LSU rains down runs on Missouri

From staff reports

HOOVER, Ala. — Cole Freeman went 4-for-4, including a three-run home run through the rain in the eighth inning that sealed the deal on LSU’s 10-3 victory over Missouri in the Tigers’ opening game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Whoa, Nelly: Nelson HR helps Cowboys advance

SUGAR LAND, Texas — No. 1 McNeese State led most of its first-round Southland Conference Tournament baseball game against No. 8 Lamar, but the Cowboys found themselves in a bit of a scare as the Cardinals put the tying run on first base with one out in the top of the ninth.

Then closing pitcher Collin Kober came in, and all of McNeese’s fears disappeared.

Winning Game 1 at all costs

The top-seeded McNeese State baseball team will begin its postseason against a team it should be familiar with in No. 8 Lamar at 4 p.m. today in the Southland Conference Tournament at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.

The Cowboys (36-18) and Cardinals (33-23) met last weekend in the regular-season finale at Cowboy Diamond/Joe Miller Ballpark. The Cowboys clinched the series with a 16-6 victory in seven innings on Saturday.

Week of ease for LSU at tournament

Paul Mainieri and LSU have the luxury of treating the Southeastern Conference Tournament like a vacation before the real bullets start flying next week.

Not that Mainieri will take it.

SLC hands out honors: Selman top hitter; Hill Coach of the Year

After one of the most successful seasons in program history, the McNeese State baseball team reaped the benefits on Tuesday afternoon as a number of Cowboys were named to the all-Southland Conference team. 

Head coach Justin Hill was named Coach of the Year after leading the Cowboys to their first SLC regular-season championship since 2006.

Area products help Gents break ground

For the first time in school history, the Centenary Gents baseball team is headed to NCAA Division III playoffs. And it is probably no coincidence that two of the Gents’ top players, Matthew Devillier and Cole Lavergne, hail from Southwest Louisiana, a hot bed for producing college prospects.

The baseball program at Centenary has been around for nearly 100 years.

“It’s a great feeling that all the hard work we put in during the offseason and the extra hours after practice paid off,” Devillier said. “This is a great group of guys to be with and I wouldn’t want to share this with any other team.”

Rust, Schultz, Hornqvist out for Penguins for Game 3 vs Sens

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without forwards Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Justin Schultz for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in Ottawa on Wednesday night.
Coach Mike Sullivan says all three have upper-body injuries and won't play against the Senators until at least Game 4.
Hornqvist was scratched before Pittsburgh's 1-0 Game 2 victory on Monday. Rust left just five minutes into the game after a check by Ottawa's Dion Phaneuf. Schultz followed him out five minutes later after sliding awkwardly into the end boards. All three skated early Wednesday.

Senate GOP leader plays down latest Trump controversy

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell downplayed on Tuesday the startling reports that President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to a pair of Russian diplomats in the Oval Office. But a number of GOP lawmakers expressed concerns, as Democrats demanded that Republicans finally stand up to their president.

McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday responded mildly when asked about the leak story in an interview on Bloomberg Business TV. McConnell said he'd read the story first reported in The Washington Post, and also said he'd read a statement from H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, "which tends to rebut the story."


Man named in Brady jersey case sought autographs, selfies

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican media executive suspected of stealing Tom Brady's jersey went to the Super Bowl as a working

Police: Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico

BOSTON  — The mystery of Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey led police all the way to Mexico, and authorities were investigating a former tabloid newspaper's executive possible role in the case.

Police and the NFL announced Monday that Brady's jersey, which went missing from the locker room after the Patriots' 34-28