Glenn handling the postseason pressure

LSU sophomore LHP Cody Glenn

LSU sophomore LHP Cody Glenn came to LSU as a highly touted player out of high school in Texas. After some struggles with consistency early on in his career, the left-hander is more than ready to seize his opportunity this week when LSU opens their postseason in the SEC Tournament.

Cody Glenn has been one of the bigger surprises on LSU's roster for the 2013 season. The 6-4 195 pound left-hander began the season as the midweek starter for the Tigers, but was moved into the weekend starting rotation relatively early on. Once he was put in the weekend rotation, the former Westbury Christian High School (Houston, Tx.) standout struggled with consistency and was eventually replaced by junior Kurt McCune prior to the series with South Carolina.

Looking back on the performances by Glenn, it seems as though moving him into the bullpen was a wake-up call for him. He has since bounced back to be one of the more consistent pitchers on the LSU roster by compiling a record of 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 75 innings of work.

With the SEC Tournament now quickly approaching for No. 2 LSU (48-8, 23-7), Glenn will once again be heavily relied upon when the Tigers play either Alabama or Auburn in their opening game. LSU's Paul Mainieri has confidence that Glenn will get the job done for LSU, and the talented lefty explained that he knows that after a conversation with his head coach.

"That was something that coach Mainieri mentioned to me when he told me I was starting on Wednesday," said Glenn. "I have been throwing with a lot of confidence and I think I will give us a good chance to win that first game."

According to Glenn, he has improved drastically from a season ago when he arrived at LSU as a highly touted freshman that was a 15th round pick by Toronto Blue Jays out of high school. Glenn explained that he owes all of his success to LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn.

"He has been great," said Glenn. "He has worked with me in all facets of the game. He helped me with my mechanics, my delivery and my mentality when I'm on the mound. I've taken his teaching to heart and that's why I'm putting up better numbers this year than last year. I've made huge strides, but I'm not there yet. All of my success is because of coach Dunn."

For Glenn, the opportunity to pitch in the postseason for LSU is something new and different. Just a season ago, Glenn was left off of the postseason roster for the Tigers.

"I did not go last year," said Glenn. "This is all fresh and new to me. This is the first time that I have been playing baseball with no school since high school. I'm just having fun and enjoying it."

The process of progressing with his abilities all started when Glenn was able to recognize what he was doing wrong early on in the 2013 season. With that now figured out, Glenn has confidence that he can go out and post an excellent performance every time he toes the rubber.

"What is key for me is knowing why I struggled in my bad outings and why I succeeded in my good ones," said Glenn. "I think I have figured that out for the most part and I know what things need to be done to pitch effectively."

With him not having pitched in the postseason for the Tigers, Glenn can feel the excitement building and it is something that he is relishing.

"I'm really excited to pitch the opening game of the SEC Tournament," said Glenn. "I was talking to Aaron Nola about it earlier because he pitched the opener last year. He said that he got some butterflies when he went out there. I'm kind of hoping that I get that kind of excitement when I get out there."

Even with an immense amount of pressure on him to perform well for LSU on Wednesday, Glenn explained that he is just trying to keep a level head and stay focused.

"I try to not to put too much pressure on myself," said Glenn. "I know pitching the opening game is a big deal, but I try not to put any extra pressure on myself about the implications."

One reason that Glenn is so excited about his next start is because his only concern right now is the SEC Tournament, especially now that LSU has concluded their spring semester.

"I think it's awesome," said Glenn. "This is the best time of the year to play because we don't have school, only ball. I don't have to wake up early for class. I get to wake up and come to the field and play the game that I love."

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