LSU's Austin Bain has been named SEC Co-Freshman of the week. Bain was oustanding out of the pen on Saturday as he pitched 6.2 shutout innings, allowing just three hits and a career-high nine strikeouts in a win over Alabama. Coach Paul Mainieri says Bain will start Sunday's game against Auburn.
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"He's (Mainieri) told me he's putting me in the rotation to be ready for Sunday, don't do anything different, just stay with the approach that I have," Bain said.
Senior catcher Kade Scivicque likes the qualities that Bain brings to the mound.
"Just his focus and his competitiveness, he goes out there with poise every day and he works hard, he doesn't take a day off. He's going out there and compete, he knows he has a great defense behind him and he's going to give them a chance to play," Scivicque said.
Bain will take Jake Godfrey's spot in the weekend rotation. The freshman from Illinois has struggled in his last two outings and Mainieri plans to start him on Wednesday against Northwestern State.
Mainieri says Godfrey is having trouble locating his breaking ball in the strike zone and opposing hitters are sitting on his fastball.
"He just needs to make more quality pitches. It's not a matter of stuff. He's got the same stuff that got him out to a 5-0 start, he's just got have better location, and make better pitchers at bigger times," Mainieri said.
LSU begins a six-game homestand tonight against UNO.