UL-Lafayette at LSU

WHEN: 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Alex Box Stadium

RANKINGS: LSU is ranked as the No. 2 national seed and is No. 1 in five polls. Though UL-Lafayette is not a national seed, it was ranked No. 16 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll.



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Pitching matchup

Jared Poché

6-1, LHP, Sophomore

STATS: 8-1, 3.05 ERA, 97.1 IP, 62 Ks, 22 BBs

ANALYSIS: In no real surprise, LSU coach Paul Mainieri anounced after Saturday’s game that Poché will take the mound in Game 2 - a decision he kept secret until then. Poché sparkled in his last time on the mound, throwing 8.2 innings of six-hit, scoreless ball and striking out a career high eight batters.

WHAT THEY SAID: “He does what a starting pitcher is supposed to do: He keeps your team in the game, and he finds a way. I think he is the epitome of a guy that does that.” — LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn

Gunner Leger

6-3, LHP, Freshman

STATS: 6-4, 2.87 ERA, 106.2 IP, 83 Ks, 19 BBs

Analysis: Leger, a rookie left-hander, was electric this season, recording a 4.4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and holding opposing hitters to a .244 batting average. Oh, and he only gave up 34 earned runs in 106.2 innings.

What They Said: “The guy’s pitching in a regional, gives up a home run, crowd turns, and, boy, they think they got this now and they’re going to run this freshman. And he comes back gets right back to the strike zone and answers the call. I told him, ‘If you lose, I want you to lose 1-0,’ challenge him, and he just hung in and hung in and hung in. He’s a veteran now. ... I’ve had some softies that were gassed after the first inning, but this guy you can trust. When he tells you he’s gassed, he’s gassed. So we said, Hey, thanks for giving us everything you got.’ ” — UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux

-- Lawrence Barreca