7:30 LRN Sportscast May 4

LSU’s decision to move Zack Hess back to the bullpen paid off last night as the junior right hander threw four sensational innings of relief as the Tigers defeated Ole Miss eight to three in the opener of their weekend series. Hess entered the game in the fourth inning with runners on first and third and one out and LSU up 3-1. He was able to produce a double play ball and the Rebels scored just one run that inning. Hess went on to give up just one run and struck out seven for his third win of the year. At the plate, Josh Smith had three hits and drove in two runs, while Daniel Cabrera hit his ninth home run and Drew Bianco followed that up with his third home run with his dad, Mike Bianco, watching from the Ole Miss dugout. Game two of this emotional series is at 6:30.

Louisiana Tech’s losing streak is up to six games after losing to Old Dominion 14-6 last night. The Monarchs exploded for nine runs in the seventh inning. The Bulldogs are 12-and-10 in Conference USA Play.

The Ragin Cajuns ended a seven game losing streak with a 10-0 win over Coastal Carolina last night. Junior Todd Lott had three hits and drove in two runs. Jack Burk earned the win as he threw six innings, allowed just five hits and struck out seven.

ULM split a doubleheader with UT Arlington. The Mavericks won the first game 10-2, while the Warhawks won the nightcap eight to nothing. In game two, Ty Barnes threw a complete game shutout, the first by a Warhawk pitcher in eight years. The series wraps up today at 5 PM.

Southeastern Louisiana has moved into sole possession of first place in the Southland by a half a game after beating Lamar in 13 innings last night. Preston Faulkner’s RBI double in the 13th was the winning hit.

McNeese blanked Stphen F Austin two to nothing. Rhett Deaton pitched seven shutout innings. It was Houston Baptist over Nicholls 11-7, while Grambling outlasted Northwestern State seven to six. Tulane topped Central Florida six to two. Kaleb Roper struckout 11 over eight innings.