleans. In between, there were celebrations in Lafayette, Hammond and Ruston. It was all part of a banner day for Louisiana’s college baseball teams, the likes of which the state hasn’t experienced in more than a… Continue reading →

LSU baseball notebook: Jared Poché, Jake Fraley take home annual awards

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  LSU's Jared Poche pitches against Ball State earlier this month at Alex Box Stadium.

Jared Poché accepted the plaque and attempted to speak. “We’re not going to let him,” LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri laughed. “You wouldn’t be able to understand him.” The mere fact that Poché stood in front of his teammates and coaches with the honor was surprising enough. Before Monday morning’s NCAA tournament… Continue reading →

LSU men’s golf advances to match play portion of the NCAA tournament

EUGENE, Ore. — Battling the toughest winds of the competition, the LSU men’s golf team shot 1-over-par over the final nine holes Monday to ensure its place in the eight-team match play competition that will decide the NCAA champion over the next two days at Eugene Country Club. LSU, the defending national champion, finished 72… Continue reading →

SEC Spring Meeting preview: Expanded alcohol sales? SEC baseball tournament’s new home? This week in Destin...

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, left, speaks with LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva before first pitch against Florida, Friday, May 20, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

The Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting begins Tuesday in Destin, Florida. As always, the event starts with a series of meetings during the day involving football, basketball coaches and administrators, followed by a beachside reception complete with open bar. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva would like to see the bar be opened across the SEC at schools’ discretion. Alleva… Continue reading →

Coach Dennis Shaver says Tigers could not have done better in NCAA East preliminary track meet

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When they left the Southeastern Conference championships two weeks ago, the LSU track and field teams took ample confidence with them. With three productive days behind them, especially in the sprints, hurdles and relays, the second-ranked Tigers and eighth-ranked Lady Tigers were primed to take the first big step toward the NCAA championships.… Continue reading →

‘Always felt we had it in us’: LSU baseball team to host regional at Alex Box Stadium for a fifth straight season

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU's Kramer Robertson (3) is congratulated by team mates Bryce Jordan (25) and Greg Deichman (7) after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning of LSU's 11-8 win over Miss st. Sunday in Alex Box Stadium. Robertsom's home run made the score 11-5.

Regional baseball the topic of conversation following his team’s loss to Florida that eliminated it from the Southeastern Conference tournament Saturday, LSU coach Paul Mainieri said his team is “about as ready to go” as he could anticipate. For now, it won’t have to go far. Making its 29th NCAA tournament appearance,… Continue reading →

Les East: LSU softball team was tested by up-and-coming James Madison, but the Tigers’ advanced program was able to survive and advance

James Madison's Niki Prince (4) reaches for the base at third as LSU third baseman Bianka Bell catches the throw during an NCAA softball tournament super regional game in Harrisonburg, Va., Saturday, May 28, 2016. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record)

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The NCAA tournament’s Harrisonburg super regional featured two softball programs in different stages of development. The difference might not be much bigger than the final scores were as LSU won two games Saturday by scores of 2-0 and 3-2, a day after James Madison won by a 3-2 score. Nonetheless, it was… Continue reading →

‘Jim (Harbaugh), you’re late to the party’: What’s a satellite camp? Mark Hudspeth’s been doing them for a while, and LSU will join in next week

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth has been doing satellite camps for three or four years.

There will be no time for chit-chat, Steven Leisz says. Satellite camps are busy and bustling — especially the camp his Houston-area high school will host June 14. Coaches from LSU, McNeese State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana Tech are scheduled to attend Houston Episcopal’s camp that morning. Leisz, Episcopal’s longtime football coach, created a name for… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Caleb Gilbert locks down the No. 3 starting role

LSU pitcher Caleb Gilbert delivers against Florida during the second inning of a Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — It took a trip home, but Caleb Gilbert may have answered a three-year-long question for the LSU baseball program Saturday. After Gilbert’s glowing performance in the Tigers’ 1-0 loss to Florida in the Southeastern Conference semifinals, LSU coach Paul Mainieri had unparalleled praise for the true freshman from Hoover who permitted just one run on five… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Did LSU do enough to get a top-eight seed? Only the NCAA knows

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- LSU's Greg Deichmann, right, and Cole Freeman, left, catch Florida's Buddy Reed in a rundown between first and second base during the eighth inning of their game in the Southeastern Conference tournament Saturday in Hoover, Ala.

The big, glowing white “1” on the scoreboard in the Florida sixth inning told the tale for LSU and opened up an interesting question. The one question: Have the Tigers done enough here in the Southeastern Conference tournament to merit a top-eight NCAA tournament seed? At 42-18 after a… Continue reading →

Florida stifles LSU in SEC tournament semifinal win

LSU's Cole Freeman arrives at first with a bunt single as Florida's JJ Schwarz waits for the throw during the second inning of a Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game at the Hoover Met, Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — Two weeks ago, when this wild, sometimes heart-stopping end to the LSU baseball team’s season still was in its infancy and the wins were all against bad teams, coach Paul Mainieri corrected himself while standing on the Alex Box Stadium field. “Not just deepest in the country,” the LSU coach said of… Continue reading →

WCWS-bound again: LSU softball beats James Madison twice to return to the Women’s College World Series

LSU pitcher Carley Hoover leaps into the arms of fellow pitcher Allie Walljasper (25) as they celebrate after winning an NCAA tournament super regional softball game 3-2 against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va., Saturday, May 28, 2016. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The outcome of the NCAA softball tournament’s Harrisonburg super regional was up in the air until the final pitch of the best-of-three series. It wasn’t until LSU’s Allie Walljasper struck out James Madison cleanup hitter Jailyn Ford with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning that the Tigers had… Continue reading →

LSU softball notebook: Beth Torina’s confidence in her freshmen pays off with WCWS berth

Photo by Daniel Lin/Daily News-RecordLSU second baseman Constance Quinn makes a diving catch against James Madison in an NCAA super regional game Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va.

HARRISONBURG, Va. — HARRISONBURG, Va. — When LSU softball coach Beth Torina filled out her lineup card for the win-or-go-home finale of the NCAA Harrisonburg super regional Saturday afternoon she wrote in the names of three freshmen. Amber Serrett was taking her customary position at shortstop, Elyse Thornhill was making her second start of the… Continue reading →

LSU has 11 more track and field athletes advance to NCAA championships

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Following the same script they used at the Southeastern Conference championships two weeks ago, the LSU track and field teams had a strong finish on the final day of the NCAA East preliminary rounds Saturday. The second-ranked Tigers and eighth-ranked Lady Tigers combined for 11 more qualifiers for the NCAA championships in quarterfinals… Continue reading →

LSU vaults into a tie for fourth

EUGENE, Ore. — After teeing off in the morning wave of teams in a tie for eighth place overall, the defending national champion LSU Tigers posted a team score of 2-over par 282 in Saturday’s second round at Eugene Country Club to climb into a tie for fourth place after 36 holes at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s… Continue reading →

Florida trounces Mississippi State; LSU will face the Gators on Saturday

Florida pitcher Alex Faedo delivers a ball against Mississippi State during the fourth inning of a Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game at the Hoover Met, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — Florida eliminated top-seeded Mississippi State from the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 12-2 mercy-rule win in the quarterfinals, sending the Gators to a rematch with LSU. JJ Schwarz led Florida with a 4-for-5 performance, scoring four runs and finishing just a home run short of hitting for the cycle. For the third straight game, Florida got… Continue reading →

LSU baseball notebook: Former slugger Todd Walker’s jersey will be retired in 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Todd Walker, who finished his three-year LSU career with a .396 batting average and was the Most Outstanding Player of the 1993 College World Series, will become the fourth person LSU baseball history to have his jersey retired, the school announced Friday. The LSU Hall of Fame Committee voted unanimously to retire Walker’s No. 12 jersey… Continue reading →

‘Can’t be more excited’: In a ‘surreal’ scenario, hometown pitcher Caleb Gilbert starts for LSU in its SEC tournament semifinal

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Right-hander Caleb Gilbert, a native of Hoover, Ala., who dreamed of pitching for LSU, will take a 4-3 record and 5.11 ERA into Saturday’s start against Florida in the Southeastern Conference semifinals at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

HOOVER, Ala. — This week, for the Southeastern Conference tournament, patrons drive into Hoover High School, park their vehicles and load onto school bus charters for a 1.4-mile drive to Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, where Caleb Gilbert began 17 of his summers watching LSU baseball teams compete. Two baseball fields down the road played host to teams… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Given this youthful LSU baseball team, this may be coach Paul Mainieri’s best work yet

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri surveys the field during a March 16 game at Alex Box Stadium.

HOOVER, Ala. — Nolan Cain marveled at what he saw when the LSU Tigers traveled to Notre Dame for a two-game series earlier this month. Not at the football stadium Knute Rockne built or Touchdown Jesus or the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was the sight of Notre Dame’s hard turf field, the chilly and… Continue reading →

LSU softball falls 3-2 to James Madison in super regional opener, will need two wins Saturday to reach Women’s College World Series

LSU's Bailey Landry catches a fly ball hit by a James Madison batter during an NCAA college softball tournament super regional game in Harrisonburg, Va., Friday, May 27, 2016. (Austin Bachand/Daily News-Record via AP)

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When James Madison starting pitcher Jailyn Ford had to leave the game with an injury, the NCAA super regional opener could have turned in LSU’s favor. Instead things worked out just fine for the Dukes as they went on to beat the Tigers 3-2 on Friday afternoon to start the best-of-three series… Continue reading →

LSU softball notebook: After it bounced back so many times, coach Beth Torina remains confident in her team

James Madison's Jailyn Ford winces after she was injured on a slide into second base of an NCAA college softball tournament super regional game against LSU in Harrisonburg, Va., Friday, May 27, 2016. (Austin Bachand/Daily News-Record via AP)

HARRISONBURG, Va. — LSU softball coach Beth Torina likes to point out that her team’s nickname is the Fighting Tigers. It has been worth mentioning as her team has demonstrated an ability to fight back during challenging situations. They overcame a 5-11 start in Southeastern Conference play to finish 13-11 in the… Continue reading →

NCAA East preliminary track and field meet: LSU Tigers, Lady Tigers rack up national qualifiers

Photo by Gary Lloyd McCullough/For The (Florida) Times-UnionLSU's Chanice Chase posted third fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships Friday at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Not even a sudden rain shower just after the start of the running events on the second day of the NCAA East preliminary rounds could cool off the LSU sprinters Friday. After a big opening day Thursday, the second-ranked Tigers and eighth-ranked Lady Tigers cashed in when 12 of 17 athletes —… Continue reading →

LSU golfers tied for eighth at NCAA championships

EUGENE, Ore. — Led by an opening-round 70 by freshman Luis Gagne in his first career round at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, the defending champion LSU Tigers posted a team score of 6-over par 286 to finish Friday’s first round in a tie for eighth place in the standings of the tournament being… Continue reading →

It's SEC championship weekend, here's when LSU baseball plays next, whom they'll face, more

LSU pitcher Parker Bugg, center, high fives his teammates after winning against Mississippi State after a Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game at the Hoover Met, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. LSU won 6-2. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

. The LSU baseball team -- a.k.a. the fighting rally possums -- earned a well-deserved day off at the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday after beating Tennessee on Tuesday, Florida on Wednesday and Mississippi State on Thursday. The No. 5-seed Tigers are back in action in the tournament semifinals Saturday around 3:30 p.m. against the winner of… Continue reading →

Rabalais: This time, the Tigers didn’t need a rally ... and now they’re in the hunt for a top-8 seed

LSU's Caleb Gilbert, center, yells in celebration with his teammates after winning against Mississippi State after a Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game at the Hoover Met, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. LSU won 6-2. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The LSU Tigers, the rallying, scrapping, fighting-for-every-inch Tigers, had to deal with something else entirely Thursday night against Mississippi State. Prosperity. A lead. Playing from in front. Being the prey and not the hunter. Rally possum didn’t have to work any overtime mojo. He found a nice… Continue reading →

‘Probably one of our better games all year’: LSU gets past Mississippi State 6-2 in SEC tournament

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Jared Poche pitches as LSU faces Mississippi State in the third round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala. Thursday, May 26, 2016.  ORG XMIT: LABAT

HOOVER, Ala. — Mike Papierski held both hands near his waist, jumping in agony after absorbing the fastball he tried to bunt up the first base-line in Thursday’s 6-2 win against Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference. Papierski sat on the foul line, facing an 0-2 count while trainer Cory Couture ensured he was… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Where were you during LSU’s epic battle against Florida?

LSU celebrates after defeating Florida in 14 innings in a college baseball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament in Birmingham, Ala., early Thursday, May 26, 2016. LSU defeated Florida 5-3. The game lasted just over five hours. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

HOOVER, Ala. — What were you doing as LSU and Florida battled into the wee hours Thursday morning in the Southeastern Conference tournament? Were you on a coffee IV drip? Were you propping up eyelids with toothpicks? Did you stumble into work Thursday morning and discover how a stack of forms can make a good pillow in… Continue reading →

'5 in 5' feat boosts LSU football's recruiting into top 5; see who's on Tigers' 'most wanted' list

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Coach Les Miles and the Tigers got five commitments in five days -- mostly from out-of-staters -- to boost their recruiting class into the top five nationally.

Saahdiq Charles, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman living in Mississippi, sat behind a table facing a television camera and answering questions about his commitment to LSU. Why did you choose them? When did you decide? How does this feel? Charles answered those questions in a timely, polite manner. As the interview wound down with a local… Continue reading →

Rebekah Wales leads Tigers in qualifying at NCAA regional

Photo provided by Bryan Wayne/LSU Athletic Communications -- LSUs javelin thrower Rebekah Wales

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Just as they did two weeks ago at the Southeastern Conference championships, the LSU track and field teams made the most of the first day of qualifying at the NCAA East preliminary rounds Thursday. The Lady Tigers picked up their first qualifier for the NCAA championships when Rebekah Wales was… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Devin King one of six to earn championship berths

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Even though he leads the nation in the pole vault with a leap of 18 feet, 8¼ inches, Southeastern Louisiana’s Devin King had to work a little harder Thursday for a spot in the NCAA championships. Needing to finish in the top 12 in the NCAA East preliminary rounds,… Continue reading →

LSU softball team prepared for turf outfield in super regional

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- LSU center fielder Emily Griggs swings at a pitch during LSU's softball game against Alabama on March 13 at Tiger Park.

The LSU softball team got its first look at the turf outfield at Veterans Memorial Park when it practiced there Thursday afternoon in preparation for its NCAA super regional against James Madison. Game 1 of the best-of-three series is 2 p.m. Friday in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Tigers worked inside the LSU indoor football practice facility earlier in… Continue reading →

Last season’s lessons learned at NCAA regional, benefit James Madison softball team this season

Associated Press photo by Austin Bachand/Daily News-RecordJames Madison's Erica Field (3) and Madyson Moran (11) celebrate as Morgan Tolle (5) jumps on home plate after a grand slam by Jessica Mrozek, not seen, against North Carolina in an NCAA regional tournament  game Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va.

Mickey Dean still wonders if his team wasn’t ready to host a regional. In 2015, the James Madison softball coach guided his midmajor program to its first national seed and regional host site. The Dukes, however, didn’t even reach the championship game and watched as North Carolina State defeated Fordham on their home field for a super regional… Continue reading →

‘This team’s special’: LSU baseball rallies past Florida, 5-3, in longest game in SEC tournament history

LSU's Jake Fraley (8) is called safe on a play at the plate, on a single by Kramer Robertson, as Florida catcher Mike Rivera tried to make the tag during the eighth inning of a Southeastern Conference baseball tournament game Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)

. HOOVER, Ala. -- Neither Alex Lange nor A.J. Puk received what he deserved when LSU’s 14-inning, 5-3 win against Florida ended. They were rendered mere footnotes in the longest game in SEC Tournament history, one where those two pitched brilliantly enough to woo the Major League scouts who stayed nearly five hours to watch the… Continue reading →

Rabalais: SEC tournament and Hoover just fit

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Autumn Meyers watches the game with her son, Colter, as LSU faces Tennessee in the first round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala. Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  ORG XMIT: LABAT

HOOVER, Ala. — It was a beautiful night here Wednesday, and the Hoover Met was absolutely packed. It’s the prospect of luring thousands of college baseball fans and their ample discretionary dollars that has Metairie; Jacksonville, Florida; and Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, trying to wrest the Southeastern Conference tournament from this Birmingham suburb, which it has called home… Continue reading →

Postseason seems to bring best out of LSU outfielder Bailey Landry

Photo provided by LSU Sports/Chris Parent -- LSU's Bailey Landry celebrates after scoring a run against Texas A&M at the SEC tournament on May 11.

Arizona State’s Abby Spiel, desperate to cut her team’s deficit in half, sprinted home from third base with two outs in the sixth inning as LSU right fielder Bailey Landry snagged a line drive. Emily Griggs knew that was a mistake. “(Landry) has one of the most consistent arms I’ve ever seen,” the sophomore outfielder said.… Continue reading →

Jordan Romero sits against Gators

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU designated hitter Jordan Romero (28) runs to first base in the first inning against Vanderbilt, Thursday, April 7, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

HOOVER, Alabama — Mired in an 0-for-17 slump, Jordan Romero got a night off Wednesday when LSU faced No. 4 seed Florida in the SEC tournament, sitting in favor of Michael Papierski. Romero, who took hold as the Tigers’ starting catcher following a breakout series at Ole Miss in late April, struck… Continue reading →

LSU nutrition center to be built in Tiger Stadium; plans for separate facility scrapped amid state budget concerns

Advocate staff photo by Ross Dellenger -- LSU deputy athletic director Eddie Nunez shows the area where LSU's new nutrition center will occupy. The school has decided not to build a separate facility but to use an empty space in the south end zone addition of Tiger Stadium.

The long-awaited construction of LSU’s nutrition center on Skip Bertman Drive is no longer happening. The center will now be a part of Tiger Stadium, said Eddie Nunez, deputy director of athletics in charge of projects. The athlete-only dining hall will occupy an empty floor of the south end zone addition, opened in… Continue reading →

Survive and advance for LSU track team

Photo provided by Bryan Wayne/LSU Athletic Communications -- LSU runner Morgan Schuetz

After a primer at the Southeastern Conference championships two weeks ago, the LSU track and field teams will face a different kind of challenge over the next three days. There are no points up for grabs, nor are there titles to strive for at the NCAA East Preliminary rounds in Jacksonville, Florida. But having the ability to score… Continue reading →