Tigers enjoy successful weekend

Another weekend of competition saw more dominating performances by LSU's athletic teams highlighted by the men's basketball team's upset of 24th-ranked Florida, 77-73, in the Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday.

In all, the Tigers went undefeated in all head-to-head action from Friday through Sunday, winning in every competition in which an LSU squad participated.

The win over Florida in men's basketball ran the Tigers record to 15-8 overall and 8-4 in the SEC Western Division. The Tigers are also 12-1 at home this season. In the sports of football, and men's and women's basketball, LSU is a combined 30-1 at home this year. Throw in softball and baseball and the five sports have a combined home record this season of 42-1.

LSU's second-ranked baseball team is off to its best start since 1997 with a three-game sweep of Arkansas-Little Rock at Alex Box Stadium. The three wins moved LSU's record to 7-0 overall as the Tigers outscored the Trojans, 30-19 over the weekend.

Across campus, Yvette Girouard's softball team, ranked No. 9 in the nation, outscored its opponents 44-3 in five games on its way to capture the title at the Tiger Classic. On Sunday, LSU beat Grambling, 11-2, in the semifinals and followed that with a 9-0 win over Southern in the title game. The five wins over the three days moved LSU's record to 6-1 overall.

Also on campus on Saturday, Tony Minnis' women's tennis team continued its hot start with a 6-1 win over Tulsa at the Robinson Tennis Stadium. The win ran the Lady Tigers' record to 6-1 overall.

The Tigers fared equally as well on the road this weekend, led by the Lady Tiger basketball team as they remained on pace for the school's first Southeastern Conference title with a 62-57 win at Auburn on Sunday. The win moved LSU's record to 25-1 overall and 12-0 in league play.

In addition, the third-ranked LSU gymnastics team posted a pair of impressive wins on the road. On Friday, the Tigers outscored 20th-ranked Kentucky, 196.925-195.550 in Lexington and then followed that with a 195.600-194.075 victory over 22nd-ranked Ohio State in Columbus.

LSUs' men's tennis team won a pair of matches at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Tournament in Chicago, beating Boise State, 4-2, on Friday followed by a 4-1 win over Ohio State on Saturday. Against Ohio State, LSU's doubles team of Ken Skupski and Mark Growcott upset the nation's No. 1-ranked team of Scott Green and Ross Wilson, 8-4.

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