4:45 LRN Sportscast

The top ranked LSU baseball team left for Austin today where they’ll play the Texas Longhorns in a three-game series that starts tomorrow night. Texas is 7-3 on the season. The Tigers are 8-0 after beating cross town foe Southern 17-4 yesterday. Cade Beloso hit his second home run of the season and drove in four runs, while Antoine Duplantis was 4-for-5 and drove in 5 more runs. Duplantis has now driven in 23 runs in eight games.

Former LSU pitcher Aaron Nola should be a happy man. That’s because his Phillies have signed Bryce Harper to a 13-year, 330 million dollar contract.

Jason Whitten is leaving the Monday night football broadcast booth and returning to the football field. Whitten is ending his retirment so that he can play his 16th season with the Cowboys.

And there are six LSU Tigers partcipating in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, John Battle, Nick Brossette, Foster Moreau, Cole Tracy, Devin White and Greedy Williams.

In college basketball, UL-Lafayette, ULM and Coastal Carolina are in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Sun Belt. The Ragin Cajuns host Coastal tonight, while the Warhawks face Appalachian State. ULM lost to the Mountaineers earlier this season,

Louisiana Tech hosts Marshall at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston tonight. The Bulldogs are seeking their fourth straight win.

The Pelicans have reportedly signed Euroleague shooting guard Dairis Bertans to a two-year contract. Bertans shot nearly 50-percent from three-point territory for a team in Italy. To make room for Bertans on the roster, New Orleans has waived Tim Frazier. The Pels are in Phoenix tomorrow night.

Last night in college basketball, Sam Houston State won an outright Southland Conference regular season championship in New Orleans as the Bearkats defeated the Privateers 71-60.
Northwestern State is one of several teams fighting to get in the Southland Tournament. The Demons helped their chances with a 68-60 win over U-I-W.
McNeese kept their Southland Conference Tournament hopes alive with an 84-75 victory over Nicholls in Thibodaux.