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LSU pitcher Jared Poche

Bayou Bengal Briefing: An appreciation of LSU baseball’s Jared Poche

Alex Hickey

Welcome to the Bayou Bengal Briefing, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering LSU football with beat writer Alex Hickey. Today we salute the greateness of Jared Poche, dogs in the workplace, plus recruiting additions in football and even gymnastics.

Bayou Bengal Briefing: Jared Poché is truly LSU baseball’s all-time winner

Yogi Berra famously said “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” but even ol’ Yogi might have grimaced looking at LSU’s chances in the College World Series following its 13-1 loss to Oregon State on Monday.

It wasn’t just the fact the Tigers were shellacked. A team can bounce back from that. Bouncing back from a season-ending injury to a key cog like pitcher Eric Walker, however, posed an entirely different dilemma. In order to have any shot at beating the Beavers twice in a row, the Tigers needed near flawless performances from Jared Poché and Alex Lange on Wednesday and Friday to save all arms needed on Saturday.

And boy, did Poché ever deliver in LSU’s elimination game against Florida State. He pitched into the ninth, allowing the Tigers to preserve the bullpen for the next two games they will need to win to reach the championship series.

Had the Tigers needed four or five pitchers to get past the Seminoles, they would already be toast against the Beavers. Instead, they get to give the ball to Alex Lange, who is capable of doing the same as Poché this afternoon. And if he does, suddenly things don’t look so bad when Caleb Gilbert and a full bullpen are available Saturday.

Fittingly, the victory over Florida State placed Poché all by himself as LSU’s career wins leader. By earning that distinction in the way he did, he left no doubt that he is worthy of that crown.

LSU football: The RBs are coming, the RBs are coming!

One day of LSU’s high school football camp has produced a commitment.

Chris Curry, a 3-star running back from Florida, gave his verbal commitment to the Tigers Thursday night, as our Sam Spiegelman reported.

Curry is the first LSU running back commit in the Class of 2018. He is the second running back to commit to the Tigers this week, though, joining Class of 2019 prospect Tyrion Davis from Baton Rouge Southern Lab.

LSU Home Run Kid: Now a worldwide sensation

In Thursday’s briefing we told about the kid who was suddenly woken up from a comfortable slumber by Jake Slaughter’s three-run home run in the second inning of LSU’s 7-4 win over Florida State.

That kid now has an identity. He’s Cruz Couture, the son of LSU baseball trainer Cody Couture. And he’s also a lot more famous than any of us right now. ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt deemed him the best thing he saw all day on SportsCenter.

Pitcher Alex Lange is also a big fan of the “rally baby.” At LSU they can find anything to rally around, from marsupials to beach balls to toddlers.

LSU baseball remains popular for TV audiences

TV viewers can’t get enough of the Tigers. LSU’s two games against Florida State drew huge numbers for college baseball. As noted by ESPN’s Derek Volner, more than 1.25 viewers tuned in for each game.

Overall, College World Series ratings are at their highest mark since 2009 — the last time LSU won the national championship.

LSU gymnastics makes an addition

The football team isn’t the only one making noise in recruiting, though to our knowledge D-D Breaux does not tweet out “Hold That Tiger!” for each new addition to her program.

LSU gymnastics will benefit directly from Georgia’s firing of coach Danna Durante. Her daughter, Sami, previously a Bulldogs commit, has flipped (or vaulted?) to LSU.

The Tigers finished second in the nation this year.

Today in made-up holidays

June 23 is one of the most wonderful days of the year: National Take Your Dog to Work Day. According to the National Day Calendar, this day always falls on the first Friday following Father’s Day.

If you need to convince your jerk of a boss to comply with allowing you to bring your dog to work, here’s a real scientific-type study showing how the workplace is improved by the presence of man’s best friend. If you haven’t clicked yet, it’s also got a picture of a beagle wearing glasses. If you still haven’t clicked, clearly you must be the jerk boss not allowing dogs at work.

Personally, I hope Ed Orgeron has a dog that he will bring to the LSU football office today. If you can think of a breed that would best suit Coach O in that whole “dog who looks like its owner” kind of way, leave a suggestion below.

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