Talented pitcher with a fastball that sits in the mid to upper 80s but utilizes his 12-6 breaking ball in any count … has made significant contributions both as a starter and reliever in his first two seasons at LSU … knows 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.
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 four times; most recently vs. Southeastern Louisiana (2/26/15)
Walks: 4 vs. Florida (5/25/14)