11:40 LRN sportscast Feb 25

Two big upsets in college baseball last night as a pair of teams ranked in the top ten go down in defeat. Fifth ranked LSU blew an eight-run lead and lost to Lamar 12-11. Third baseman O’Neal Lochridge blasted a three-run homer in an eight-run second inning for the Tigers, but LSU’s pitching staff couldn’t hold the lead. They walked eight batters and hit four others. Rough outing for Riley Smith as he allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings.

In Ruston, Louisiana Tech defeated sixth ranked UL Lafayette six to two. The Bulldogs scored four runs in the fifth inning. Raphael Gladu and Marshall Boggs each drove in two runs and Tyler Clancy struck out a career-high nine hitters to earn the victory on the mound.

In other action….Sacramento State doubled up Northwestern State four to two, Alabama crushed Nicholls State 13-1, Southeastern Louisiana thumped Alcorn State 15 to 3 and Tulane blanked Alabama A-and-M seven to nothing.

The Pelicans host Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center. Durant is averaging almost 28 points a game, while Westbrook is averaging 24 points and 10 assists a contest. New Orleans has won eight of its last eleven home games. Tip-off is at 7:00.