LSU defeated Alabama 3-0 in the Tigers’ first game of the 2013 SEC Tournament. After a three-run bottom of the first for LSU, it was a pitchers’ duel from that point forward. However the Alabama Crimson Tide was unable to put up any offense against LSU left-handed pitcher Cody Glenn who was fantastic on the mound.
““It was a very well played game by both teams. It was also a very well pitched game by both teams. We had a nice first inning against Charley Sullivan. It looked like we could have a big day, and he regrouped like the great competitor that he is. I have a lot of respect for him” said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri.
“I also tip my hat to our guy, Cody Glenn. He really answered the call and pitched a tremendous ballgame for us. He was as sharp as I have ever seen him with all three of his pitches. We played good defense. We had a big 1st inning. In the end, our pitching and defense carried the day for us. It was a good win for us and a good way to start the SEC Tournament,” Mainieri continued.
Glenn pitched 7.0 scoreless innings for the Tigers, allowing just five hits while walking zero and striking out two. However, Mainieri wasn’t the only one with praise for Glenn.
“We tip our hat to LSU and Cody Glenn. He was outstanding. He changed speeds and moved the ball around. We couldn’t get any good swings off. They played clean. With the exception of the 1st inning, I thought we were sloppy and they put good swings on us. LSU was able to go the distance and save the bull pen,” Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard complimented.
As dominant as Glenn was on the mound, he wasn’t the only Tiger in the conversation regarding today’s game. LSU freshman shortstop, Alex Bregman was 3-for-4 on the day. Alabama’s Mitch Gaspard gave a lot of praise to Bregman, who is a favorite to be selected as National Freshman of the Year, stating:
“I think he may be the best freshman in this league as long as I’ve been in the league. He has the flattest swing and the best approach. I played in the league against Rafael Palmeiro and this may have been a comparison back then, but that kid is outstanding. He’s one of the best hitters I’ve seen at any time.”
Following the loss, the Crimson Tide now face an elimination game on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. Alabama will face Ole Miss in the game, a team they were swept by during the regular season conference series. The LSU Tigers will advance to play Arkansas at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers took the series over Arkansas winning two games out of three in the conference series.