Jun 7, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers pitcher Aaron Nola (10) pitches in the third inning against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Baton Rouge super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Alex Box Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Baseball Starting Rotation is Taking Form

The LSU baseball team has one of the top pitchers in the nation in Aaron Nola. Now LSU is trying to figure out who the three starters behind him will be. The competition for the final three spots has been narrowed down to four pitchers who could all earn the job.

Aaron Nola will obviously be the Friday night starter. He was incredible last season, going 12-1 with an era of 1.57. If Nola can improve from last year he will be extremely frightening to face. He will lead the pitching rotation but the question for LSU is who will fill in behind him.

Two of the four pitchers competing for the final three starting spots were on the team last year. Cody Glen Started 15 games and finished with a 7-3 record. Glen will most like pick up a spot in the rotation, but he did get suspended for the Regional last May and this will go into consideration.

Hunter Newman is the other returning pitcher fighting for a spot in the starting rotation. Last year, as a freshman Newman appeared in thirteen games and started  in three. He posted an era of 2.55 on the season. This fall he has been limited by a sore shoulder and is doubtful to pitch again during the fall.

The other two contenders are Jared Poche and Kyle Bouman. Bouman is a junior college transfer. He spent his freshman year at Wichita State University before pitching for Jefferson County Community College his sophomore season. He played well for Jefferson County posting a team best 1.70 ERA in 58.1 innings pitched.

Head Coach Paul Mainieri had some words about his new pitcher.

Adding a proven college pitcher with two years of experience gives us more confidence in our 2014 staff.

Jared Poche is a freshman who has big expectations surrounding him after a highly successful high school career. Poche was the 2013 4A Player of the Year for Louisiana, leading his team to the Louisiana State Championship. He finished the year 11-0 in 75 innings pitched, with 129 k’s and an ERA of just .80.

The LSU baseball team has several talented options that they can use and Mainieri can not go wrong no matter who out of those four he puts on the mound.

 

 

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