As the Tigers prepare to unveil their new LSU Soccer Complex for the 2011 season, coach Brian Lee announced Wednesday the addition of Pepperdine to the team’s home schedule as part of home opening weekend that also features a match against Oregon.

LSU is now set to open its new stadium against Oregon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. The Tigers will also play Pepperdine at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

Also part of its home opening weekend, LSU will host two other games: Illinois vs. Pepperdine at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and Illinois against Oregon at 11 a.m. Sept. 11. LSU will go on the road to battle Houston at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

“I know our fans will be very excited about the home schedule that we’ve put together this fall,” Lee said. “We’re pleased to add a quality program like Pepperdine to what is already a strong non-conference slate. This is exactly the kind of schedule needed to prepare our team to compete for an SEC championship and an appearance in postseason play. That’s always the goal in our program at LSU.”

LSU kick offs this season with a challenging road test against Memphis at 7 p.m. Aug. 19.

Track and field

ALL-AMERICAN LAURO SETS PERSONAL BEST AT HAMMERAMA: In Wakefield, R.I., junior All-American and Rhode Island native Michael Lauro enjoyed a triumphant return home this past weekend as he set a personal best in the hammer throw to claim the men’s open title at Hammerama 2011 held at Curtis Corner Middle School.

A native of Providence, R.I., Lauro won the event with a top mark of 223 feet in his series to finish exactly one foot ahead of the mark of 222-0 by Matt Lambley, of Leeds, England.

Not only that, but Lauro moved ahead of former Tiger All-American Dave Paddison into the No. 2 spot in LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the men’s hammer throw. Lauro now trails only school-record holder and former NCAA champion Walter Henning (239-5) on LSU’s all-time list.