LSU baseball opens series with Fordham with 12-1 Victory
BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior Jared Poche' fired seven scoreless innings to lead sixth-ranked LSU to a 12-1 victory over Fordham in the opening game of the series Friday evening at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Poche' improved to 2-0 on the season and earned his 20th career victory. Fordham's Greg Weissert (0-1) was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up four runs on six hits in five innings of work.
The Tigers are now 7-2 on the season, while the Rams dropped to 3-5. LSU and Fordham return to the diamond Saturday for a doubleheader to wrap up the series at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Both games may be viewed live online via SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Live audio of the games may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net/live with live stats at www.LSUstats.com.
The games can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. The first game can be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE-FM 100.7. The second game can be heard in Baton Rouge on the flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM.
Poche’ blanked the Rams through seven innings, allowing eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
“Tonight’s game was vintage Jared Poche’,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He battles and competes on every pitch, and he always seems to make the big pitch when he needs to. It wasn’t one of his more dominating outings, but we played great defense behind him, and we put together a couple of big innings.”
LSU scored four runs in the fourth inning. After right fielder Antoine Duplantis singled up the middle and left fielder Bryce Jordan singled through the left side to put runners on the corners, Papierski launched a three-run home run 414 feet to right field.
“That was a blast, wasn’t it? Maybe two-thirds of the way up in the right-field bleachers,” Mainieri said of Papierski’s home run, his first of the season. “(LSU hitting coach) Andy Cannizaro has been working with Michael on making some adjustments at the plate, and he really swung the bat with confidence tonight.”
With two outs in the fourth, LSU third baseman O’Neal Lochridge reached on a fielding error by the shortstop on a fly ball into shallow center field. Lochridge advanced to second on a single by second baseman Cole Freeman and eventually moved to third on a balk by Weissert. Lochridge then scored with two outs on a wild pitch by Weissert.
The Tigers added five more runs in the sixth to get out to a comfortable 9-0 lead. Bryce Jordan led off with a walk and Papierski followed with a single to right field. After Papierski moved to second on a wild pitch, third baseman Chris Reid collected his first collegiate hit, a RBI single to left field.
Pitcher Anthony Zimmerman entered the game and walked Freeman to load the bases with one out. Zimmerman followed with another walk to Robertson, which scored Papierski. With the bases loaded, right fielder Mark Donadio misplayed a fly ball to clear the bases for the Tigers.
LSU added two more runs in the seventh inning. Runners Brody Wofford and Bryce Jordan score on a wild pitch by Jake Bernardo and a throwing error by catcher Pat Gardner to push LSU's lead to 11-0.
Fordham plated its run on the board in the top of the eighth inning. Right fielder Mark Donadio led off with a single through the left side and scored the Rams' lone run on a single by shortstop Joseph DeVito through the left side.
The final LSU run came on a solo home run to left field by pinch hitter Jordan Romero in the eighth inning. It was Romero's second home run of the season.