Tyler Moore and Andrew Stevenson had two hits and drove in three runs and Jared Poche threw eight shutout innings as LSU defeated Auburn 10-0 in the opener of their Southeastern Conference series Thursday night at Plainsman Park.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - Mark Laird singled and moved to third on a double by Alex Bregman. After Jake Fraley flied out to the centerfielder, Sean McMullen walked. Laird and Bregman scored on a double by Stevenson. McMullen scored on a single by Moore. LSU 3, AUBURN 0
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LSU third inning - Fraley singled and advanced to second on a single by McMullen. A bunt single by Stevenson loaded the bases. Fraley and McMullen scored on a double by Moore. Stevenson scored on a ground out to the shortstop by Danny Zardon. LSU 6, AUBURN 0
LSU sixth inning - With one out, Laird and Bregman singled. Laird scored and Bregman moved to third base on a throwing error by catcher Blake Austin on a pickoff. Bregman scored on a single by Fraley. LSU 8, AUBURN 0
LSU ninth inning - Fraley singled. Pinch-runner Jared Foster went to third on a pinch-hit double by Chris Sciambra. Foster scored on a sacrifice fly to the centerfielder by Stevenson. Sciambra scored on a pinch-hit single by Kade Scivicque. LSU 10, AUBURN 0
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Fourth inning - Laird singled. Bregman flied out to the leftfielder. Laird was forced at second on a ground ball to the shortstop by Fraley. After Fraley stole second, McMullen grounded out to the pitcher.
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Stevenson had the hit which gave LSU the lead in the first inning - a two-run double with the bases loaded. Stevenson's bunt single filled the bases to set up LSU's three-run third inning. He scored on Zardon's infield out. Stevenson drove in a third run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Stevenson has two hits in back-to-back games.
Poche was spectacular in winning his first SEC road game in five starts. He allowed three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in eight innings. Poche, who won his eighth game of the season, retired the first 12 batters in a row. The first base runner was Damek Tomscha, who led off the fifth with a single. Auburn put a runner at second base in three innings against Poche. In the fifth, he got Austin to fly out to Fraley in leftfield with a runner at second and two out. Poche induced Tomscha to ground into a double play after a walk and a bunt single by Jordan Ebert to start the seventh. Poche struck out Dan Glevenyak to end the inning. After yielding a one-out double by Austin in the eighth, Poche retired Ryan Tella on a bunt back to the mound and Connor Short on a pop up to the first baseman Zardon.
Alden Cartwright, who has been the designated third-game starter behind Aaron Nola and Poche the past four series, worked the ninth inning. He allowed one hit and struck out the other three batters.
Bregman again batted second in the lineup with Fraley the third-hole hitter. Laird batted leadoff, while Stevenson hit fifth in the lineup. Zardon played first base, while Moore was the catcher. Conner Hale was the second baseman. . .Laird had three singles and scored two runs. . .Bregman, who joined the team Friday morning after attending his grandfather's funeral in California on Thursday, had a double and a single and scored two runs. . .Fraley extended his hitting streak to four games as he collected three singles. Fraley is 8-for-15 during the hitting streak. . .Moore had a RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the third. Moore, who has hit safely in four straight games, has driven in 11 runs in the past two contests. . .The bottom three hitters in the lineup - Zardon, Hale and Christian Ibarra - were a combined 0-for-13. Zardon had a four-game hitting streak end. . .LSU stranded eight runners, four in scoring position. The Tigers were 6-for-14 with runners in scoring position. . .Auburn starting pitcher Dillon Ortman, who was a nine-game winner, threw just two innings. He gave up three runs and four hits in the first before retiring the side in order in the second. . .The shutout was the 16th of the season for the LSU pitching staff. . .LSU is 38-14-1 overall, 15-11-1 in the SEC. . .LSU is in fifth place in the overall conference standings - half a game behind Mississippi State and South Carolina. The top four teams get a first-round bye in the SEC tournament. . .Auburn is 28-26 overall, 10-18 in the SEC. Auburn is in 13th place in the overall standings - half a game behind Georgia. The top 12 teams qualify for the SEC tournament. . . The paid attendance was 2,591.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"It was an outstanding overall performance by our team in all three phases of the game. Our hitters again demonstrated a lot of confidence at the plate and swung the bats well against an excellent pitcher. We got off to a strong start in the first inning and gave (Jared) Poche a cushion early."
"I don't think of Jared as a freshman anymore. He's a grizzled veteran. He didn't throw as many first-pitch strikes as we would have liked, but he recovered and located the way he needed to. It was a great way to start the series, but we do realize we have more work to do."
LSU will play Auburn at Plainsman Park in the second game of their Southeastern Conference series Friday at 6 p.m. Nola (8-1) will be the starting pitcher for LSU.