LSU sophomore southpaw Jared Poché and Ole Miss junior left-hander Christian Trent have taken the mound against each other before.
On April 18, 2014, the two squared off in Oxford, Mississippi, in the second game of a three-game series. Trent came away victorious, tossing seven innings of one-run ball to help down LSU 5-1, the only loss for the Tigers on the weekend.
Poché said he hasn’t put much thought into redemption, though he’ll get his chance on Friday night when he matches up against Trent in the Tigers’ Southeastern Conference opener at Alex Box Stadium.
“It’s not really redemption for me,” Poché said. “It’s a new year, and I’m just looking to get us off to a good start in SEC play, and hopefully we can get a ‘W’ in the first game.”
For LSU coach Paul Mainieri, Poché is the perfect starter to take the mound against Trent, who signed with LSU out of high school. Mainieri coached the current Ole Miss starter back in 2012, when Trent was a freshman for the Tigers.
Mainieri said Poché and Trent have similar styles.
“Trent is a lot like Poché,” Mainieri said. “It’s almost going to be two clones of each other pitching out there against each other. Last year they got the best of us on that game, and hopefully we can turn the tide this year.”
Second base shuffle
The search for a starting second baseman continues into SEC play, though an unlikely answer may have come following LSU’s 7-0 win against McNeese State on Wednesday.
Mainieri said he liked what he saw from senior Jared Foster, who made his first career start at second against the Cowboys.
“I think, at this point, it might be the way to go because it gives us an added dimension to our team offensively,” Mainieri said. “And it allows us to keep (sophomore left fielder) Jake Fraley in the lineup, which is what I would really like to do.”
Deichmann working back
It hasn’t been the ideal freshman campaign for infielder Greg Deichmann, but after getting his boot removed from his foot Monday, the rookie has his sights set on a return.
“The doctor just said to work your way into it,” Deichmann said. “I’m working with (LSU baseball trainer Cory Couture) every day. The timetable from the beginning was to get back for Tulane (March 24). It might be sooner, or it might be that game. It just depends on how I feel.”
LSU senior catcher Kade Scivicque was named to the 2015 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, which is given to the top Division I catcher in the nation.
Scivicque has batted for a team-high .395 average with three home runs and 11 RBIs.