The highly-anticipate debut of freshman Nick Storz is once again on hold.
Fellow freshman Ma’Khail Hilliard will get the start Sunday in the series finale against Hawaii, an LSU coach Paul Mainieri confirmed after the Tigers’ 5-1 win on Saturday night.
The decision was reached after Storz threw a side session earlier Saturday afternoon under the supervision of LSU pitching coach Alan Dunn. He’s been dealing with shoulder fatigue for much of this week.
“Storz just isn’t 100 percent,” Mainieri said. “He wasn’t bad. He’s close, but I promised him we’re not going to send him out there unless he felt 100 percent. He’s just hanging a little bit, a little bit fatigued from the work that he’s been doing to prepare. I don’t know when it’ll be. It won’t be long, but he’s just not ready for tomorrow.”
Instead Hilliard gets a chance to make his own case for a spot in the weekend rotation. He’s began his collegiate career with 12 consecutive scoreless innings, and he logged four-inning stints in each of his past two outings.