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Will Paul Skenes Make His MLB Debut This Season? + LSU Gymnastics, Basketball Updates

The No. 3 LSU Gymnastics team fell on the road to No. 9 Missouri by a score of 197.325-197.225 on Friday night in the Hearnes Center. . After falling in her first routine of the night on bars, McClain went unphased and recorded a perfect 10 on beam for the first of her career and helped LSU to a 49.350 finish on beam. McClain’s 10 on beam earned her the victory on the night. She now owns two titles through four meets of her freshman campaign. Her other title came after she recorded a perfect score on bars two weeks ago. LSU fell short on the night and Missouri came out on top of the dual meet in Columbia. Johnson finished as the top all-around performer on the night with a score of 39.500. The title moves her career total to 43 in the Purple & Gold.

The Alabama Crimson Tide outscored LSU 9-4 at the end of the first half and then shot 66.7 percent in the second half while holding the Tigers to just 36.8 percent shooting to win a 109-88 offensive shootout at Coleman Coliseum Saturday night. LSU had five players in double figures with Mike Williams III scoring 16 points, Derek Fountain 14, Will Baker 12, Jalen Cook 11 and Jordan Wright getting 10 points and five assists. Wright keeps his double figures scoring streak alive at 17 games. Alabama was led by Mark Sears who had 21 points and five assists and was 11-of-11 at the line. Latrell Wrightsell Jr., hit five treys in scoring 19 points, while Aaron Estrada had 18. Both Grant Nelson and Rylan Griffen had 12 each. Alabama finished the game shooting 55.6 percent (35-of-63) with 14 treys and 25-of-28 at the free throw line. LSU finished at 42.3 percent (30-of-71), making 11 treys (the fourth straight game with double digit three pointers) and was 17-of-27 at the free throw line. Alabama out rebounded LSU, 42-33.LSU is off in the midweek and will host Arkansas next Saturday (Feb. 3) at the Maravich Center at 11 a.m. CT.

Reigning NCAA champion LSU is No. 2 in the 2024 Baseball America Preseason Poll released on Monday. Wake Forest is No. 1 in the poll, followed by LSU, Arkansas, Florida, Oregon State, TCU, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Clemson and Virginia to round out the Top 10.

The Tiger track and field team put on a record-setting finale at the Razorback Invitational over the weekend. Brianna Lyston started them off with the fastest qualifying time in the 60m prelims at 7.14s. She matched the LSU record with a 7.07 time in the finals and took the collegiate lead. Aleia Hobbs won the 60m open with the No. 2 time in the world and remains undefeated this season. Lorena Rangel-Batres wanted her own LSU record, so she ran a 4:37.84 in the women’s mile. Alia Armstrong picked up her third-straight 60m hurdles win at the meet.

TIGER TEA! Paul Skenes was ranked No. 3 in MLB Pipeline’s Top Prospects and No. 1 among pitchers. AND Three former Tigers are headed to the Super Bowl! Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Neil Farrell will play for the Kansas City Chiefs, while Ty Davis-Price is on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has already played in two Super Bowl’s with the Chiefs.

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