Mainieri sticking with Poche' in Friday night role for now
BATON ROUGE - Although the LSU Tigers have a game Tuesday at Tulane, interview discussions with Paul Maineiri turned to his weekend pitching rotation which Mainieri says will remain the same despite a poor showing by Friday night regular Jared Poche'.
The former Lutcher Bulldog gave up the most hits of his career (10) and gave up 5 runs in 3 and 2/3 innings against Arkansas last Thursday.
Mainieri said it would be a mistake to make a switch to freshman Alex Lange, who is undefeated and struck out 13 in a no-decision against Ole Miss.
"I have a strong sense that he'll bounce back this weekend, and give us a typical Jared Poche' performance," said Mainieri.
"I've not lost one once of confidence in him. He's our leader, and he's going to pitch again opening night this weekend."
Mainieri didn't rule out the possibility of a switch in the future.
"Now I'm not saying something down the road couldn't happen at some point, but this is not the time for it, I'm one hundred percent confident this isn't the time for it."