Poche', Tigers Fire Shutout, Beat Baylor, 4-0
Communications Sr. Associate
HOUSTON – Senior left-hander Jared Poche’ fired seven scoreless innings Saturday to lead second-ranked LSU to a 4-0 win over No. 17 Baylor at Minute Maid Park.
LSU improved to 9-2 on the year, while Baylor suffered its first loss of the season to drop to 10-1.
The Tigers will play their final game in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at 10 a.m. Sunday versus Texas Tech. The game will be carried on the LSU Sports Radio Network, and it may be heard in Baton Rouge on WDGL 98.1 FM. The radio broadcast and live stats are available at www.LSUsports.net.
Sunday’s LSU-Texas Tech game will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest.
Poche’ (3-0) limited the Bears to no runs on three hits in seven innings with no walks and five strikeouts. He extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings this season to 22, and he has allowed just four hits with two walks and 15 strikeouts. His opponent batting average is a minuscule .058.
“Jared has been as crafty as he can be out there,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He’s a senior who has seen it all during his career and never loses confidence. Jared has excellent control, which you don’t always see in a left-hander. He throws strikes, and he displays tremendous poise on the mound. He’s commanding his fastball real well, and he’s got enough movement on it to cause batters to mis-hit it.”
“I try not to think about it too much,” Poche’ said of his scoreless inning streak. “My mindset is just to go out there and execute the pitches that are called. If a guy gets on base, it’s my goal to not let him score, and so far it’s been working out. Pitching is largely about confidence, you’ve got to believe in yourself in order to have success.”
Poche’ and Baylor starter Montana Parsons (1-1) were engaged in a scoreless duel until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Tigers plated two runs.
Second baseman Cole Freeman, however, lined a singled into center field to score Slaughter with the game’s first run. Centerfielder Antoine Duplantis delivered an RBI single to score Romero, extending the Tigers’ lead to 2-0.
LSU added two more runs in the sixth against Parsons to increase the margin to 4-0. Rightfielder Greg Deichmann opened theinning with a solo blast to right field, his fifth homer of the season.
The Tigers scored a second run in the frame when Romero reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to second on a single catcher Nick Coomes, and scored when Baylor shortstop Tucker Cascadden made a throwing error after fielding LSU leftfielder Beau Jordan’s grounder.
Meanwhile, Poche’ pitched brilliantly, retiring nine consecutive batters from the fourth through sixth innings before allowing a leadoff single in the seventh.
Right-hander Caleb Gilbert worked two scoreless innings to preserve the win for Poche’, allowing two hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Parsons was charged with the loss, as he surrendered four runs – three earned – on 10 hits in 5.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.