11:40 LRN Sportscast March 31

The LSU and U-L Lafayette baseball teams will face each other tonight at Zephyr Field in Metairie in the annual Wally Pontiff Junior Classic. Ragin Cajuns Coach Tony Robichaux says it’s an honor to play in the game named after former LSU third baseman Wally Pontiff, who died after his junior season….
cut 30 (16) “…buries a child”
The Cajuns come in with a record of 15-and-10, while the Tigers are 23-and-5 but lost two of three from Kentucky this past weekend.

In other action, Louisiana Tech visits Grambling State tonight. Grambling has lost seven in a row. McNeese State hosts Southern. The Jaguars are coming off a sweep over Grambling. And Nicholls State hosts Alcorn State. The Colonels have won all 23 previous meetings against the Braves.

In football news…former LSU running back Stevan Ridley is visiting with the Miami Dolphins today. Ridley is coming off a 2014 season in which he played in only six games after tearing his ACL. The Dolphins Lamar Miller rushed for over one-thousand yards last season, but Ridley could serve as his back-up.

The ULM men’s basketball team returns to Monroe today as they’ll get ready for game two of the College Basketball Invitational championship series. The Warhawks lost game one last night in Chicago to Loyola 65 to 58. The Ramblers shot 51-percent from the field. The first team to shoot over 50-percent against ULM this year.

LSU’s Jordan Mickey has been named to the Lefty Drisell All-American team. And Mickey is a finalist for the 2015 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year Award. Mickey led the nation in shots blocked per game this past season.

Louisiana Tech point guard Speedy Smith was named an honorable mention on the Associated Press’ All-American team. Smith had 267 assists this past season, the most by any player in Division One basketball.