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Reports: UNO will remove interim tag, make ex-LSU standout Blake Dean its full-time baseball coach

Photo provided by UNO athletics -- Blake Dean

UNO decided to stick to whom it knows when it came to replacing former baseball coach Ron Maestri. After naming Blake Dean the team’s interim coach following Maestri’s decision to retire at the end of the 2015 season, UNO decided to remove the interim tag and make the 27-year-old the team’s full-time head coach Monday, several outlets… Continue reading →

Mike Newell, Dillard’s well-traveled new coach, believes he’s the right man for the job

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Mike Newell, formerly a head coach at West Alabama, Arkansas-Monticello, Lamar and Arkansas-Little Rock, has 320 career wins. He takes over a Dillard program that hasn't produced a winning record in more than 10 years.

This summer, newly hired Dillard coach Mike Newell was asked by the school’s human resources department if athletic director Kiki Baker Barnes explained his job description. Yes, Newell responded. Win. “I expect the program to begin competing for a conference championship within his first three years and eventually compete for a national championship,” Barnes said. This from… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice’s Sensley eyes Cajuns — if majors don’t call

Steven Sensley, LSU Eunice outfielder, formerly University High

The fact that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball team reached its second straight NCAA super regional is part of the lure for LSU-Eunice’s Steven Sensley wanting to embark on a career with the Ragin’ Cajuns. There’s also the two-fold opportunity for Sensley to improve as a player and serve as a vital part… Continue reading →

Cane Cutters down Marshals in Texas Collegiate League game

YOUNGSVILLE — For the first two innings, the Acadiana Cane Cutters couldn’t get the offense rolling against the Texas Marshals in a Texas Collegiate League on Saturday night. The Marshals (3-9) got three runs in the first inning and their defense was stellar heading to the third. The Marshals’ defense failed in the third, however,… Continue reading →

State players in Major League Baseball draft

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU right fielder Mark Laird was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft

Colleges UL-LAFAYETTE: SS Blake Trahan (84th , third round by the Reds) Nicholls State LHP Grant Borne (224th, seventh round, Nationals), Catholic-BR Tulane signee Cypress Creek (Texas) High pitcher Jordan Hicks (105th pick, supplemental pick between 3rd and 4th rounds, Cardinals) Out of state West Alabama RHP Tanner Rainey (71st pick, first pick in the Competitive Balance Round… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice shortstop Brennan Bozeman receives national defensive player of the year award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — LSU-Eunice shortstop Brennan Bozeman was one of three recipients of the Spalding NJCAA Division II Baseball Defensive Player of the Year Award announced Tuesday. Others honored were sophomore shortstops like Bozeman: Riley Delgado from Columbia State (Tenn.) and Ryley Warnock from Northern Essex (Mass.). Bozeman, a former Parkview Baptist standout,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Bowl goes primetime

From breakfast time back to primetime. After a morning kickoff last year, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl will return to an evening start time (8 p.m.) for the 15th edition of the game to be played on Saturday, Dec. 19 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “That’s our preferred time,” bowl director Billy Ferrante of the… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice sweeps Western Oklahoma to win junior-college World Series

ENID, Okla. — The top-ranked LSU Eunice baseball team took two wins over Western Oklahoma State College on Saturday, 14-2 and 16-1, to win the NJCAA Division II World Series. It was the Bengals’ fifth national championship. The Bengals trailed 10-1 against the Pioneers in the fourth inning of the first game before coming back to… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Alex Young, Jonathan Kinchen thanks to strong final throws in hammer at NCAA East preliminaries

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Louisiana’s hammer duo of Alex Young and Jonathan Kinchen cut things a little close in the NCAA East preliminary rounds on Thursday. But when Young and Kinchen needed big throws to earn a trip to the NCAA championships next month in Eugene, Oregon, they responded and finished in the top 12… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice wins World Series opener

ENID, Okla. — Steven Sensley and Jordan Romero each hit home runs and pitcher Ben Braymer scattered seven hits in eight innings as LSU-Eunice opened the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series with an 8-1 vicory over Kellogg (Michigan) Community College on Wednesday. Romero and Sensley both went 2-for-4. Romero had a… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice’s Ben Braymer, Jordan Romero have long history as battery mates

EUNICE — When Ben Braymer looks down from the mound before delivering a pitch, he usually sees a familiar target with a catcher’s mask returning a glance from deep behind the plate. It helps, Braymer said, to know that LSU-Eunice catcher and longtime battery mate Jordan Romero is aware the nuances in a pitching routine that… Continue reading →

Region 23 title not enough; LSU-Eunice focused on Division II NJCAA World Series

EUNICE — An animated postgame celebration was nowhere in sight last weekend as LSU-Eunice qualified for the NJCAA Division II World Series. Bengals coach Jeff Willis wasn’t totally surprised by his team’s nonchalance; he understood the demeanor. “This group has been determined all season to get back into the national tournament. What I’m… Continue reading →

Joe Scheuermann and Delgado plant a flag with their second straight trip to the NJCAA World Series

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Delgado Community College Head Coach, Joe Scheuermann, signals his pitcher during the last regular season game against Baton Rouge Community College at Kirsch Rooney Stadium on Sunday April 27, 2014

Through his 25-year tenure as Delgado’s baseball coach, Joe Scheuermann has touted his program as one of the best in the country among the junior college ranks. After the Dolphins (31-13) won the NJCAA South Central District title on Tuesday, clinching their second consecutive trip to the NJCAA Division I World Series, Scheuermann had a signature accomplishment to… Continue reading →

Cane Cutters’ season set to start Thursday

Lonny Landry isn’t fazed by the limited amount of time his team will have to practice together before the start of the season. The Acadiana Cane Cutters baseball coach will only get a few days with his team before the team opens up the Texas Collegiate League season at home Thursday. Acadiana hosts the Victoria Generals at… Continue reading →

Former LSU slugger Blake Dean says he is ‘honored and excited’ to be UNO interim coach

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It’s been quite a meteoric rise for Blake Dean since he joined the coaching ranks. UNO named Dean interim baseball coach Thursday, a nifty if temporary promotion for someone less than five years removed from his playing days. Dean, a College World Series champion in 2009 at LSU, joined the Privateers’ staff last year as a… Continue reading →

Southeastern eliminated from Southland Conference baseball tournament by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Southland Conference photo by ERIK WILLIAMS -- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi sophomore Brandon Guilford turns a double play during Friday's game against Southeastern Louisiana at the Southland Conference tournament in Sugar Land, Texas. The Islanders won 6-5

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Texas A&M-Corpus Christi did it again. The eighth-seeded Islanders, who upset top-seeded Southeastern Louisiana on the first day of the Southland Conference tournament, eliminated the Lions on Friday afternoon, winning 6-5 in 10 innings at Constellation Field. Southeastern (42-17), which reached last year’s NCAA tournament and earned its… Continue reading →

Southeastern outlasts McNeese in 12 innings

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Kyle Cedotal, who spent the bulk of this season on the mound for Southeastern Louisiana, delivered at the plate Thursday, lifting a sacrifice fly to right-center field in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Lions defeated McNeese State 3-2 to stay alive in the Southland Conference tournament. “Our attitude… Continue reading →

Xavier community remembers former basketball coach Bob Hopkins

Xavier University alumni from the early 1970s often affectionately refer to that period as “The Hop Years.” That’s when the school’s basketball team, coached by Bob Hopkins, captivated the campus with its winning. “It was a magical time,” Xavier President Dr. Norman Francis, who hired Hopkins, said Wednesday. Hopkins died Friday in Bellevue, Wash., of heart and kidney… Continue reading →

With record nearing, Southeastern’s Brett Hoffman is ready to go

Southeastern Louisiana third baseman Brett Hoffman doesn’t like watching the Lions play baseball; he’d rather be out on the field with his teammates. But Hoffman suffered a minor injury last week, so watching is exactly what he was doing two days before Southeastern opened postseason play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Southland Conference tournament Wednesday.… Continue reading →

Delgado baseball team returns to Junior College World Series

Photo provided by Delgado athletics -- Delgado players go 'fins up' as they celebrate with the NJCAA South Central District Championship trophy Tuesday in Deminole, Oklahoma. The Dolphins defeated St. Louis Community College 9-6 to advance to the NJCAA W ORG XMIT: M3iL1Asg4WdM5dh9jCeB

SEMINOLE, Okla. — Delgado clinched its second spot in the Junior College World Series in as many years with a 9-6 victory over St. Louis Community College in the NJCAA South Central district championship game Tuesday. The Dolphins now head to Grand Junction, Colorado, where they open play at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday against… Continue reading →

Delgado splits doubleheader, win away from JUCO World Series

SEMINOLE, Okla. — Delgado split a doubleheader in the South Central District Regional on Monday, defeating host-Seminole State 9-6 in 10 innings and then falling to St. Louis Community College 12-8 in the first game of the championship round. In the first game, Delgado’s Julio Gonzales’ home run in the eighth cut the… Continue reading →

Ron Maestri steps down as UNO baseball coach

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UNO coach Ron Maestri argues a call with the umpire in a game against Southern earlier this season.

On a day when it would have been natural from him to be looking back, Ron Maestri was looking ahead. And it wasn’t so much about himself — although as he approaches his 75th birthday, Maestri doesn’t necessarily consider stepping down as baseball coach at UNO as meaning he’s permanently retired. It was more about… Continue reading →

Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana reaps SLC postseason rewards

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southeastern coach Matt Riser

The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team dominated the Southland Conference postseason awards on Monday with nine players taking home all-conference distinctions, while center fielder Jacob Seward was named Player of the Year and coach Matt Riser was crowned Clay Gould Coach of the Year. The Lions led the Southland with the most players making the three all-conference teams,… Continue reading →

Former two-way player Southeastern’s Kyle Cedotal blossoms while playing pitcher exclusively

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Southeastern's Kyle Cedotal makes the catch in left field hit off of Bryant's AJ Zarozny on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium during the first round of NCAA regionals.

Southeastern Louisiana’s Kyle Cedotal still can’t decide how to feel about the role he was given this season. Part of the left-hander wishes he had made the transition from two-way player exclusively to pitcher sooner. The other part has to resist the urge to pick up a bat and step into the batter’s box. “I probably… Continue reading →

UNO’s Ron Maestri decides to retire again

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UNO coach Ron Maestri watches as his Privateers take on LSU on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Alex Box Stadium.

UNO baseball coach Ron Maestri has decided to step down, multiple outlets reported Sunday. The 74-year-old, who could not be reached for comment, coached the Privateers for the past two seasons after a 14-year stint leading the program from 1972-85. WGNO was the first to report the move; a representative of the UNO athletic department could not confirm… Continue reading →

Southeastern golfers finish ninth at NCAA regional

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Southeastern Louisiana men’s golf team and senior Grady Brame both fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, as the Lubbock Regional wrapped up Saturday at The Rawls Course. The Lions, who headed into Saturday’s final round tied for fifth, carded a final round 292 (+10) to finish in ninth… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice remains undefeated in Region 23 baseball tournament with 10-6 win over Hinds

EUNICE — Ben Braymer provided LSU-Eunice with the necessary stamina and resilience the Bengals needed to remain in command of the Region 23 Division II baseball tournament Friday night. Braymer threw 127 pitches and went seven innings as No. 2 LSUE defeated No. 1 Hinds County Community College 10-6 at Bengals Stadium. The performance… Continue reading →

Southeastern golfers move into tie for fifth at regional

LUBBOCK, Texas — Behind three-under par rounds of 68 by senior Grady Brame and sophomore Paul Obermann, the Southeastern Louisiana men’s golf team climbed into a tie for fifth place on day two of the NCAA Lubbock Regional on Friday afternoon at The Rawls Course. After action was delayed by rain for four-and-a-half hours,… Continue reading →

NCAA softball regional glance

Regionals Double elimination; x-if necessary Eugene (Ore.) regional Thursday North Dakota State 4, Fresno State 0 Oregon 8, BYU 0 Gainesville (Fla.) Regional Friday Hofstra vs. Florida Atlantic, 2:30 p.m. Florida A&M at Florida, 5 p.m. Notre Dame (Ind.) Regional Friday Kentucky vs. Northwestern, 1 p.m. Ball State at Notre Dame, 4 p.m. Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional Friday UCF vs.… Continue reading →

LSU-Eunice wins Region 23 opener, sets up showdown with Hinds

EUNICE — Now that the demonstrative opening statements have been issued, the top two teams in Division II junior college baseball have an opportunity Friday night to determine who’s better. Second-ranked LSU-Eunice and No. 1 Hinds Community College each opened the Region 23 Tournament at Bengals Stadium with resounding victories Thursday.… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana clinches first regular-season Southland Conference title

Southeastern Louisiana’s baseball team didn’t need to win Thursday in order to be named the Southland conference regular-season champions, but the Lions wanted to end the suspense early. The Lions came into Thursday needing either a win against UNO or a loss by second-place Northwestern State in order to claim this season’s Southland crown. But… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana closing in on Southland Conference title; Lions face UNO in final regular-season series

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southeastern coach Matt Riser

Everyone on the Southeastern Louisiana baseball team knew what was about to happen, and none of them was happy about it. If the sea of black clouds weren’t enough of a sign, the team staffer who watched the lightning detector sealed the Lions’ fate — with a few days before their final Southland Conference series with UNO this… Continue reading →

Southeastern sophomore Jacob Seward ‘goes all out in everything he does’

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Southeastern's Jacob Seward steals third under Bryant's John Mullen during the NCAA Baton Rouge regional last season.

Jacob Seward doesn’t like talking about himself. Southeastern Louisiana’s sophomore center fielder will gladly talk about how well the Lions are playing. He is completely at ease discussing how the program is one win away from its first Southland Conference regular-season title. What he won’t mention is that individually, his 74 hits put him in the top 25… Continue reading →

Roundup: Women’s golf team advances; Sagstrom wins individual title

RALEIGH, N.C. — LSU’s Madelene Sagstrom won her second title of the season and Caroline Nistrup finished second to propel the seventh-ranked LSU women’s golf team to the NCAA championship with a tie for fourth place in the NCAA Raleigh regional. LSU advances to the championship May 22-27 for the 13th time in school… Continue reading →

Holmes gets 15th save; Nicholls nips Alabama A&M

THIBODAUX — Stuart Holmes picked up his 15th save on Wednesday night to set the school record for saves in a season as the Nicholls State baseball team downed Alabama A&M 4-3 at Ray E. Didier Field. Holmes entered the game in the eighth inning, striking out the first batter he faced before fanning two… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana softball team ready for Southland Conference tournament

Southeastern is ready for the Southland Conference tournament. The Lady Lions (21-28) are the No. 4 seed in the tournament, which gets underway Wednesday at Lady Demon Diamond on the Northwestern State campus in Natchitoches. Southeastern will face fifth-seed Lamar (24-26) to open the double-elimination tournament. The championship game is at 2 p.m. Friday… Continue reading →