LSU reveals starting pitcher for College World Series opener vs. TCU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Jared Poche' hurled seven innings of two-run baseball against Texas A&M on Thursday.

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  • On Deck: vs. Texas A&M, 7:00 p.m. Friday
  • In The Hole: vs. Texas A&M, 1:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Poche’s Performance: LSU coach Paul Mainieri changed his weekend rotation around after both sophomore Jared Poche’ and freshman Alex Lange tossed against Georgia on Saturday. The Lutcher High School alumni got the nod on Thursday night on four days of rest, and the move worked wonders for the home squad. The Tigers’ starter was electric, tossing seven innings of two-run ball (only one earned) and allowing six hits while striking out one.
  • Zardon’s Moment: LSU sophomore infielder Danny Zardon didn’t even make the trip to Athens, Georgia, last weekend. But with a runner on second and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 3-3 game, Zardon made the most of his opportunity. The Pembroke Pines, Florida, native roped an RBI single to LF to give the Tigers the 4-3 win.
  • Web Gem Trio: In the top of the second, senior second baseman Jared Foster made a crucial fielding error that eventually led to a Texas A&M run. LSU’s defense responded as well as it could have imagined. There was this play. Oh, and these two.
  • Going Streaking: Senior catcher Kade Scivicque’s 23-game hitting streak may have come to a close on Tuesday against Tulane, but he wasn’t the only Tiger streaking at the time. With a two-out single in the bottom of the first inning, junior shortstop Alex Bregman extended his hitting streak to seven games. Five innings later, senior third baseman Conner Hale extended his hitting streak to six games with a leadoff single to right field.
  • Foster’s Fumbles: In the top of the second inning, Texas A&M’s J.B. Moss led of the frame with a single. Senior third baseman Logan Nottebrok stepped to the plate next, grounding a ball right to Foster at second base. It was a tailor-made double play ball… until the Tigers’ senior failed to field the ball cleanly. Everyone was safe, and two batters later, the Aggies added their second run of the contest on an RBI single to left field by former LSU catcher Michael Barash. Later in the top of the eighth inning with two outs, Foster committed his second error of the night after throwing a ball out of play.
  • Stallings Stumbles: Texas A&M didn’t waste any time getting to LSU redshirt freshman closer Jesse Stallings. After allowing a leadoff triple in the top of the ninth, Stallings surrendered a game-tying RBI single to right field to blow the save.
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