BATON ROUGE, La. -- Junior Jared Poche' fired seven scoreless innings to lead sixth-ranked LSU to a 12-1 victory over Fordham in the opening game of the series Friday evening at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Poche' improved to 2-0 on the season and earned his 20th career victory. Fordham's Greg Weissert was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up four runs on six hits in five innings of work.
The Tigers are now 7-2 on the season, while the Rams dropped to 3-5. LSU and Fordham return to the diamond Saturday for a doubleheader to wrap up the series at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Both games may be viewed live online via SEC Network +, accessible at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Live audio of the games may be accessed at www.LSUsports.net/live with live stats at www.LSUstats.com.
The games can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network. The first game can be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE-FM 100.7. The second game can be heard in Baton Rouge on the flagship WDGL-FM 98.1 FM.
LSU scored four runs in the fourth inning. After right fielder Antoine Duplantis singled up the middle and left fielder Bryce Jordan singled through the left side to put runners on the corners, Papierski launced a three-run home run 414 feet to right field.
With two outs in the fourth, Lochridge reached first on a fielding errror by the shortstop on a fly ball in shallow center field. Lochridge advanced to second on a single by second baseman Cole Freeman and eventually moved to third on a balk by Weissert. Lochridge then scored with two outs on a wild pitch by Weisser.
The Tigers added five more runs in the sixth to get out to a comfortable 9-0 lead. Bryce Jordan led off with a wallk and Papierski followed with a single to right field. After Papierski moved to second on a wild pitch, third baseman Chris Reid collected his first collegiate hit, a RBI single to left field.
Pitcher Anthony Zimmerman entered the game and wakled Freeman to load the bases with one out. Zimmerman followed with another walk to Robertson, which scored Papierski. With the bases loaded, right fielder Mark Donadio dropped a routine fly ball to clear the bases.
LSU added two more runs in the seventh inning. Runners Brody Wofford and Bryce Jordan score on a wild pitch by Jake Bernardo and throwing error by catcher Pat Gardner to push LSU's lead to 11-0.
Fordham plated its run on the board in the top of the eighth inning. Right fielder Mark Donadio led off with a single through the left side and scored the Rams' lone run on a single by shortstop Joseph Devito through the left side.
The final LSU run came off of a solo home run to left field by Jordan Romero to left field in the eighth inning. It was Romero's second home run of the season.