Brady Singer, Florida

Florida’s Singer Outshines LSU’s Poche


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — There won’t be many pitchers in the Southeastern Conference who outshine LSU senior lefthander Jared Poche this season, but don’t tell that to Florida super sophomore Brady Singer, who put together a stellar start in an 8-1 series-clinching victory.

In Friday’s series opener, Florida’s Alex Faedo and LSU’s Alex Lange put on a show to remember. Much the same was expected on Saturday. Poche had been the nation’s hottest pitcher so far this season entering the contest, carrying a 0.25 ERA into the start with just one run allowed. Meanwhile, Singer is one of the top sophomore prospects and possesses an electric arm.

Singer, a 6-foot-5, 200-pounder, was outstanding. Poche, though, had an uncharacteristic start, and LSU coach Paul Mainieri noticed something wasn’t right in the early innings.

“I now know what early teams felt like going against Aaron Nola. That’s [Singer] the closest thing I’ve seen since Nola,” Mainieri said. “He doesn’t give you anything. He’ll throw strikes low in the zone and he’ll drop that breaking ball in there.

“I thought Poche was just off today,” he continued. “He wasn’t crisp at all with his command and it was just one of those days for us, where nothing really went right. And, we went up against a pretty good pitcher … that’s a bad combination.”

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