LSU enjoyed big weekend

One of the biggest athletic weeks of the year for LSU proved to a be a huge success across the board as Tiger teams combined to go 17-3 in sporting events held this week, including a sweep by the baseball team in Paul Mainieri's debut as head coach as well as an Easton Tiger Classic title by the softball team.

In Mainieri's Tiger debut, LSU posted a sweep over St. Mary's, winning 4-3 on Friday, 7-6 on Saturday and 6-2 on Sunday.


Yvette Girouard's softball team, ranked No. 7 in the nation, posted a 6-0 mark en route to claiming the Easton Tiger Classic on the LSU campus. The Tiger softball team outscored their opponents 37 to 6 in six games, which included a 7-2 victory over Memphis in the championship game on Sunday.


John Brady's men's basketball team kept its chance alive for an SEC Western Division title with a 71-67 win over Arkansas in the Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday.


Pokey Chatman's Lady Tiger basketball team came up just short of beating fourth-ranked Connecticut on Sunday before 8,424 fans at the Maravich Assembly Center.


Down 72-69 with 6.7 seconds to play, LSU's Porsha Phillips foot was on the three-point line when her would-be tying jumper swished the net at the buzzer, allowing the Huskies to escape with the 72-71 victory.


After Connecticut's Renee Montgomery hit her fifth three-pointer of the game with 6.7 seconds to play, Erica White pressed the ball into the front court -- heard LSU head coach Pokey Chatman scream that she needed a three-pointer -- and passed to Phillips at the top of the key.


Phillips stepped back to shoot but her right foot was still on the three-point line as she released the high-arching jumper. Officials reviewed and upheld the call on the court of a two-point basket.


Earlier in the week, the Lady Tigers remained in contention for the conference title with a 79-66 win over Florida. The Lady Tigers stand at 22-4 overall and 8-2 in league play.


The 21st-ranked men's tennis team opened its dual match season with three shutouts over Southern, Centenary and Southern Miss, while the Lady Tigers beat San Diego and San Diego State on the road before dropping a 5-2 decision to 29th-ranked Texas A&M on Sunday in College Station.


D-D Breaux's 12th-ranked gymnastics team posted an impressive 195.575 to 194.275 victory over


24th-ranked Kentucky in Lexington. The victory ran LSU's record to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.


The LSU swimming and diving team continued its impressive season with a pair of sixth-place finishes at the Southeastern Conference Championships this weekend. The LSU men, ranked No. 23, registered 276 points to record its best finish in the conference meet since the 2001 season.


The Lady Tiger swimming and diving team accumulated 254.5 points on its way to a sixth place finish, which marks the highest for the program since the 2002 meet.


The LSU football team also had a big week as they put together a recruiting class that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation.


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