Tigers Win Second Straight Over Alabama, 7-4
Communications Sr. Associate
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Rightfielder Greg Deichmann collected a career-high four hits and two RBI Friday night, and left-hander Jared Poche' worked 5.2 innings to earn his 34th career win as 11th-ranked LSU defeated Alabama, 7-4, in Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
The Tigers improved to 29-15 overall and 12-8 in the Southeastern Conference, while Alabama dropped to 15-28 overall and 2-18 in league play.
The teams conclude the series at 2 p.m. CT Saturday in game that will be carried by affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network and can also be heard at www.LSUsports.net./live. Saturday's game may be viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app.
Deichmann was 4-for-5 on the night with a pair of run-scoring singles to lead LSU's 13-hit output.
Poche' (7-3) limited Alabama to four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings with one walk and two strikeouts, firing 76 pitches in the outing. He earned his 34th career LSU victory, moving into sole possession of third place on the all-time LSU pitching wins list.
Freshman right-hander Zack Hess was brilliant in relief of Poche', as he worked 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing no hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Senior right-hander Hunter Newman recorded the final two outs to close out the contest for the Tigers.
Alabama starter Nick Eicholtz (1-2) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered six runs – five earned – on 10 hits in 4.2 innings with three walks and one strikeout.
“Jared Poche' did an outstanding job of giving it his all on every pitch, as he always does, and he got us into the sixth inning,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Zack Hess was dominant in relief of Jared and turned in another tremendous effort to help us earn the victory. We're off to a good starrt with two wins in the series, but each game is its own entity, and tomorrow's game is just as important as the first two have been.”
The Tigers increased the advantage to 3-0 in the third as Deichmann lined an RBI single and shortstop Kramer Robertson scored from third on a passed ball by Alabama catcher Alex Webb.
“For the second straight night, we had a strong start offensively, and I think that's been a real factor in the two wins,” Mainieri said. “We've had a lot of success in games in which we've scored first, so it's important that our guys continue to play with confidence early in the game and build momentum from there.”
Alabama reduced the margin to 3-1 in the bottom of the third when third basemann Connor Short launched a solo homer, his fourth dinger of the season.
LSU added a run in the fourth on another Deichmann RBI single, but the Tide narrowed the gap in the bottom of the frame to 4-3 when centerfielder Sam Finnerty collected a run-scoring single and a second run scored on a double-play ball off the bat of catcher Alex Webb.
The Tigers responded with a two-out, two-run single by third baseman Josh Smith in the top of the fifth, widening the lead to 6-3.
Leftfielder Chandler Taylor unloaded his 12th homer of the year in the sixth, a solo shot off of Poche' to cut the LSU lead to two runs.
The Tigers padded the lead in the top of the ninth on a solo homer by catcher Michael Papierski, his fourth dinger of the year.