For the second day in a row, the LSU baseball team couldn’t land hits when it needed them the most.
No. 4 LSU lost to No. 12 Florida for the second time in two days, falling 8-1 on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., to drop its first SEC series of 2017.
LSU’s offense went 0 for 12 with runners on base and 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position to strand six runners. When combined with a shutout loss Friday night, that drops LSU (17-7, 3-2 SEC) to 1 for 28 with runners on base and 0 for 14 with runners in scoring position for the series.
Starter Jared Poché, who had allowed 1 run in 5 starts prior to Saturday, allowed 4 runs — 3 earned — on 6 hits, 4 walks, 2 hit batters and 1 wild pitch. Poché threw 4 innings plus a couple of batters in the fifth before being replaced by Austin Bain, who threw for 2 innings.
Florida (16-8, 2-3) jumped on Poché early, loading the bases with no outs in the second inning. Poché allowed 1 run from that situation, hitting a batter to score a run, but then set down the next three batters to limit the damage. The Gators scored runs off Poché in the next three innings before coach Paul Mainieri removed him.
LSU couldn’t get the ball to carry against Florida starter Brady Singer. The right-hander induced 12 ground-ball outs, 1 of which resulted in a double play, in a complete-game effort.
For the second day in a row, LSU couldn’t draw a walk off Florida’s starter. The Tigers scored their run off an RBI groundout from freshman Josh Smith.
What’s next for LSU baseball?
The Tigers look to prevent the series sweep Sunday as freshman Eric Walker puts his undefeated record on the line for LSU as the starting pitcher. The game is scheduled to start at noon CT and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
You can watch the game online via a stream at WatchESPN.