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Advocate Sports Reporter Les East

Advocate Sports Writer Les East

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CST and Jumbo Sports to broadcast Baton Rouge Regional games

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NEW ORLEANS – The exclusive television rights to the 2012 Baton Rouge NCAA Baseball Regional have been awarded to Cox Sports Television (CST) and Jumbo Sports Network, as announced by the NCAA Wednesday.

All games of the Baton Rouge Regional will be produced by the Jumbo Sports Network, and they will air on Cox Sports Television (CST) and Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS).

Games on Friday and Saturday are set for 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, respectively, with Sunday’s games at 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Monday’s “if necessary” game is set for 6:30 pm.

“We are excited to partner with Jumbo Sports Network and make these games available to all CST affiliates across the South” said CST head Rod Mickler. “CST takes great pride in being the sports home of the LSU Tigers”.

“To be a part of the greatest tournament in college sports is an absolute joy for us,” said Jumbo Sports Network Executive Producer Ronnie Rantz. “We are excited to give our viewers some of the best college baseball in the country this weekend.”

The Baton Rouge regional is one of 16 four-team tournaments that will take place throughout the country this weekend. The winner of this regional will advance to face the winner of the Miami Regional, which is comprised of Miami, UCF, Missouri State and Stony Brook.

Calling all of the games of the Baton Rouge regional on CST will be two-time Louisiana sportscaster of the year and CST announcer, Lyn Rollins. Rantz, who is a former LSU pitcher, will join Rollins in the booth.

LSU gets national seed; will play ULM

The LSU baseball team got what it was hoping for Monday when it was awarded one of eight national seeds for the NCAA tournament, meaning the Tigers will play at Alex Box Stadium until either they are eliminated or qualify for the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

LSU was seeded seventh nationally, meaning it will play the winner of the Miami regional in a super regional next weekend if it wins the Baton Rouge regional, which begins Friday at Alex Box Stadium.

The Tigers will open against fourth-seeded Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. Friday. Second-seeded Oregon State and third-seeded Belmont will play in the opener of the double-elimination regional at 2 p.m.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said the university chose to play the night game for the convenience of Tigers fans, who will avoid the mid-day heat and not having to leave work early.

He said he and pitching coach Alan Dunn were still discussing who would be the starting pitcher against the WarHawks.

The Miami regional features top-seeded Miami, second-seeded Central Florida, third-seeded Missouri State and fourth-seeded Stony Brook.

LSU will host NCAA baseball regional

LSU was named one of 16 regional sites for the NCAA baseball tournasment, which begins Friday.

This will be the 20th time the Tigers have hosted a regional. Only Florida State and Miami among this year’s site hosts have hosted more regionals.

The entire 64-team field, including which three other teams are headed to Alex Box Stadium, will be announced at 11 a.m. Monday on ESPNU. The eight national seeds will also be revealed at that time.

LSU, the regular-season Southeastern Conference champion, appears to be a strong candidate to be one of the eight national seeds, which would mean the Tigers would host a super regional if they win the Baton Rouge regional.


LSU, State meet again

HOOVER, Ala. — LSU and Mississippi State will meet for the second time in three days and this time it will be in an elimination game at the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

State dropped the Tigers into the losers bracket by defeating them 3-2 Wednesday, then joined them in the losers bracker after a 5-1 loss to Kentucky on Thursday after LSU had beaten Ole Miss 11-2 in an elimination game earlier in the day.

Here are the starting lineups for the 3 p.m. game at Regions Park:

LSU (43-15)

Austin Nola — SS

Tyler Hanover — 3B

Mason Katz — RF

Raph Rhymes — LF

Jordy Snikeris — C

Ty Ross — DH

Tyler Moore — 1B

JaCoby Jones — 2B

Arby Fields — CF

Ryan Eades — P

Mississippi State (36-22)

Adam Frazier — SS

Tyler Fullerton — RF

Trey Porter — DH

Hunter Renfroe — CF

Demarcus Henderson — LF

Mitch Slauter — C

Wes Rea — 1B

Sam Frost — 2B

Daryl Norris — 3B

Jacob Lindgren — LHP

For updates follow @LesEast on Twitter.


LSU advances by beating Ole Miss

HOOVER, Ala. — Kevin Gausman pitched seven strong innings and Jordy Snikeris homered and drove in four runs as LSU stayed alive in the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament by defeating Ole Miss 11-2 Thursday at Regionas Park.

Gausman (10-1) held the Rebels to seven hits and two runs in seven innings. Snikeris hit a two-run pinch double during a five-run eighth inning and it a two-run homer in the ninth as the top-seeded Tigers improved to 43-15. The ninth-seeded Rebels (35-24) were eliminated, but might still receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Catcher Ty Ross was back in the starting lineup 12 days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. He caught Gausman and went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

LSU will play the winner of Thursday afternoon’s game between Kentucky and Mississippi State in an elimination game at 3 p.m. Friday. Ryan Eades will start for the Tigers.


Ross back as LSU tries to stay alive

HOOVER, Ala. — Ty Ross is back in the LSU lineup at catcher as the Tigers try to avoid elimination from the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament when they play Ole Miss at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

It has been just 12 days since Ross underwent an emergency appendectomy. He saw his first action since the surgery when he pinch hit and made the last out in top-seeded LSU’s 3-2 loss to seventh-seeded Mississippi State on Wednesday afternoon.

The loser of the game between the Tigers and the ninth-seeded Rebels will be eliminated and the winner will advnace to play the loser of Thursday’s second game between State and Kentucky at 3 p.m. Friday.

Here are the starting lineups for the LSU-Ole Miss game:

LSU (42-15)

Austin Nola — SS

Grant Dozar — DH

Mason Katz — RF

Raph Rhymes — LF

Tyler Moore — 1B

Ty Ross — C

JaCoby Jones — 2B

Tyler Hanover — 3B

Arby Fields — CF

Kevin Gausman — P

Ole Miss — (35-23)

Tanner Mathis — RF

Alex Yarbrough — 2B

Matt Snyder — 1B

Zach Kirksey — LF

Auston Bousfield — CF

Sikes Orvis — DH

Will Allen — C

Andrew Mistone — 3B

Jake Overbey — SS

Tanner Bailey — P

For updates follow @LesEast on Twitter.

Miss. St. drops LSU into losers bracket

HOOVER, Ala. — Chris Stratton and two relievers held LSU to just five hits as seventh-seeded Mississippi State defeated top-seeded LSU 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament Wednesday afternoon at Regions Park.

The Tigers will play Ole Miss in an elimination game at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Kevin Gausman (9-1) will start for LSU.

After Mason Katz’s two-run single pulled the Tigers even in the bottom of the fifth, the Bulldogs scored the tie-breaking run in the sixth when Demarcus Henderson singled home Mitch Slauter against Joe Broussard (4-1), the fourth of seven LSU pitchers.

Stratton (11-1) gave up five hits and two runs in six innings, Caleb Reed pitched two perfect innings and Jonathan Holder pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

LSU-State to start shortly before 1 p.m.

HOOVER, Ala. — Top-seeded LSU will begin play in the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament when it plays seventh-seeded Mississippi State at approximately 12:50 p.m. Wednesday.

The game is scheduled to start about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game of the day in which Ole Miss eliminted Arlansas 2-0. That game ended at 12:22 p.m.

The regular-season champion Tigers will face one of the top pitchers in college baseball in Bulldogs right-hander Chris Stratton (10-1, 2.16), who struck out 17 in LSU’s 3-2, 10-iining victory against State on March 16 in Alex Box Stadium.

Here are the starting lineups:

Mississippi State (35-21, 17-14)

Adam Frazier — SS

Brent Brownlee — RF

Trey Porter — DH

Hunter Renfroe — CF

Mitch Slauter — C

Demarcus Henderson — LF

Wes Rea — 1B

Sam Frost — 2B

Daryl Norris — 3B

Chris Stratton — P

LSU (42-14, 19-11)

Austin Nola — SS

Mason Katz — 1B

Raph Rhymes — LF

Tyler Moore — C

Grant Dozar — DH

Arby Fields — CF

Alex Edward — RF

Tyler Hanover — 3B

JaCoby Jones — 2B

Aaron Nola — P

If the Tigers win they will play Kentucky in the second game Thursday, 90 minutes after the conclusion of the 9:30 elimination game. If they lose they will play Ole Miss in the elimination gae at 9:30 p.m.

For updates, follow @LesEast on Twitter.


LSU wins SEC baseball title

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jackson Slaid and Mason Katz had RBI singles in the 10th inning to lead LSU to a 3-2 victory against South Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Columbia Stadium as the Tigers captured their first outright overall Southeastern Conference championship since 2003.

LSU, which won two out of three against the two-time defending national champion Gamecocks, finished the regular season with a 42-14 overall record and a 19-11 SEC mark. Florida, which lost at Auburn on Saturday, and Kentucky, which lost at Mississippi State for the third consecutive game, each could have shared the title with the Tigers if they had won.

South Carolina (38-14 and 17-10) won the Eastern Division title and will have a first-round bye in the upcoming SEC tournament, as will LSU. Both teams will await the outcome of Tuesday’s game before beginning play Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.

The Tigers are in the same bracket as first-round opponents Kentucky and Ole Miss and Arkansas and Mississippi State. The lower seed of the two winners of those games will be LSU’s opponent Wednesday afternoon.

Chris Cotton (6-0) got the victory for the Tigers on Saturday after pitching three scoreless innings. Nick Goody gave up a run in the bottom of the 10th but completed the victory for his 10th save.