Baseball Posts 7-4 Win Over Texas A&M
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. – Senior left-hander Jared Poche' (6-1) fired seven innings, allowing eight hits and just two runs with six strikeouts as No. 6 LSU defeated Texas A&M by a score of 7-4 Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Poche’s performance was backed by an impressive night for the LSU bats, as the Tigers tallied seven runs on 13 hits, including two home runs. Shortstop Kramer Robertson was 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and a home run. Second baseman Cole Freeman, leftfielder Antoine Duplantis, and first baseman Rankin Woley also collected two hits apiece.
Texas A&M ‘s Stephen Kolek (1-2) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.
“Jared Poche' was the leader of our team once again,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He doesn’t always make it easy, because it seems as if he’s got runners on base in every inning. Texas A&M had the leadoff man on in each of the first four innings and didn’t score. Jared has so much courage, he just fights every step of the way. You can never give up on Jared, because he’s never going to give up on himself.”
LSU will return to action tomorrow afternoon for the final game of the series, starting at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPN2 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.
LSU right-hander Eric Walker (3.0, 3.69 ERA) will square off against Texas A&M’s right-handed pitcher Corbin Martin (2-2, 4.07 ERA).
In the bottom of the third inning, Duplantis singled with runners at the corners to score centerfielder Zach Watson, giving LSU the 1-0 advantage. Following a wild pitch, Robertson hit a chopper past third for a two-run RBI double to extend the lead to 3-0.
Third baseman Josh Smith put LSU up 4-0 with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to drive in Duplantis.
Texas A&M got on the board in the seventh inning when leftfielder Walker Pennington hit a two-run homer over the left field wall, cutting LSU’s lead to 4-2.
LSU responded in the bottom of the seventh inning as Robertson blasted his second home run of the year to left, extending the Tigers’ lead to 5-2. Rightfielder Greg Deichmann notched the sixth run of the game for LSU on the following play, lifting his ninth home run of the season over the right field wall.
“We had several key at-bats and we did what we needed to do win,” Mainieri said. “It was great to see us swing the bats with confidence and get this one in the victory column.”
LSU added its seventh and final run of the game in the eighth after designated hitter Beau Jordan was walked with the bases loaded to score Robertson.
Texas A&M catcher Cole Bedford’s two-run blast over the left field wall in the ninth inning against reliever Todd Peterson accounted for the final margin.
LSU right-hander Hunter Newman, making his first appearance in three weeks after suffering a back injury, pitched a perfect eighth inning in relief of Poche’, striking out each of the three batters he faced.