16:45 LRN Sportscast May 31st

LSU Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri says he’ll wait until Thursday to name a starting pitcher for Friday’s regional opener against Utah Valley. Mainieri says his options are either Jared Poche, Alex Lange or Caleb Gilbert. The head coach is also not sure who will be his starting catcher. Michael Papierski has seen more playing time lately over Jordan Romero.

Louisiana Tech is in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 29 years as the Bulldogs are the three-seed in the Starkville Regional hosted by Mississippi State. Second-year Head Coach Greg Goff says this is an awesome experience for their program…
cut 20 (18) “…12 months”
The Bulldogs will face Cal State Fullerton at 1:30 on Friday.

Sources are reporting that former Saints defensive lineman Will Smith’s blood alcohol content was three times over the legal limit when he was fatally shot in New Orleans on April 9th. An exact blood alcohol level has not been confirmed and officials have not made a statement regarding the report. Cardell Hayes has been charged with murder in Smith’s death.

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze admits mistakes have been made that have led to NCAA violations, but says neither he nor his assistants knowingly did anything wrong. The NCAA has been investigating the school, looking into academic and recruiting misconduct.

CBS announced that this will be the last season Verne Lundquist will call SEC football games. Lundquist has served as the voice of the SEC on CBS since 2000 and he’ll be replaced by Brad Nessler, who has been at ESPN for 24 years.

The LSU men’s golf team will NOT repeat as NCAA champs. That’s because the Tigers lost in a match play event to Oregon at the NCAA championship.