Lange Strikes Out 12; LSU falls to TAMU, 4-0
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior right-hander Alex Lange struck out 12 Texas A&M hitters Thursday night, but the Aggies recorded a 4-0 win over the sixth-ranked Tigers in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers fell to 18-9 and 4-3 in the SEC with the loss, while the Aggies improved to 18-9 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
Game 2 of the series is set for Friday at 8 p.m. CT. The game will air on ESPNU and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. Fans can also listen to the game on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge and online at LSUsports.net/live.
LHP Jared Poche’ (5-1, 0.90 ERA) will start for LSU in Game 2, while RHP Stephen Kolek (1-1, 5.23 ERA) will take the mound for Texas A&M.
Texas A&M junior right-hander Brigham Hill (5-2) earned the win Thursday for the Aggies, allowing no runs and just three hits while striking out seven in eight innings pitched. Hill fired season-high 119 pitches in the outing.
Lange (3-3) was charged with the loss despite allowing just two runs on nine hits. Thursday’s game marked the fourth time Lange recorded at least 12 strikeouts in his career, and he fell just one shy of tying his all-time high of 13 Ks.
“Lange competed his heart out tonight, like he always does,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I’m so proud of him, but it’s obvious we’re just not swinging the bats well. We’re not mustering any offense, and we’ve got to get out of it. Hill is good, he’s one of the best in the SEC, but this is what you face in this league.
“Our guys have to get out there and compete harder, get up to the plate and attack the baseball and know we’re going to get a good rip.”
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fifth, when Texas A&M centerfielder Nick Choruby lifted a two-run home run just over wall in right field.
The Aggies added two more runs in the top of the ninth on a two-RBI single to left field by sophomore catcher Cole Bedford against LSU reliever Matthew Beck.
“Every team in the Southeastern Conference has great athletes who make great plays, and we just can’t let it get us down when things don’t go our way,” Mainieri said. “We’ve got to keep battling and be tougher at the plate, and I have no doubt that sooner or later, we’re going to break out of it.”