LSU Baseball Wins Regional Title, Defeat UNC-Wilmington, 2-0
The LSU Tigers captured their 21st regional championship on Monday afternoon, defeating the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, 2-0, to win the Baton Rouge Regional at Alex Box Stadium.
With the win, LSU, who was the top-seed in the regional, and the #2-overall national seed, advances to an NCAA Super Regional for the 11th time since the format began back in 1999.
Sophomore left-hander Jared Poche (88-1) was the story, tossing 8.2 innings of six-hit shutout baseball, while striking out a career-best eight hitters.
Jake Fraley led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a run batted, as the Tigers outhit the Seahawks, 8-6.
LSU scored the only two runs of the game, both unearned, in the bottom half of the second inning when Andrew Stevenson reached on an error, went to second on a balk, and scored on Chris Chinea's double to left, before Jake Fraley singled home Chinea, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
That would be all the scoring LSU would need, as Poche pitched 8.2 innings of superb baseball, before Parker Bugg came on to record the last out, nailing down the regional crown for the Tigers.
It was the second-consecutive 2-0 victory for LSU over UNC-Wilmington, after another such win on Saturday night, as the Tigers pitched consecutive shutouts for the first time in its 190-game NCAA postseason history.
With the victory, LSU improved to 51-10, while for UNC-Wilmington had their season come to an end with a record of 41-18.
The Tigers will be at home for an NCAA Super Regional this weekend, playing host to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, winners of the Houston, Texas Regional, in a best-of-three game series.