WACO, Texas – Oliver Christensen of LSU Shreveport (La.) was recognized as the Red River Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week for Feb. 23-March 1, while the Pilots' Jared West garnered RRAC Pitcher of the Week fame for the same dates. This is the fifth set of weekly awards for the 2015 baseball season.
Christensen scored six runs and drove in five others as LSUS posted a four-game sweep of conference rival Texas College. After serving as a courtesy runner in the opening game of the series, the junior shortstop had at least two hits in each of the final three games. He swiped two stolen bases in the first game and three in game two. The Pilots won the second game as Christensen went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. The native of Coral Springs, Fla., tacked on two more RBIs in the finale, which resulted in a 12-2 victory. For the week, Christensen was 7-for-13 at the plate with one double. LSUS took the early conference lead at 4-0 with a record of 9-2 on the season.
WACO, Texas -- Fourth-seeded LSU Shreveport started postseason play with a 107-64 victory over in-state rival LSU Alexandria in the first round of the RRAC Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday. Playing on their home court, the Lady Pilots were led by Kourtney Pennywell's 37 points in addition to 26 from senior Ariel Harrell. LSUS made 58.8% of their shots as a team, hitting 40-of-68 field goal attempts in the game. The Lady Pilots advanced to the semifinals which will be held on a neutral site at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
LSUS' opponent won't be determined until after the other first round match-up, which will be staged on Wednesday as Langston hosts the University of St. Thomas (Texas). The teams will be re-seeded at that point.
In the men's draw, the home teams were triumphant again. Third-seeded Wiley College (Texas) clipped LSUS, 89-86 to advance. Langston rallied against University of the Southwest (N.M.) to send their first round game to overtime at 71-71 before winning 82-79. Langston will face top-seeded LSU Alexandria in the first men's semifinal on Friday in Longview, and Wiley will challenge OLLU in the second semifinal.
WACO, Texas -- Due to a conflict at East Texas Baptist University, the RRAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments have been relocated to the campus of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. All semifinal and championship games will be held LeTourneau's Solheim Center, 25 miles west of ETBU. Top seeds LSU Alexandria (La.) and Our Lady of the Lake University (Texas) have earned a first round bye and a trip to the men's semis, while OLLU and the host school, Wiley College (Texas), will await their opponents in the women's semis.
First round action begins on Tuesday with LSUA's women's team traveling to face #4 LSU Shreveport at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, the University of St. Thomas will visit Langston to play for the final spot in the women's semifinals. In the men's bracket, #3 Wiley will host LSUS, and the University of the Southwest (N.M.) will meet #4 Langston University (Okla.) on Tuesday.