Alex Box Stadium has been kind to LSU, both in the final games of the regular season and in the Regional.
That theme continued Tuesday in the Baton Rouge Regional as the top-seeded Tigers capped a late rally against No. 2 Rice in a 5-2 victory to punch their ticket to their 12th appearance in the Super Regional.
LSU’s march toward the College World Series will continue thanks to the team’s most recent triumph. Here are three reasons why the Tigers came out victorious:
1. Greg Deichmann’s heroics
The Brother Martin High School (New Orleans) product was a force at the plate, and that was made overly obvious with six base hits in total against the Owls. Deichmann came through with a monstrous two-run home run to put LSU on top against Rice in the top of the seventh inning. Deichmann’s shot travelled 426 feet to dead center field, and his 10th homer of the year proved to be the deciding hit of the game.
2. Jared Poche stymies in relief
Jake Latz may have gotten the nod for the Tigers, but Poche was clutch out of the bullpen. In his ninth win of the season, Poche retired the first 17 batters that he faced. Poche came into the game in the third inning and was dominant, notching five strikeouts against Rice. That effort in the relief role held the Owls in check as the LSU offense found its stride and eventually took over in the contest.
3. Insurance aplenty
While Deichmann came through with the pivotal two-run homer to put LSU on top, there were other key contributors in the lineup that helped the Tigers ensure a win. Mike Papierski’s solo home run to left field extended LSU’s lead to 4-2, then Kramer Robertson’s two-out RBI pushed the lead to 3. That set the stage for Hunter Newman to get the close save and the victory over Rice to win the Baton Rouge. Regional championship.