LSU shuts out Ole Miss 2-0 for series-clinching win

LSU's Conner Hale (20) is congratulated by teammates Andrew Stevenson, left, Sean McMullen (7) and Alex Bregman (8) following his eighth-inning solo home run against Mississippi during an NCAA college baseball game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)

OXFORD, Miss. — Alden Cartwright leaped off the mound, raced toward the dugout, pumped his fist twice and roared. LSU’s shaky pitching situation in Game 3s seemed all right Saturday. Cartwright, a freshman out of Runnels, retired his first 10 batters, got out of a testy jam and the Tigers shut down the Rebels … Continue reading →

LSU gymnastics team advances to Super Six finals

LSU's Sydney Ewing is congratulated by teammates after she competes on the beam during the semifinals of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, Friday, April 18, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (Special to The Advocate/Hal Yeager)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In its previous visit to BJCC Arena, the LSU gymnastics team walked out of the building with a less-than-fulfilling third-place performance in the Southeastern Conference championships in March. But Friday, third place was good enough in the NCAA championships. Needing only to finish in the top three of the … Continue reading →

LSU’s depth on display in its move to Super Six

LSU's Kaleigh Dickson is congratulated after she  she competes on the beam during the semifinals of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, Friday, April 18, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (Photo/ Hal Yeager)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux easily could have been heartbroken after the Tigers’ first rotation in the semifinals of the NCAA championships Friday afternoon. Breaux glanced up the scoreboard after the floor exercise, one of LSU’s signature events, and saw a 9.850 next to the names of stars Lloimincia Hall and Rheagan Courville. … Continue reading →

LSU sputters to 5-1 loss at Ole Miss

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- LSU catcher Chris Chinea tags out Ole Miss' Sikes Orvis on a squeeze play Friday in Oxford, Miss. The teams finish their series at 1 p.m. Saturday.

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss’ errors couldn’t save LSU on this night. The Tigers had their own bungles. LSU struggled at the plate, the Tigers had a few misplays in the field and pitcher Jared Poché had another shaky road start in a 5-1 loss to Ole Miss on Friday night at Swayze … Continue reading →

LSU tries different lineup vs. lefty Christian Trent

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- Ole Miss left-hander Christian Trent fires to the plate against LSU during Friday's game in Oxford, Miss.

OXFORD, Miss. — Danny Zardon arrived at Swayze Field on Friday evening to find his name included on the LSU starting lineup posted on the wall of the visiting dugout. What ran through his mind? “Not much,” the freshman said. The normal right side of LSU’s infield began Friday night’s 5-1 loss at … Continue reading →

Former LSU stars set to compete in Alumni Gold

As they do each spring, the LSU track and field teams will welcome back some of the program’s former stars to compete with the collegians in the Alumni Gold Invitational on Saturday. This year, the welcomes won’t all be for the alums. When LSU coach Dennis Shaver’s teams line up against Texas A&M, Tennessee, Mississippi State, … Continue reading →

LSU women’s golfers in rain-delayed lead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 16th-ranked LSU women’s golf team holds the clubhouse lead in the Southeastern Conference championships, finishing at 7-over par 295 just before play was suspended at the Greystone Country Club’s Founders Course. The final wave, which featured Arkansas, Alabama and South Carolina, did not complete the round, which was delayed twice for … Continue reading →

LSU softball game at South Carolina suspended

C olumbia , S.C. — The first game of the three-game Southeastern Conference softball series between LSU and South Carolina was suspended and the remainder of the game will be played after Saturday’s regularly scheduled game at Beckham Field at the Carolina Softball Stadium. Friday’s game was called in the top of the … Continue reading →

On Deck: LSU at Ole Miss

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- LSU catcher Chris Chinea tags out Ole Miss' Sikes Orvis on a squeeze play Friday in Oxford, Miss. The teams finish their series at 1 p.m. Saturday.

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday. WHERE: Swayze Field, Oxford, Miss. 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, TBA vs. Ole Miss, Jr. RH Sam Smith … Continue reading →

LSU beats Ole Miss in 13 innings

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- LSU's Aaron Nola pitches against Ole Miss during Thursday's game in Oxofrd, Miss. Nola got a no-decision in the Tigers' 4-3 win in 13 innings.

Pinch-hitting freshman Jake Fraley had an RBI single in the 11th inning, and the Tigers scored the winning run on an Ole Miss error in the 13th, beating the Rebels 4-3 on Thursday night in a nail-biting, nationally televised series opener. The teams meet … Continue reading →

On Deck: LSU at Ole Miss

Associated Press/Oxford Eagle photo by BRUCE NEWMAN -- Ole Miss’ Preston Overbey forces out LSU’s Alex Bregman and throws on to first for a double play during Thursday’s game in Oxford, Miss. The Tigers gave up two leads but rallied to win 4-3 in 13 innings.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday. WHERE: Oxford University Stadium, Oxford, Miss. 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, Fr. RH Jared Poché (6-2, 2.54) vs. … Continue reading →

LSU gymnastics team tries to chase down elusive championship

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU's Rheagan Courville competes on the balance beam against Kentucky on March 14 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The top-ranked Tigers begin competing in the NCAA championships Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

Upon joining the LSU gymnastics team in 2011, Rheagan Courville wasn’t interested in putting any limitations on herself or her new teammates. Even though the Tigers had been to the Super Six finals just twice since that format was adopted for the NCAA championships in 1993, with only fifth- and sixth-place finishes to show for it, a wide-eyed … Continue reading →

LSU softball team pays visit to South Carolina

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Ashley Czechner, a native of Pawley's Island, S.C., will play in her home state this weekend as the Tigers face South Carolina in a three-game series.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The LSU softball team returns to Southeastern Conference play this weekend, opening a big three-game series against the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia at 2 p.m. Friday at the Carolina Softball Stadium. Sitting with a 2-7 record in conference play at the end of March, the Tigers have battled through the toughest schedule … Continue reading →

LSU report: Women’s golfers go for SEC title

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s been a good season for LSU’s No. 16-ranked women’s golf team, but one in which coach Karen Bahnsen says her Lady Tigers haven’t yet played their best. She’s hoping for that improvement in form at a big time as LSU opens play Friday in the Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Greystone Country Club. “I … Continue reading →

Tigers outlast Rebels, 4-3, in 13-inning marathon

OXFORD, Miss. — LSU survived the marathon in Oxford – partly because of a pair of freshman non-starters. Pinch-hitting freshman Jake Fraley had an RBI single in the 11th inning, and the Tigers scored the winning run on an Ole Miss error in the 13th, beating the Rebels 4-3 on Thursday night in a nail-biting, nationally-televised … Continue reading →

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 →