Lutcher's Jared Poche' stepped right into Aaron Nola's Friday Night starter's role and fired six innings of shutout baseball to beat Kansas, 4-1, in LSU's season opener at the Box.
Kade Scivicque gave Poche' all the run support he would need with a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning, giving the Tigers the lead. Chris Chinea added a run-scoring single in the third to close out the Tiger scoring.
"I think everybody agreed it would have been a home run with the old balls. The only one that we couldn't agree on is whether or not it would have been a home run in Omaha with the fences," said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri.
"It felt great. No better feeling than getting a home run on your first at bat. I was just trying to hit the ball hard and try to score a few runs and just got a good pitch and hit it well," said Scivicque.
Kansas scored its only run in the 8th inning after Poche' (1-0) left the game spoiling the Tigers' chance for a shutout.
"The story of the game for me was Poche' and really our bullpen did an amazing job," said Mainieri.
"I think we kinda took them a little lightly. We didn't think they were as good as they were. This is a good scrappy team and we're looking forward to tomorrow," said Poche'
LSU used three relievers with Jesse Stallings striking out the side in the 9th to end the game.
The Tigers (1-0) play Kansas again on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.