HOUSTON – Sophomore left-hander Jared Poche’ fired a season-high 7 2-3 innings Friday night to lead second-ranked LSU past No. 8 Houston, 4-2, at Minute Maid Park on the first day of the Houston College Classic.Poche’ (4-0) limited the Cougars to two runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts while firing 104 pitches.LSU improved to 13-1 with its 10th straight victory and will meet Baylor (6-6 ) at 3:35 p.m. Saturday in Minute Maid Park. Houston dropped to 8-6 with Friday’s loss. The game will be televised by Cox Sports Television and Root Sports Southwest.“Jared Poche’ never makes it look easy, but he certainly gets the job done,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri after Friday’s win. “He always demonstrates tremendous poise and battles the hitters with every pitch. He gave us the tenacious, competitive effort we needed against a very good Houston ballclub.“The atmosphere was great here tonight, and we were thrilled with the opportunity to play in front of a large, loud crowd in a Major League ballpark. We’re certainly looking forward to the remainder of the weekend.”Houston starter Andrew Lantrip (3-1) suffered the first loss of his collegiate career, as he allowed four runs – three earned – on nine hits with no walks and two strikeouts in eight innings of work. Lantrip had a 9-0 career mark entering Friday’s game.The Tigers grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning as shortstop Alex Bregman doubled with two out and scored on a single by designated hitter Chris Chinea. Third baseman Conner Hale then launched his first homer of the season to give LSU a three-run advantage. The homer was the first allowed by Lantrip this season.Houston scratched across a run against Poche’ in the top of the third, but the Tigers increased the lead to 4-1 in the fourth when Hale led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Andrew Stevenson and scored when shortstop Connor Wong made an errant throw after fielding a grounder by catcher Kade Scivicque.The Cougars narrowed the gap to 4-2 in the sixth on designated hitter Jacob Campbell’s solo homer, his first of the year and the second allowed this season by Poche’.