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Kentucky outlasts top-ranked LSU in back-and-forth 12-10 win to take the series

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Chris Sciambra (5) returns safely to first base on a pickoff attempt against Kentucky, Sunday, Mar. 30, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU shortstop Alex Bregman sat on the ground nearly 300 feet from home plate, the baseball on the slick surface of Alex Box Stadium’s left field, as a Kentucky pinch hitter rounded the bases for an improbable inside-the-park home run. Yep, that summed up the weekend. “It was just weird,” Bregman said, “all around.” With… Continue reading →

LSU baseball notebook: Jake Godfrey struggles; Jake Fraley says injury is ‘nothing serious’

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Jake Fraley (23) grimaces, holding his right hamstring area, as athletic trainer Cory Couture runs to his aid from the dugout in the third inning against Kentucky, Sunday, Mar. 30, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

After an extra-inning contest that included five home runs — including an inside-the-park homer to tie the score in the ninth — it would be easy to forget about the LSU pitcher who was on the mound first Sunday afternoon for LSU’s 12-10 loss to Kentucky in 11 innings. Tigers freshman right-hander Jake Godfrey likely… Continue reading →

LSU wins Lady Tiger Golf Classic

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU junior Elise Bradley lines up her putt on the eighth hole during the LSU Tiger Golf Classic, Sunday, Mar. 30, 2015, at The University Club in Baton Rouge, La.

With little doubt about who would win the team title heading into the final day of the LSU Tiger Golf Classic, or so it seemed, there was only one question left to be answered Sunday at University Club. That was who would claim medalist honors in the three-day event that featured three of the nation’s top 11… Continue reading →

LSU’s Baylee Corbello shuts out Kentucky 2-0 in softball

LEXINGTON, Ky. — After two frustrating days, LSU regrouped Sunday behind Baylee Corbello’s three-hit shutout and Emily Griggs’ three hits to beat Kentucky 2-0 in Southeastern Conference softball. The Tigers (32-3, 6-3) took advantage of four Kentucky errors. Corbello (8-0) struck out eight and walked just two in seven innings. She did not give up an… Continue reading →

LSU tennis teams pick up SEC victories

With the sting of Friday’s narrow loss to No. 13 Ole Miss fresh in their minds, the LSU men’s tennis team roared out of the gate on its way to a 6-1 home victory over No. 53 Arkansas on Sunday at Dub Robinson Stadium. The Tigers 15-4, 5-3 SEC came out focused as the they secured the doubles point… Continue reading →

Rabalais: His resilience on display, Anthony Jennings won’t give up LSU’s starting quarterback job without a fight

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Quarterback Anthony Jennings

It’s long been the assumption at LSU regarding the quarterback candidacy of one Brandon Harris that it’s only a matter of time. He will eventually burst through the dreaded “potential” barrier and cast Anthony Jennings aside like a deflated New England football. What if it never happens, though? What if Harris turns out to be a paper cowboy,… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles: Anthony Jennings performed 'better on more days,' offense looks sharp in third scrimmage

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU football coach Les Miles says, 'The offense definitely improved' in Saturday scrimmage.

One week after the defense held the upper hand, the offense got even Saturday in the LSU football team’s third scrimmage of the spring. In reaching the two-thirds mark of 15 spring practices allowed, LSU coach Les Miles put his team through a 100-play situational scrimmage — consisting mostly of third-down, red-zone, tight red-zone and two-minute work.… Continue reading →

Behind eighth-inning outburst, 13-strikeout night from Lange, LSU rolls past Kentucky 7-3 to even series

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (8), starting pitcher Alex Lange (35), and catcher Kade Scivicque (22) meet on the mound against Kentucky, Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Someone on LSU’s baseball team made a comment earlier this week after Mark Laird’s inside-the-park home run in a win at Tulane. “Mark Laird has more home runs than Chris Chinea,” that person cracked. Not anymore. Chinea hit an inside-the-park homer of his own, and LSU got another gem from freshman starter Alex Lange in… Continue reading →

LSU sophomore Jake Fraley returns to the top of the lineup vs. Kentucky

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU left fielder Jake Fraley (23) hits into center field in the third inning against Kentucky, Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

After four games of experimenting with the top of his lineup, LSU coach Paul Mainieri returned to a proven formula in Saturday’s contest against Kentucky. Designated hitter Chris Sciambra had found a temporary home in the leadoff spot, getting the nod at the top of the lineup last weekend against Arkansas. Sciambra thrived, hitting for a .411 average, including… Continue reading →

LSU softball team loses second straight game at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The LSU softball team could be in danger of losing its No. 1 ranking. The Tigers suffered their second straight loss at No. 16 Kentucky on Saturday as the Wildcats rallied for four runs in the fifth and sixth innings to claim a 5-2 victory at John Cropp Stadium. The Tigers… Continue reading →

LSU, Madelene Sagstrom enjoying lead at LSU Tiger Golf Classic

In a golf cart with a homemade “LSU Mom and Dad” banner tacked behind it, Per Sagstrom and his wife, Lena, relished their journey to Baton Rouge from Enkoping, Sweden. It’s a 9-hour flight from their hometown to New York, followed by an additional flight from New York to New Orleans. They make the trip once a… Continue reading →

After impressive showings at the NFL combine, La’el Collins, Danielle Hunter and Kwon Alexander keep it simple at LSU’s Pro Day

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- 2015 LSU Football Pro Day.LSU offensive tackle La'El Collins (70) is blocked by LSU center Elliott Porter (55).

With a spot in the first round of next month’s NFL draft virtually secured — perhaps a top-15 pick — LSU left tackle La’el Collins didn’t have to show much at the school’s Pro Day on Friday. Neither did defensive end Danielle Hunter or outside linebacker Kwon Alexander for that matter, even though they aren’t projected to… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints ‘highly interested’ in LSU CB Jalen Collins

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins, left, is interviewed by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock on Friday during the school's pro day.

The Saints are taking a look at one of the draft’s fastest climbers. LSU cornerback Jalen Collins spent some time with New Orleans defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff during Friday’s pro day and left with the impression the team has a good amount of interest in him. “They said they’re highly interested,” said Collins, who many believed has… Continue reading →

In a wild affair, Kentucky beats LSU in 12 innings for series-opening win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche' (16) pitches against Kentucky, Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Strange hops, bizarre base-running bloopers and nearly a game-winning homer. This game was a wild one. For LSU, it was simply a stunning, sour home loss. Kentucky surprised LSU 5-4 in 12 innings Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, coming back from a two-run deficit in the seventh inning and winning it with a two-run… Continue reading →

LSU softball team loses at Kentucky in series opener

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Cold weather resulted in cold bats as the LSU softball team managed just one run on six hits in falling to the No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats 3-1 on Friday evening in the series opener at John Cropp Stadium. LSU (31-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) dropped its second Friday game this year. The… Continue reading →

LSU report: Four gymnasts land national honors

LSU gymnasts Rheagan Courville, Ashleigh Gnat, Lloimincia Hall and Jessie Jordan were honored as regular season All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women on Friday. All-Americans were determined by a gymnast’s regional qualifying score in the final GymInfo rankings released Monday. Gymnasts ranked Nos. 1-8 nationally on each event and the all-around received first-team… Continue reading →

LSU cornerback Jalen Collins says the Saints 'said they're highly interested' in him

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU cornerback Jalen Collins (32) celebrates as he comes off the field after his game-clinching interception with less than two minutes to go, in the game, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

The Saints are taking a look at one of the draft’s fastest climbers. LSU cornerback Jalen Collins spent some time with New Orleans’ defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff at Friday’s pro day and left with the impression that the team has a good amount of interest in him. “They said they’re highly interested,” Collins said. “Talked… Continue reading →

Kenny Hilliard's fast time in the 40-yard dash highlights LSU Pro Day

LSU running back Kenny Hilliard runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  Kenny Hilliard

With only one month remaining until the 2015 NFL Draft kicks off in Chicago, a handful of former LSU players had one final opportunity to showcase their abilities at Pro Day on Friday afternoon. The event proved to be critical for the two former Tigers’ running backs, as both Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee ran the 40-yard dash and participated in… Continue reading →

Change brewing: From “Money” to “Hippo,” LSU’s defense changing under new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU sophomore linebacker Duke Riley fields questions from the media during LSU Football's annual media day at the LSU's Anderson-Feazel Indoor Field, Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Linebacker Duke Riley enjoys his new position on LSU’s defense. After all, who wouldn’t like to be called “Money.” “I like the name to be honest with you,” Riley said Thursday with a smile. The “Money” position is one example of the changes defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is implementing. They’re becoming more clear two-thirds of the way through… Continue reading →

Sagstrom-led Lady Tigers open tourney play

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Madelene Sagstrom drives the ball down the course at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic at the University Club on Sunday.  Photo taken on Sunday, March 24, 2013. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT / ONLINE OUT / NO SALES / TV OUT / FOREIGN OUT / LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT / GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT / 225 OUT / 10/12 OUT / IN REGISTER OUT / LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT / MANDATORY CREDIT : THE ADVOCATE/CATHERINE THRELKELD /

Madelene Sagstrom grew up in Sweden about a half hour from where golfing great Annika Sorenstam was born. By the end of the season, Sagstrom may carry the trophy named after Sorenstam back home to their native country. The LSU senior is a finalist for the Annika Award, given annually to the nation’s top college golfer.… Continue reading →

Live updates: Track the Tigers at LSU Pro Day

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker D.J. Welter (31) buries Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Speedy Noil (2) during the second half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won, 23-17.

. Get the latest news and analysis on LSU football players as they chase their dreams making it to the National Football League during the LSU Pro Day on Friday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. Among the players scheduled to participate in the pro day are La'el Collins, Kwon Alexander, D.J. Welter, Terrence Magee, Kenny… Continue reading →

Dellenger: LSU coach Paul Mainieri wants to keep Jared Poche as the Friday night guy... but I bet the coach elevates freshman Alex Lange to No. 1 before too long

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU's Alex Lange pitches Saturday, March 15, 2015, during their game against Ole Miss at Alex Box Stadium.

. Here are the highlights from Thursday's 11 a.m. LSU football and baseball chat with Adovcate sportswriter Ross Dellenger. On LSU freshman Alex Lange taking over as the Friday-night starter: Dellenger: "Yes. My guess is mid-to-late April. Paul Mainieri wants to keep Jared Poche as the Friday night guy because he's a year more experienced,… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles says he sees 'great athleticism and range' in freshman offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles' eyes get big as he runs up to an official to protest a pass interference call against the Tigers, during the first half Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas.

. LSU coach Les Miles told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has high hopes for freshman offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke. Valetine-Okeke, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound freshman who played at Faith Baptist Christian Academy in Stockbridge, Ga., moved to the U.S. from Nigeria last year. He only played one season of organized football, but his raw… Continue reading →

Jarell Martin announces that he is leaving LSU to make himself eligible for the NBA draft

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU sophomore forward Jarell Martin announced Wednesday that he will forgo his final two years of eligibility to go pro.

In the end, LSU forward Jarell Martin didn’t feel like he needed to get an NBA evaluation to decide whether he should give up his final two years of eligibility and turn professional. After two seasons of college basketball, the 6-foot-10 Martin figured he was ready — mentally and physically — to take his game to the… Continue reading →

LSU report: SEC Network to televise Pro Day

Fans will get an opportunity to see LSU Pro Day up close as the SEC Network will be on site to televise the event beginning at noon Friday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. LSU’s Pro Day, which annually draws 100 NFL personnel, including head coaches, general managers and scouts, starts at 10 a.m. with each participant have their… Continue reading →

LSU freshman Greg Deichmann “option” at DH as he completes recovery from foot injury

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, left, shows Greg Deichmann how to better his bunt during practice in January.

Greg Deichmann smashed a ball to the left-center gap. It bounced once on the grass before hitting against the wall at Alex Box Stadium. Those watching gave a smattering of applause and encouragement. “He becomes an option now,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. Deichmann, a highly rated freshman from Brother Martin, had a simulated game Wednesday afternoon at the… Continue reading →