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LSU eliminated by Vandy in SEC Tournament Semifinals
05/25/2019 8:35pm

HOOVER - With a depleted pitching staff running on fumes, top-seeded Vanderbilt took advantage of LSU by hammering what was left of LSUs arms. The Tigers gave it their best fight but ended up falling 13-4 at the Hoover Met on Saturday afternoon.The Tigers will now make the six hour bus ride back to Baton Rouge feeling much more at peace with their fate in the NCAA postseason. Before the tournament there was talk LSU was on the outside looking in when it came to hosting an NCAA Regional at the Box.&nbspNow with three extra wins in Hoover, the latest D1Baseball projections have the Tigers locked in as a No. 14 national seed. On Sunday the NCAA committe will release&nbspthe 16 NCAA Tournament host sites. That announcement is set for 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Then on Monday the full bracket will be&nbspwill be revealed at 11 CT. You can watch the 64-team bracket release on ESPNU or WatchESPN.Saturdays semifinal of the SEC Tournament featured little drama. Vanderbilt tagged starter Devin Fontenot for three runs in the second inning. Eric Walker then made a relief appearance to hopefully shakeup the timing of the Commodore hitters.Apparently that didnt work. In the third inning Walker served up a mammoth blast to SEC Player of the Year JJ Bleday. He now leads the entire country with 26 home runs this season. Later, Ethan Paul took Will Ripoll deep for a two-run blast in the fourth.A tired LSU staff had little success against one of the nations top hitting lineups. In the sixth Ty Duvall put it out of reach by crushing a two-out, three-run blast to right off Ripoll.Senior Antoine Duplantis will enter the NCAA Regional three hits away from Eddy Furniss&rsquo all-time hit record at LSU.53 innings in five days. Fought like Tigers. Proud to be Tigers. GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/KjcYQcEVDc&mdash LSU Baseball LSUbaseball May 26, 2019Permalink Comments

LSU softball eliminated from Minnesota Super Regional
05/25/2019 8:15pm

MINNEAPOLIS - For a second straight season Beth Torinas club fell short of their ultimate destination, the Womens College World Series in Oklahoma City. 10th-ranked LSU dropped Saturdays elimination game to No. 12 Minnesota, 3-0 in game two of the Super Regional in Minneapolis.The Tigers now wrap up their season with an overall record of 43-19 on the year. With the win, Minnesota advances to the Women&rsquos College World Series for the first time in program history.Since 2012 LSU had 19 total wins when facing elimination. That number was the highest in the country, 5 more than any other program. Unfortunately the offense was stymied by Gophers starting pitcher&nbspAmber Fiser. Minnesotas ace in the circle fired a complete game shutout only allowing three hits and improved her overall record to 31-7 this season.LSUs middle part of the lineup struggled throughout regional and super regional play. Senior Amanda Sanchez who led the team in batting average during the regular season only managed to go 2-for-21 during the NCAA postseason.&nbspThis afternoon the game was scoreless until Allie Arneson broke the deadlock with a solo-bomb in the fifth. Maribeth Gorsuch was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits, and finishing with five strikeouts in the 6.2 innings pitched.Torinas Thoughts&nbspOpening statement&hellip&ldquoCongratulations to Minnesota. They played a great game, a great series. Their pitcher, Amber Fiser, is one of the best out there. I am really proud of what we have in this program. I know it didn&rsquot go how we wanted it to go, but I think there&rsquos a bigger picture. We have six seniors who have multiple College World Series appearances, which is awesome. The standards that we set for this program is something that I am really proud of. Even more than that, I am proud of the people that we are producing from this program. I am so proud of these six seniors. They are smart, they are funny, they are enjoyable and they serve the community. They are leaving Baton Rouge better than how they found it. We have a thing where we try to be Tigers for life and I know they these girls will represent us at the highest level. I&rsquom proud to coach this team and I&rsquom proud to be the head coach of this program. I know that LSU will continue to be on this stage for many years to come with the types of players we have in this program.&rdquoOn adjustments made against Minnesota&rsquos pitcher Amber Fiser...&ldquoShe was better on day two than day one, which is unusual. Usually you&rsquore able to get to them a little bit more on day two, but we got to her on day one. I thought she was sharper today. She was on a mission and she&rsquos talented. You&rsquore going to have to get a couple of breaks and we couldn&rsquot get one. We didn&rsquot create one, but we also couldn&rsquot get one.&rdquoOn Maribeth Gorsuch&rsquos performance&hellip&ldquoI thought she did a great job, excellent job. She stepped up her performance for us. She has done that in some huge spots this year. I don&rsquot think it was a complete year the way she wanted it to be, but she never wavered and put up a huge performance today just like last weekend.&rdquoForever LSU pic.twitter.com/QUf61NYkwc&mdash LSU Softball LSUsoftball May 26, 2019Permalink Comments

LSU rides big innings to 12-2 rout of Mississippi State
05/24/2019 10:13pm

HOOVER, Ala. AP - Drew Bianco, Zach Watson and Chris Reid each drove in two runs and LSU routed Mississippi State 12-2 on Friday night in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.&nbsp&nbspThe game was called after seven innings under the 10-run mercy rule. The Tigers 37-23, who lost a 17-inning game against the Bulldogs 46-13 two nights earlier, will face top-seeded Vanderbilt in Saturdays semifinals.&nbsp&nbspLSU had five runs in the third inning and seven in the fourth, with eight players driving in runs during that explosion.&nbsp&nbspBrandt Broussard and Zach Watson both had RBI doubles for the Tigers.&nbsp&nbspAaron George 3-1 and Chase Costello pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.&nbsp&nbspMississippi State got RBI singles from Dustin Skelton and Tanner Allen. The Bulldogs were on their fifth pitcher by the end of the fourth with starter JT Ginn 8-4 failing to make it out of the third.&nbsp&nbspLSU is seeking its 13th conference tournament championship.Permalink Comments

LSU Baseball wins in walk-off fashion in Hoover
05/23/2019 10:00pm

HOOVER- LSU Baseball overcame a late deficit in the bottom of the ninth after a wild pitch led to two LSU runs as the Tigers stun Auburn 4-2.Just a thriller here in Hoover, LSU wins it on a passed ball and error to come from a run down. Tigers take it 4-3 and play on at SECTournament in the late game on Friday. LSU pic.twitter.com/WTwVxEipZu&mdash Michael Cauble Cauble May 23, 2019LSU trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth before a Giovanni DiaGiacomo single and a Saul Garza double got the Tigers in business. A wild pitch and a throwing error allowed both Giovanni DiGiacomo and pinch runner Drew Bianco to score.This win came on the heels of a 17 inning loss against Mississippi State that ended at 3 a.m. Thursday morning .&ldquoI told our players this morning at breakfast in a very heartfelt way that I was very proud of them last night despite the result of the game,&rdquo said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, &ldquoand if somehow they could find the energy and the enthusiasm to go out there today and find a way to win this game, that it would be one of the more special wins that I&rsquoll ever remember at LSU because nobody would give us a chance. Who would give you a chance after getting into bed at 4:30 in the morning and having to get up four hours later for a pre-game meal And somehow the kids found a way to go out there and do it, and I&rsquom just really proud of them.&rdquoLSU baseball improves to 36-23 overall and will play the loser between Mississippi State and Vanderbilt Friday night at 6:30 p.m.Permalink Comments

Southern snaps title drought, wins first SWAC Title since 2009
05/19/2019 7:54pm

NEW ORLEANS &ndash&nbspSouthern snapped a decade-long title drought by crushing Alabama State 15-0 to win the 2019 Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Sunday evening at Wesley Barrow Stadium.The Jaguars landed the first blow courtesy of an RBI double by Ashanti Wheatley that scored Tyler LaPorte, who drew a leadoff walk.&nbspAfter a 1-2-3 inning, Southern added to the lead with a mammoth two-run blast by Bobby Johnson. After that the two sides traded scoreless innings until the top of the fifth, where the Jaguars added to their lead.&nbsp Coby Taylor was hit by a pitch and Javeyan Williams laid down a bunt, beating the tag at first before LaPorte dropped a flare to right for a two-run triple.Tournament MVP Tyler LaPorte later put the nail in the coffin with a three-run shot over the left field wall and with the Hornets unable to figure out Southern starter Eli Finney, the Jaguars added five runs for insurance down the stretch, cruising to their first SWAC tournament championship since 2009.The All-Tournament Team is listed below.Key Stats- LaPorte, the Tournament MVP was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBIs.- All-Tournament team member Eli Finney earned his second win of the tournament, allowing three hits in 8.1 innings of work while striking out six.- Southern&rsquos Bobby Johnson and Johnny Johnson combined to go 7-for-11 with four runs and five RBIs.SWACBSB19 All-Tournament TeamJahmoi Percival, Grambling StateDrexler Macaay, Grambling StateDaniel Lingua, Prairie View A&MTyler Gordon, Prairie View A&MO.J. Oloruntimilehin, Texas SouthernNic Garza, Texas SouthernTerrell McCall, Alabama StateJeremy Rivera, Alabama StateSantiago Garcia, Alabama StateEli Finney, SouthernJaveyan Williams, SouthernTyler LaPorte, Southern&nbspSWACBSB19 Tournament MVPPermalink Comments

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