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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Jake Godfrey (29) pitches against Missouri, Friday, May 8, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU right-hander Jake Godfrey will transfer from the program, a source confirmed to The Advocate on Thursday.

Godfrey, who went through the team’s post-fall “Omaha Challenge” this week, made the LSU coaching staff aware of his decision on Wednesday. LSU coach Paul Mainieri did not immediately return a call for comment.

Godfrey made nine starts and 21 appearances last season, going 7-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 54.2 innings. He flashed a 91-93 mph fastball with a 79 mph curveball this fall, excelling in his start during Game 2 of the Purple-Gold World Series.

But with two rotation spots virtually locked up by returners Jared Poche and Alex Lange, a battle was on for the final spot, which Mainieri hinted could belong to Austin Bain, who is returning from offseason surgery. In that same interview, however, Mainieri said Godfrey “distinguished himself” at times throughout the fall.

Godfrey now becomes the third member of LSU’s No. 1 ranked 2014 recruiting class to transfer from Baton Rouge. Mac Marshall abruptly left for a junior college last October while Grayson Byrd, son of former LSU legend Paul Byrd, left after his freshman season.

A fourth member of that class, lefty Jake Latz, hasn’t thrown a pitch for the Tigers due to lingering elbow issues. He had surgery this offseason to try and finally correct the problem.