Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU radio play-by-play announcer Jim Hawthorne, 71, announced his retirerment following the 2015-16 basketball season.

LSU baseball fans will be in for a treat Saturday at the LSU-Missouri game when longtime radio play-by-play announcer Jim Hawthorne sings the national anthem before the game, coach Paul Mainieri said Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Mainieri was speaking at the First Pitch luncheon at the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge. Hawthorne is retiring in March 2016.

Hawthorne, a longtime country and western singer, appeared on the "Louisiana Hayride" in Shreveport under the name James Lynn.