Jeff: Glenn gets the chance to keep LSU's season alive
Jeff Palermo Reporting
LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri has named sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn his starter for Tuesday afternoon's elimination game against North Carolina. Glenn has not pitched since May 22nd, but he doesn't think rust will be a factor.
"I'm excited to pitch, it's a huge game for us, win or go home," Glenn said. "I'm ready for the challenge and I feel I can do the job."
The Tar Heels are 37-and-2 against right-handed starters this year, but just 20-and-9 when a lefty starts the game. That's just one reason why Mainieri has decided on Glenn over junior right-hander Ryan Eades.
"I think the key is going to be for him to throw the ball over the plate," Mainieri said. "There's no defense against bases on balls, so if they hit it and we make the plays for him, he has a chance at having success."
North Carolina will pitch its closer. Freshman right-hander Trent Thornton is 11-and-1, with a 1.28 ERA and eight saves. Thornton has appeared in 28 games, but has made only five starts.