LSU baseball notes: Tulane start is key for Cody Glenn

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri is giving Cody Glenn another chance.

It’s unclear whether Kyle Bouman will get his this weekend.

Glenn, a junior lefty, will start Tuesday night’s game at Tulane. Bouman, who suffered an ankle injury last week, is questionable for the series at Florida.

Glenn (1-1, 4.37 ERA), LSU’s No. 2 or 3 starter last season, has dropped into a midweek starter or reliever role. He has struggled in many of his appearances, and Mainieri said Monday that the outing Tuesday in New Orleans is “important” for the Texan.

“We’ve given him a lot of chances, and here’s another one,” Mainieri said. “He needs to re-establish himself as a guy we can count on.”

And if he does? Well, Glenn might wind up back in the weekend rotation.

Bouman, LSU’s No. 3 starter, missed the start Sunday in a 2-2 tie with Georgia with a sprained ankle he suffered in last Monday’s practice. The ankle is still swollen and discolored, Mainieri said.

Bouman threw an extended long catch over the past few days, and the ankle was sore afterward. The pitcher did begin walking Sunday without a noticeable limp, the coach said.

LSU (20-4-1, 3-2-1 Southeastern Conference) travels to Florida (15-9, 3-3) this weekend in a three-game series in Gainesville.

Mainieri plans to start ace Aaron Nola on Friday and Jared Poché on Saturday. Sunday’s starter is to be determined.

“We’ll just have to play it by ear,” Mainieri said.

If Bouman can’t go, Mainieri has suggested reliever Zac Person as a starter, but the coach is not ready to move Person out of a bullpen role he has starred in.

Person threw 71 pitches over the weekend in relief appearances Friday and Sunday. He has allowed no runs and struck out 16 in 11.2 innings.

“He’s got some ability to have some endurance,” Mainieri said. “Let’s just say that Zac Person doesn’t pitch in the first two games of the weekend, and he’s the best available pitcher. Perhaps he’d start on a Sunday. You just don’t know.”

Order unclear

Mainieri isn’t sure he’ll continue using the rearranged batting order LSU employed Sunday.

Alex Bregman, in a slump, was moved up from the No. 3 to the No. 2 hole. Sean McMullen moved to the No. 3 spot, and Mark Laird batted leadoff.

“He batted 2 hole all summer for the USA Team,” Mainieri said of Bregman. “He handles the bat well. … It’s not like, ‘Gosh, you’ve got to have him in that 3 hole.’ I think McMullen has nine or 10 doubles. You like to have a guy who will drive somebody home from first base in that 3 hole. There’s some thought to doing it that way, keeping it like that. I wouldn’t say for sure.”

Lagniappe

Poché was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his outing Saturday in the series-clinching win over Georgia. Poché threw 8.2 innings of three-hit ball against the Bulldogs to earn his first SEC win. … LSU moved up at least a spot, and as much as three, in the five major polls after a 3-0-1 week. The Tigers are ranked No. 3, 4, 6, 8 and 9.