Johnny Vander Meer is famous because he's the only pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw back-to-back no hitters.
Well, LSU senior lefty Jared Poche' nearly became a household name across the country, because he was three outs away from accomplishing the same feat.
Poche, who tossed a seven-inning no-hitter last week against Army, did not allow a hit in the first eight innings against Maryland on a Mardi Gras weekend Saturday afternoon.
But Poche's chance at history ended when Zach Jancarski hit a chopper over the mound for a base hit to lead off the 9th inning. It was the first base hit allowed by Poche in 15-plus innings.
Poche, who had six strikeouts on the afternoon, still recorded the win as Tigers won easily 14-0. LSU busted this one up with a seven-run 3rd inning. An inning in which LSU hit three triples, which is believed to be a school record for most triples in an innings.
The Tigers had 18 hits on the afternoon. Antoine Duplantis and Jake Slaughter each had three base knocks. Duplantis scored three runs and Slaugther had 3 RBI. Greg Deichmann also drove in three runs and leads the team with 11 RBI on the season.
LSU goes for the sweep on Sunday at 11 AM when the Tigers and Terps wrap-up their three-game series. Freshman right-hander Eric Walker will start on the hill.
Photo Credit: Steve Franz- LSU Athletics