LSU coach Paul Mainieri announced Tyler Moore will start Wednesday against Tulane, although Mainieri said he is unsure of where he’ll place the sophomore designated hitter/infielder.
Moore, hitting .302 in 11 starts, has been searching for his niche with the club since the season began. He was recently reduced to sparse pinch-hit opportunities in mop-up duty.
He made the most of his opportunity Saturday against Alabama, lacing a two-out, pinch-hit double down the left field line in the 16th inning to put runners on second and third and set up the go-ahead run.
“[Moore] just hasn’t hit in the clutch enough this year to warrant being an everyday player,” Mainieri said. “He wants that opportunity [to be an everyday player], and he understands this is a chance he needs and he wants.”
Sunday pitching situation still muddled
After a 16-inning marathon on Saturday and a brilliant performance by junior southpaw Cody Glenn on Sunday, Mainieri deemed the Sunday starter for this weekend’s South Carolina series as a “TBA thing.”
Originally, Kurt McCune was slated to start last Sunday against Alabama, but was thrust on the mound during the Tigers’ 11-8 victory Saturday to shut the Tide down in the 15th and 16th innings.
“I just felt to myself that if we’re going to win this game, we have to put the best available pitcher on the mound,” Mainieri said. “That was Kurt McCune.”
Glenn responded Sunday with perhaps his most effective Southeastern Conference outing of the season, surrendering only four hits through eight innings in a 4-3 extra inning loss.
After both pitchers shined, Mainieri said he didn’t want McCune to think his unselfishness cost him a spot in the weekend rotation and gave a favorable prognostication for the junior righty.
“At some point, he’s going to be starting some very important games for us before this year is over,” Mainieri said. “Somewhere down the road you’re going to see Kurt McCune get the ball in a pivotal game for us.”