OMAHA, NE (WVUE) - Jared Poche surrendered just one run in 16.1 innings in his two post-season starts this year. He'll try to keep that momentum going against TCU.
"After that regional, kinda used that to carry over to that super regional and it worked out," Poche said. "Hopefully I can carry that on Sunday."
The former Lutcher Bulldog will make his College World Series debut, but coach Paul Mainieri views Poche as the unquestioned leader of a young Tiger pitching staff.
"Poche has been our opening day starter for most of the year on our weekend series," Mainieri said. "He's the grizzled veteran in his sophomore year on our staff with all our freshman pitchers."
Poche added, "Nothing new to me. I think it will be fun, opening up the College World Series for us. I'm looking forward to it."
"Hey, the first game is important, but the second game is equally as important," Mainieri said. "So the bottom line is that we have two starting pitchers that need to perform well for us if we have any chance to win this thing."
TCU will counter with a true veteran in their senior ace Preston Morrison, who leads the Horned Frogs with 11 wins to go along with a 2.55 ERA and 86 strikeouts.
"He's the best pitcher in the history of our school, most successful at least," TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "Not the biggest arm, but he's just got presence. He pitched really well here last year. He's going to give us, at least on that particular day, the best chance to be successful."
Preston Morrison added, "They're a great hitting team, they're gonna make you pay for your mistakes, so you have to be locked in and make your pitches whenever you can."
With Poche pitching on Sunday, LSU is saving ace Alex Lange for Tuesdays game. The National Freshman pitcher of the year will face either Cal State Fullerton or the defending national champion Vanderbilt Commodores.