Jordan Romero sits against Gators

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU designated hitter Jordan Romero (28) runs to first base in the first inning against Vanderbilt, Thursday, April 7, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

HOOVER, Alabama — Mired in an 0-for-17 slump, Jordan Romero got a night off Wednesday when LSU faced No. 4 seed Florida in the SEC tournament, sitting in favor of Michael Papierski. Romero, who took hold as the Tigers’ starting catcher following a breakout series at Ole Miss in late April, struck… Continue reading →

Survive and advance for LSU track team

After a primer at the Southeastern Conference championships two weeks ago, the LSU track and field teams will face a different kind of challenge over the next three days. There are no points up for grabs, nor are there titles to strive for at the NCAA East Preliminary rounds in Jacksonville, Florida. But having the ability to score… Continue reading →

LSU nutrition center to be built in Tiger Stadium; plans for separate facility scrapped amid state budget concerns

Advocate staff photo by Ross Dellenger -- LSU deputy athletic director Eddie Nunez shows the area where LSU's new nutrition center will occupy. The school has decided not to build a separate facility but to use an empty space in the south end zone addition of Tiger Stadium.

The long-awaited construction of LSU’s nutrition center on Skip Bertman Drive is no longer happening. The center will now be a part of Tiger Stadium, said Eddie Nunez, deputy director of athletics in charge of projects. The athlete-only dining hall will occupy an empty floor of the south end zone addition, opened in… Continue reading →

Postseason seems to bring best out of LSU outfielder Bailey Landry

Photo provided by LSU Sports/Chris Parent -- LSU's Bailey Landry celebrates after scoring a run against Texas A&M at the SEC tournament on May 11.

Arizona State’s Abby Spiel, desperate to cut her team’s deficit in half, sprinted home from third base with two outs in the sixth inning as LSU right fielder Bailey Landry snagged a line drive. Emily Griggs knew that was a mistake. “(Landry) has one of the most consistent arms I’ve ever seen,” the sophomore outfielder said.… Continue reading →

Tigers find more Hoover magic, rally past Tennessee 5-4 to stay alive in SEC tournament

LSU players mob Kramer Robertson (3) after he hit a bases-loaded single to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning against Tennessee at the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)

HOOVER, Ala. — Greg Deichmann held his bat, a stick that just sent an entire team’s frustration over eight futile, error-filled innings deep into the night. He dropped it, albeit unwillingly, along the first-base line as the LSU baseball team’s dugout spilled onto the field in jubilation and he pumped his fist rounding the… Continue reading →

LSU’s plan for sprinter Renard Howell pays off

Photo provided by Bryan Wayne/LSU Athletic Communications -- LSU junior Renard Howell runs in the 200 meters prelims at the SEC championships on May 12. He was second in his heat with a wind-aided time of 20.42 seconds.

When Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake blazed a path to victory in the 200 meters to complete a sweep of the short sprint titles at the Southeastern Conference championships this month, he wasn’t the only LSU athlete to light up the electronic timing system. Powering his way down the middle of the track, Mitchell-Blake easily caught the… Continue reading →

LSU baseball notebook: ‘The Walk Off,’ a new ESPN Films documentary, will highlight Warren Morris’ winning homer

HOOVER, Ala. — The greatest moment in LSU baseball history soon will get a run on the silver screen. “The Walk Off,” the next installment of ESPN Films’ “SEC Storied” series, will premiere at 8 p.m. June 30 on the SEC Network, the network announced Tuesday. The film chronicles former Tigers infielder Warren Morris’… Continue reading →

Rabalais: SEC tournament format needs tweaking

LSU's Alden Cartwright (32) holds up the SEC sign after they defeated Florida 2-0 at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

HOOVER, Ala. — A site for the next three to five Southeastern Conference baseball tournaments will probably be voted on at next week’s SEC Spring Meeting in Destin, Florida. SEC officials say it’s likely talks on the format of the SEC tournament will follow at some point. The SEC tournament expanded to 12 teams in… Continue reading →

LSU softball notebook: Bianka Bell gets some good-natured ribbing after robbed of home run against Arizona State on Sunday

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU third baseman Bianka Bell throws to first for an out against in LSU's 2-0 victory against Arizona State in the championship game of the NCAA Baton Rouge regional on Sunday at LSU's Tiger Park.

As Bianka Bell trotted back to the dugout after her final at-bat in Tiger Park, Emily Griggs gave an odd piece of advice to the most prolific power-hitter in LSU softball history. “I told her to hit the weight room,” Griggs recalled with a laugh two days later. Bell, daughter to a former powerlifter, had spent… Continue reading →

LSU basketball team to go against Texas Tech in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The LSU basketball team will meet Texas Tech in the Southeastern Conference/Big 12 Challenge this season, the SEC announced Tuesday. LSU will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech on Jan. 28, 2017 in the fourth annual challenge between the two conferences. It will be the Tigers’ third consecutive appearance in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Tipoff times… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: In the ever-challenging SEC, the LSU baseball team must close strong in Hoover to land a top-8 national seed

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starting pitcher Alex Lange (35) makes the catch thrown by LSU catcher Jordan Romero in the fifth inning before pitching against Mississippi State, Saturday, April 23, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

It’s a campaign year, and Paul Mainieri is taking his cause on the road in an effort to impress the voters. His LSU Tigers have wowed the home folks, but Mainieri is after a different audience now: the 10 people who sit on the NCAA baseball selection committee. With a 39-17 record and fresh… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais: As a living embodiment of LSU pride, Mike the Tiger is immortal, even if actual tigers aren't

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A well wisher left a plush toy with the message "Get Well Soon, Mike !". LSUÕs live tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with a spindle cell sarcoma, a type of cancer. Currently, MikeÕs attitude and demeanor are unchanged, and he does not appear to be in pain as he stretches while getting out of his habitat pool Monday morning May 23, 2016.

Now we’re going to see what a fighting tiger is really like. Mike VI, LSU’s beloved Bengal tiger mascot, has cancer, the school revealed Monday. It is, according to Mike’s caregivers, a terminal condition. Quickly there were streams of comments on social media nationwide. A report of his condition made Fox Sports’ website. There were already… Continue reading →

LSU, state colleges well-represented in NCAA East preliminary rounds

The LSU track and field teams will have 50 entries in the NCAA East preliminary rounds which begin a three-day run Thursday at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. The second-ranked Tigers will have 24 entries and the eighth-ranked Lady Tigers will have 26 chances to earn spots in the NCAA championships to be held June… Continue reading →

‘We’ve been grooming him for almost two years’: Jake Latz will start LSU’s SEC tournament opener

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starting pitcher Jake Latz (67) pitches against McNeese State in the first inning, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Customary soreness and fatigue weren’t accompanied by pain in Jake Latz’s surgically mended left elbow following a clean inning Tuesday against Northwestern State. So, four days later, there he was facing the No. 1 team in the country in his Southeastern Conference debut. He snapped off an 0-2 curveball during the sixth inning of Saturday’s 6-2 loss to… Continue reading →

Photos: Our favorite Mike the Tiger shots, from scaring opponents in Tiger Stadium to playing in habitat

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Mike VI, a Bengali-Siberian hybrid tiger leaps into his pool at the sight of Angela Kanney, Friday, April 1, 2016, on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge, La. Kanney walks past Mike VI's enclosure daily and the pair have gotten to know each other over the years.

. LSU's beloved tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with cancer, the school announced Monday morning. Mike, originally named Roscoe, arrived on campus fall 2007 after Mike V died in May 2007 of renal failure. Browse the photos in the gallery above as we compile our favorite shots of Mike VI.… Continue reading →

LSU's Mike the Tiger faces 'very serious, complex and life threatening condition' with cancer diagnosis, will receive first-of-its-kind care

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- A well wisher left a plush toy with the message "Get Well Soon, Mike !". LSUÕs live tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with a spindle cell sarcoma, a type of cancer. Currently, MikeÕs attitude and demeanor are unchanged, and he does not appear to be in pain as he stretches while getting out of his habitat pool Monday morning May 23, 2016.

LSU’s beloved live mascot, Mike the Tiger, has been diagnosed with a rare, inoperable and terminal form of cancer. But his medical team estimates the 11-year-old, 420-pound big cat could live comfortably for one or two more years with an innovative form of therapy that is being planned for him in conjunction with Baton Rouge’s Mary Bird… Continue reading →

LSU softball notebook: Road tripping it to the super regionals? The Tigers have been there and done that

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --LSU catcher Kelsey Kloss (77) and pitcher Carley Hoover (21) begin to celebrate as Arizona State's Abby Spiel (3) is shocked at the call at the end of the sixth inning of LSU's 2-0 victory over Arizona State in the championship game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Sunday in LSU's Tiger Park. The umpire called Spiel out after Kloss went up and tagged her after she crossed the plate.

The last time the LSU softball team hit the road for a super regional, it advanced to the Women’s College World Series. That’s why coach Beth Torina isn’t overly concerned about taking her team to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to face No. 7 seed James Madison next weekend. The No. 10 seed Tigers clinched the Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

LSU softball team blanks Arizona State 2-0 to advance to super regional matchup with James Madison

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU relief pitcher Carley Hoover (21) celebrates with Catcher Kellsi Kloss (77) after the last out of LSU's 2-0 victory over Arizona State in the championship game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional Sunday in LSU's Tiger Park. LSU travels to Harrisonburg, VA to play next weekend.

After the LSU softball team beat Long Island University Brooklyn in a game shortened by the mercy rule and then got past McNeese State, it held a strong advantage against Arizona State going into the championship round of the NCAA tournament’s Baton Rouge regional. The Tigers needed just one win to advance, while the Sun Devils… Continue reading →

LSU golfer Elise Bradley wraps up NCAA play

EUGENE, Ore. — LSU senior and graduate Elise Bradley completed her LSU playing career with her final round in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship on Sunday at the Eugene Country Club. Bradley finished the 54-hole qualifying in the individual competition at 10-over 226 with rounds of 72-75-79. On Sunday, Bradley was unable to… Continue reading →

‘A lot to be proud of’: Florida thwarts LSU’s sweep as Tigers land No. 5 seed in SEC tournament

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, right, in the dugout against Florida during the resumed game 1 of their three game series, Saturday, May 21, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Caleb Gilbert’s slider was biting. His fastball had life, touching 93 mph as he moved with alacrity through a difficult Florida lineup. He had yielded hard contact throughout a two-run first inning but, to this point, was nearly unhittable as Jeremy Vasquez dug in with one out in the fifth. Vasquez looped a single, stopping… Continue reading →

Rabalais: For Paul Mainieri’s maturing Tigers, this was a run to grow on

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Alden Cartwright (32) hoists "Daniel", the team's 'Rally Possum', into the air during LSU's pregame huddle before first pitch of game three against Florida, Saturday, May 21, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

There was something different about the way this regular season ended Saturday for LSU. There was no championship for the Tigers to celebrate. Yet there was achievement. There was defeat with honor, and there was also victory. And on a day when the rally possum and Triple Crown favorite Nyquist both saw their… Continue reading →

Skip Bertman will get his own statue on the LSU campus

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Former LSU head coach Skip Bertman holds Rob Leary's 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series championship ring, left, and the 1986 SEC Championship ring, Friday, March 18, 2016, in Baton Rouge, La.

Skip Bertman’s name is already on the field at Alex Box Stadium. Soon, his likeness is going to be permanent fixture on the LSU campus. The LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee unanimously approved a proposal to erect a statue of the five-time national championship-winning coach, the school announced Saturday morning. The location for the statue… Continue reading →

Tori Vidales, Texas A&M knock out Texas

LAFAYETTE — Texas A&M first baseman Tori Vidales found more relevance in keeping her team’s season alive rather than focus on who they were playing. That Vidales’ two-run go-ahead single in the fourth inning came at the expense of arch-rival Texas may be fodder for another day. Vidales snapped a 3-all game with her… Continue reading →

LSU faces Tennessee in single-elimination to open SEC touranment

Photo By Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics   Cole Freeman celebrates with Greg Deichmann.

In a place that’s already seen many memorable runs, LSU will try to make another, though it faces a task it hasn’t yet seen. With its 6-2 loss in Saturday’s regular-season finale against Florida, LSU secured the No. 5 seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference tournament, matching it against No. 12 seed Tennessee in a single-elimination game… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge regional notebook: Like clockwork, Carley Hoover gets it done for the Tigers again

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starting pitcher Carley Hoover (21) pitches against McNeese, Saturday, May 21, 2016, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

If the LSU softball team wins a postseason game, there’s a pretty good chance Carley Hoover had a lot to do with it. Hoover, a sophomore right-hander, threw a five-hitter in the Tigers’ 4-1 victory against McNeese State in the NCAA tournament’s Baton Rouge regional Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park. She has both of LSU’s… Continue reading →

LSU softball handles McNeese State 4-1 to advance to the championship round of the Baton Rouge regional

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- McNeese starting pitcher Jamie Allred (24) pitches against LSU, Saturday, May 21, 2016, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

After the LSU softball team dropped into the losers’ bracket of the NCAA tournament’s Baton Rouge regional last season, it had to win three games that required 26 innings in less than 24 hours to win the title. This year’s Tigers avoided the need for a similar Herculean effort when they defeated McNeese State 4-1… Continue reading →

LSU has chance at ‘a weekend they’ll be talking about for years’ after 7-3, series-clinching win over No. 1 Florida

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Though appearing safe on second, LSU first baseman Greg Deichmann (7) is out as Florida second baseman Deacon Liput (8) makes the catch after a call of batter interference at home plate in the fourth inning during the resumed game 1 of their three game series, Saturday, May 21, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Chris Reid does not waste at-bats. His pitch selection makes him a valuable asset in the middle of this potent LSU lineup, while the barrel of his bat remains in the strike zone longer than most, enabling him to spoil away even the nastiest of off-speed pitches when behind in the count. Settled into the No. 5… Continue reading →

Four star Texas tackle Austin Deculus commits to LSU

Over the last few months, a wave of major college scholarship offers poured in for Austin Deculus.

He chose to pick the one he received more than a year ago.

Deculus, a four star offensive tackle from Texas, committed to LSU on Friday, he posted on Twitter. He pledged to the Tigers over recent offers from Texas A&M, Florida, Nebraska… Continue reading →

On deck: Florida at LSU (Saturday)

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday (resumption of Thursday’s game); 3:30 p.m. Saturday (series finale) WHERE: Alex Box Stadium RANKINGS: LSU is as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 11. Florida is the consensus No. 1 team in the nation. RECORDS: LSU… Continue reading →

Florida pitcher A.J. Puk, the possible No. 1 MLB draft pick, done in by a ‘stomach issue’

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU center fielder Jake Fraley (8) celebrates with undergraduate assistant coach Brent Bonvillain after scoring LSU second baseman Cole Freeman in the third inning against Florida, Friday, May 20, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

A.J. Puk slowly walked off the mound and into the visiting dugout. His outing was over — in the third inning. Florida’s hard-throwing left-hander lasted just nine batters, done in by an upset stomach. He recorded just six outs in LSU’s electric 5-4 win over Florida on Fright night at a rocking Alex Box Stadium. “It’s… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge regional notebook: LSU dugout gets creative after NCAA crackdown; Sydney Smith gets the start again

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- LSU's Akiya Thymes chants "Geaux Tigers!" with the crowd while holding a makeshift Powerade cup telephone during LSU softball's regional game against LIU Brooklyn held at Tiger Park on Friday, May 20, 2016. The NCAA recently banned props from softball dugouts.

When news of the NCAA’s crackdown on costumes and other props in dugouts began to spread Thursday, the LSU softball team had to improvise for its Baton Rouge regional opener against Long Island University Brooklyn. Instead of the masks, hats and other rally items usually on display, the Tigers created makeshift props using objects available in their… Continue reading →

Perfect 10: Late heroics lift LSU baseball over top-ranked Florida

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- From left, LSU pitcher Doug Norman (21), LSU pitcher Hunter Newman (55) and LSU starting pitcher Alex Lange (35) watch postgame fireworks after the Tigers defeated Florida 5-4, Friday, May 20, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Occupying his typical, ninth spot in the batting order, Cole Freeman functions as a second leadoff hitter. His only duty is to reach base in order to turn the Tigers lineup over. His speed eases the task. A short swing helps, too. Freeman, who’s hitting .518 during this now-ten game winning streak, reached in all four plate appearances Friday.… Continue reading →