Now that LSU’s weekend rotation is officially set, Aaron Nola, Ryan Eades and Cody Glenn will try to continue the success they’ve had early in the season.
Those three pitchers combined to throw 27.2 scoreless innings going into Nola’s start against Washington on Friday night in Alex Box Stadium. Coach Paul Maineri announced Thursday that Glenn would move into the third starter’s role after Brent Bonvillain began the season as the Sunday starter. Glenn finalizes the weekend rotation, and Bonvillain will pitch out of the bullpen.
Mainieri said he settled on Glenn as the Sunday starter and Bonvillain as a reliever “about the third inning” of Bonvillain’s four-inning stint against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday night.
“That’s why we took Brent out after four innings,” Mainieri said. “He could have continued to pitch, but he was at 77 pitches already. He was a little upset that I took him out. I waited a couple of innings until he cooled off and I talked to him in the dugout.”
Mainieri said he told Bonvillain he took him out because the coach had made the decision to move Bonvillain to the bullpen. Mainieri he wanted him to be available to pitch twice in relief before the Tigers begin Southeastern Conference play at Mississippi State next weekend.
The scoreless streak began Feb. 24 when Eades got the final two outs in the sixth inning after allowing a run in a 13-1 victory against Southeastern Louisiana.
Glenn extended the streak when he threw seven scoreless innings in an 11-2 victory at Louisiana-Lafayette two days later.
Nola threw seven scoreless innings in a 4-3 victory against Brown on March 1, Eades threw six scoreless innings in a 7-1 victory against Brown the next night, and Glenn threw seven more scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory against Nicholls State a day later.
Nola and Eades both had career highs of 11 strikeouts in their outings against Brown. Glenn’s seven-inning outings last week were career highs, surpassing the five innings he’d thrown during an 8-1 victory against Lamar in his season debut Feb. 19.
Last weekend was the first in which Nola, Eades and Glenn started together. Mainieri will use that same rotation again this weekend moving forward into SEC play.