LSU dominates Vanderbilt in SEC tourney

The 8th-ranked LSU Tigers continued their recent offensive surge with 11 runs on 15 hits, as the Tigers run-ruled 10th-ranked Vanderbilt, 11-1, in seven innings at the SEC tournament.

Dating back to last Tuesday night, LSU has outscored its opponents 67-5 in five straight wins.

Sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman led LSU with five RBI, including a three-run home run. Bregman, Mark Laird and Conner Hale each tallied three hits for the Tigers. Laird also scored four runs and added two stolen bases.

"I think we came out today with the approach of getting on base and putting together quality at-bats," Alex Bregman said. "We stuck to that approach the entire game, and the ball was traveling well."

Freshman pitcher Jared Poche' fired seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits to earn his ninth victory on the mound. After a tough first inning, Poche' found a groove as his teammates backed him with great defense and plenty of run support.

"It was a great, solid victory for the Tigers today," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "It was just an outstanding performance in every phase. Poche' set the tone, he pitched around some trouble in the first inning and limited the damage. It was one of those day where we swung the bats great again, and we played very good defense. It was a good way to start the tournament by beating an outstanding ball club like Vanderbilt."

With the win, LSU (41-14-1) will next play Thursday at 4:30 against the winner of Wednesday's Ole Miss vs Arkansas game.

LSU ace Aaron Nola (9-1, 1.42 ERA) will start for the Tigers on Thursday.