On deck: LSU at Ole Miss (Friday)

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Alex Lange

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday WHERE: Swayze Field, Oxford Miss. RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 15. Ole Miss is ranked as high as No. 9 and as low as No. 13. RECORDS: LSU 27-15, 10-9 SEC; Ole Miss 32-11, 11-8 PROJECTED… Continue reading →

LSU baseball tests ‘one of the best arms in the league;’ Ole Miss center fielder passes in Tigers' 1-run loss

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- Ole Miss infielder Ryan Olenek scores as the ball gets away from LSU catcher Jordan Romero during the first inning of Thursday's game at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss.

OXFORD, Miss. — Sitting on the charter bus to Oxford, LSU third base coach Nolan Cain and Paul Mainieri conversed about the arm of J.B. Woodman — one Cain classified as “probably one of the best in the league.” “We still wanted to be aggressive,” Cain said. The Ole Miss center fielder was prepared. Woodman, who… Continue reading →

NCAA reverses course, allows satellite camps; LSU, SEC opposed what Joe Alleva called ‘recruiting camps’

Associated Press/Bradenton Herald file photo by TIFFANY TOMPKINS -- Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, center right, watches defensive coordinator Don Brown, left, work with Cheyenn Robertson during spring practice in Bradenton, Fla. The NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded a ban on satellite camps Thursday.

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors rescinded a proposed ban on satellite camps Thursday, rebuffing a request from powerhouse conferences in the South and clearing the way for coaches to hold clinics far from their campuses this summer. The board’s decision came almost three weeks after the Division I Council approved a proposal prohibiting Bowl Subdivision coaches… Continue reading →

With LSU’s catching battle still up in air, Jordan Romero focused on managing varied personalities in rotation

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pinch hitter Jordan Romero (28) scores in the fifth inning against Vanderbilt, Saturday, April 9, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

With two outs, or even with two strikes, Jordan Romero notices a trend. “Sometimes,” the LSU catcher said, “pitchers will kind of sit back. You have to stay on top of them. “What I like to do is keep them focused once they get two outs or two strikes to keep making good pitches.” Such a sequence… Continue reading →

LSU baseball notebook: With Greg Deichmann mired in a slump, Paul Mainieri unsure of first base plans ahead of Ole Miss series

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU first baseman Greg Deichmann (7) chases down a pop up foul ball hit by McNeese State left fielder Shane Selman into fan territory in the first inning, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

After Greg Deichmann’s made two errors in his last three games at first base, LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Wednesday he’s unsure of his plans at the position heading into the team’s Southeastern Conference series with Ole Miss. Deichmann caught a perfect throw from shortstop Kramer Robertson with his foot off the bag in last Saturday’s 2-1… Continue reading →

On deck: LSU at Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU left-hander Jared Poche pitches against Cincinnati on Feb. 19 at Alex Box Stadium. Poche will start Thursday's series opener at Ole Miss.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Swayze Field, Oxford Miss. RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 15. Ole Miss is ranked as high as No. 9 and as low as No. 13. RECORDS: LSU (27-14, 10-8 Southeastern Conference), Ole Miss (31-11, 10-8 SEC) PROJECTED STARTERS: Thursday — LSU, Jr. LH Jared Poché (5-4,… Continue reading →

Grandparents take their RV to follow LSU softball player Sandra Simmons

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starting pitcher Carley Hoover (21), first baseman Sandra Simmons (3), and Alayna Falcon (24) leave the field after their 7-5 loss to Tennessee during the SEC Tournament, Thursday, May 7, 2015, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

Sandra Simmons tracked the ball as it sailed toward the wall in left field, the new part-time spot for the longtime first baseman. South Carolina’s Ansley Ard clobbered the pitch for what looked to be a solo home run to even the score with LSU in the third inning of last Sunday’s series finale. But Simmons, a member of… Continue reading →

‘Hawk Eye’ predicted it: Son Jerald Hawkins will hear name in NFL draft, along with other LSU prospects

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles and LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins (65) celebrate the win after the game Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in College Station, Texas. LSU won 23-17.

Jerald Hawkins watched the NFL draft as a youngster like many other football-playing children – with his father leaning over his shoulder whispering in his ear. “You’re going to get there one day,” Warren Hawkins would tell his youngest son. Jerald’s almost there. Warren can’t make it. Many believe LSU’s former 6-foot-6 offensive… Continue reading →

Star-studded Zurich Classic of New Orleans gets underway Thursday

Associated Press photo by ERIC GAY -- Jason Day watches his tee shot on the first hole during round-robin play against Graeme McDowell at the Dell Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.

For the second year in a row, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans features three of the world’s top 10 players in Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose. The difference: this time, the world’s No. 1 player will be in the 156-man field for the $7 million event that begins Thursday at TPC Louisiana… Continue reading →

LSU submits paperwork to remove Blakeney’s name from NBA draft list

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) celebrates a goal against Kentucky in the second half, Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU officials took the proper steps Wednesday to solve the mystery behind guard Antonio Blakeney’s name showing up on the early draft list released Tuesday by the NBA. Blakeney’s name was included on a list of early entry candidates compiled by the league even though he announced a week earlier that he’d be returning to school to play… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech’s Vernon Butler, LSU’s Deion Jones lead list of Louisiana’s NFL draft hopefuls

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- LSU linebacker Deion Jones runs through a drill during LSU Pro Day held at the LSU football practice facility on Monday, March 14, 2016.

Hometown: Summit, Mississippi School: Louisiana Tech Height, weight: 6-3, 316 Scoop: A first team all-conference player, Butler racked up 50 tackles, 10 for loss and two sacks as a senior last year. He had eight quarterback hurries. Combine best: Butler pumped 225 pounds 26 times in bench press, top 15 among DLs. Projection: 1st-2nd round… Continue reading →

LSU coach Paul Mainieri: Comment on first baseman Greg Deichmann wasn't meant to throw him 'under the bus'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri coaches against Sacramento State, Friday, February 26, 2016, LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

. Asked about comments he made surrounding Greg Deichmann’s crucial error in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Mississippi State, LSU coach Paul Mainieri said he wasn’t throwing the first baseman “under the bus.” With LSU trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, Deichmann caught a routine throw from shortstop Kramer Robertson, but his foot was off the bag.… Continue reading →

Former LSU basketball stars Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles making third trip to Olympics

Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (34) celebrates with Seimone Augustus (33) after beating the Indiana Fever 69-52 in Game 5 of the WNBA basketball finals, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Two of LSU’s most decorated women’s basketball players ever are heading back to the Olympics for the third time. Former Lady Tiger All-Americans Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles have been selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team, USA Basketball announced Wednesday. Members of this year’s team were revealed on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday morning. Wednesday marked… Continue reading →

LSU still can’t solve Tulane’s France: ‘We knew exactly what we were getting tonight and he still beat us’

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- LSU outfielder Jake Fraley (8) is tagged out at second base by Tulane infielder Jake Willsey (17) at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April, 26 2016.

It was not the double play that topped SportsCenter’s Top 10 list after Tulane’s March 29 victory against LSU. Green Wave shortstop Stephen Alemais made this one with relative ease, charging Jake Fraley’s sharply hit grounder up the middle, stepping on second base before firing to first to subdue a sixth-inning rally. Much of… Continue reading →

Early surge lifts LSU softball team over McNeese State

Instead of taking a customary day off after sweeping South Carolina last weekend, LSU softball coach Beth Torina held practice Monday in preparation for the Southland Conference’s top team. Her strategy worked. The No. 12 Tigers jumped on McNeese State pitcher Emily Vincent early, and sophomore right-hander Carley Hoover tossed a two-hitter in a 5-2 win… Continue reading →

LSU guard Antonio Blakeney’s name still listed among NBA draft candidates

LSU guard Antonio Blakeney’s name inexplicably showed up Tuesday on a list of players who filed as early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA draft, just one week after he announced he would return to school for his sophomore season. The NBA released a list of 162 players, comprising 117 college players and 45 international players, who submitted… Continue reading →

'He just started screaming': Myles Brennan's commitment brought LSU's Les Miles to tears

CHRIS TODD/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan has committed to LSU.

'LSU coach Les Miles just started screaming and tears started coming out of his eyes. He gave me a big ol' hug...' Continue reading →

‘I know it’s going to change my life’: Louisiana Tech’s Vernon Butler gunning for 1st-round selection in NFL draft

Associated Press photo by L.G. Patterson -- Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Vernon Butler runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in February in Indianapolis.Staying for his senior season boosted Butler's NFL draft value from a fourth- or fifth-round projection to a late first-round, early second-round projection.

Vernon Butler wanted to enter the NFL draft after his junior season in 2014. So he requested a draft grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee. “It was a fourth- or fifth-round grade,” the former Louisiana Tech star said. What if it were a second- or third-round grade? “I probably would have come out,” Butler… Continue reading →

Electric atmosphere expected for LSU, Tulane baseball showdown in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Tulane starting pitcher J.P. France attempts to pickoff LSU right fielder Antoine Duplantis (20) with help from Tulane first baseman Grant Witherspoon (30) in the fourth inning, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Although the Tulane and LSU baseball teams appear to be on the same plane for the first time in nearly 10 years, the coaches are taking a different approach to Tuesday night’s meeting at sold-out Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave’s David Pierce will leave in starting pitcher J.P. France as long as he… Continue reading →

Zephyr Field, finalist for SEC baseball tournament, set to get site visit from SEC officials

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Workers build the Mumford & Sons concert stage at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La., on Wednesday April 6, 2016. The Mumford & Sons concert is Saturday, April 9, 2016, and will be the first first major concert at the 20-year-old minor-league baseball stadium outside New Orleans..

New Orleans is a step closer to landing the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament, but it’s got plenty of company. The New Orleans Zephyrs announced Monday that Zephyr Field is a finalist to host the event and will receive a site visit from SEC officials Saturday. The league will also visit or has visited other finalists Memphis,… Continue reading →

Where will the future home of the SEC baseball tournament be? Scott Rabalais breaks down the five contenders

Associated Press file photo by DAVE MARTIN -- Hoover Metropolitan Stadium

Zephyr Field SITE: Metairie CAPACITY: 11,000 OPENED: 1997 CURRENT TENANT: New Orleans Zephyrs (Miami Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate) PROS: Parking. Exceptional fan support likely from LSU fans. Bourbon Street after the game is a big selling point. CONS: Second-oldest ballpark being considered. A long way from the French… Continue reading →

It ‘speaks volumes’: Kellsi Kloss, Sandra Simmons and Bianka Bell become newest LSU softball players selected in NPF College Draft

Kellsi Kloss ignored the 50-some-odd text messages cluttering her cell phone and dialed her parents. They had to be the first people the senior catcher called after the Chicago Bandits selected her in the third round of the National Pro Fastpitch college draft April 14. Aside from the unwavering support they provided, her father, Jim, coached Kloss… Continue reading →

LSU’s Sydney Smith blanks South Carolina 2-0 on three-hitter

Freshman Sydney Smith put the final touches on the LSU softball team’s weekend sweep when she threw a three-hitter in a 2-0 victory against South Carolina on Sunday at Tiger Park. In doing so, Smith (9-2) extended her streak of scoreless innings against Southeastern Conference competition to 16 innings as the Tigers won their sixth straight game. “That’s… Continue reading →

‘A much more crisp day for us’: LSU’s offense batters nine Mississippi State pitchers for 11-8 win

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU's Bryce Jordan (25) is greeted by team mates Greg Deichmann (7) and Chris Reid (17) after Jordan hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning of LSU's 11-8 win over Miss st. Sunday in Alex Box Stadium.

His team already down by three runs, LSU left fielder Beau Jordan charged a ball that many expected to fall at his feet. Mississippi State’s Hunter Stovall broke from first base, where he had stood after a fourth-inning single off Tigers reliever Russell Reynolds. Jordan dived, reaching his glove near the grass. He caught the ball… Continue reading →

The right fit: Mississippi quarterback Myles Brennan commits to LSU

CHRIS TODD THE (Biloxi Mississippi) SUN HERALD St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan committed to LSU on Saturday.

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Myles Brennan wasn’t kidding. After returning home from visiting Oklahoma State earlier in the month, the quarterback from St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, said he was going to commit when the match felt right. Apparently LSU was the right fit. Brennan announced on… Continue reading →

LSU softball coach Beth Torina expects more growth for Geaux Teal Ovarian Cancer Walk

About 30 minutes into the two-mile walk, Taryn and Tatum Torina climbed out of the wagon intent on gaining their grandmother’s attention. Their movement briefly halted the procession of the more than 800 teal-clad walkers marching down Nicholson Drive. But Betty Dieter patiently stepped to the side, hefting one of her granddaughters in her arms before taking the… Continue reading →

LSU softball shuts out South Carolina

Before they even took the field Saturday night, LSU softball coach Beth Torina told her players they had already won the day. The Tigers were more than happy to notch a win against South Carolina as well. On a day when LSU and Geaux Teal honored ovarian cancer survivors, No. 14 LSU quickly dispatched the Gamecocks in an… Continue reading →

Tigers post 3 nation’s-leading times at Alumni Gold meet

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU track and field head coach Dennis Shaver observes runners, Saturday, April 9, 2016, during the 2016 Battle on the Bayou at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Dennis Shaver was eager to see how his top quarter-milers would fare in their first open 400-meter races of the outdoor season at the LSU Alumni Gold meet on Saturday. Collectively, the Tigers were already leading the nation in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3 minutes, 01.83 seconds in winning the Texas Relays earlier this… Continue reading →

‘There’s no margin for error’: LSU baseball stymied, defensive lapses spoil Alex Lange’s complete game in loss to Mississippi State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starting pitcher Alex Lange (35) pitches against Mississippi State in the first inning, Saturday, April 23, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

The ball landed in Greg Deichmann’s glove. The glove was perfectly positioned to catch the throw from LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson, who fielded Mississippi State leadoff hitter Jake Mangum’s routine ground ball in the sixth inning of Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Alex Box Stadium. “The throw didn’t pull me off,” Deichmann said. “It was a matter… Continue reading →

On deck: LSU vs. Mississippi State (Sunday)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU third baseman Chris Reid

WHEN: Noon Sunday WHERE: Alex Box Stadium RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 15. Mississippi State is ranked as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 11. RECORDS: X PROJECTED STARTERS: LSU, Sr. LH John Valek III (6-1, 3.42) vs.… Continue reading →

On deck: Mississippi State at LSU (Saturday)

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU first baseman Greg Deichmann (7) tosses the ball to LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche to put away Mississippi State first baseman Nathaniel Lowe at first base in the third inning Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday 2 Alex Box Stadium RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 15. Mississippi State is ranked as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 11 RECORDS: Mississippi State 26-12-1,9-7 SEC; LSU 26-12, 9-7 PROJECTED STARTERS: Saturday — LSU, So.… Continue reading →

After three errors and a valiant comeback, LSU loses a sloppy, tension-filled series opener 12-8 to Mississippi State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU second baseman Cole Freeman (22) fumbles the catch, putting Mississippi State center fielder Jake Mangum (15) safe on second base in the second inning, Friday, April 22, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Cole Freeman crouched down, looking at the dirt beneath his cleats as Mississippi State first baseman Nathaniel Lowe stepped on home plate, slapping hands with the three teammates his mammoth, first-inning grand slam had just driven in. An announced crowd of more than 10,000 hummed after a pageantry-filled pregame honored Eddy Furniss, one of the… Continue reading →

‘I still can’t believe it’: LSU baseball icon Eddy Furniss’ No. 36 retired in emotional ceremony at Alex Box Stadium

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU great Eddy Furniss is honored by having his No. 36 jersey retired and number added to the stadium facade, Friday, April 22, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

The first time he heard chants of “Eddy! Eddy!” echo throughout the old Alex Box Stadium 20 years ago, Eddy Furniss didn’t think the fans gathered could possibly be cheering for him. They had to be lauding LSU star wide receiver Eddie Kennison, whose 100-yard punt return touchdown against Mississippi State two years earlier garnered national attention.… Continue reading →