LSU fights off elimination, defeats Florida State 7-4
It was Jared Poche’s night, and he became LSU’s all time winningest pitcher. (39 wins)
With Monday night’s uncharacteristic loss, LSU forced themselves to have a very short memory and regroup to take on a solid Florida State ball club on the brink on elimination. Senior pitcher Jared Poche threw another masterful game, and posted a record-breaking performance. “If you would have told me four years ago that I would be in Omaha and break the all-time wins record, I wouldn’t believe it,” commented Poche.
Freshman Jake Slaughter hit a huge three-run homer in the second inning to give LSU an early 5-0 lead at TD Ameritrade Park. From there, it was the Jared Poche Show, as the senior thew eight innings with four strike outs.
“It’s going to take our very best effort to have any success against them, but we’re looking forward to it,” said Coach Mainieri on rematch with No. 1 Oregon State.
Another story to break has been the emergence of freshman closer Zack Hess, who has dominated in recent weeks. Hess tallied the final out as LSU notched their 50th win of the season. The Tigers will take on Oregon State in a rematch on Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.