Poche's Gem Clinches Baseball Series, 2-1
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ fired 8.2 innings Saturday night and allowed just one run on three hits in the sixth-ranked Tigers’ 2-1 win over Georgia at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU improved to 20-4 overall and 3-2 in the SEC with the win and clinched its first SEC series of the year. Georgia fell to 14-10 and 1-4 SEC with the loss.
The Tigers return to The Box for the final game of the series against Georgia Sunday at 12 p.m. Fans can listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network (98.1 FM in Baton Rouge). Live video, audio and stats are available at www.LSUsports.net.
“Jared Poche’ just has that ‘it factor,’ and he demonstrated that again tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We’ve placed him in a challenging position as our No. 2 starter, and he handled it brilliantly. He stays composed, he competes on every pitch, and our team loves playing behind him. He gave us a tremendous effort tonight, which we really needed because the Georgia kid (starting pitcher Robert Tyler) was really good.”
“In the bullpen, I felt like it was going to be my worst outing ever, and I was nervous,” Poche’ said. “Right after the first inning, though, I definitely dominant. No matter who you are, no matter how hard it is, you try to stay focused, and that was my goal tonight.”
Poche’ (5-1) recorded two walks and six strikeouts in the victory.
Tyler (1-2), a freshman right-hander, was charged with the loss as he worked 7.2 innings, allowing five hits and two runs with two walks and four strikeouts.
LSU leftfielder Sean McMullen led off the game with a triple down the right field line. With runners on the corners and one out, designated hitter Kade Scivicque reached on an RBI fielder’s choice to make it a 1-0 game.
In the fifth inning, second baseman Kramer Robertson advanced to second on an error by UGA third baseman Hunter Cole. With two outs, rightfielder Mark Laird singled to left field. Robertson scored just before Laird was thrown out at second to make it a 2-0 game.
Georgia made it a one-run game in the sixth inning. With two outs and runners on first and second, Nelson Ward singled through the left side. Conor Welton scored before LSU third baseman Christian Ibarra threw out Bulldog base runner Heath Holder at second to end the inning.