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No. 3 LSU shuts out Army

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Game 1

The LSU baseball team opened the 2017 season with a 9-0 win against Army, marking the largest opening game shutout for the Tigers since 1996.

The Tigers improved to 1-0 on the season and 11-0 in season openers under head coach Paul Mainieri, and Army fell to 0-2 on the year.

The teams will have another seven-inning game against Army at 4 p.m. CT Saturday. The game will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. It will also be broadcast live in Baton Rouge on 100.7 FM only. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio.

Senior southpaw Jared Poche' will make his 53rd career start in Saturday's second contest.

Junior right-hander Alex Lange (1-0) earned the win for the Tigers after firing five innings and striking out six, only giving up four hits. This marked the second time in his career that Lange did not allow a walk. The first occurred during an eight-inning outing during the 2015 season.

Right-hander Matt Ball (0-1) suffered the loss for Army after pitching 4.1 inning and surrendering seven runs, six earned, on five hits. The junior walked four and struck out one.

Second baseman Cole Freeman led off the 2017 season with a single to right field. The senior stole second base, advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a groundout to first by Antoine Duplantis. After shortstop Kramer Robertson walked, junior Greg Deichmann laced a 1-2 pitch over the right-centerfield wall as the Tigers took the 3-0 lead after one inning.

LSU grabbed the 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after freshman first baseman Jake Slaughter was first pitch swinging and drove the ball into the left field bleachers to mark his first collegiate hit and home run.

The Tigers tacked on five runs on three hits in the fifth inning. Left fielder Brennan Breaux singled through the right side to lead off the inning. Freeman doubled down the left field line, scoring Breaux. With Robertson and Freeman on the corners, Deichmann reached on a fielder's choice to score Freeman. After Slaughter was hit by a pitch to load the bases, designated hitter Bryce Adams dropped a single into left field to score Robertson. With the bases loaded, pinch hitter Nick Coomes hit a sacrifice fly to the left-centerfield warning track, driving in Slaughter as LSU had the 9-0 lead.

Caleb Gilbert and Austin Bain entered in relied for the Tigers. Gilbert pitched the sixth inning and walked one batter. Bain struck out one and gave up one hit in the seventh.

The LSU baseball team opened the 2017 season with a 9-0 win against Army, marking the largest opening game shutout for the Tigers since 1996.

The Tigers improved to 1-0 on the season and 11-0 in season openers under head coach Paul Mainieri, and Army fell to 0-2 on the year.

The teams will have another seven-inning game against Army at 4 p.m. CT Saturday. The game will be available online only via SEC Network+ and can be accessed at WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. It will also be broadcast live in Baton Rouge on 100.7 FM only. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio.

Senior southpaw Jared Poche' will make his 53rd career start in Saturday's second contest.

Junior right-hander Alex Lange (1-0) earned the win for the Tigers after firing five innings and striking out six, only giving up four hits. This marked the second time in his career that Lange did not allow a walk. The first occurred during an eight-inning outing during the 2015 season.

Right-hander Matt Ball (0-1) suffered the loss for Army after pitching 4.1 inning and surrendering seven runs, six earned, on five hits. The junior walked four and struck out one.

Second baseman Cole Freeman led off the 2017 season with a single to right field. The senior stole second base, advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a groundout to first by Antoine Duplantis. After shortstop Kramer Robertson walked, junior Greg Deichmann laced a 1-2 pitch over the right-centerfield wall as the Tigers took the 3-0 lead after one inning.

LSU grabbed the 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after freshman first baseman Jake Slaughter was first pitch swinging and drove the ball into the left field bleachers to mark his first collegiate hit and home run.

The Tigers tacked on five runs on three hits in the fifth inning. Left fielder Brennan Breaux singled through the right side to lead off the inning. Freeman doubled down the left field line, scoring Breaux. With Robertson and Freeman on the corners, Deichmann reached on a fielder's choice to score Freeman. After Slaughter was hit by a pitch to load the bases, designated hitter Bryce Adams dropped a single into left field to score Robertson. With the bases loaded, pinch hitter Nick Coomes hit a sacrifice fly to the left-centerfield warning track, driving in Slaughter as LSU had the 9-0 lead.

Caleb Gilbert and Austin Bain entered in relied for the Tigers. Gilbert pitched the sixth inning and walked one batter. Bain struck out one and gave up one hit in the seventh.

Game 2

BATON ROUGE - Senior Jared Poche' fired seven no-hit innings as LSU defeated Army 6-0 for LSU baseball's 2,500 win Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium Skip Bertman Field.

Poche's no-hitter marked the sixth in school history and the first individual no-hitter since March 14, 1979. The last no-hitter was a combined no-hitter on May 13, 2014 when LSU defeated Northwestern State 27-0.

LSU opened the season with back-to-back shutouts for the first time since May 30, 2015 and June 1, 2015 when the Tigers blanked UNC-Wilmington, 2-0, in consecutive games in the Baton Rouge Regional.

The Tigers improved to 2-0 on the season, and Army fell to 0-3 on the year.

The teams will cap off Military Appreciation Weekend with a game against Air Force at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast live on the LSU Sports Radio Network, including 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge. There will be no video for tomorrow's game. Fans can also go to LSUsports.net for live stats and audio

Freshman right-hander Eric Walker will make his collegiate debut on the mound Sunday.

Poche' improved to 1-0 on the year after throwing seven innings and striking out four.

Left-hander Ty Giovinco (0-1) suffered the loss for the Black Knights. The sophomore tossed five innings and gave up six runs on nine hits with one walk.

The Tigers took the 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Designated hitter Bryce Adams led off the inning with a double and catcher Michael Papierski followed with a single to put runners on first and third for third baseman Josh Smith. The freshman followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, which scored Adams. After centerfielder Antoine Duplantis reached on a fielder's choice, shortstop Kramer Robertson tripled to the right field corner to drive in two runs.

LSU tacked on three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. First baseman Jake Slaughter singled through the right side, and left fielder Beau Jordan doubled to right field to put runners on the corners. Adams was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Slaughter scored on a wild pitch. With one out, freshman third baseman Josh Smith singled to first base to score Beau Jordan from third. Second baseman Cole Freeman followed with a single to third to score pinch runner Zach Watson as the Tigers took the 6-0 lead.