Heading into Sunday's matchup between LSU and Nicholls State, sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn knew he was in audition mode to see if he could handle the role of the third starter in the LSU rotation. It was a shorter week of rest for the 6-4 195 pound Glenn because he claimed the victory on Tuesday against UL-Lafayette by throwing seven shutout innings. However, the quick turnaround had no effect on the lefty.
"The day after I pitched this week, my arm felt fine," said Glenn. "I felt great all week leading up to this game, so I knew there wouldn't be any fatigue."
Glenn did not disappoint on Sunday as LSU defeated the Colonels by a score of 2-0. Glenn went seven shutout innings with five strikeouts, while only allowing three hits and one walk. Coach Paul Mainieri praised the efforts of his starter on Sunday, explaining that he pitched the way that the coaching staff knew he could.
"Cody was outstanding again," said Mainieri. "It wasn't just the results of the game that mattered here though. He made some big pitches when he needed to. That was great for him today. We know he can pitch like this."
Mainieri also explained that Glenn didn't try to do too much on the mound on Sunday. Glenn worked quickly and let his defense make plays behind him.
"He isn't going to strike out a lot of guys, so he has to be able to let his defense play behind him," said Mainieri. "He did that today."
For Glenn, the opportunity to move into the weekend rotation for LSU was not something he was going to let slip away, especially after inconsistent play in 2012.
"I feel like I have made the most of my opportunity so far," said Glenn. "Coming into this season I had a sense of urgency after the way I performed last year. To get the job done early was huge for me."
One of the biggest differences between 2012 and 2013 for Glenn is his ability to command a strong presence in the strike zone, something he felt he was effective in doing on Sunday.
"I went out there with the mentality that I was just going to pound the zone," said Glenn. "It helped me because I got a lot of ground balls off of my two-seam fastball. I was able to throw it in any count and get ground ball outs."
"Last year, I let some pitches stay up. This year, I've just been focusing on keeping the ball down and letting my sinker work."
As Mainieri explained, Glenn is not the kind of pitcher that is going to collect double-digit strikeouts when he toes the rubber. With this being his third outing of the season, Glenn has realized that he is much more effective when he allows his defense to work behind him.
"I let my defense work for me and it resulted in some success," said Glenn. "Letting them work keeps them active and on their toes so that no one gets down."
When Glenn claimed the victory over UL-Lafayette earlier this week, there wasn't a whole lot of pressure on him throughout the evening because the Tigers claimed a big lead early. However, his victory Sunday proved that he could perform even when the game is still undecided.
"It was pretty much the same except it was a lot closer for a lot longer today than it was on Tuesday," said Glenn. "I really enjoyed the pitchers duel with two lefties going at it. Fortunately, we came out with the victory."
Glenn dominant in 2-0 LSU victory
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