11:40 LRN Sportscast March 30

The Saints continue to work at trying to provide themselves some salary cap relief by restructuring contracts. Running back Mark Ingram is reportedly the latest player to have his contract re-structured. Ingram had a majority of a three-million dollar base salary converted to a signing bonus freeing up about 1.5 million in cap space. Defensive end Cam Jordan and punter Thomas Morstead also reportedly had their contracts reworked this week.

LSU Coach Paul Mainieri called it the worst game of the year as the Tulane trounced the Tigers seven to one last night. LSU committed three errors and starting pitcher Cole McKay walked four in two-thirds of an inning and suffered the loss.

Southeastern won its 13th straight last night as they blasted Southern 18 to 2 in seven innings. UL Lafayette scored three runs in the ninth to beat Nicholls 5-4. The Cajuns benefited from an error by Colonels center fielder Quade Smith.

Louisiana Tech has now won 23 straight baseball games over Grambling. The Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 10 to 2 last night. Chandler Hall drove in three runs for the Bulldogs. Tech’s game tonight against McNeese has been postponed because of inclement weather in Ruston.

Also last night…Northwestern State clobbered ULM 11-2. Fourth-year head coach Lane Burroughs calls it the best all-around game they’ve played.

Northwestern State’s Janelle Perez has been named the Southland Conference Women’s basketball student-athlete of the year. Perez has a 3.7 GPA in health and exercise science and is set to graduate in May. Perez averaged 15 points, four assists and four rebounds a game. She also ranks third nationally in free-throw percentage.

In other basketball news…Nicholls State is seeking a new head coach. JP Piper was fired after winning just 11 games.

The Pelicans are looking for healthy bodies. Jrue Holiday and Alonze Gee are the latest New Orleans players who will miss the rest of the season because of injuries. The Pels are at San Antonio tomorrow night.