On Deck: at SEC tournament, Thursday (30 minutes after the 4:30 p.m. game)
Jared Foster: The senior from Lake Charles hit his ninth homer – a two-run shot over the left field wall that led to this reaction. It was Foster’s first homer in 17 games and in 18 conference games. Foster also led off the fifth inning with a double. That sparked LSU’s six-run, six-hit fifth.
Chris Sciambra: Another senior, Sciambra went 2-for-4 at the plate and both of his hits – a double and single – drove in runs. He brought in what turned into the the eventual winning run in the game on a single to right field in the fifth inning. It followed this game-tying double from Chris Chinea on a dropped pop-fly.
Zac Person: Person entered the game in a precarious situation. Nursing a one-run lead, LSU pitcher Hunter Newman walked two batters to put two on with two outs. Person entered and struck out Alex Polston to strand the runners. He also struck out two of his final three batters to strand the possible game-tying run at second base in the eighth inning. Caoch Paul Mainieri had thought about leaving Person in to pitch the ninth, but he wants the reliever to return at some point later in the SEC tournament.
Jared Poché: Poché had, arguably, the worst inning of his LSU career. He allowed five runs on three hits and walked two in the first inning. Mainieri yanked him after the first, his shortest start of his career. Poché left a host of breaking balls up, and Auburn made him pay.