Jonathan Mailhes, TigerRag.com

LSU and Poche look to send the Tigers to the College World Series

June 11, 2017 - 3:24 pm
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Jeff Palermo reporting...

LSU is one win away from Omaha and they'll look to sweep Mississippi State on Sunday night. Jared Poche will get the ball for the Tigers. A win for Poche and he'll move into a tie for most wins in LSU history. 
 
Game 2 will begin at 8:05.

Saturday night LSU was down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 8th and needed some Alex Box Stadium magic. A leadoff walk to Kramer Robertson got the Louisiana voodoo cooking and it sparked a 4-run rally in the 8th inning and 4-3 win over SEC rival Mississippi State. 

After Robertson's walk, Cole Freeman singled with one out. That's when Greg Deichmann doubled to score both runs to make it a 3-2 game in favor of Mississippi State. 
 
Freshman Zach Watson drilled a base hit to left field to score Deichmann and Watson would eventually score on a sacrifice fly by Michael Papierski.  
 
Freshman Zack Hess (7-1) gave up a lead-off single in the 9th inning. But retired the next three batters, including the last one with a 95 mph fastball to secure a 4-3 win. 
 
Hess relieved Alex Lange, who started the game by allowing Mississippi State to score a run in the 1st inning. But he limited the damage in that inning, as he struck out two with the bases loaded. 
 
Mississippi State chased Lange in the 8th inning with a two-run single by Cody Brown. 
 
Prior to the 8th inning eruption by the Tigers, LSU missed out on opportunities. They had a runner at third base with less than two outs, three times, but failed to score.
 
In the 7th inning, Beau Jordan was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Jake Slaughter fly ball to center field. 
 
Bulldogs starting pitcher Konnor Pilkington was very good as he pitched six shutout innings. Closer Riley Self (5-2) suffered the loss, as he allowed a go-ahead run to score. 
 

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