LSU recovers from early deficit, two-hour rain delay to handle Lehigh 10-3 in NCAA regional opener

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU players Conner Hale, Andrew Stevenson, and Mark Laird leave the field before the first pitch against Lehigh during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Friday, May 29, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Heard this one before? LSU got off to a sluggish start in an NCAA regional opener against an inferior opponent before pulling out a win. The nation’s top-ranked team and the NCAA’s No. 2 overall seed, the Tigers bounced back from an early deficit – and a two hour-plus rain delay – to beat Lehigh 10-3… Continue reading →

LSU’s pitching plan works

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starter Alden Cartwright worked only one inning in the Tigers’ 10-3 win over Lehigh on Friday — a game that was interrupted by rain. LSU used six more pitchers.

The plan was simple. Two innings for starter Alden Cartwright. Two more for Austin Bain. Doug Norman would go for one or two. Then, depending on the game’s status, LSU coach Paul Mainieri and pitching coach Alan Dunn would piecemeal the remainder of the Tigers’ opening game against Lehigh in the Baton Rouge regional. Cartwright,… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Three years after watching from the stands, Alex Lange is the starting pitcher for the Tigers’ critical regional matchup Saturday

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Alex Lange (35) signs the tshirt of Tiger fan Acey Martin, 14, of Hammond, before the start of the Tigers' game against Lehigh during the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Baseball Regional, Friday, May 29, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Alex Lange sat in the Alex Box Stadium stands, had a look around and thought the chances of him playing at LSU were not high. “It was such a big-name program,” Lange said this week. “As a kid from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, you don’t think you’re going to play baseball at LSU.” That trip to… Continue reading →

NCAA regionals: VCU upsets Dallas Baptist; Virginia rallies past USC

VCU pitcher Jojo Howie delivers during the second inning against Dallas Baptist during an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game in Dallas, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Cooper Neill)

DALLAS — Virginia Commonwealth used a five-run fourth inning to power past host Dallas Baptist 7-2 in the first round of the Dallas Regional on Friday night. Freshman designated hitter Brett Hileman went 3-for-5, including a two-run single in the fourth to put the Rams (38-22) on the scoreboard. VCU faces Oregon State in… Continue reading →

SEC meetings notebook: Commissioner Mike Slive stepping down 2 months early; fines for field-storming grow

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

DESTIN, Fla. — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive announced Friday that he is stepping down two months earlier than expected, a bombshell ending to this year’s SEC Spring Meeting. Greg Sankey, the SEC’s longtime executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer, was tabbed as Slive’s replacement in March to assume the commissioner’s role Aug. 1. Now his first… Continue reading →

Women’s College World Series: Florida blanks LSU 4-0, sends Tigers into elimination game Saturday night

Florida's Lauren Haeger pitches in the first inning against LSU in the NCAA Women's College World Series softball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

OKLAHOMA CITY — When the LSU softball team won two of three games at Florida back in March, Lauren Haeger wasn’t even in the Gators rotation. Coach Tim Walton said he was still “trying to figure out some things” with his pitching staff, and Haeger gave up six runs in 6.2 innings covering three relief appearances… Continue reading →

LSU sprinters advance, clinch good seedings

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Securing a trip to nationals was job one for LSU’s sprint corps in the NCAA East preliminary rounds Friday after the Tigers and Lady Tigers set the table Thursday. Yet, that was just part of the task for the third-ranked Tigers and eighth-ranked Lady Tigers, who tried to add to the three athletes who earned their… Continue reading →

NCAA track East preliminary rounds

The top four finishers and athletes from Louisiana schools to qualify Friday for the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon (the top 12 finishers in each event advance to nationals): Women Track events 400: 1, Kala Funderburk, Florida State, 51.09. 2, Shakima Wimbley, Miami (Fla.), 51.23. 3, Margaret Bamgbose, Notre Dame, 51.37. 4, Kiara Porter, VCU, 51.42. 100: 1, Dezerea… Continue reading →

LSU golfers in fifth at NCAA championships

BRADENTON, Fla. — Zach Wright fired a 2-under par 70, and Brandon Pierce had a 1-under par 71, as No. 7-seeded LSU is in fifth in the team standings with a 4-over par 292 after Friday’s opening round at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships being at Concession Golf Club. The Tigers dropped to 6-under… Continue reading →

Balls and Strikes: LSU 10 - Lehigh 3

Coverage: Twitter: @DellengerAdv, @Chandler_Rome On Deck: LSU vs. Tulane/UNC-Wilmington, Saturday 8:00 p.m. In Hole: STRIKES Stolen Record: LSU’s eight stolen bases broke a 40-year-old program record for steals in a postseason game. The Tigers were 8-of-9 on the basepaths, the only blemish coming in the fifth when Conner Hale was caught on the back-end of a double steal with Bregman, who swiped… Continue reading →

LSU vs. Lehigh: What you need to know before first pitch

. Pregame will be posted a few hours before each game this baseball season. About an hour before first pitch, lineups will be added to the bottom of this post. Return after the game for our postgame blog. General Info

  • What: LSU (48-9) vs. Lehigh (25-29)
  • When: 3 p.m. Friday
  • Where: Alex Box Stadium
  • Starting pitchers: So. RHP Alden Cartwright (0-0, 3.79) vs. Sr.… Continue reading →

  • Special report: New lower seam baseball has given LSU, college baseball a home run power surge

    LSU's Chris Chinea (26) hits an RBI-single as Nebraska catcher Tanner Lubach reaches for the pitch during the first inning of an NCAA college baseball game Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) ORG XMIT: TXDP107

    “You can pucker up,” Lyn Rollins says on the broadcast, “and kiss that baby goodbye.” By the time the words left Rollins’ mouth, Danny Zardon’s home run had just — and we do mean just — cleared the left field wall at Alex Box Stadium. In fact, the solo shot didn’t even make it to the… Continue reading →

    Lehigh, LSU’s NCAA regional opener opponent, takes in South Louisiana culture and ... Bourbon Street

    Sean Leary set a time limit for his team to spend on Bourbon Street: 20 minutes. “Made sure that was a short stop,” a smiling Leary said Thursday. Lehigh, LSU’s opponent for Friday’s NCAA Baton Rouge regional opener, spent much of Wednesday cruising around New Orleans before driving northwest. The team ate lunch in Jackson Square, had that… Continue reading →

    On deck: LSU vs. Lehigh

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Alden Cartwright

    LSU (48-10) vs. Lehigh (25-29) WHEN: 3 p.m. Friday WHERE: Alex Box Stadium ONLINE STREAMING: ESPN3.com TV: SEC Network RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1 (Baton Rouge); KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Lafayette); WWL-AM, 870 (New Orleans) IN-GAME UPDATES: @DellengerAdv STARTING PITCHERS: LSU, So. RH Alden Cartwright (0-0, 3.79) vs. Lehigh, Sr. LH Nick Macaione (3-4, 2.82) WHAT TO… Continue reading →

    Baton Rouge regional scouting reports: LSU and Lehigh

    LSUs Kade Scivicque celebrates with Parker Bugg (46) after they defeated Auburn 9-8 in a game at the Southeastern Conference college baseball tournament at the Hoover Met, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    LSU LSU’s .320 team batting average ranks third in the country and has been consistent at the plate all season. … Senior catcher Kade Scivicque’s .353 batting average is third on the team, but his defense and mentoring of a young pitching staff have drawn acclaim. … Jared Poché and Austin Bain failed to last two… Continue reading →

    Rebekah Wales, Tori Bliss launch winning throws early at NCAA East preliminaries

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For someone who hasn’t always been a fast starter in javelin competitions, especially earlier this season, LSU’s Rebekah Wales has picked things up lately. Wales won the title at the Southeastern Conference championships on her first throw two weeks ago and duplicated that feat Thursday afternoon in the NCAA East preliminary rounds,… Continue reading →

    NCAA track East Preliminaries

    The top four finishers and athletes from Louisiana schools to qualify Thursday for the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon (the top 12 finishers in each event advance to nationals): Women Javelin: 1, Irena Sediva, Virginia Tech, 185-8. 2, Rebekah Wales, LSU, 179-11. 3, Freya Jones, Georgia, 177-0. 4, Kelsey Hay, Penn, 167-10. 5, Annie Simoneaux, LSU, 165-6. 12, Ashley… Continue reading →

    LSU’s Sept. 19 home game against Auburn to be played at 2:30 p.m.

    Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates (18) catches the ball for a touchdown against LSU defensive back Rashard Robinson (21) during LSU's loss to Auburn last season.

    DESTIN, FLA. — Bring your sunscreen to Tiger Stadium and don’t forget to hydrate: LSU’s Sept. 19 home game against Auburn will be played in the midday sun. CBS announced a partial schedule of Southeastern Conference games Thursday, selecting the battle of SEC Western Division Tigers for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. It will be LSU’s first daytime home… Continue reading →

    SEC announces new men's basketball scheduling format

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU Tigers head coach Johnny Jones congratulates his players as they leave the court during a timeout in the Tigers' SEC home opener against Georgia, Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LS

    . DESTIN, Fla. – The Southeastern Conference announced a new men’s basketball scheduling format Thursday featuring three permanent opponents starting with the 2015-16 season. LSU’s permanent opponents will be Texas A&M, Alabama and Arkansas, omitting Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Tigers will play those three teams home and home, as well as home and home games against two other… Continue reading →

    Date set for Texas A&M vs. LSU football game; announcement likely coming Friday, Joe Alleva says

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws against Texas A&M during the second half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

    . A date for this season's Texas A&M vs. LSU football game has been decided and will likely be announced Friday, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva said Thursday. "Yes, I am...I am happy," Alleva told Culotta & The Prince on 104.5 ESPN FM in Baton Rouge when asked if he was pleased with the decision.… Continue reading →

    LSU athletic director Joe Alleva on what concerns him most about 'terrible idea' of satellite camps

    Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Athletic Director Joe Alleva makes a case to have more flexibility concerning ticket prices to sporting events.

    . Let it be known that LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva isn't a fan of satellite camps -- or, as he calls them, "recruiting camps." "Calling them satellite camps is a total misnomer. They're not satellite camps. They're purely and simply recruiting camps," Alleva said Thursday morning on Culotta & The Prince on 104.5 FM ESPN… Continue reading →

    LSU shortstop Bianka Bell among NFCA All-Americans

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU shortstop Bianka Bell (27) throws to first for an out during LSU's 10-5 victory over Arizona  in the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional Sunday in LSU's Tiger Park.

    OKLAHOMA CITY — LSU shortstop Bianka Bell and UL-Lafayette catcher Lexie Elkins were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America softball team Wednesday. The team was announced on the eve of the Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Bell is batting .430 with 17 home runs and 72 RBIs going into the Tigers’ WCWS… Continue reading →

    Bounce back bats? LSU’s offense motivated at an ‘all-time’ high ahead of NCAA Baton Rouge regional

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU catcher Kade Scivicque (22) celebrates with hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, who's confident his offense can return after a one-game struggle.

    LSU coach Paul Mainieri calls it a “jump lead.” It’s the two or three strides that Jake Fraley took off second base in the third inning of LSU’s game last week against Florida. Fraley stumbled in returning to second base on a pickoff move, and he was tagged out. What happened next? Conner Hale and Kade Scivicque hit… Continue reading →

    LSU, Tulane matchup in Baton Rouge regional could be ‘a special night’ for former TU star Andy Cannizaro

    Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Former Tulane baseball player and current LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro tips his hat to applause head coach Paul Mainieri smiles before a game at Turchin Stadium in March.

    Andy Cannizaro’s best memory of his baseball-playing days at Tulane is one that might haunt many LSU fans: it’s the Green Wave’s win over the Tigers in the 2001 NCAA super regional at Zephyr Field. Tulane (34-23), the No. 3 seed at this year’s NCAA Baton Rouge regional, might get another shot to eliminate No. 2 national… Continue reading →

    Joe Alleva and Johnny Jones defend LSU’s marketing of Ben Simmons

    Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Montverde's Ben Simmons, 20, runs past Helen Cox's Marlain Veal, 5, during the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic at the Alario Center in Westwego on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

    DESTIN, Fla. — LSU’s decision to build its men’s basketball season ticket marketing campaign around highly rated incoming freshman Ben Simmons has sparked nationwide debate over how much a school may “exploit” a student-athlete for such purposes. Wednesday, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva and coach Johnny Jones defended the campaign between sessions of the Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting. “Ben… Continue reading →

    lsu, State athletes at NCAA East Prelims

    LSU and state college athletes accepted into the NCAA East preliminary rounds to be held Thursday through Saturday (number in parentheses indicates East rank): LSU Women 100: Aleia Hobbs, 11.26 (t4); Mikiah Brisco, 11.31 (t7); Rushell Harvey, 11.44 (t18). 200: Jada Martin, 23.00 (6). 800: Morgan Schuetz, 2:03.12 (3). 100 hurdles: Chanice Chase, 13.05 (6); Daeshon Gordon, 13.09 (9).… Continue reading →

    LSU athletic director Joe Alleva on much-debated Ben Simmons ad campaign: Player, family 'totally signed off on it'

    . DESTIN, Fla. – LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said Ben Simmons and his family had full knowledge and were supportive of a promotion campaign to sell men’s basketball season tickets featuring the highly-rated recruit, a campaign that has sparked nationwide debate. “Ben and his family know about it, totally signed off on it and are excited and… Continue reading →

    LSU's Jevonte Domond released from jail; fiancée to judge: I don't fear him; I need him

    Advocate staff file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman offensive tackle Jevonte Domond reports to LSU's West Campus Apartments in August.

    Jevonte Domond’s fiancée told a Baton Rouge judge Wednesday that she doesn’t fear the suspended, 6-foot-6, 310-pound LSU offensive lineman who was arrested Memorial Day on felony domestic abuse, and she needs him to help take care of their newborn baby. The woman also told state District Judge Mike Erwin that she was not requesting a… Continue reading →