Rare stagnant day by LSU offense costly in Saturday’s loss at Ole Miss

Mississippi pitcher James McArthur (26) pitches against LSU during an NCAA college baseball game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle, via AP)/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

OXFORD, Miss. — Going 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position “is just baseball,” LSU’s Bryce Jordan said after his team’s offense did just that in Saturday’s 8-2 loss at Ole Miss. There was a caveat to the burly designated hitter’s explanation, though, delivered in a forceful, frank tone. “Bottom line, we’ve just got to execute… Continue reading →

Without suspended Romero, LSU can’t find timely hits in series-ending loss at Ole Miss

Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- LSU's Kramer Robertson steals second as Ole Miss infielder Errol Robinson snags a high throw during Saturday's game at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss.

OXFORD, Miss — With nobody out, a runner on second and his team down four runs in a game it eventually lost 8-2 at Swayze Field, LSU’s Kramer Robertson squared to bunt. The ball bounced in the wet dirt, settling two feet from home plate before Henri Lartigue picked it up and threw to first base.… Continue reading →

LSU softball takes two from Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The No. 12 LSU softball team produced 10 runs on 11 hits to defeat Arkansas 10-6 in the series opener for both teams at Bogle Park on Saturday. That game was suspended because of bad weather on Friday. LSU rallied for five runs over the final two innings to… Continue reading →

LSU relay team lowers NCAA-leading 4x100 time

Not even a near four-hour weather delay could slow down the LSU track and field teams in their regular-season finale as the Tigers lowered their NCAA-leading time in the 4x100 meter relay and the teams combined for six NCAA Top 10s and seven event wins at Saturday’s LSU Invitational at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium. LSU’s… Continue reading →

‘They take care of every LSU guy': LSU’s Lamar Louis signs free agent deal with Arizona Cardinals

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- LSU linebacker Lamar Louis during LSU Pro Day held at the LSU football practice facility on Monday, March 14, 2016.

The Arizona Cardinals were the first to call former LSU linebacker Lamar Louis at the conclusion of the NFL draft on Saturday.

He verbally committed to them soon afterward.

Louis, a 5-foot-10, 222-pounder who went undrafted, plans to sign a free agent deal with the Cardinals, he confirmed Saturday evening. The Breaux Bridge native will participate in the Cardinals’ rookie… Continue reading →

Later than expected, but LSU lineman Vadal Alexander nabbed by Raiders in final round of NFL Draft

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive lineman Vadal Alexander

Vadal Alexander had to wait a little longer than expected to hear his name called.

Projected by some as a second-to-third round draft pick, the former LSU offensive lineman went to the Oakland Raiders as the 234th overall pick in the seventth round Saturday. He was the fifth Tiger taken this year, following linebacker Deion Jones, fellow offensive lineman Jerald… Continue reading →

Former LSU tackle Jerald Hawkins selected by Steelers in fourth round

Advocate filephoto by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins, rightcongratulates running back Leonard Fournette after a touchdown in the Music City Bowl.

Former LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins went to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 123rd pick in the fourth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft. Continue reading →

Silent night: Deion Jones is LSU’s lone NFL draft pick through 3 rounds

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Tashawn Bower (46) celebrates LSU safety Jalen Mills (28) sacking Alabama quarterback Jake Coker (14) during the first half Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 30-16.

In recent years, the LSU football team has produced a slew of NFL draft picks, especially in the early rounds. That trend has not continued this year. Linebacker Deion Jones was the only former Tigers player selected in the first three rounds, going to the Atlanta Falcons with the 52nd overall pick in the second round… Continue reading →

Special treatment: Ex-LSU punter Jamie Keehn and snapper Reid Ferguson seek the right fit in the NFL

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- As the LSU offensive line blocks, LSU punter Jamie Keehn (38) punts during the first half Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Tiger Stadium.

Jamie Keehn and Reid Ferguson have faced the facts, and the ex-LSU specialists — Keehn a punter and Ferguson a long snapper — are perfectly fine admitting them. “The norm is snappers don’t get drafted,” Ferguson said. “Last year, one snapper got drafted, and he was the first since 2008.” “With our position,” said Keehn, the… Continue reading →

'We’re Debo Birds': LSU's Deion Jones goes to Falcons in 2nd round

Advocate staff photo by Ross Dellenger -- From left, Tahonas Jones, her son, LSU linebacker Deion Jones, Deion's agent Jason Rosenhaus, and his grandfather Caster Tucker during an NFL watch party, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Harvey, La.

A year ago, Deion Jones had started one college football game, had never finished a game with more than five tackles and had never sacked a quarterback. On Friday night, surrounded by friends and family at his aunt’s home in Harvey, the kid they call “Debo” became an instant millionaire — and a dirty bird, too.… Continue reading →

Alex Lange tosses his second straight complete game in 6-3 win against Ole Miss

Oxford Eagle photo by THOMAS GRANING -- LSU pitcher Alex Lange fires to the plate during a game against Ole Miss at Swayze Field on Friday in Oxford, Miss.

OXFORD, Miss. — Kramer Robertson spoke briefly with Alex Lange, tapping the pitcher once before he returned to the mound to face Ole Miss’ No. 2 hitter, Ryan Olenek, with two runners on base and LSU trying to protect a one-run lead. Lange needed one pitch. Olenek rolled it to Robertson, who began a… Continue reading →

LSU catcher Jordan Romero ejected after play at plate; Paul Mainieri shares his thoughts

Oxford Eagle photo by THOMAS GRANING -- LSU's Jordan Romero collides with Ole Miss catcher Henri Lartigue at the plate during Friday's game at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss. Romero was ruled out and ejected on the play.

Before Mainieri could argue with Maners, tempers flared and benches momentarily cleared. Order was restored and Mainieri proceeded with his protest. Mainieri gave his version of events: “My first argument was, (Romero) should have been safe. How is that any different than what happened yesterday?” he said. Mainieri was referring to a play in Friday’s… Continue reading →

On deck: LSU at Ole Miss (Saturday)

LSU's Jordan Romero (28) celebrates after a two-run home run during an NCAA college baseball game against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., Friday, April 29, 2016. (Photo/Thomas Graning)

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday 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 28-15, 11-9 SEC; Ole Miss 32-12, 11-9 PROJECTED STARTERS:Continue reading →

Star-studded field on tap for LSU Invitational

Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER LSU's track and field coach Dennis Shaver talks with Takeia Pinckney after she ran the women's 200-meter dash in a meet last month at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

With a little under two weeks to go before the Southeastern Conference championships, the LSU track and field teams will host a mini-preview of that meet in the final competition of the regular season Saturday. A stealthy field will compete for honors in a scored meet in the LSU Invitational at Bernie Moore Stadium. Field events begin… Continue reading →

LSU softball team’s opener at Arkansas is suspended by rain

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The opening game of the Southeastern Conference softball series between No. 12 LSU and Arkansas was suspended Friday by weather and will be resumed at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with the Tigers leading 9-4 in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs in the inning and LSU batting, play was halted… Continue reading →

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 →