Alex Bregman's huge night lifts LSU to an 8-6 win over UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- LSU catcher Chris Chinea (26) comes to home plate and bumps helmets with LSU outfielder Beau Jordan (24) after Chinea hit a single run homer in the bottom of the second inning against UL-Lafayette as they play in the Wally Pontiff Classic at Zephyr Stadium in Metairie on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Standing in the on-deck circle, LSU shortstop Alex Bregman arched his back and glanced up toward the sky in a brief spell of disappointment as Mark Laird’s groundball was turned into an inning-ending double play. It was the bottom of the eighth inning, so Bregman wouldn’t get a shot to hit for the cycle. It was the… Continue reading →

Benny Simmons and Antonio Blakeney pitch merits of LSU to Malik Newman at McDonald’s All-American Game

Photo provided by Montverde Academy --  Ben Simmons

CHICAGO — With media members surrounding Benny Simmons, he answered every question punctually and confidently. Then his buddy Antonio Blakeney approached. “They want to know how you recruited Malik Newman,” Simmons said to Blakeney. It was only a couple of minutes earlier that Blakeney had a little fun at the media members’ expense. “I… Continue reading →

LSU softball team rallies past ULM 7-3

Tuesday didn’t get off to a great start for the LSU softball team, but it ended just fine for the Tigers. After losing two out of three games at Kentucky over the weekend, LSU dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 when the national polls were released prior to the Tigers game against Louisiana-Monroe at Tiger Park.… Continue reading →

Former LSU All-American golfers David Toms, John Peterson, Andrew Loupe commit to play in the Zurich Classic

Associated Press file photo by Matt Slocum -- Former LSU star David Toms, who has a PGA Championship title among his 13 Tour victories, will play in the Zurich Classic on April 23-26 at TPC Louisiana.

A trio of former LSU All-Americans will once again be in the 156-man field for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which will be played April 23-26 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Former Tigers stars David Toms, John Peterson and Andrew Loupe have committed to play in the $6.9 million Zurich Classic, Fore!Kids Foundation CEO… Continue reading →

LSU report: Women’s golf team moves up to No. 6

The LSU women’s golf team moved up to No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin performance rankings. The Lady Tigers have won three tournaments in the past five and finished second in the other. LSU will start postseason play April 17-19 in the Southeastern Conference championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Madelene Sagstrom is No. 2 in the individual rankings. Caroline Nistrup… Continue reading →

CST’s Ronnie Rantz says LSU’s baseball matchup with UL-Lafayette was tape-delayed because of advertising obligations

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- LSU infielder Conner Hale (20) slides uncontested into home plate from second on a hit from LSU's  Kade Scivicque (22) in the first inning as they play  UL-Lafayette in the Wally Pontiff Classic at Zephyr Stadium in Metairie, La. Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Cox Sports Television delayed the airing of LSU’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday night in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic at Zephyr Field, sending Tigers fans into an uproar on social media. The game was tape-delayed — about two innings behind — after a softball game between Arkansas and Tulsa ran about a half-hour behind on… Continue reading →

LSU Spring Practice Observations, Day 11: Big Cat and ball security

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU offensive lineman, Garrett Brumfield (78), left, participates in a drill Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

. Tuesday marked Day 11 of LSU spring practice, the Tigers’ second-to-last workout before spring break. The Tigers worked out in shoulder pads, helmets and short pants under warm, sunny skies at the Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility. After a brief warm up in position groups, the Tigers gathered for their regular Big Cat drill.… Continue reading →

LSU signee Benny Simmons adds USA Today Player of the Year award to list of honors

Photo provided by Montverde Academy ( -- Ben Simmons of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) as its 2014-15 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year

. LSU basketball signee Benny Simmons, who is in Chicago preparing for the McDonald’s High School All-Star game to be played Wednesday night, has earned another national honor. Simmons, a 6-foot-10 forward from Montverde Academy in Clermont, Florida, was named Tuesday as the USA Today Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The player of the… Continue reading →

Weekend decisions haunt LSU coach Paul Mainieri

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU  coach Paul Mainieri, right, says he regrets some of the decisions he made during this weekend's series loss to Kentucky at Alex Box Stadium.

Paul Mainieri has regrets. They’re probably not the ones you’re thinking of, but they are regrets. A day after LSU suffered its first Southeastern Conference series loss at home in nearly two years, the Tigers coach opined on that three-game set against Kentucky — one filled with bizarre and unusual plays.… Continue reading →

Rested Tigers gymnasts back at work

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU gymnasts enjoyed a short rest before preparing fo rthe NCAA regional Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

After equal parts work and rest the past four days, the fourth-ranked LSU gymnastics team began its final push Monday toward its goal of bringing home the program’s first national title. With months of practice and competition behind them, the Tigers went back to work after a two-day respite from the gym and began… Continue reading →

LSU’s Jake Fraley could return as soon as this weekend but will miss Tuesday’s game against UL-Lafayette

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.

Jake Fraley’s hamstring injury isn’t as bad as LSU’s staff first thought, and the starting left fielder could return as soon as this weekend, coach Paul Mainieri said Monday. Fraley, who strained the hamstring in Sunday’s loss to Kentucky, will not play when LSU (23-5) meets Louisiana-Lafayette (15-10) on Tuesday at Zephyr Field in… Continue reading →

LSU forward Jarell Martin named honorable mention on AP All-America team

Associated Press/Gainesville Sun photo by MATT STAMEY -- LSU forward Jarell Martin grabs a rebound against Florida during the second half of Tuesday's game in Gainesville, Fla. Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds as the Tigers defeated Florida 79-61.

. LSU forward Jarell Martin was named an honorable mention pick on The Associated Press’ All-American team announced Monday afternoon. Martin, a 6-foot-10 sophomore from Madison Prep in Baton Rouge, led the Tigers in scoring at 16.9 points per game and ranked second with 9.2 rebounds per game. He ranked third in the Southeastern Conference in… Continue reading →

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 →