LSU to play Syracuse in Carrier Dome in 2015

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Joe Aleva, Les Miles and LSU have finalized their deal with Syracuse.

LSU and Syracuse on Wednesday announced the dates for a home-and-home series with Syracuse: LSU will visit the Carrier Dome on Sept. 26, 2015, and the Orange will travel to Tiger Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017. The series, first reported by The Advocate in March, will be the first meeting between the programs since 1989, … Continue reading →

Breaux reflects on 37 years of gymnastics at LSU

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD --  LSU coach D-D Breaux talks to Sydney Ewing after her beam routine earlier this season in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

In 37 years, the longest tenure for a head coach in LSU history, D-D Breaux has seen it all. She’s seen dozens of head coaches (perhaps hundreds) come and go, the demise of men’s gymnastics at the school, and almost saw her program become extinct because of budgetary issues in the early 1980s. The thing she hasn’t … Continue reading →

LSU gymnastics staff is all in

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU gymnastics assistant coach Bob Moore, left, shakes hands with head coach D-D Breaux during the NCAA regional meet on April 5 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

It’s not unusual for a college athletic director to keep a “ready” list of names handy in a desk drawer for when the time comes to replace a head coach — especially for football, basketball and baseball. While the same may go for head coaches needing to do his or her due diligence when trying to fill … Continue reading →

On deck: LSU at Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri speaks to pitcher Aaron Nola and catcher Tyler Moore in the top of the eighth inning against Arkansas at LSU's Alex Box Stadium last Friday. Nola will take the mound at Ole Miss on Thursday night.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday. WHERE: Oxford University Stadium, Oxford, Miss. RECORDS: LSU (28-9-1, 8-6-1 Southeastern Conference); Ole Miss (29-9, 9-6). RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as low as No. 14 and as high as No. 7. Ole Miss is ranked as low as No. 13 and as high as No. 10. STARTING PITCHERS: LSU, Jr. … Continue reading →

LSU’s Jared Poché ready for rough crowd at Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU pitcher Jared Poché is 6-2 with a 2.54 ERA heading into the Tigers' weekend series at Ole Miss.

OXFORD, Miss. — Jared Poché has been warned: Watch out for the pennies and rocks. Poché, a freshman from Lutcher, is set to start Game 2 against Ole Miss on Friday at Oxford-University Stadium, a setting known to LSU veterans as one of the rowdiest environments in the Southeastern Conference. More than … Continue reading →

LSU softball team splits doubleheader with Hofstra

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Aided by an outstanding day at the plate for A.J. Andrews, LSU senior pitcher Ashley Czechner struck out a season-high 10 batters and held the Hofstra Pride to two runs on four hits to help lead the Tigers to a 5-2 opening win of the team’s doubleheader on Wednesday at the Hofstra Softball … Continue reading →

LSU men, women advance in SEC tennis tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The LSU men tennis team advanced to the second round of the SEC tournament, defeating Arkansas 4-1 Wednesday at Currey Tennis Center. The Tigers earned their first win in the SEC tournament since 2011. “We built a good lead with the doubles point and four first sets,” LSU coach Jeff Brown … Continue reading →

LSU bats come alive in win over Southern Miss

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- LSU outfielder Andrew Stevenson scores as Southern Miss catcher Austin Roussel reaches for the throw Tuesday at Zephyr Field.

Andrew Stevenson wanted to avoid the wind Tuesday night. His final shot on a career-high four-hit outing found it. It’s a good thing, too. Stevenson went 4-for-4 at the plate, and the LSU baseball team routed Southern Miss 13-5 on Tuesday in the Wally Pontiff Classic at a chilly, windswept Zephyr Field. Stevenson, a … Continue reading →

Rain halts LSU’s softball game at Fordham

NEW YORK — LSU and Fordham managed to get in a few innings of softball Tuesday afternoon at Bahoshy Field, but the game was called in top of the fourth because of heavy rain and field conditions. The teams were tied at 3. Because the game did not go the required amount of innings … Continue reading →

Former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones’ condition improves

Associated Press file photo -- Former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones

Three days after a bullet tore through his abdomen, former LSU linebacker Tahj Jones’ condition improved at an Alexandria hospital following a second surgery Sunday to remove the bullet, family friend Shane Hanchey said Monday. The Sulphur native, who was shot by fellow LSU alum Brandon Winey, spoke to friends and family for the first time since … Continue reading →

LSU softball team set for six games in as many days

The LSU softball team is set to open a run of six games in six days, traveling to New York to face Fordham on Tuesday and Hofstra on Wednesday. The Tigers square off with Fordham at 4 p.m. Tuesday, then play a doubleheader with Hofstra starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday. After that, LSU will head to … Continue reading →

LSU baseball drops series finale to Arkansas

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, Arkansas' Eric Fisher celebrates with Blake Baxendale and Bobby Wernes after hitting a home run in the top of the fifth  inning of the Razorbacks' 10-4 win over LSU at LSU on Sunday at Alex Box Stadium. Baxendale also scored on the homer.

Brady Domangue and Kyle Bouman had a chat in the dugout during LSU’s 10-4 loss to Arkansas on Sunday. The discussion between the pitchers can be surmised in one sentence, Domangue said: “Dang, we felt good today.” “But you know what?” he continued. “We gave up home runs.” LSU’s search for a No. … Continue reading →

LSU rallies past Georgia

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKGeorgia's Samantha LaZear is safe on second base as LSU's Bianka Bell covers the bag at Tiger Park on Sunday.

The LSU softball team broke loose for seven runs in the sixth inning, capped by Kailey McCasland’s pinch-hit, two-run single with two outs, to erase a five-run deficit and spark a 13-11 win over No. 13 Georgia to clinch the series on Sunday at Tiger Park. LSU sent 11 batters to the plate in the deciding inning, … Continue reading →

LSU baseball notes: After miscues, Chris Chinea comes through

Advocate Staff Photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Chris Chinea

For the second game in a week, catcher Chris Chinea made up for a critical mistake by supplying the game-winning run. Chinea’s walk to lead off the ninth inning resulted in the game-winner in LSU’s 5-4, series-clinching victory over Arkansas on Saturday at Alex Box Stadium. Mark Laird hit a walk-off RBI single to left field later in … Continue reading →

LSU softball team rallies past Georgia in extra innings

Jacee Blades was determined to make something happen after she committed an error that helped send the game to extra innings. LSU’s senior left-fielder did just that, lacing a triple down the right-field line to score Tammy Wray in the bottom of the eighth to give LSU a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Georgia in Southeastern Conference softball … Continue reading →

On Deck: Arkansas at LSU

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU's Kyle Bouman acknowledges fans before the Tigers' Feb. 14 season opener against UNO at Alex Box Stadium. Bouman will start against Arkansas on Sunday in the teams' series finale.

WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday. WHERE: Alex Box Stadium. RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as low as No. 16 and as high as No. 8. Arkansas is ranked No. 24 in one poll. STARTING PITCHERS: LSU, Jr. LH Kyle Bouman (3-1, 2.23) vs. UA, Jr. RH Chris … Continue reading →

LSU softball tops Georgia in extra innings

Jacee Blades’ triple to right field brought Tammy Wray home to score the game winning run as LSU ousted Georgia 5-4 in eight innings in Southeastern Conference softball action Saturday night at Tiger Park. Constance Quinn’s three-run home run in the sixth allowed LSU (23-18, 5-9) to erase a 3-0 Georgia lead. Tina Iosefa had a two-run … Continue reading →

Mettenberger, Boone, Copeland workout for Lions on Saturday

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger

The Detroit Lions were working out LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, fullback J.C. Copeland and receiver Kadron Boone on Saturday, according to a report from The National Football Post's Aaron Wilson. Mettenberger, a senior, told The Advocate at LSU's Pro Day on Wednesday he was working out and meeting with the Lions and other teams in the … Continue reading →

On Deck: Arkansas at LSU

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Christian Ibarra makes the catch at third to get Arkansas' Andrew Benintendi out during Friday's game at Alex Box Stadium. The teams play again at noon Saturday.

WHEN: Noon Saturday. WHERE: Alex Box Stadium. RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as low as No. 16 and as high as No. 8. Arkansas is ranked No. 24 in one poll. STARTING PITCHERS: LSU, Fr. LH Jared Poché (6-2, 2.25) vs. UA, Jr. LH Jalen Beeks (5-2, 1.05) TV: ESPN2. RADIO: … Continue reading →

Aaron Nola, Kade Scivicque land on Golden Spikes watch list

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Aaron Nola pitches against Arkansas at Alex Box Stadium on Friday night. Nola and teammate Kade Scivicque were named to the midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list Friday afternoon.

Catcher Kade Scivicque and pitcher Aaron Nola were named to the midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list Friday. The award is given to the country’s top amateur baseball player. Halfway through the 2014 season, Scivicque and Nola have developed into LSU’s stars. Scivicque, a junior college transfer from Maurepas, led the team in hitting (.369) … Continue reading →

Former LSU standout Montgomery gets another NFL shot

Defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) works out during LSU's NFL football pro day in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Sean Gardner)

After working out at LSU’s Pro Day, former Tigers standout Sam Montgomery has landed another job in the NFL. Montgomery — released by the Texans last year — has signed with the Bengals, the Cincinnati team announced Friday. The news came two days after he was among the participants at LSU’s Pro Day on Wednesday. Montgomery, … Continue reading →

LSU’s Theresa Plaisance headlines LSWA team again

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- LSU forward Theresa Plaisance answers a question during a news conference last month.

For the second consecutive year, LSU forward Theresa Plaisance was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Year by a vote of the state’s media representatives and university media relations directors. LSU teammate Raigyne Moncrief was named the Freshman of the Year, Louisiana Tech guard Chrisstasia Walter earned the Newcomer of the Year … Continue reading →

Iosefa, Georgia defeat LSU 6-1

Ashley Czechner’s first offering to Tina Iosefa drifted a tad too high in the strike zone. The Georgia designated player wasted no time turning her swing loose, crushing a three-run homer on to the berm in center field to stake the No. 13 Bulldogs a lead. “They’re huge swingers,” Czechner said. “And it’s a mistake … Continue reading →

On Deck: Arkansas at LSU

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU's Christian Ibarra makes the catch at third to get Arkansas' Andrew Benintendi out during Friday's game at Alex Box Stadium. The teams play again at noon Saturday.

WHEN: Noon Saturday. WHERE: Alex Box Stadium. RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as low as No. 16 and as high as No. 8. Arkansas is ranked No. 24 in one poll. STARTING PITCHERS: LSU, Fr. LH Jared Poché (6-2, 2.25) vs. UA, Jr. LH Jalen Beeks (5-2, 1.05) TV: ESPN2. RADIO: … Continue reading →