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Bounce back bats? LSU’s offense motivated at an ‘all-time’ high ahead of NCAA Baton Rouge regional

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU catcher Kade Scivicque (22) celebrates with hitting coach Andy Cannizaro, who's confident his offense can return after a one-game struggle.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri calls it a “jump lead.” It’s the two or three strides that Jake Fraley took off second base in the third inning of LSU’s game last week against Florida. Fraley stumbled in returning to second base on a pickoff move, and he was tagged out. What happened next? Conner Hale and Kade… Continue reading →

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva on much-debated Ben Simmons ad campaign: Player, family 'totally signed off on it'

. DESTIN, Fla. – LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said Ben Simmons and his family had full knowledge and were supportive of a promotion campaign to sell men’s basketball season tickets featuring the highly-rated recruit, a campaign that has sparked nationwide debate. “Ben and his family know about it, totally signed off on it and are excited and… Continue reading →

USA Today database: LSU athletics earns more revenue than all but 1 SEC school in 2013-14 school year

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Aerial of LSU showing the track, PMAC, Tiger Stadium and new Alex Box Stadium.

. DESTIN, Fla. – LSU athletics took in more revenue than all but one Southeastern Conference school during the 2013-14 school year and ranked sixth nationally in revenue overall. In numbers compiled by USA Today, LSU raked in $133.7 million in revenue while spending $122.9 million. Only Oregon ($196 million), Texas ($161 million), Michigan ($157.9 million), fellow SEC member… Continue reading →

LSU golfers Madelene Sagstrom, Caroline Nistrup earn All-America honors

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association announced its first-team All-America squad, and LSU’s Madelene Sagstrom and Caroline Nistrup are members of the team.

Sagstrom and Nistrup were: one-two on the team in stroke average, co-winners of the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, both first-team All-SEC and both first-team All-NCAA region after going 1-2 in the Raleigh region.

Senior Sagstrom concluded… Continue reading →

LSU seniors recall improbable run to 2012 Women’s College World Series

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU designated player Dylan Supak is among three seniors who will play their final regular-season series at Tiger Park this weekend.

On the third leg of an improbable road trip, the 2012 LSU softball team sat in a Mexican restaurant in Oklahoma City. All-American pitcher Rachele Fico braided Jacee Blades’ hair at one part of the table. Seated beside them, freshman Dylan Supak turned to look out the window. “It’s black as night outside,” Supak recalled Tuesday. “Water… Continue reading →

LSU baseball notebook: Jared Poché set to pitch in Tigers’ third game at Baton Rouge regional

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU starting pitcher Jared Poche warms up in the bullpen with catcher Kade Scivicque before the start of their game against Auburn, Friday, Apr. 10, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium.

Jared Poché can’t wait to return to the mound and wash away his last outing. But he’ll be waiting awhile. Poché, LSU’s sophomore left-hander, will start the Tigers’ third game of the NCAA tournament’s Baton Rouge regional Sunday, coach Paul Mainieri announced Tuesday. That means the Lutcher native will go 10 days between starts. His last one still stings.… Continue reading →

Friday’s starter up in the air as LSU heads into Baton Rouge regional with a glaring issue - a No. 3 starting pitcher

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- LSU pitcher Austin Bain delivers against Arkansas during the first inning of Thursday's game in the Southeastern Conference tournament at the Hoover Met.

LSU’s search for a third starter unfolded at Alex Box Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. One by one, each LSU reliever went to the mound for a brief simulated game against the Tigers’ hitters. Parker Bugg began things around 1 p.m. Nine pitchers later, Hunter Devall finished off the live session about 90 minutes later. Three days ahead… Continue reading →

LSU takes its dugout circus — hats, masks and Tigers, oh my — to the Women’s College World Series

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Members of the LSU softball team horse around in the dugout as they cheer on their teammates at bat against Texas A&M, Monday, Apr. 20, 2015 at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

At some point during LSU’s Women’s College World Series opener against Auburn on Thursday, coach Beth Torina will step in front of the dugout, put on a headset and do a perfunctory interview with the ESPN announcers. The traditional coach speak, though, figures to be livened up for a nationwide audience when a cluster of Torina’s players… Continue reading →

Alex Lange is set to pitch in Game 2 of LSU’s NCAA regional, but who will handle Game 1?

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU's Alex Lange pitches Saturday, March 15, 2015, during their game against Ole Miss at Alex Box Stadium.

Alex Lange can’t help but smile when thinking about it. He’s a freshman and could be pitching in the top game of an NCAA regional at night in a sold-out ballpark against one of LSU’s fiercest rivals. “That would be awesome,” the right-hander said Monday. Lange is scheduled to start on the mound in the second game of… Continue reading →

Tulane, Lehigh, UNC-Wilmington join LSU in baseball regional; here's more on the visiting teams

. LSU will host Tulane, UNC Wilmington and Lehigh in the Baton Rouge regional. Get to know those three squads here. 2 seed UNC Wilmington NCAA RPI: 36
How they got here: Won CAA tournament (would have been an at-large)
Record (conference record/finish): 39-16 (18-6, 2nd in CAA)
Number to know: .306 – UNC Wilmington’s batting average, which ranks 11th nationally
3 seed Tulane NCAA… Continue reading →

Potential LSU-Tulane matchup in regionals would mean Alex Box Stadium 'would be rocking'

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Paul Mainieri applauds with his players after seeing their bracket and the bracket they're paired with during the NCAA Baseball Selection Show, Monday, May 25, 2015, in the Champions Club at LSU's Alex Box Stadium.

LSU plays Patriot League champion Lehigh at 3 p.m. Friday before Tulane and UNC-Wilmington meet at 7 p.m. The winners meet Saturday night. Continue reading →

Florida tops Vanderbilt for SEC tourney title

Associated Press photo by Brynn AndersonVanderbilt's Zander Wiel, left, tags out Florida's Richie Martin during the first inning of Sunday's game.

HOOVER, Ala. — The Florida Gators started fast and then waited out a few hours of rain delays before their bullpen secured the Southeastern Conference title. Buddy Reed had three hits Sunday night and four relievers shut down Vanderbilt on the way to a 7-3 victory in the rain-delayed conference tournament final. The Gators… Continue reading →

LSU among four SEC teams to host NCAA regionals

OMAHA, Neb. — LSU and defending national champion Vanderbilt are among four Southeastern Conference teams named 16 regional hosts Sunday for the NCAA Division I baseball tournament. The hosts are guaranteed spots in the 64-team NCAA tournament. The rest of the field will be announced Monday. Other SEC host teams are Florida and Texas… Continue reading →

LSU softball coach Beth Torina: 'This team's goal isn't just to get to College World Series...the goal is to win it'

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU relief pitcher Carley Hoover (21) is hugged by catcher Kellsi Kloss (77) after the final out in LSU's 10-5 win over Arizona in the NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional Sunday in Tiger Park. The win gave LSU the Super Regional series and propels them into the Women's College World Series Thursday in Oklahoma City. Joining the reverie, left is Sandra Simmons (3).

It’s what Sandra Simmons said she has worked her whole life for. It’s what Allie Walljasper said perfectly illustrates the team’s “Power of One” motto. And it’s what Beth Torina has molded her program to expect, rather than aspire to. It’s Oklahoma City. With bats resembling those that powered it… Continue reading →

LSU baseball's ace Alex Lange has his groove back

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Alex Lange pitches as LSU faces Florida in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala. Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Alex Lange doesn’t often show emotion when pitching. He’s quiet, stoic and relaxed. There are no huge fist pumps, no celebratory punches, no loud roars. There are leg kicks, though – at least one. Moments after Lange’s final pitch Saturday left his hand, the freshman’s left leg kicked high into the air in a brief celebratory outburst for the… Continue reading →

Full slate heading into Mike Slive’s final SEC spring meeting

Associated Press photo by Brynn AndersonSoutheastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive sits in his office during an interview Friday in Birmingham, Ala. The Southeastern Conference agenda for its spring meetings leans heavily toward ensuring other leagues don't have any competitive advantages, whether its satellite camps or rules restricting graduate transfers.

The Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting opens Tuesday in Destin, Florida, the familiar and idyllic setting that has hosted conference administrators, football and basketball coaches for decades. But there is change wafting in on the sea breezes coming off the Gulf of Mexico, change that starts at the top. Commissioner Mike Slive is presiding over his final… Continue reading →

Not so bad: LSU now gets day off before biggest week of the season so far — NCAA regional week

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Alex Bregman dives back to first as Florida's Peter Alonso catches the throw to first during Saturday's semifinal at the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Ala.

HOOVER, Ala. – LSU won’t roll into Baton Rouge in the wee hours of Monday morning as Southeastern Conference tournament champions this year. And, maybe, that’s not such a bad thing. LSU’s 2-1 loss to Florida in the event’s semifinal on Saturday means the Tigers will return to Baton Rouge Sunday afternoon. They won’t… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Rare early exit from the SEC tournament could work in the LSU Tigers’ favor

Advocate staff photo by ANDREA MABRY-- Head coach Paul Mainieri and Andy Cannizaro talk with Kade Scivicque before he goes up to bat as LSU faces Florida in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala. Saturday, May 23, 2015.

With the huge crowd at the Hoover Met still abuzz from the game that just ended, a member of the grounds crew took a shovel to the letters “LSU” painted on the path between the Tigers’ dugout and home plate. For the first time since 2012, they won’t… Continue reading →

Bullpen struggles, offense falls quiet in LSU’s 2-1 loss to Florida, ending SEC tournament run

LSU pitcher Alex Lange delivers against Florida during the first inning of a Southeastern Conference college baseball tournament game at the Hoover Met, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. — Finally, LSU got the starting pitching at this year’s Southeastern Conference tournament. But the shutdown bullpen and clutch hitting went missing. Relievers blew a one-run lead, wasting a stellar start from Alex Lange, and the Tigers stranded eight runs in a 2-1 loss to Florida in the SEC tournament semifinals Saturday… Continue reading →

East: LSU softball’s early-season dominance returned in the Tigers’ throttling of Arizona to start their super regional

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- LSU's Kellsi Kloss applauds her double which advances runners for scores during the first inning against Arizona on Saturday.

When the LSU softball team roared back to win the NCAA tournament’s Baton Rouge regional last weekend, coach Beth Torina said “a sleeping giant has been awoken.” That giant was wide awake for the start of the super regional against Arizona on Saturday at Tiger Park. The Tigers parlayed timely hits with wildness from Wildcats pitchers… Continue reading →