Behind Lange, Tigers advance to championship round

BATON ROUGE--The tension of a pitcher’s duel grew as the two opposing hurlers quieted bats with runners in scoring position for almost the entire contest at Alex Box Stadium.

But as the sky darkened following a 10:16 first pitch, a light finally came on for the purple and gold offense as Saturday night became Sunday morning, giving its ace just enough for a complete game shutout.

Freshman All-American Alex Lange tossed 119 pitches with 12 strikeouts as the No. 2 overall-seeded LSU baseball team edged the No. 2-seed UNC-Wilmington, 2-0, in Game 4 of the Baton Rouge Regional.

Despite the masterful performance from the undefeated starter, the first words out of Lange’s mouth after the game had nothing to do with himself.

“I thought we played well tonight,” Lange said. “Defense did a great job, and I’m just really

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Lange superb in regional debut

BATON ROUGE—He has been the best pitcher on the LSU staff the entire 2015 season. Making his NCAA regional debut late Saturday night, freshman Alex Lange cemented those exact thoughts in the minds of the sellout crowd at Alex Box Stadium. The hard-throwing Lange propelled the top-seeded Tigers to the championship round of the Baton Rouge Regional. Lange picked up the complete-game shutout victory, allowing only six runs, striking out 12 and walking two. He struck out the sides in the fifth and ninth innings, and retired 17 of the last 19 UNCW batters, and 10 of the last 11. He also became the first freshman pitcher to record 100 strikeouts in an LSU uniform and now has 110 on the year. LSU (50-10) awaits the winner of the Tulane-UNC-Wilmington elimination game set for Sunday at 3:00. The Tigers will have to be beaten twice to not advance to the Super Regionals. “Alex Lange showed why he

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Tigers overcome two-hour rain delay, sluggish offense for regional win

BATON ROUGE--The game started about as well LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri could have ask for.

Retiring the side in order, starting pitcher Alden Cartwright and the No. 2 overall Tigers cruised through the top of the first inning in its first game of the Baton Rouge Regional. But as the Tigers trotted off the field to gear up for the bottom half of the inning, the skies opened up about as fast as fans could blink at Alex Box Stadium.

A sudden a hard downpour sent No. 4 seeded Lehigh running off the field and the LSU grounds crew racing on, scampering for a new tarp, which was delivered yesterday. After the crew struggled to unravel the tightly-wrapped tarp, both teams waited out a two-hour, 17-minute rain delay before returning to the field.

Once play resumed, Mainieri noticed the energy

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Tigers run past Lehigh in opener

BATON ROUGE —It didn’t start the way they wanted, but in the end it was the Tigers legs that paced LSU to an opening game win. The Tigers set a school-record for NCAA Tournament stolen bases with eight en route to a 10-3 victory over Lehigh in the opening game of the Baton Rouge Regional With the win, LSU (49-10) advances to take on the winner of UNC-Wilmington and Tulane on Saturday night. Lehigh (25-30) will take on the loser of the UNC-Wilmington-Tulane game in an elimination game Saturday afternoon. The #2 overall national seed in the NCAA Tournament, LSU tied the game 2-2 in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Danny Zardon scoring Andrew Stevenson and a wild pitch which scored Chris Chinea. LSU took the lead for good in the fifth inning on a RBI single by Kade Scivicque. LSU’s lead grew to 6-2 after a three-run sixth inning. “Early in

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THE BBI Mailbag

As we enter the postseason of the baseball and softball season we are about to head to the heart of the off-season, and that is when the talk turns to football and recruiting. So, let's go ahead and start with this week's mailbag.

Who are the top targets for next years basketball class? -Jeff P, Baton Rouge
Well, so much for the football talk. Let's get started with the hoops stuff.
LSU is riding a trend of being a hot national team following last year's class.
The marketing of Ben Simmons may not have been what Jay Bilas wants to see, but recruits love it. LSU is in on a number of national recruits, and I'd say that at the top of the list is Kobi Simmons, the combo guard from Alpharetta, GA.
David Patrick has worked very hard recruiting Simmons, who is not related to Ben Simmons.
In the state of Louisiana LSU is in

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Tiger baseball set to open up Baton Rouge Regional

BATON ROUGE--LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri has been here more times than he can count on two hands. He’s seen his teams clubs play to expectation, and other teams suffer unsettling disappointment. He’s seen dramatic comebacks, odd collapses and everything in between. But as Mainieri leads his No. 2 overall seeded Tigers (48-10) into the 2015 Baton Rouge Regional, facing fourth-seeded Lehigh at 3:00 p.m. Friday at Alex Box Stadium, the mindset remains the same. “I try to make the regional as much like normal, everyday business as possible,” Mainieri said. “During the course of the year, whether it be practice, midweek games, non-conference weekends and conference weekends, I put a lot of pressure on the kids. I try to make them do everything perfect in practice and then, of course, in the games…For this reason: when they get to a regional, they don’t have to try harder…The only thing that’s different is

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The Five Players Who Need To Step Up for LSU Football in 2015

Last week we talked about the newcomers. This week, it is the players who are returning and need to take that next step. We see improvement from year to year, and in 2015 there will be no shortage of improved players on the LSU roster.
When selecting five players, and only five, this can be a tough task.
Especially when it seems like Brandon Harris and Anthony Jennings should be a lead pipe lock for two of the spots. So, in the spirit of the Triple Crown season, I am going to put them as a joint entry. Hands down they are #1, and we will talk about why in a moment when we get to the bottom of the article.
So who are the other four?
Let's take a look.
5. Vadal Alexander
Alexander is making the move to right tackle in 2015, a position he started at for nine games in 2012, from the

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Tigers extend offer to another 2018 QB

CARTERSVILLE, GA.—Recruiting really never does stop. Don’t believe me? The LSU Tigers already have a commitment from a signal-caller who just wrapped up his freshman season in Zadock Dinklemann. That has not stopped the LSU coaching staff from going out and offering another 2018 quarterback. Recently, Les Miles and his staff did that exact thing when they offered Cartersville High School product Trevor Lawrence (6-5, 188). “It happened during the second week of spring practice for us,” Lawrence said. “My coaching staff (at Cartersville) told me after practice to call (LSU Offensive Coordinator) Cam Cameron. He said to expect an offer. So I called Coach Cameron and we talked for about 30 minutes. When it was all done he officially extended the scholarship offer to me. “We talked about LSU and what they are trying to do as a program offensively. But it wasn’t just about football either. We just talked about life and started

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Top-ranked Tigers set to tangle with Gators in semifinals

HOOVER, Ala. – Top-ranked LSU (48-9), the 2015 SEC regular-season champion, seeks its third straight berth in the SEC Tournament championship game on Saturday when the Tigers face either Florida or Arkansas at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.   LSU is the top seed in the tournament, while Florida is the No. 4 seed and Arkansas is the No. 5 seed. Florida and Arkansas are playing Friday night, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s semifinal game against LSU.   First pitch time for Saturday’s semifinal game involving LSU is approximately 3:30 p.m. The game is scheduled to start 30 minutes after the completion of the first semifinal game between Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, which begins at Noon.   Saturday’s LSU game will be televised on the SEC Network, and it will be carried on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, including WDGL 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. Live audio and stats may be accessed at   LSU

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WCWS Berth at Stake in First Baton Rouge Super Regional for LSU

BATON ROUGE– After a thrilling comeback that allowed the team to continue its record-breaking season, the No. 8 LSU softball team, seeded fifth overall, returns to Tiger Park for the final time in 2015 to host the No. 16 and 12th-seeded Arizona Wildcats in the 2015 Baton Rouge Super Regional beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. in Baton Rouge. The best-of-three series will be played over two days beginning Saturday afternoon at Tiger Park, airing live on ESPNNews with Pam Ward and Cheri Kempf. Sunday’s action begins at 4 p.m. on ESPN, with the if-necessary game being played 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first game on ESPN2. Individual general admission and standing-room-only/berm tickets remain for this weekend’s event, which can be purchased online at or by calling (800) 960-8587, or in-person at the main LSU Ticket Office Thursday, at Tiger Park Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or on

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