2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Talented hurler from Florida who has made 73 career relief appearances for the Tigers in four seasons ... posted a team-high 24 appearances in 2007 ... redshirted in 2005 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow . . . a physical presence on the mound with solid fastball and an excellent breaking pitch ... received his LSU degree in general studies in May 2009 ... signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Tigers in June 2009.
SENIOR SEASON (2009)
Made 19 appearances on the mound (two starts), recording a 5-0 mark and a 4.01 ERA in 33.2 innings with 10 walks and 38 strikeouts ... excellent relief outing in Game 2 of the College World Series Finals versus Texas (June 23), firing 3.1 shutout innings four strikeouts ... also recorded one scoreless inning with two strikeouts in LSU’s CWS win over Arkansas on June 15 ... posted semifinal round win over Georgia in 2009 SEC Tournament (May 23), limiting the Bulldogs to two runs on three hits in career-high 5.1 IP with three walks and five strikeouts ... excellent relief outing vs. Tennessee (April 19), firing 4.2 scoreless innings while allowing two hits with two walks and a career-high seven strikeouts
JUNIOR SEASON (2008)
Made 19 relief appearances, recording no decisions and a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings with 11 walks and 11 strikeouts; opponents batted just .156 against him ... longest outing came in 3.2-inning effort in an LSU win over South Carolina (April 26), as he limited the Gamecocks to one run on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts ... worked one shutout inning in SEC Tournament win over Alabama (May 24), allowing one hit with one walk and one K ... also worked one shutout inning in Game 1 of NCAA Super Regional versus UC-Irvine (June 7), allowing no hits with one strikeout.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007)
Recorded a team-high 24 appearances, posting a 0-1 mark and 3.00 ERA with one save ... worked 24 innings, registering 12 walks and 25 strikeouts ... worked 2.1 scoreless relief innings vs. Tennessee (April 29) in his longest outing of the season; limited the Vols to no runs on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts ... pitched two scoreless innings at Centenary (March 6), allowing no hits with one BB and one K ... earned first career LSU save February 18 at Stetson, working one scoreless inning with no hits, one walk and one strikeout.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2006)
Appeared in 11 games as a reliever, posting a 2-0 mark and a 6.31 ERA in 25.2 innings with 11 walks and 21 strikeouts . . . worked a stretch of 7.1 scoreless innings in outings vs. Stetson (3/11) and Houston (3/3) . . . hurled three scoreless innings vs. Stetson (3.11) and allowed only four hits as the Tigers won 11-7 . . . enjoyed his best outing of the season vs. Houston (3/3); 4.1 scoreless innings of relief with three hits, two walks and four strikeouts to pick up the win . . . credited with the win in his collegiate debut vs. North Florida (2/10); worked four innings, allowing a run on five hits and struck out a career-high five batters.
A three-year letterman (pitcher/first base) at Tate High School in Gonzales, Fla. ... competed at high school that produced two major league players in Travis Fryman and Jay Bell ... sat out junior year with arm trouble but regained strength towards the beginning of his senior year ... was the team leader in wins with a perfect 5-0 record as a senior ... 2004 4A all-state selection.
Full name is Nolan David Cain ... parents are David and Kim Cain ... has one younger sister, Jessica ... credits his father with giving him a love for the game of baseball ... interests include swimming ... born January 2, 1986.
Cain’s LSU Career Highs
Innings: 5.1 vs. Georgia (5/23/09)
Strikeouts: 7 vs. Tennessee (4/19/09)
Hits Allowed: 8 vs. Mississippi State (3/24/06)
Runs: 5 twice; last vs. Mississippi State (3/24/06)
Earned Runs: 5 vs. Mississippi State (3/24/06)
Walks: 4 at Kentucky (3/17/06)