Rabalais: It wasn’t the finale the Tigers wanted, but this series showed their potential

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (8) slides back to first base after a pickoff attempt between Texas A&M starting pitcher Kyle Simonds (14) and Texas A&M first baseman Hunter Melton (50) in the first inning, Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU looked like it had done enough. Texas A&M looked like it had enough. After two breathlessly dramatic victories Thursday and Friday night over Texas A&M, then a Saturday soaker before the game could be played after a three-plus-hour rain delay, the Tigers came out swinging. And running. Into outs. “That’s as bang-bang as it… Continue reading →

‘Just wasn’t our day’

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- "OUT AT HOME" LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (8) is tagged out at home by Texas A&M catcher Michael Barash (5) in the first inning, Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Logan Taylor’s throw from left field had to be perfect to beat Alex Bregman to home plate. It was. “Sometimes,” Bregman said, “that’s how the game works.” LSU had no seventh-inning magic Saturday — just some base-running woes, missed opportunities and dropped balls. The Tigers spotted Texas A&M four runs in the third… Continue reading →

LSU pitcher Austin Bain struggles in third inning of loss to Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starting pitcher Austin Bain (18) warms up before the second inning against Texas A&M, Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

The first inning of Saturday’s game at Alex Box Stadium went exactly as LSU freshman starter Austin Bain had hoped. Three Texas A&M hitters who had done their share of damage in the first two games of their weekend series — Blake Allemand, Nick Banks and Mitchell Nau — all stepped to the plate looking to… Continue reading →

LSU’s Rodney Brown captures discus title at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA — LSU’s Rodney Brown walked away a champion at the Penn Relays for the second straight season as he smashed his own meet record and school record in the discus to highlight Saturday’s finale at Franklin Field. Brown’s was one of three wins for the Tigers on the final day of the… Continue reading →

Awakened from the slumber, LSU’s offense explodes in series-clinching 9-6 comeback win over Aggies

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU's Conner Hale, Jake Fraley, Jared Foster, Andrew Stevenson, Chris Chinea and Mark Laird celebrate the Tigers' 9-6 win over Texas A&M to take the series, Friday, Apr. 24, 2015 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Naturally, Alex Bregman prepared for a fastball. After all, the LSU shortstop had fouled off four straight heaters off of Texas A&M reliever Mark Ecker. What he got? A high, hanging breaking ball. What A&M got? A series loss in this clash of titans. Bregman slammed Ecker’s pitch down the left field line… Continue reading →

Texas A&M pitcher Ryan Hendrix has early success against LSU

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Texas A&M starting pitcher Ryan Hendrix delivers against LSU during Friday's game at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU’s offense will likely have nightmares about Ryan Hendrix’s breaking ball. The Aggies sophomore’s career night began early Friday at Alex Box Stadium. He got LSU senior designated hitter Chris Sciambra to strike out swinging to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Batter after batter, Hendrix pounded the strike zone. And… Continue reading →

On deck: Texas A&M at LSU (Saturday)

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Danny Zardon is safe at second base as Texas A&M's Blake Allemand topples over in Alex Box Stadium Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Texas A&M at LSU WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Alex Box Stadium RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation in all six polls. Texas A&M is ranked No. 2 or No. 3 in all of the rankings. PROJECTED ROTATION: Saturday — A&M, TBA vs. LSU, Fr. RH Austin… Continue reading →

Women’s basketball team signs Chloe Jackson from North Carolina State

The LSU women’s basketball program signed Chloe Jackson, a 5-9 guard who spent last season at North Carolina State, LSU coach Nikki Caldwell announced Friday. Because of NCAA transfer rules, Jackson will sit out the 2015-16 season and be eligible to compete as a redshirt sophomore beginning in 2016-17. She will be able to practice with… Continue reading →

Danny Zardon delivers game-winning single in No. 1 LSU’s 4-3 win over No. 2 Aggies

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  The LSU Tigers celebrate their 9th-inning win over Texas A&M in Alex Box Stadium Thursday, April 23, 2015.

David won the game between two Goliaths. Danny Zardon, a pinch hitter who lost his starting job earlier this season, hit a walk-off single down the third base line, and top-ranked LSU beat No. 2 Texas A&M 4-3 on Thursday night at an electric Alex Box Stadium. Jared Foster scored on Zardon’s ninth-inning dinger… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: Thankfully, this LSU game vs. Texas A&M lived up to the hype

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Jake Fraley is safe stealing third base under Texas A&M in Alex Box Stadium Thursday, April 23, 2015.

It’s hard to have a first when it comes to LSU baseball. So much history. So much success. So many great players. So many incredible games. But a first it was Thursday as the No. 1-ranked Tigers hosted No. 2 Texas A&M in the first 1-2 matchup at Alex Box Stadium — new or old. As such, you wanted… Continue reading →

On deck: Texas A&M at LSU (Friday)

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Danny Zardon is safe at second base as Texas A&M's Blake Allemand topples over in Alex Box Stadium Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Texas A&M at LSU WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday WHERE: Alex Box Stadium RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation in all six polls. Texas A&M is ranked No. 2 or No. 3 in all of the rankings. PROJECTED ROTATION: Friday — A&M, So. RH Ryan Hendrix (3-0, 1.40)… Continue reading →

LSU edges past Texas A&M, 4-3, to claim first game of intense series at Alex Box

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Jared Poche' hurled seven innings of two-run baseball against Texas A&M on Thursday.

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  • On Deck: vs. Texas A&M, 7:00 p.m. Friday
  • In The Hole: vs. Texas A&M, 1:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Poche’s Performance: LSU coach Paul Mainieri changed his weekend rotation around after both sophomore Jared Poche’ and freshman Alex Lange tossed against Georgia on Saturday. The Lutcher High School alumni got the nod on Thursday night on four days of… Continue reading →

  • Tori Bliss, Nataliyah Friar shine at Penn Relays for Tigers

    PHILADELPHIA — The LSU women’s track and field team was off to a strong start in the Penn Relay Carnival after senior Tori Bliss scored in the women’s shot put title and sophomore Nataliyah Friar soared to a wind-legal personal best to claim the women’s long jump Thursday. Bliss fired a winning throw of 56… Continue reading →

    Five-star basketball recruit Malik Newman commits to Mississippi State over LSU, Kentucky, others

    Malik Newman photo by Damen Jackson | AP

    Malik Newman, the nation's No. 1 guard prospect, announced his commitment to Mississippi State on Friday. Newman committed to the Bulldogs over LSU, Kansas and Kentucky. Earlier this week, Madison Prep's Brandon Sampson gave LSU three players ranked in the top 40 nationally by ESPN. The Tigers signed the nation’s top player, Ben Simmons of Montverde Academy, during the early signing period… Continue reading →

    After program-turning toppling of No. 1 Texas A&M in 1989, LSU hosts Aggies in No. 1-vs-No. 2 showdown

    Advocate file photo by Guy Reynolds -- LSU pitchers Curtis Leskanic, left, and Ben McDonald celebrate after the Tigers upset No. 1 Texas A&M twice to win the 1989 regional in College Station to advance to the College World Series.

    Texas A&M’s baseball stadium was completely empty. At least that’s what Ben McDonald thought while he conducted a pregame interview with A&M coach Rob Childress. The two were in the home dugout hours before first pitch of the Aggies’ game against Ole Miss last season when McDonald turned toward some shouting. “I hear an old man… Continue reading →

    On deck: Texas A&M at LSU (Thursday)

    Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU left fielder Chris Sciambra runs to second base on a leadoff double in the first inning Sunday, April 12 at Alex Box Stadium.

    Texas A&M (36-5, 12-5) at LSU (35-6, 12-5) WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Alex Box Stadium RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation in all six polls. Texas A&M is ranked No. 2 or No. 3 in all of the rankings. PROJECTED ROTATION: Thursday — A&M, Jr. RH Grayson Long (8-0, 2.73) vs.… Continue reading →

    LSU receives national letter from Blakeney

    It took a little while, but the LSU men’s basketball team finally picked up its third signee Wednesday when the Tigers’ staff received a national letter of intent from five-star guard Antonio Blakeney. Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida, officially became the third piece to a recruiting class that has been… Continue reading →

    LSU track and field teams head to Penn Relays

    The LSU track and field teams will open the Penn Relays on Thursday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. LSU’s men’s 4x100-meter relay team has the second-best time in the nation at 38.93 seconds. The Tigers’ 4x400 relay is third nationally with a time of 3 minutes, 2.79 seconds. The Lady Tigers relays are also among the NCAA… Continue reading →

    Repeat champions few and far between

    Noh Seung-yul, of South Korea, hits out of the sand on the second fairway during the final round of the Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

    In the long history of the New Orleans’ PGA Tour event, which will be played for the 67th time this weekend, only four golfers have successfully defended their title. Which means Seung-Yul Noh, who became the latest champion of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last April when he won by two strokes, will have his work cut out… Continue reading →

    Report: LSU basketball target Malik Newman to commit to an SEC West school other than LSU

    Malik Newman (Associated Press photo by Andrew A. Nelles)

    . Star guard Malik Newman plans to commit to Mississippi State on Friday, according to a report on cbssports.com. Multiple sources are "under the impression that Newman, a five-star prospect from Callaway High in Jackson, Miss., will enroll at Mississippi State," wrote cbssports.com college basketball insider Gary Parrish. Parrish also wrote: "Two coaches simply said… Continue reading →

    Cam Cameron wants Anthony Jennings, Brandon Harris to force Les Miles to make a difficult decision at starting quarterback

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron talks with quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) after a series, during LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game

    . LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, speaking at the LSU of Alexandria Athletic Association banquet on Monday, said he wants all of LSU's quarterbacks "competing to be the best they can be in every practice." "Les (Miles) will know what decision to make when the time comes," said Cameron in a story in the Alexandria Town… Continue reading →

    ESPN video: Watch LSU's Ed Orgeron, Kevin Steele chow down on BBQ shrimp, redfish -- and reveal what they love about the Tigers

    Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele gives line backer Duke Riley (40)  a pat, as Riley goes back in, during LSU's 2015 National L-Club Spring Football Game, Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

    A trio of Louisiana natives treated new LSU Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele to some Louisiana cuisine recently, an event captured on video and posted at espn.go.com. While enjoying barbecue shrimp, seafood gumbo, redfish and crabmeat, they turned their attention to the main item on the menu: the LSU defense. Steele was joined by LSU defensive line coach… Continue reading →

    Chris Chinea slams a homer, LSU pitchers one-hit Tulane as top-ranked Tigers cruise to 6-0 win

    Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU's volunteer assistant coach Will Davis congratulates Chris Chinea on hitting a home run as he rounds third base during a 6-0 win over Tulane on Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium.

    Chris Chinea was right – that faceguard didn’t bother him a bit. And, now, the main event can begin. Sporting a guard for his stitched-up chin, Chinea slammed a solo home run over the left-center field wall in his third at-bat since taking a fastball off the chin, and LSU beat Tulane 6-0 on Tuesday… Continue reading →

    Line Drives: Tulane-LSU recap, with Texas A&M on deck

    Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU's Alex Bregman tags Tulane's Richard Carthon out at second base in Alex Box Stadium Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

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  • On Deck: vs. Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m. Friday
  • In The Hole: at Georgia, 7:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Chinea’s Day: Junior first baseman Chris Chinea made one thing very clear on Tuesday evening – he isn’t going to be fazed at the plate after taking a 93 mph fastball to the chin on Saturday. The Miami, Florida, native… Continue reading →

  • On deck Tuesday: Tulane at LSU

    Tulane (24-15) at LSU (34-6) When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Alex Box Stadium Rankings: LSU is the No. 1 team in the nation in all six polls. Tulane is not ranked. Projected starting pitchers: Tulane Jr. RHP Patrick Duester (4-3, 1.85 ERA) vs. LSU Fr. RHP… Continue reading →

    Could LSU have college basketball's best freshman class next season?

    Montverde Academy's Ben Simmons #20 in action against Oak Hill Academy in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament Final at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 4, 2015 in New York City. Montverde won the game 70-61. (AP P

    . The signing of Brandon Sampson of Madison Prep has college basketball observers thinking that LSU, and not Duke or Kentucky, could have the best freshman class in college basketball next year. Sampson, who chose LSU over St. John's, joins incoming freshmen Ben Simmons of Montverde Academy and Antonio Blakeney of Oak Ridge High School.… Continue reading →