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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Jordan Romero’s ejection: how it happened, why it happened and Paul Mainieri’s full argument

Jordan Romero was ejected in the fifth inning of Friday’s 6-3 win against Ole Miss for what home plate umpire Tony Maners termed to Paul Mainieri a “malicious” collision with Rebels catcher Henri Lartigue.

Here is the video of the play, courtesy SEC Network.


Before Mainieri could argue with Maners, tempers flared and benches momentarily cleared. Order was restored and… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

Southern visits Arkansas-Pine Bluff looking to clinch berth in SWAC tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern starting pitcher Daniel Franklin throws a pitch  against Texas Southern on Saturday at Lee Hines Field.

Southern coach Roger Cador said he couldn’t find anything good in the Jaguars’ 23-3, mercy-rule loss to UNO on Tuesday night. But he wasn’t concerned about any lingering effects, either. “They’re not going to worry about that shellacking,” Cador said of the Jaguars. “They’ll move on to another adventure.” The next adventure is the continuing quest to clinch… 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 →

LSU softball team on a roll as it heads to Arkansas

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Head coach Beth Torina waves LSU catcher Kellsi Kloss (77) in to home plate on her way to score in the first inning during LSU's opening night game against Ohio State, Friday, February 12, 2016, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU softball team hasn’t always played up to its preseason No. 3 national ranking. The Tigers have mostly been in the bottom half of the Southeastern Conference, which features more teams ranked in the top 18 (nine) than not (four). But coach Beth Torina and the players have said since the preseason polls were announced that the… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →

UNO batters Southern again to claim 23-3 mercy-rule victory

UNO’s hitters battered Southern’s pitchers for the second time this season. And the second beating was worse than the first. The Privateers had a season-high 25 hits and scored in five consecutive innings, including six-run, five-run and seven-run rallies on their way to a 23-3 victory against the Jaguars on Tuesday night at Lee-Hines Field.… Continue reading →