Talented pitcher with a fastball that sits in the mid to upper 80s but utilizes his 12-6 breaking ball in any count ... made significant contributions both as a starter and reliever in his freshman season at LSU ... knows how to pitch “backwards” and spin the ball in hitter's counts to keep them off balance ... coached by former LSU second baseman Tookie Johnson (1988-91) at Runnels High School ... made nine appearances for the Battle Creek Bombers in the 2014 Northwoods Leagues over the summer, recording two saves and 14 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.
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 management 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 three times; most recently vs. Houston (6/2/14)
Walks: 4 vs. Florida (5/25/14)