BATON ROUGE, La. -- Second-ranked LSU opened up the 2015 season with a 4-1 win over Kansas Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. This marks the 14th straight time that the Tigers have began the season with a win. LSU has now outscored its opponents 49-5 over its seven season opening victories at the new stadium.
LSU returns for game two of the series tomorrow at 2 p.m. Alex Lange will get the start for the Tigers. The game will be streamed live on SECNetwork+ through Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app. The game can also be heard live in the Geaux Zone and through the LSU Radio Affiliates in the state.
Jared Poche' earned the 10th win of his career with six scoreless innings. Poche' only allowed two hits and struck out five batters against one walk. He fired an economical 84 pitches, 50 for strikes. The sophomore left-hander didn't allow a Kansas baserunner to advance into scoring position.
LSU got off to a hot start in the bottom of the second. After singles by Chris Chinea and Andrew Stevenson, Kade Scivicque cleared the bases with a home run to left field to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
LSU tacked on another run during the third inning. Mark Laird set the table with a leadoff walk and stole second base. With two outs, Chinea hit a up the middle to score Laird and extend the LSU advantage to 4-0.
Kansas broke up the Tigers bid for a shutout with a run in the top of the eighth inning. With a runner on first base, Joven Afenir doubled into the left-centerfield gap to make it a 4-1 game.
LSU's Jesse Stallings struck out the side around a leadoff double to earn her first career save and seal the 4-1 victory for the Tigers.