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February 23, 2014

Rewind: LSU 4, Texas Southern 1

Jared Poche allowed one run in seven innings and Jake Fraley hit a three-run homer to carry LSU to a 4-1 victory against Texas Southern at The Box on Sunday evening.

LSU first inning - Chris Sciambra doubled and scored on a single by Danny Zardon. LSU 1, TEXAS SOUTHERN 0

LSU fourth inning - Christian Ibarra and Kade Scivicque were hit by pitches. After Chris Chinea flied out to the leftfielder and Jared Foster grounded out to the second baseman, Fraley hit a home run over the rightfield fence. LSU 4, TEXAS SOUTHERN 0

Texas Southern seventh inning - Zach Howell doubled. Jerry Ford flied out and Robert Garza struck out. Howell stole third base and scored on a single by Chris DeLeon. LSU 4, TEXAS SOUTHERN 1

Fifth inning - With one out, Alex Bregman reached on a throwing error by third baseman Sayvon O'Neal. Connor Hale flied out to the leftfielder. Christian Ibarra walked. Scivicque forced Ibarra at second base on a ground ball to the shortstop.

Sixth inning - Chinea walked. Pinch-runner Cade Stone moved to second base on Foster's sacrifice bunt. Fraley lined out to the second baseman and Sciambra struck out.

Getting his first start of the season, the freshman Fraley broke open a tight game with his three-run homer with two out in the fourth inning. Fraley nearly drove in a fourth run, but his line drive with Stone in scoring position in the sixth was snagged by DeLeon at second base. Fraley had a two-run, pinch-hit single against Toledo on Saturday. He grounded out to the first baseman in his other at-bat against Texas Southern.

Poche turned in another strong performance as he gave up one run and four hits in seven innings. Poche walked no one and struck out seven. The lone Texas Southern run off Poche came in the seventh on a leadoff double by Howell and a two-out single by DeLeon. Before the seventh, Poche allowed just one runner past first base. In the fifth, DeLeon reached on a throwing error by Bregman and moved to second on Andrew Garza's ground out to Hale at second base. Poche got Tyler Edwards to ground out to Ibarra at third base to end the inning. In his two starts, Poche (2-0) has given up one run and eight hits in 13 innings. He has no walks and ten strikeouts.

Brady Domangue, who struggled in his first relief appearance eight days earlier, was the first person out of the bullpen. It was another tough outing for Domangue, who hit a batter and allowed a single. The next three Tigers relievers retired six of seven players. After a sacrifice bunt by Marquis Webb, Parker Bugg struck out both Samuel Terry and Howell. Bugg has seven strikeouts in three innings this season. Joe Broussard struck out Ford to start the ninth. Kurt McCune was called on to get the last two outs. After allowing a single by Robert Garza, McCune got DeLeon to pop out and Andrew Garza to ground out to Hale.

There were numerous changes once again in the LSU lineup. Sciambra was the leftfielder and Fraley was the centerfielder. Foster and Hale were back in the lineup in rightfield and at second base, respectively. Scivicque was the catcher and Chinea was the first baseman. . .Two of the Tigers' four hits came in the first inning - the double by Sciambra and the single by Zardon. The only LSU hit after Fraley's homer was a single by Hale in the seventh. . .Bregman made two more throwing errors. He has made four of LSU's five errors this season. Bregman reached base four times, but his six-game hitting streak ended. Bregman walked twice, was hit by a pitch and was safe on an error. . .Bregman was thrown out trying to steal. The Tigers are just 5-of-9 on stolen base attempts in the first seven games. . .Scivicque threw out a runner trying to steal and Poche picked a runner off first base. . .LSU stranded seven runners, four in scoring position. The Tigers were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. . .Texas Southern starting pitcher Devin Kanorik allowed four runs and three hits in 4.2 innings. The Texas Southern bullpen permitted three batters to reach base - two walks and Hale's single. . .Six Texas Southern players had a hit. . . For the fourth time in Paul Mainieri's eight seasons as coach, the Tigers have won their first seven games. LSU was 7-0 in 2009-11. . .The Tigers extended their winning streak against non-Southeastern Conference teams at home to 27 games. LSU has won 24 straight games against SWAC teams. . .Texas Southern is 2-6 and scored a total of three runs in its three losses at The Box. . .The paid attendance was 10,108. The actual crowd was 2,825. The start of the game was pushed back two hours to 5 p.m. due to rain. . .The Virginia Tech-Toledo game, which was scheduled for 11 a.m., was cancelled.


Paul Mainieri:
"Poche was great and Parker Bugg was outstanding with what he did in the eighth. They both understand who they are. They are not afraid and are very confident. I am very high on both of them. Poche made some awfully big pitches when he had to. He has a nice curve and his change is a work in progress. He is a gamer."

"A switch went on with Fraley when he came back from the Christmas break. He struggled like crazy in the fall. He also didn't have a great senior year in high school. Maybe he was worried about the draft. He was down in the depth chart here. But, he has been a totally different kid since January. He has loosened up and is having some fun. He pinch-ran and played defense. Then, he pinch-hit Saturday and got a hit. He was worthy of a start today."

Jake Fraley:
"It was an unbelievable experience playing out here. It was a different feeling from (Saturday) night when I got the pinch hit. I got a text Sunday morning from coach Mainieri that I was going to start. Their pitcher was a submariner. He kept the ball low and it tailed away from me. When a submariner leaves a pitch up, it flattens out. He came in on me and I was able to get around in the ball. I had less nerves every at-bat after that. I had less butterflies. I just played baseball."

Jared Poche:
"It feels good to go out there and get the 'W.' All three of my pitches were working. I didn't throw my curve as well as I would like. But, my curve did get better later in the game. After the double (in the seventh), I was upset with myself. I made a mistake and the guy took advantage of it. With runners on base, I bear down a little more to get the guys out."

Parker Bugg:
"My first outing wasn't smooth (against UNO), but I learned what I need to do. I think that game has helped me. I am not a strikeout pitcher. I normally pitch to contact and get ground balls. I feel confident out there. But at the end of the day, you have to stay even. Tomorrow is a new day."

LSU will play host to Louisiana-Lafayette at The Box at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Ragin' Cajuns (7-1) swept three games from USM at Hattiesburg this weekend. Cody Glenn (1-0) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers. The LSU-UL-Lafayette game will be broadcast on CST.



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