Late Rally Lifts LSU Past Cajuns 6-3

BATON ROUGE – Kade Scivicque broke up a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning and Alex Bregman fueled a four-run eighth inning as top-ranked LSU defeated the No. 16-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team, 6-3, on Sunday in the Baton Rouge Super Regional before an announced crowd of 11,795 at Alex Box Stadium.

Lefthander Jared Poche fanned seven batters and allowed five hits in 7.2 innings as LSU (53-10) earned its 17th trip to the College World Series. Louisiana, making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals and fourth overall, ended its season at 42-23.

The game was a pitcher's duel for the first six innings between Poche and UL starter Gunner Leger (6-5). Both pitchers retired the side in the second inning before the Ragin' Cajuns turned a 4-6-3 double play in the third with the Tigers countering with an inning-ending double play in the fourth after Louisiana put runners on first and second with a pair of base hits.

"Our two true freshmen came in here and just threw lights out for us, and that's all you can ask for as a head coach," Louisiana head coach Tony Robichaux said of Leger and Saturday starter Wyatt Marks. "To be able to come in here and put in two freshmen like that under the conditions we were in and keep us where they were (was impressive).

"I stuck with him (Leger) all the way through, and if I had the choice to do it again, I'd do it again. He's not just a freshman, he's a man. He mans up and he gets after what he has to get after and I gave him that opportunity tonight. Credit (Alex) Bregman … he got a ball back through the middle on us and we let one inning get away from us in two days. That's pretty good coming in here against a quality opponent."

Louisiana threatened in the sixth inning as Joe Robbins reached on a fielding error by Bregman and Stefan Trosclair was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second. But Poche got out of the jam as he got Tyler Girouard to line to second baseman Jared Foster for a second inning-ending double play.

LSU led off the seventh inning when Bregman popped up to shortstop before Scivicque hit a 1-and-0 pitch off Leger over the left field fence for his sixth home run of the season. The Tigers added a runner when Connor Hale reached on a throwing error, but Leger settled down as he got Chris Chinea to fly out to right before fanning Andrew Stevenson to end the frame.

Bregman, who was mired in an 0-for-15 slump since opening NCAA Regional play, then fueled a four-run eighth for the Tigers as he hit a two-run RBI single up the middle to chase Leger for freshman Dylan Moore.

After Bregman stole second and Scivicque drew a walk, Hale tripled to right field to drive in both runners and give LSU a 5-0 lead.

Kyle Clement, who helped spearhead the Cajuns' defense with a pair of spectacular fourth-inning grabs, drove in a run in the eighth on a fielder's choice before Kennon Fontenot added a pinch-hit RBI triple and Dylan Butler a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Mark Laird, who went 2-for-5 to lead LSU at the plate, added an insurance run for the Tigers in the ninth when his two-out single to right scored Chris Sciambra.

Blake Trahan finished 1-for-5 at the plate for Louisiana, which finished with seven hits and stranded seven. Girouard, one of five Ragin' Cajuns seniors on the 2015 team, finished 1-for-4 at the plate with Powell (1-for-4), Butler (1-for-1) and Moore (0-for-4) competing in their final game in a Louisiana uniform.

Greg Milhorn, the lone senior pitcher on the squad, tossed 1.1 innings and allowed one hit for the Ragin' Cajuns.


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