LSU light on arms for Tulane

LSU's turned the page from a disappointing tie Sunday against Georgia. The Tigers are ready for Tulane, though they'll be light on pitchers. Cody Glenn gets another chance to start, while Alden Cartwright and Kyle Bouman work back from injury. TSD has more LSU baseball coverage in this notebook.

Paul Mainieri spent a good portion of the last 24 hours reexamining what led to LSU's tie against Georgia on Sunday.

There were the missed opportunities with runners in scoring position, the base running blunders and failed bunts. Then there was just some good old-fashioned bad luck, hard hit balls that found the opponent's glove.

But Mainieri's finished looking back at that game. He's ready for the next challenge, and he's sure his team is as well.

"You analyze it, you look at the positives and you move forward," Mainieri said. "It's a game I wish we would've won. Hopefully at the end of the season it doesn't keep us from accomplishing a championship, but I was proud of a lot of the things the kids did yesterday. We just have to put it behind us and get ready to play Tulane."

It'll be a quick turnaround for the Tigers as they travel to New Orleans on Tuesday to face the Green Wave. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m., and it will be LSU's first trip to Turchin Stadium since defeating Tulane 14-1 in eight innings last season.

The Green Wave are coming off a series victory against Middle Tennessee State this past weekend, including an 11-inning win Saturday.


Cody Glenn will get the start for the Tigers, who will be light on arms Tuesday. LSU may only have five available pitchers, so the pressure will be on Glenn to go deep in the ballgame.

Cody Glenn will get the start against Tulane
Since missing out on a spot in the weekend rotation before the start of SEC play, Glenn has had two appearances with one midweek start. He surrendered two hits and a run in relief against Vanderbilt. He also gave up three hits in two innings against South Alabama last week.

Mainieri tossed around the idea of starting someone else against Tulane, but he opted instead to give Glenn another shot.

"We're going to let him go," Mainieri said. "This is obviously an important game for him. We've given him a lot of chances, and this is another one. He needs to reestablish himself as a guy we can count on."

Outside of Glenn, LSU will have Hunter Devall, Kurt McCune, Nate Fury and Brady Domangue available against the Green Wave. Alden Cartwright may also be ready to go after straining a muscle in his throwing shoulder against Vanderbilt.

Mainieri said he'll throw a side session Monday to determine if he's ready to return to the mound in a game.

Kyle Bouman is also still on the mend after spraining his ankle last weekend. Mainieri said he's still questionable for this weekend's series against Florida, leaving the Sunday spot to be determined.

Bouman most recently threw an extended long toss session a couple days ago, and felt significant soreness afterward. He is no longer walking with a limp though and will throw a bullpen session either Monday or Tuesday to see where he is in his recovery.

"I looked at it yesterday, and it was still pretty swollen and discolored," Mainieri said. "It's a pretty nasty ankle sprain."


Alex Bregman's in the worst slump of his LSU career. He's hitting just .130 in six SEC games this season, a 3-for-23 streak. Bregman entered the Vanderbilt series with a .419 batting average, third best on the team, but it's dropped 82 points in the seven games since.

Bregman somewhat bounced back Sunday, driving in the game-tying run with a seventh-inning single. He said afterward that he hasn't let the slump get to him, and Mainieri expects him to return to his usual self.

"Hitting a baseball is the single most difficult thing to do any sport," Mainieri said. "Even the best are going to have their struggles. Bregman's great but he's not superhuman either. He bleeds just like you and I."

Mainieri did adjust Sunday's lineup though, moving Bregman out of the third hole for the first time in his career. Bregman batted second — where he hit all summer for Team USA — and Mainieri said there's been some thought to making that a permanent move.

Sean McMullen replaced Bregman as the three-hole hitter Sunday, and Mainieri said he likes having McMullen in that spot. He leads the team with a .519 slugging percentage and 13 extra base hits.

"The only thing different was not leading off the game," McMullen said. "I kept the same approach and with the third hole, you want someone that'll drive in the runs."


---The weekend rotation is always a work in progress, and Mainieri's constantly weighing his options. One pitcher that's landed himself in the discussion is Zac Person. The LSU-Eunice transfer has turned into one of the more dependable relievers in the bullpen and he's yet to allow an earned run in 11 2/3 innings this season.

"Can he be as effective as a starter as he is right now," Mainieri said, "and is he too valuable in that role to move him out? I'm not quite ready to jump to that conclusion yet, but if Zac Person doesn't pitch the first two games of the weekend, then perhaps he'd start on Sunday."

---Jared Poche was named the SEC Player of the Week as announced by the league office Monday. Poche surrendered one run on three hits in 8 2/3 innings to lead LSU to a 2-1 victory on Saturday. He carried a no-hitter for 5 1/3 innings against the Bulldogs and earned the first SEC win of his career.

---LSU moved up in the polls after winning two of three games against Georgia. The Tigers moved up two spots in both the Perfect Game (No. 9) and Coaches' (No. 4) polls. LSU came in at No. 6 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper rankings and jumped three spots to No. 3 in the NCBWA poll. The Tigers held steady at No. 8 according to Baseball America.


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