Jake Fraley had two hits and drove in two runs as LSU defeated Southern 8-0 in a non-conference game at The Box on Wednesday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - Fraley walked. After Chris Sciambra flied out to the leftfielder, Fraley stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Jose DeLaTorre. Fraley scored on a double by Alex Bregman. Tyler Moore singled with Bregman advancing to third. Bregman scored on a safety squeeze bunt by Kramer Robertson. LSU 2, SOUTHERN 0
LSU second inning - With one out, Jarret DeHart doubled. After Danny Zardon walked, DeHart scored on a double by Fraley. LSU 3, SOUTHERN 0
LSU fourth inning - With one out, Zardon walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Fraley. Zardon scored on a single by Sciambra. LSU 4, SOUTHERN 0
LSU fifth inning - Robertson reached on an error by third baseman Robinson Mateo and scored on a hit-and-run double by Cade Stone. After Chris Chinea flied out to the leftfielder and DeHart struck out, Stone advanced to third base on a single by Zardon. Stone scored on a single by Fraley. After Sciambra walked, Zardon scored on a wild pitch by Sam May. LSU 7, SOUTHERN 0
LSU seventh inning - DeHart tripled and scored on a wild pitch by James Fontenot. LSU 8, SOUTHERN 0
LSU WASTED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
Eighth inning - With one out, Robertson doubled. Stone flied out to the leftfielder and Dakota Dean struck out.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Fraley batted leadoff and reached base three times. He walked and scored a run in the first. Fraley doubled home a run in the second and delivered a two-out RBI single in fifth. Fraley has hit safely in all five games in which he has had an official at-bat this season. Fraley has six hits for the year with four of them being extra-base hits - two doubles, one triple and one home run. He is 6-for-10 for the season.
In a tuneup for his Sunday start at Vanderbilt, Jared Poche threw two innings. He did allow three singles, two of which didn't leave the infield. Poche, who had one strikeout, was forced to pitch out of trouble in both innings. Southern had a runner at second with one out in the first. Poche retired DeLaTorre and D.J. Wallace on ground balls to the shortstop Bregman. The Jaguars put the first two runners on base in the second. Poche struck out Sean Washington for the first out. Bregman made a very good play on Robinson Mateo's grounder in the hole and got a force out at second base. Poche then got Bud Morton to ground out to the third baseman Zardon to end the inning. Poche was credited with the victory, his fourth of the year, since it was announced prior to the game that LSU was going to use a minimum of three pitchers.
Alden Cartwright, the first of four LSU relievers, threw two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, hit a batter and recorded a season-high four strikeouts. Henri Faucheux permitted three base runners in his two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one. Southern had runners at second and third with two out in the sixth when Faucheux struck out Gavin Webster. Hunter Devall gave up three singles in his two scoreless innings. No one reached scoring position in that time as Moore threw out Mateo trying to steal second base. Devall had one strikeout. Nate Fury retired the side in order with one strikeout in the ninth.
Third baseman Christian Ibarra was not in the lineup due to a hamstring injury. Zardon replaced Ibarra. Ibarra is expected to play Friday at Vanderbilt. . .Zardon was one of six freshmen, including Poche, in the starting lineup. The other four were Fraley in centerfield, Robertson at second base, Stone in leftfield and DeHart as the designated hitter. . .DeHart's double in the second was his first extra-base hit of the season. . .Robinson, Stone and Zardon each had one hit. Stone had a double - his first extra-base hit of then year. Zardon also walked three times. . .Bregman extended his hitting streak to ten games with his first-inning double. Bregman is 17-for-38 during the hitting streak. . .Chinea, who had a hit in his last three games, went 0-for-3. . .Moore caught the last four innings and threw a runner out trying to steal. . .Jared Foster was supposed to be in the starting lineup, but he was sent home due to an upper respiratory problem. . .Southern starting pitcher Brady May allowed four runs of five hits in 3.2 innings. Jaguars pitchers walked eight, five by May. . .LSU stranded 11 runners, seven in scoring position. The Tigers were 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position. . .Robertson committed LSU's only error - his third of the season. . .Southern hitters were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. . .Brian Rowry had three of the Jaguars' eight hits. . .Former LSU pitcher Rick Greene is the Southern pitching coach. . .LSU, which has won seven straight games, is 16-2. Southern, which has lost nine consecutive games, is 2-9. . .The paid attendance was 10,111. The actual crowd was 2,730.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
"The game wasn't terribly exciting. It was a business-like effort on our part. I was really excited about getting the young guys a chance to play a full game. Jarret DeHart gets two hits. What can you say about Jake Fraley? He gets a hit it seems every time we give him a chance."
"Poche got his two innings. He is better than that. He was not as crisp as I hope he'll be Sunday at Vanderbilt. But, it was important to get him back on the mound. All of the guys out of the bullpen threw well."
"I was told coming in that I was not going to be an everyday starter. The veterans said to take advantage of every opportunity you get. Taking batting practice every day and facing our pitchers sometimes keep you in a groove."
"It definitely felt great to get a couple of hits. It just felt great to be out there. It's awesome just to be a part of a team like this. I am going to do whatever I can to contribute to the team."
LSU will play Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field in Nashville on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the first game of the initial Southeastern Conference series of the year. The Commodores (16-2) have won nine games in a row. Aaron Nola (4-0) will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers.