BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU (8-1) earned its fifth-straight victory Friday night by defeating the Princeton Tigers (0-1) in the first game of the series by a score of 3-2.
LSU returns to action Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m. The second game will start approximately 45 minutes following the conclusion of the first game in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. Both games will be available online through the SEC Network+, Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app. Live audio will be streamed in the Geaux Zone, and the game may be heard on LSU radio affiliates throughout the state.
Jared Poche' (3-0) got the start for the Tigers and worked 6.2 innings with six hits, two earned runs and five strikeouts.
Princeton's Chad Powers (0-1) earned the loss going five innings and giving up two hits with three runs.
In the bottom of the third inning, Jake Fraley drove in Jared Foster on a base hit to put LSU ahead 1-0. Fraley stole third and was able to score on a throwing error from the catcher to extend LSU's lead to 2-0.
Princeton's Danny Hoy doubled to left field in the top of the fourth and was able to advance to third after a wild pitch from Poche'. Zack Belski singled to center on the next play to bring in Hoy to cut the lead to 2-1.
In the bottom half of the inning, Conner Hale singled to left field to score Alex Bregman from second base for LSU's third run of the game.
Poche' gave up a solo shot to Billy Arendt to begin the sixth to put Princeton within one run.
Princeton attempted a rally in the seventh as a double from Cody Phillips advanced a runner to third with only one out. Poche' then retired the next batter on a 2-3 strikeout. Alden Cartwright came in relief and forced Arendt to fly out to strand the runners.
Jesse Stallings closed out the game for LSU by striking out the side and earned his fifth save of the season.