Father of LSU star pitcher saved Florida fan's life at CWS game

Two fathers whose sons are part of the LSU baseball program saved an elderly Florida fan's life by using CPR during Monday night's College World Series Game 1 finals game in Omaha, Nebraska, multiple media outlets reported.

OMAHA, Nebraska - A son and father duo have combined for a win and a save for the first time in the history of the College World Series.

Make that two wins.

LSU senior pitcher Jared Poche beat Florida State on the CWS opening night on June 17 when he beat Florida State, 5-4, in relief. Then he started and beat Florida State, 7-4, on Wednesday, June 21.

The save goes to Poche's dad - Dr. Jerry Poche, a family doctor in Lutcher for 25 years. The elder doctor "saved" Florida fan Bobby Harvey's life during LSU's 4-3 loss to Florida Monday night in the championship series opener at TD Ameritrade Park.

Harvey, who is 87 and is a Florida fan from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, suffered a heart attack midway through the game. Kellie Freeman, the mother of LSU second baseman Cole Freeman, were seated nearby and hurried to find Dr. Poche, who just last Saturday attended to a young boy who had been hit in the face with a foul ball during the LSU-Oregon State game.

Dr. Poche was with Jimmy Roy, a fireman and the father of the LSU baseball team's strength and conditioning coordinator Travis Roy and a fireman. When they arrived, Harvey was passed out and limp.

"He had no pulse. We thought he was dead," Dr. Poche said at a gathering with reporters here at the Embassy Suites, where the LSU team is staying.

Dr. Poche performed chest compression for five to seven minutes, and Roy performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Soon, emergency personnel arrived and Harvey's heart started beating, Dr. Poche said. Harvey was rushed to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Through a nurse at the hospital contacted through the hospital by the USA Today Network, Harvey said he is a Florida fan and thanked the LSU and Florida fans for helping him. The hospital said that Harvey is in stable condition.

"Thank God, he made it to the hospital and is stable," Dr. Poche said. "It's great to save a life, but it's what we're trained to do.

The Florida shirt Harvey was wearing, though, is not in good condition.

"We had to rip his shirt off," Dr. Poche said.

Dr. Poche had not talked to his son about it as of Tuesday afternoon and did not plan to do so.

"I leave him alone on game days," he said.

Florida and LSU were scheduled to play Game Two of the national championship, best-of-three series at 7 p.m. Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park. Florida is one win away from taking the title with the win over LSU on Monday. 

Jared Poche, a senior left-hander for the Tigers with a team best 12-3 record, was the starting pitcher with the assignment of saving LSU's season.

A victory for Poche, who last week set the school career mark for victories with his 39th, would give him 40 wins in his career. It would also give the Poche family three wins and one big save in one College World Series.

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