LSU pitcher Jared Poche’ (16) is expected to pitch Game 2 against UL Lafayette.BATON ROUGE – As so many LSU people seethed over a noon game Monday instead of a midnight run the night before, LSU pitcher Jared Poche’s performance turned night into day.The Tigers’ sophomore left-hander from Lutcher stepped to the mound at high noon Monday against North Carolina Wilmington after the worst performance of his career. On May 20 at the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Hoover, Alabama, he lasted exactly one inning – allowing three hits, two walks and two earned runs. It was his briefest start of this season by two and two-thirds innings.Poche responded with his second longest appearance of the season at eight and two-thirds innings, limiting UNCW to six hits, one walk and no runs for a 2-0 victory at Alex Box Stadium to go to 8-1 on the season.The win advanced the No. 1 Tigers (51-10) to the best-of-three Super Regional beginning this Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 against UL Lafayette (44-19) at the Box with the winner advancing to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.No. 1 LSU advances to Super Regional“You know, it’s pretty indescribable to be honest, walking off the field with all those fans cheering,” Poche said after the regional title game. “Couldn’t help but have a little grin. For me coming off last week’s performance and having an outing like that, it definitely helps for this weekend, momentum-wise. It helps me lock in and get in the zone.”Poche (8-1, 3.05 ERA) is expected to start game two of the Super Regional, which will be Sunday at either 5 p.m. on ESPNU or at 6 p.m. on ESPN2, depending on what happens in the other seven Super Regionals. Freshman right-hander Alex Lange (11-0, 1.76 ERA) is expected to start Saturday.LSU was originally scheduled to play UNCW on Sunday night, but NCAA officials moved the game to noon Monday for better weather after more than eight hours of rain delays through the first three days of the Baton Rouge Regional. Poche had geared himself up to pitch Sunday night.“It was tough, but I mean, I didn’t get to the field until about 8 o’clock,” Poche said. “So I was only here for about an hour (before the postponement decision). It was a little frustrating, but we got past it. Great teams have to handle adversity, and I think we did a great job of that today.”Poche said he did not pitch angry. “No, not really,” he said. “Just kind of wanted to get back to myself.”LSU catcher Kade Scivicque and pitching coach Alan Dunn each told Poche he had not been pitching like himself in recent outings. Before the SEC Tournament fiasco, Poche allowed nine hits and five runs in six innings at South Carolina on May 14 in a 10-7 LSU loss. He lasted just three and two-thirds innings before that on May 8 as he allowed seven hits and three runs to Missouri in an 8-3 LSU win.LSU, UL Lafayette face uncertaintyPoche’s victory over UNCW was his first since beating Georgia, 9-1, on April 18 when he gave up only four hits and one run in seven innings. “I needed to be gritty, and just kind of prove I was better than I was pitching,” he said.The doubters were surfacing as Poche slumped.“He’d had a couple of rough outings,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said, “and people were saying, ‘Why did you stick with Poche?’ Because I know what this kid is made of. I knew today that Jared Poche would go out there and be a man. If he doesn’t succeed, it’s not ever going to be because he choked or he didn’t give you his best effort or he didn’t want to succeed. Just some days, the game is hard to play, and you’ve got to give credit to the other team.”Mainieri also did not have much choice as he has struggled to find a No. 3 starter after Lange and Poche.“He just pitched a tremendous ballgame, and he deserves everything — all the accolades that come his way,” Mainieri said.“It’s a great feeling to be going to the Super Regional,” said Poche, who started LSU’s NCAA Regional opening win against Southeastern Louisiana as a freshman in 2014 before the Tigers lost their last two games to Houston in the Box for the regional title.“It didn’t work out for us,” he said. “We were hoping to get there (to the Super). After winning this game, we’re going to be there. Last year, that atmosphere was unbelievable. I don’t expect anything less.”Mainieri will expect the same or close to it from Poche, who threw 121 pitches Monday and just missed a complete game.“It would have been nice to see Jared finish. He gave every ounce of everything he had on a hot afternoon,” Mainieri said. “I was very surprised he was still in the game at that point. To shut that team down was amazing.”LANGE NATIONAL FRESHMAN PITCHER OF YEAR: LSU right-hander Alex Lange of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was named the national freshman pitcher of the year by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday.Lange (11-0, 1.76 ERA) became the first LSU freshman in history to strike out 100 batters on Saturday when he struck out 12 in a 2-0 win over North Carolina Wilmington in the Baton Rouge Regional and has 110 on the year. He has limited opposing batters to a .206 batting average on the season for fifth in the SEC.He previously was named a first team All-American and the SEC freshman of the year. Lange is the sixth LSU player to earn national freshman of the year honors. The previous winners were second baseman Todd Walker in 1992, pitcher Brett Laxton in 1993, second baseman Mike Fontenot in 2000, pitcher Lane Mestepey in 2001 and shortstop Alex Bregman in 2013.STALLINGS ALSO HONORED: LSU freshman pitcher Jesse Stallings of Colfax and Grant High was named to the freshmen All-American team by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday. Stallings (1-2, 2.23 ERA) leads the Tigers with 12 saves and has 26 strikeouts in 32 and one-third innings.