BATON ROUGE, La. --Sophomore Jared Poche' nearly mirrored freshman Alex Lange's pitching gem with a 2-0, five-hit shutout of UNC Wilmington on a Monday to give the LSU baseball team it's 21st NCAA Regional Championship.
Poche' allowed six hits with a career-best eight strikeouts and gave the Tigers a three-game sweep of the four-team regional at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Following a two-out double in the top of the ninth by UNCW's Corey Dick, LSU's Parker Bugg entered to get the final out with a strikeout and earn his third save of the season.
LSU (51-10) will face the winner of the Houston Regional, either Louisiana-Lafayette or Rice, in a three-game NCAA Super Regional starting either Friday or Saturday at The Box. Dates and game times will be announced late Monday or early Tuesday.
At 1:09 a.m. Sunday, tournament Most Outstanding Player, Lange, polished off a six-hit complete-game shutout of UNCW by the same score (2-0) to put the Tigers in today's championship game.
LSU scored a pair of unearned run in the bottom of the second inning off Seahawks starter Justin Crump. With two outs, Andrew Stevenson reached on a fielding error by Dick and advanced to second on a balk. Chris Chinea's double down the left field line scored Stevenson from second, and Chinea came home on a single by Jake Fraley.