INSIDE THE BOX
BOX SCORE | LSU 7, Texas A&M 4
Recap | Back on track? Offense comes alive as LSU tops Aggies 7-4
Point of emphasis | Hitting with runners in scoring position was a major about-face for the Tigers as their first four runs all came in those situations.
W – Jared Poche (6-1)
L – Stephen Kopek (2-2)
Sv. – None
GW RBI – Antoine Duplantis RBI 1B in the 3rd inning
RECORDS: Texas A&M 18-10, 2-6 SEC; LSU 19-9, 5-3
CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS
- After struggling for five games, including Thursday, the top four hitters in the Tigers’ lineup came up huge in the win: Cole Freeman (2-for-4, R), Antoine Duplantis (2-for-5, R, RBI), Kramer Robertson (3-for-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBIs) and Greg Deichmann 1-for-4, HR, R, RBI).
- Freeman’s 2-hit game was his 13th multi-hit game this season, which tops the team. Robertson now has 11.
- LSU pitchers struck out 9 batters, marking the ninth time in 11 games they have recorded 9 or more Ks.
- Getting his first SEC start, freshman Rankin Woley collected a pair of hits and also played a clean game at first base.
- 71 of Jared Poche’s season-high 108 pitches were strikes. He led the way as LSU threw 28 first-pitch strikes to 39 batters.
- Though the Tigers’ offense was decidedly more effective, they still left 12 men on base, seven in their final four at-bats.
- Texas A&M’s leadoff man reached base in 6 of 9 innings. Only one scored, though, because Poche limited the Aggie batter behind the leadoff man to 1-for-6.
QUOTE OF NOTE
“We certainly had some opportunities to get to Poche early in the game. We had the leadoff man on each of the first 4 innings and the runner in scoring position two of those four, but we weren't able to cash in. If you don't get to a great pitcher like that early on, he'll settle in, and he did. On our end, we have to play on a higher level more consistently to compete in SEC play.”
--- Texas A&M coach Rob Childress
Game 3 | 2:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Alex Box Stadium
RADIO: 98.1-FM (Baton Rouge)
TV/LIVESTREAM: ESPN2, WatchESPN.com
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PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Texas A&M, Jr. RH Corbin Martin (2-2, 4.07 ERA, 24.1 IP, 38 SO/14 BB, .247 opponent batting average) vs. LSU, Fr. Eric Walker (3-0, 3.69 ERA, 31.2 IP, 36 SO/9 BB, .237 OBA)