In his first start of the season, LSU left-hander Jared Poche’ threw a seven-inning no-hitter in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Army. In his second start Saturday against Maryland, he threw eight innings of no-hit ball as the Terrapins fell to the Tigers, 14-0.
The southpaw worked 15 straight innings without allowing a hit to open his senior campaign. He surrendered just two walks and a hit batsman to the Terps before Zach Jancarski led off the ninth inning with an infield single up the middle.
While Poche’ (2-0) dazzled for the Tigers, Maryland right-hander Taylor Bloom (0-2) faltered for the second week in a row, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk over just two-plus innings of work. The junior led the team with a 2.45 ERA a season ago, but through two starts this year, his ERA sits at 14.4o.
Bloom’s struggles against the Tigers began as soon as he took the hill, as he hit leadoff hitter Cole Freeman on just the third pitch he threw. He loaded the bases with no out in the first, but escaped without too much damage, allowing just two runs on a sac fly and a single, and whiffing the final two hitters of the inning. The second was more of the same, as the Tigers plated two more on two singles, a Jancarski throwing error, and right fielder Greg Deichmann’s second sac fly of the game.
Down 4-0 entering the third, Bloom surrendered a single and a triple to open the frame and was subsequently pulled in favor of right-hander Cameron Enck. But Enck provided little relief, allowing four straight hits, a walk, and another hit before being replaced by Hunter Parsons with only one out. Parsons gave up two more runs, both charged to Enck, but then worked out of the jam. The final line on the inning: seven runs on eight hits, including three triples, as LSU broke it open with an 11-0 lead.
While the Tigers’ bats were smoking hot, the Terps’ were anything but that. A night after Alex Lange struck out twelve Terps, Poche’ stymied the Maryland lineup in a different way. The 6’1″ lefty pitched to contact, getting hitters to swing early and hit weak rollers and easy pop flies. Even Jancarski’s infield single that broke up the no-hit bid was not especially well hit, but rather just placed perfectly for the speedy outfielder to beat it out. Perhaps the hardest hit ball of the night for the Terps came off the bat of Will Watson in the seventh inning, when the Louisiana native smoked a ball to center field but was denied by center fielder Zach Watson’s running grab.
The lopsided score did allow several Terps to see action that they may not have otherwise had. Freshman right-hander Elliot Zoellner took the mound in the seventh for his first collegiate outing. The Annapolis, Md., native allowed a single and a walk, and worked a 2-0 count on the next hitter before being pulled in favor of Jamal Wade. Wade, a junior, began his college career as an outfielder, but the former high-school pitcher experimented on the mound over the summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He completed the seventh, allowing Zoellner’s inherited runners to score, but pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and picked up his first two collegiate strikeouts.
With the loss, the Terps fall to 1-5 on the season. They will be back in action Sunday at 12 p.m. as they look to salvage the last game of the three-game set with LSU. Freshman left-hander Tyler Blohm (1-0, 3.60 ERA) will get the ball for the Terps, while fellow freshman Eric Walker (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will take the hill for the Tigers.