OMAHA, NE (WVUE) - TCU took advantage of four LSU errors to defeat the Tigers 10-3 in their College World Series opening game.
LSU's starting pitcher Jared Poche faced the minimum through three innings, but he began to struggle in the fourth, allowing two runners to reach base on back-to-back throwing errors. TCU then brought both of those runners in with RBI singles to take
a 2-0 lead.
LSU posted its first run on an Andrew Stevenson RBI groundout in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tigers collected eight hits on the day but could not take advantage of early scoring opportunities. Jared Foster was gunned down at home plate to end
the third inning.
In the fifth, Poche ran into more trouble, loading the bases with one out. An error on third baseman Conner Hale allowed TCU to plate its third run before Poche hit a batter to give the Horned Frogs a 4-1 lead.
TCU's Connor Wanhanen then singled home two more runs to make it 6-1 and end Poche's day. The sophomore finished with 4.1 innings pitched, allowing six runs, four hits, two walks and one hit batter.
TCU added a seventh run in the seventh inning following another hit batter and a throwing error on LSU catcher Kade Scivicque. The Horned Frogs took an 8-1 lead on a Dane Steinhagen RBI single. Derek Odell followed with a two-run double to make it 10-1.
Jared Foster launched a solo home run in the Tiger eighth inning to give LSU its second run. Later in the frame, Kade Scivicque singled in another Tiger run to cap the scoring.
LSU will next play in an elimination game on Tuesday at 2:00 against the loser of Sunday night's Vanderbilt vs Cal State Fullerton game.