Talented pitcher who suffered a season-ending elbow injury in April 2016 at Auburn … had Tommy John surgery performed on his elbow, but elected to end his baseball career prior to the 2017 season … earned his LSU degree in business administration in May 2017 … featured a fastball that approached 90 mph and utilized his 12-6 breaking ball in any count … made significant contributions both as a starter and reliever in his three seasons at LSU … made 58 appearances (10 starts) during his LSU career (2014-15-16), posting a 4-1 record and a 3.00 ERA in 69 innings with 21 walks, 67 strikeouts and a .240 opponent batting average … knew how to pitch “backwards” and spin the ball in hitters’ counts to keep them off balance … coached by former LSU second baseman Tookie Johnson (1988-91) at Runnels High School.
Appeared in 11 games (two starts) before suffering a season-ending elbow injury at Auburn (April 3) … posted a 3-0 mark and a 2.93 ERA in 15.1 innings with four walks and 13 strikeouts … earned win versus UL-Lafayette on March 22 in the annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic in Metairie, La. – limited the Cajuns to no hits in 1.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts … picked up a relief win at Nicholls State (March 2), firing three scoreless innings and allowing three hits with one walk and three strikeouts … the winning pitcher in LSU’s season-opening, 12-inning victory over Cincinnati (Feb. 19), as he worked two scoreless innings, allowing no hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Pitched in 26 games (one start), working 20 innings while recording 29 strikeouts and only four walks … started LSU’s opening NCAA regional game versus Lehigh (May 29); worked a perfect first inning with one strikeout before game was interrupted by rain – LSU went on to secure a 10-3 victory … fired a scoreless relief inning at South Carolina (May 16), allowing no hits with two strikeouts … season-high three strikeouts in 1.1 relief innings at Alabama on April 4 in 13-inning LSU win … also recorded three strikeouts in one inning versus Nicholls State (Feb. 18).
Appeared in 21 games (seven starts), posting a 1-1 mark and a 2.41 ERA in 33.2 innings with 13 walks and 25 strikeouts … the starting pitcher in LSU’s SEC Tournament championship game win over Florida (May 25), allowing no runs on one hit in four innings … pitched four innings in starting role at Texas A&M (May 4), limiting Aggies to one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts … excellent outing in first career SEC start at Ole Miss (April 19) - worked four innings, allowing just two singles with no walks and two strikeouts; he retired the first 10 Rebel batters that he faced … suffered a shoulder injury at Vanderbilt March 15; was out for two weeks before returning to the mound for a 0.1 inning March 30 at Florida … made two appearances in the Miss. State series (April 5-6), working a total of 1.1 innings with no runs on one hit, one walk and one strikeout … pitched 2.1 innings vs. McNeese State (April 2), allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout … worked two innings vs. Southern (March 12), allowing no runs on one hit with season-best four strikeouts.
Prior to LSU
Posted 18 wins and 10 saves during his four-year career at Runnels High School … completed his career with 344 strikeouts and only 94 walks; posted a 3.62 career ERA … recorded 103 strikeouts and a 1.75 ERA as a junior; 105 strikeouts and a 2.47 ERA as a senior … 2013 MVP of the Louisiana High School All-Star Game … 2012 First-Team All-State and District MVP … earned first-team all-district honors in each of his four high school seasons
Full name is William Alden Cartwright … parents are Mark and Libby Cartwright … father is a nursing homes administrator and mother is a teacher … has two older brothers, Hunter and Paul, and an older sister, Chelsie … says that “growing up in Baton Rouge made playing at LSU my dream” … majoring in business administration at LSU … born November 8, 1994 in Baton Rouge.
Cartwright’s LSU Career Highs
Innings: 4 three times; most recently vs. Florida (5/25/14)
Strikeouts: 4 vs. Southern (3/12/14)
Hits Allowed: 5 vs. Alabama (5/10/14)
Runs: 3 twice; most recently vs. Alabama (5/10/14)
Earned Runs: 2 five times; most recently vs. Louisiana Tech (3/8/16)
Walks: 4 vs. Florida (5/25/14)