Baseball Clinches Series with Mississippi St., 2-1
BATON ROUGE, La. – Ninth-ranked LSU used a two-run sixth inning to rally behind a strong effort from freshman pitcher Jared Poche’ for a 2-1 victory over Mississippi State Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers improved to 23-8-1 overall and 5-5-1 in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs dropped to 20-12 overall and 6-5 in conference play.
The teams will meet in Game 3 at 1 p.m. CT Sunday at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television, and it can be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including Baton Rouge flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM.
Live audio, video and stats for Sunday’s game will be available inside the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live. The game can also be viewed at ESPN3.com.
Poche’ (6-2) was credited the win, scattering three hits in six innings while recording six strikeouts and two walks. He allowed just one unearned run while firing 108 pitches.
Mississippi State starter Ross Mitchell (5-2) was charged the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings on five hits. Mitchell also recorded one strikeout and one walk.
“The story of the game was definitely Jared Poche’,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He was matched against Mississippi State’s best pitcher, and I think he took it personally. He competed extremely hard, he got his curveball over for strikes, and he led us to a very important win tonight.
LSU, which also defeated the Bulldogs on Friday night, clinched its eighth straight SEC series win over Mississippi State with Saturday’s victory.
“Mississippi State has a great program, and to win a series over them for eight years in a row is a significant accomplishment,” Mainieri said. “I just hope we can continue to play well this weekend and finish the series on a positive note tomorrow.”
The Bulldogs scored their lone run in the top of the fourth when second baseman Brett Pirtle walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and was plated on an RBI single by rightfielder Demarcus Henderson.
The Tigers responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Designated hitter Kade Scivicque recorded his 19th RBI of the season, scoring Mark Laird on a single. Catcher Chris Chinea then hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field to bring in shortstop Alex Bregman.
That is all the insurance LSU would need. Relief pitchers Alden Cartwright, Zac Person and Joe Broussard allowed just one hit in three innings in relief of Poche’. Broussard also recorded his seventh save of the season, firing two scoreless innings with no walks and two strikeouts.
Scivicque finished 2-for-3, marking his team-high 10th multiple-hits game. Laird extended his hitting streak to five games on a single in the sixth inning.
The Tigers improved to 19-2-1 at home, 17-3 in night games and 23-0 when leading after eight innings this season.