LSU’s week ended the same way it began — with left-hander Cody Glenn throwing seven scoreless innings in a victory.
He held Louisiana-Lafayette to three hits in an 11-2 victory Tuesday in Lafayette and came back to do the same to Nicholls State in a 2-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium.
“It’s hard to say that he outdid what he did Tuesday night,” Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said, “but that was a great performance again today.”
The differences in Glenn’s stat lines in the two starts were minimal. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out one in throwing 69 pitches against ULL. He walked one and struck out five while throwing 90 pitches against Nicholls State.
“On Wednesday, my arm felt fine,” said Glenn, who hasn’t given up an unearned run in 19 innings this season. “There was very little soreness and I felt great each day and all the way through my seven innings today.”
Against the Ragin’ Cajuns on Tuesday, LSU scored two runs in the second inning, three in the third, two each in the fourth and the fifth and one in the sixth. Glenn (2-0) had no such margin for error Sunday as Colonels left-hander Taylor Byrd (2-1) held the Tigers to one single and one walk through five innings.
“It felt pretty much the same except for the fact that for five innings it was a 0-0 ballgame,” Glenn said. “I enjoyed the pitchers’ duel that was going on — two lefties going at it.”
LSU (10-1) finally got to Byrd for the game’s only runs in the sixth. With one out, Christian Ibarra beat out a grounder to short for a single. Sean McMullen’s grounder up the middle into center sent Ibarra to third before Mark Laird’s soft liner to left fell in for a single that broke the scoreless tie. Alex Bregman’s sharp single to right made it 2-0.
“Taylor did a fabulous job of setting the tone early,” Nicholls State coach Seth Thibodeaux said. “He competed well and mixed things up to keep them off balance. I thought he made some really good pitches in the two-run inning. There was some bad baseball fortune there and they were able to get some balls over the infield.”
The Colonels had few scoring threats against Glenn. Matt Richard led off the game with a single and moved to second on Leo Vargas’ sacrifice bunt. Glenn struck out Philips Lyons looking, then after a wild pitch sent Richard to third, Glenn struck out Keith Cormier swinging.
Glenn retired the side in order in the second and third and pitched around Ibarra’s one-out error at third in the fourth. He got the Colonels in order in the fifth before yielding a leadoff single to Mike Barba in the sixth. Ty Ross threw out Barba trying to steal second and Glenn got the next two batters.
Nicholls State (7-5), which defeated Brown 4-1 earlier in the day, had its biggest threat in the seventh after the Tigers had taken the lead.
Cormier walked with one out and Zachary LeBeouf singled him to second. Nick Rumbelow got loose in the bullpen, but Glenn struck out Tyler Duplantis and got David Zorn to fly to Laird, who ran down a drive into right-center.
Laird, starting in center for the second consecutive game after starting the season in right, also made a diving catch in left-center to retire Cody Dufrene leading off the third.
“I thought Mark Laird made one tremendous catch and another play he made look easy that could have been hard was a big play in the ball game,” Mainieri said.
Glenn, who gave up just an unearned run in five innings in his first start of the season against Lamar, has had a career-high in innings in each of his three starts.
“It’s not just the results that are impressive,” Mainieri said, “but it’s also the critical time during the game when he had to make a big pitch he came through with big pitches. He didn’t do that last year. This year he’s doing it.”
Joey Bourgeois relieved Glenn and got two strikeouts in a perfect eighth.
Chris Cotton gave up a leadoff single to Vargas in the ninth, then struck out the next three batters for his third save.
“It worked out perfectly,” Cotton said. “Cody got us off to a great start, the hitters got us the runs we needed, and Joey and I were able to shut them down at the end.”