True freshman Jared Poché pitched a six-inning shutout, Andrew Stevenson had a three-hit outing and freshman second baseman Kramer Robertson put on a defensive show in LSU’s 6-0 win over Grambling on Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.
Poché, a Lutcher native in his first college start, faced the minimum in four innings, allowed four hits and struck out three.
LSU (3-0) had nine hits, scored in four different innings and capped its three-game, season-opening weekend with its first blowout of the year over a team picked to finish last in the SWAC Western Division.
The Tigers started four true freshmen: Poché, third baseman Danny Zardon, Robertson and Dakota Dean as the designated hitter.
Robertson, who is the son of Baylo women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, shined. He reached base in his first three appearances and made a host of web gems.
The best came in the third inning. Robertson made a sliding grab at the wall in right field while on his back.
The crowd – an announced 5,832 – roared its approval for the freshman. Robertson also scored three runs, including one on a steal. He turned a double play with shortstop Alex Bregman and made a backhand, on-the-run catch on a blooper in the sixth.
Stevenson, batting leadoff in place of Sean McMullen, opened the game with three hits, his first career three-hit game. First baseman Chris Chinea had LSU’s first home run of the season, a screaming line drive just over the left field wall in the seventh inning.
LSU used five pitchers. The only real trouble came in the sixth inning. Poché allowed back to back hits to lead off the frame. He had a runner on third with one out and got out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout.
The Tigers play at Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday.