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LSU edges Princeton, 3-2, before Saturday's doubleheader

LSU's Jesse Stallings after striking out the side in the ninth to end the game against Princeton. (Source: Chris Hagan/WAFB) LSU's Jesse Stallings after striking out the side in the ninth to end the game against Princeton. (Source: Chris Hagan/WAFB)

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BATON ROUGE, La.-- LSU (8-1) earned its fifth-straight victory Friday night by defeating the Princeton Tigers (0-1) in the first game of the weekend series by a score of 3-2 in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU returns to action Saturday with a doubleheader against Princeton beginning at 4 p.m. CT. The second game will start approximately 45 minutes following the conclusion of the first game in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Both games on Saturday will be available online through SEC Network+, Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app. Live audio will be streamed in the Geaux Zone, and the game may be heard on LSU radio affiliates throughout the state. In Baton Rouge, Saturday's first game will air on 100.7 FM, and the second game will air on 98.1 FM.

“Baseball is such an unpredictable game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Last night (in a 9-8 win over Southeastern Louisiana), our pitchers struggled and our hitters really carried us to a win. Tonight, we didn't hit very much at all, but our pitching was excellent. We found a way to win the game, though it wasn't a great night for us at the plate.

Sophomore left-hander Jared Poche' (3-0) earned the win for the Tigers Friday, working 6.2 innings and allowing six hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts.

“Jared was really fired up, and he was pumping strikes into the zone,” Mainieri said. “I thought he took charge out on the mound and displayed a great deal of leadership in a very effective outing.”

Princeton's Chad Powers (0-1) was charged with the loss, going five innings and giving up three runs on two hits.

In the bottom of the third inning, left fielder Jake Fraley drove in right fielder Jared Foster on a base hit to put LSU ahead 1-0. Fraley stole third and was able to score on a throwing error from the catcher to extend LSU's lead to 2-0.

Princeton's Danny Hoy doubled to left field in the top of the fourth and was able to advance to third after a wild pitch from Poche'. Zack Belski singled to center to Hoy and cut the lead to 2-1.

In the bottom half of the inning, first baseman Conner Hale singled to left field to score shortstop Alex Bregman from second base for LSU's third run of the game.

Poche' gave up a solo shot to shortstop Billy Arendt to begin the sixth inning, placing Princeton within one run.

Princeton attempted a rally in the seventh as a double from Cody Phillips advanced a runner to third with only one out. Poche' struck out Danny Baer, and Alden Cartwright came in relief and forced Arendt to fly out to strand the runners.

Freshman right-hander Jesse Stallings closed out the game for LSU by striking out the side and earning his fifth save of the season.

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