11:40 LRN Sportscast April 22nd

Before tonight’s game against Mississippi State, LSU will retire the jersey of former baseball great Eddy Furniss. The all-american first baseman is the 10th LSU athlete or coach to have his jersey retired. Once the game begins, LSU’s pitchers will look to slow down a Mississippi State offense that has the third highest team batting average in the SEC and Coach Paul Mainieri says the key is to limit traffic on the basepaths.
cut 17 (13) “….certainly helps”
In the SEC West standings, both LSU and Mississippi State trail Texas A&M for first place. The Tigers are one game back, while the Bulldogs are two back.

Elsewhere…UL Lafayette hosts Texas State. The Ragin Cajuns are in second place in the Sun Belt, while the Bobcats are in fourth place. And in the Southland….McNeese is at Southeastern. The Lions are 13-2 in the league and the Cowboys are 12-6 and playing their best baseball of the season.

It’s been reported that wide receiver Robert Meachem will work out for his former team today at the Saints training facility. Meachem didn’t play in the NFL last season and only caught 23 passes in New Orleans during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

As an Orleans Parish grand jury considers the evidence to charge Cardell Hayes in the fatal shooting of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, Hayes’ lawyer wants his client to appear before the panel to answer their questions.

Louisiana Tech men’s basketball has signed a power forward. Omar Sherman is six-foot-eight, 250 pounds and played last season at Paris Junior College, where he averaged nearly 15 points and shot 56-percent from the field. Sherman started his college career at Miami and transferred out after one season.