LSU freshman pitcher Eric Walker, a former Arlington Martin High School standout, left Monday night’s start against Oregon State in the College World Series with forearm tightness, his coach said.
“He (Eric Walker) was feeling fine. We had a good week of preparation. Threw his bullpen session, the first two innings, he was great,” Tigers coach Paul Mainieri told ESPN during the game telecast.
“His third warmup pitch before the third inning, he just felt his forearm tighten up, which is what the problem was before.
“It became unbearable so we had to take him out. We don’t think it’s anything structural.”
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Walker allowed one run on two hits in two innings of work in the winners bracket game.
LSU’s Caleb Gilbert held Oregon State scoreless until his third inning of work, when he was charged with two unearned runs in the Beavers’ five-run inning.
Oregon State was leading 8-0 after six innings.
Walker had pitched eight shutout innings in a regional championship victory over Rice.
He was 27-5 in his career at Martin and was a starting quarterback for the Warriors football team.