LSU left-hander Cody Glenn hasn’t had a chance to pitch in almost two weeks, but he’ll get the ball Thursday night as the Tigers baseball team begins an important Southeastern Conference series against Florida.
Glenn (5-1, 3.13 earned run average) didn’t take his normal turn last Sunday because LSU coach Paul Mainieri wanted to extend Kurt McCune, who missed the first eight weeks of the season because of a back injury.
Then Glenn was scratched from a planned start Tuesday against McNeese State because Mainieri wanted to keep Friday starter Aaron Nola on his normal schedule and not risk losing part or all of Nola’s start to rain that is forecast for Thursday.
“It’s just the way it worked out,” Glenn said Wednesday. “I’ve been wanting to get back out there, but the plans changed, and I understand what (Mainieri’s) his thought process was through it all.”
Glenn had the longest and perhaps best outing of his two-year career last time out when he pitched eight innings and allowed just four hits and one earned run (plus two unearned) at Alabama in a game the Tigers lost in 10 innings.
This time, though, Glenn won’t be able to watch Nola and Saturday starter Ryan Eades attack the opposing lineup before he faces it.
“It’s definitely an advantage for me to see the lineup and see Nola and Eades go after them,” Glenn said, “but it doesn’t change my preparation and my approach to the batters is still the same.”
Nola is 7-0 and LSU has won all 11 of his starts to open series. He has thrown complete games each of the last three weekends.
“There’s a greater responsibility pitching the opening game of a weekend series,” Mainieri said. “You’d like to pitch deep into the game and save your bullpen, but the most important thing is to get your team off to a good start and not get into a hole right out of the gate.”
If rain does prevent the Tigers and Gators from playing Thursday, the game will be rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader Friday.
The Friday game is locked in to a 6:30 p.m. start because of television, so the makeup would have to be played early in the afternoon to allow sufficient time to complete it before the night game.
Both games would be nine-inning games. If a doubleheader were to be played Saturday, both games would be seven innings.
The Tigers’ 7-3 victory against McNeese State on Tuesday night gave them a 40-6 overall record.
“Any time you win 40 games before you lose 10, that’s a pretty good season,” Maineri said. “In fact if you win 30 before you lose 10, I think that’s pretty good.”
After this weekend, LSU plays a series at Texas A&M, has its final mid-week game against the University of New Orleans and finishes with a home series against Ole Miss.
“If we could do a good job in these last 10 games we’re going to have a regular season for the ages,” Mainieri said. “It’s a remarkable accomplishment, but we still have a long ways to go of course.”
LSU spokesman Herb Vincent said Wednesday that the university is preparing bids it will submit to the NCAA to host a regional and a super regional.
The bid process has become more complicated as more venues have became capable of hosting, Vincent said.
“You used to be able to buy a baseball regional, basically,” he said. “But there are so many stadiums now that are bigger and draw big crowds. Obviously, for the postseason, those stadiums sell out or come close. So it’s a lot more competitive financially.”
Mainieri said one of the highlights of the victory against McNeese was reliever Will LaMarche’s two-inning stint. He allowed just a single and struck out three.
“That’s the best I’ve seen him,” Mainieri said. “He looked like a major leaguer. He was confident and loose and showed a lot of maturity. (Pitching coach Alan Dunn) has been telling me he keeps getting better and better and better.”
Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles contributed to this report
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