The Official Website of the Southeastern Conference
The Official Website of the Southeastern Conference

LSU opens SEC play with win over Ole Miss

1589 days ago
LSU Athletics
Photo: Steve Franz

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU (17-1, 1-0) captured the first game of SEC play this season, defeating Ole Miss (9-8, 0-1) by a score of 6-4 at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field Friday night.

The Tigers extended their win streak to 14 games, which marks the longest win streak since 2013 when LSU won 15 straight from late March to mid-April.

Jared Poche' earned his fifth win of the season. He had two earned runs off of six hits, walked three and struck out six in his five innings pitched.

Ole Miss junior Christian Trent suffered his first loss of the year after firing seven innings for the Rebels. He had six runs, four earned runs, nine hits and struck out three during his outing.

Conner Hale led the Tigers at the plate, going 3-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Tigers will look to take Game 2 of the series from the Rebels Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and will be broadcast live on LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live audio of the game through the GeauxZone.

After walking the first batter of the game, Poche' retired the next eight before giving up an infield single to Ole Miss left fielder Kyle Watson. The game was scoreless through two and a half innings.

In the bottom of the third, junior centerfielder Andrew Stevenson hit an infield chopper to the right side, and senior second baseman Jared Foster followed with a bloop single to shallow right field. Stevenson stole his sixth bag of the year and scored after sophomore first baseman Danny Zardon grounded into a double play. Heading into the fourth, the Tigers were leading Ole Miss 1-0.

Junior right fielder Mark Laird led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to left field. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Trent, and junior shortstop Alex Bregman reached first on an error by Ole Miss shortstop Errol Robinson. With runners in scoring position and one out, Hale hit a two-RBI double to right field and scored from second on a Stevenson single.

Ole Miss answered with two runs in the top of the fifth. Second baseman Tate Blackman hit a one-out single to centerfield, and right fielder Cameron Dishon followed with a double to right field. With runners in scoring position, Watson singled through the left side to plate two runs. Heading into the bottom of the fifth, LSU had a two-run lead over the Rebels.

The Tigers tacked on two runs in the bottom of the sixth, the first coming from a solo shot by Bregman over the left-center wall. Hale and senior catcher Kade Scivicque reached on back-to-back singles, and Hale scored from third on a wild pitch from Trent. After six, LSU led 6-2.

Watson hit an infield single to lead off the top of the seventh. With one out, Woodman hit a home run to right-center to cut the Tigers' lead to two runs.

Freshman closer Jesse Stallings earned his eighth save of the year, striking out two in the top of the ninth inning.