WACO, Texas – As the individual who keeps LSU Shreveport's student-athletes tuned up and on the playing field, Lance Champagne has played a key role in the success of the Pilots. His passion for the teams he serves and for his profession have earned Champagne the 2014-15 RRAC Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.
Given annually, the award recognizes an NATA-certified athletic trainer from the RRAC who has distinguished themselves as a model of the profession in personal conduct and professional allied health service to student-athletes. The selection is determined as a peer vote with all conference athletic trainers voting.
SHAWNEE, Okla. -- After fighting through three elimination games, LSU Shreveport finally succumbed to host Oklahoma Baptist University with a 17-12 loss in the title game of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round on Friday. The 13th-ranked Pilots finished the season with a 46-14 record.
LSUS built a lopsided 11-2 lead thanks to a nine-run sixth inning and were on their way to forcing an "if necessary" game when OBU got to the Pilots' bullpen and outscored LSUS, 15-1, the rest of the way. In the Pilots' big inning, Alex Montero launched a solo homer over left field, and Reed Lavallee connected on a three-run shot, his second in two days. Kym Barthel contributed a two-run triple as well.
SHAWNEE, Okla. -- It took a scoring barrage but LSU Shreveport won two more games on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round at Shawnee. LSUS will need to defeat Oklahoma Baptist University twice on Friday to advance to the NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
The Pilots started the day by defeating MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.), 15-10. LSUS built a 10-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning only to see the Pioneers tie it with three in the sixth and four in the seventh. The Pilots responded with five runs in the last two innings for the victory. Grady Caldwell was 3-for-6 with four RBIs, and James Sloan drove in three runs.
In the late game, LSUS avenged an earlier loss to Sterling College (Kan.) with a 12-9 bounceback. The Pilots built a big lead again at 11-5 and had to hold off a late rally. Reed Lavallee blasted a three-run homer over the centerfield wall for the Pilots.