BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior left-hander Jared Poche’ earned his first win of the season Friday night, firing six scoreless innings, recording eight strikeouts and giving up just three hits as fifth-ranked LSU shut out Sacramento State 6-0 in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Game 1 of a three-game series.
LSU improved to 4-1, while Sacramento State dropped to 3-2 on the season.
The teams will meet in Game 2 on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT. Sophomore right-hander Alex Lange (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 SO) will get the start for the Tigers, and senior right-hander Grant Kukuk (0-0, 1.93 ERA, 2 SO) will take the mound for Sacramento State.
The game may be viewed online on SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. The game may also be heard on WTGE 100.7 FM in Baton Rouge. Live audio of the game may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net/live with live stats at www.LSUstats.com.
Hornets pitcher Sam Long (0-2) was charged with the loss Friday after working 5.2 innings and giving up four runs on six hits.
“I thought we had a crisp, well-played game tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our pitching was outstanding, we played excellent defense, and we executed well offensively with some timely hits. Poche’ may not have had his best stuff tonight, but he competed extremely hard, as he always does, and he did a tremendous job over six shutout innings.”
LSU took the lead in the first inning, as leftfielder Beau Jordan hit a two-out RBI single to drive in second baseman Kramer Robertson, giving LSU a 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, an error from Sacramento State shortstop Trent Goodrich put two runners on for the Tigers. On the following play, Robertson doubled to deep left to bring in rightfielder Antoine Duplantis for the second run of the game.
A sacrifice bunt by Duplantis in the sixth led to runners on second and third with one out. Third baseman O’Neal Lochridge hit a sacrifice fly to left center, driving in pinch runner Brennan Breaux, increasing the lead to 3-0.
Pinch runner Greg Deichmann scored on the next play after a throwing error at shortstop, extending LSU’s lead to 4-0.
In the seventh, Beau Jordan singled to center to score centerfielder Jake Fraley to tack on the fifth run of the game for the Tigers.
Robertson singled to send home Lochridge from second in the bottom of the eighth to complete the scoring for LSU.
“Kramer Robertson was a real spark for us at the top of the order,” Maineri said, “and he made a couple of tremendous defensive plays. O’Neal Lochridge swung the bat well tonight - I thought his best at-bat came in the sixth inning when he had two strikes and drove in the runner from third with a sacrifice fly. Beau Jordan had a couple of big RBI hits for us, and that was good to see from our clean-up spot in the order. I was encouraged by what I saw tonight from our lineup.”
LSU’s relief pitching was very effective, as sophomore right-hander Jesse Stallings tossed one hitless inning , allowing no runs with two strikeouts. Russell Reynolds, a junior right-hander pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit with one strikeout.
Sophomore right-hander Doug Norman completed the shutout with a hitless ninth inning, posting one strikeout.
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