7:30 LRN Sportscast

The top ranked LSU baseball team suffered its first loss of the season last night as 18th ranked Texas handed it to the Tigers 8-1. The Bayou Bengals scored their lone run in the first inning, but only had four hits on the night. Zack Hess suffered the loss as he gave up three runs in four innings, while Chase Costello gave up another three runs in two innings. Game two is today at 3:30.

Louisiana Tech is 7-and-2 on the year after a 9-4 win over Arkansas State. Senior catcher Chris Clayton drove in a career-high four runs. Maryland doubled up the Ragin Cajuns four to two, Tennessee downed ULM seven to two, Troy topped Southeastern Louisiana five to two, McNeese held on to beat Nicholls seven to six and Northwestern State defeated Little rock 1-0.

In the NBA, the Pelicans defeated the Pheonix Suns 130-116. Jrue Holiday had 21 points and nine assists. New Orleans is at Denver tonight.

The 13th ranked LSU basketball team begins a two-game road trip in Tuscaloosa today for an 11 aM tip off at Alabama. There are three regular season games left and the Tigers are in a three-way tie for first place with Kentucky and Tennessee. The Wildcats and Volunteers will play each other later today.

Elsewhere, ULM hosts Coastal Carolina. The Warhawks are 12-and-1 at home this season.

There are seven Southland teams battling for the final three spots in the Southland Conference. Northwestern State is one of those teams. The Demons are at Southeastern Louisiana today. McNeese and Nicholls are also trying to get in the tournament. The Colonels host UNO, while the Cowboys visit Houston Baptist.

Also today, Grambling is at Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

At the girls state basketball tournament, Lafayette Christian won its third straight state title. Warren Easton won its second straight championship with a 58-49 win over Benton. Plainview won its second straight title and Elton won its first state championship since 1975. Six more champions will be crowned today in Alexandria.