BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's pitching rotation is set for the NCAA Regional.
Northshore High School's Ryan Eades will pitch game one for LSU, Friday afternoon at 2pm against Jackson State. Sophomore Aaron Nola will then pitch game two Saturday. Sophomore lefty Cody Glenn will be LSU's starter in game three, assuming they win at least one of the first two games.
The choice of Eades in game one is not a surprise. LSU announced it's rotation Tuesday evening. Eades has major league stuff, ranked the 29th best prospect available in June's MLB Draft by mlb.com. In their 2013 Prospect Watch, MLB.com writes, "Eades is everything you want from a pitcher: size, stuff and feel for pitching." He's 8-1 on the year with an outstanding 2.69 ERA, but as good as the junior from Slidell has been, statistically, he's LSU's third best starter.
The Tigers unquestioned ace is sophomore Aaron Nola, from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. Paul Mainieri will hold Nola for the critical game two of the regional, presumably the winner's bracket game which could send LSU to the Championship Game. Nola is 10-0 on the season, with an incredible 1.94 ERA. He's stuck out 105 batters in 102 innings. Nola could be facing a ULL team that leads the nation in home runs.
LSU will hold sophomore lefty Cody Glenn for game three, presumably a Regional Championship Game. Glenn has been one of the season's most pleasant surprises for LSU. Originally a weekday starter, Glenn quickly earned a weekend role, with a 2.41 ERA and a 7-2 record.
LSU fans who want to watch the games on television, take note -- the Baton Rouge Regional will NOT be on conventional TV/cable. It's only available on ESPN3.com, which requires a log-in to watch. It would be a smart idea for Tiger fans to attempt the log-in before Friday's first pitch.