Takeaways: LSU Clinches Series

Analysis

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU veteran lefthander Jared Poche is one of those guys we’ll miss in college baseball next season. Earlier Friday, Poche walked the stage and graduated from LSU. Tonight at Alex Box Stadium, with a fresh new SEC graduate patch on his right shoulder, Poche put together the perfect Poche-esque performance. Poche doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, but he’s the consummate grinder who has always found ways to escape jams. That’s exactly what he did in a 5-3 win over Auburn.

Poche allowed a leadoff single to Jonah Todd to begin the game, but got out of the inning with a fly out and a double play. In the second, Dylan Ingram began the inning with a single before Josh Anthony grounded into a double play. AU had two hits in the second but had absolutely nothing to show for it. The biggest moments of the game for Poche came in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively. In the fourth, Poche struggled immensely with his fastball command and walked the first two Auburn hitters. But a caught stealing, fly out and ground out later, he escaped the jam. In the sixth, the Tigers began the frame with a pair of singles, but once again, the lefty escaped the jam with a fielder’s choice, fly out and 1-3 groundout.

That’s Poche in a nutshell.

“Like he always does, he met the challenge,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “He graduated earlier today, got the patch on his sleeve and pitched his heart out. It’s a shame he didn’t get credited with the victory. I thought he was very good today.”


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