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OSU baseball: Cowboys set to add LSU righty Eric Walker

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s pitching staff picked up a big boost for next season.

Former LSU right-handed pitcher Eric Walker announced on his Twitter page Monday that he will transfer to OSU.

Walker was a breakout star in 2017 for LSU, going 8-2 with a 3.48 ERA as the Tigers’ No. 3 starter. Only a freshman, he pitched LSU to the SEC Tournament championship game victory, allowing one run in 7 2/3 innings. He followed that up with eight shutout innings against Rice in the NCAA Regional tournament.

But in a start against Oregon State in the College World Series, he suffered an arm injury that required Tommy John Surgery. 

He missed all of 2018, but returned in 2019. He was 5-4 with a 5.47 ERA in 15 starts. Last season, he appeared in just five games, posting a 3.18 ERA in 5 2/3 innings. 

At Oklahoma State, Walker will be reunited with catcher Brock Mathis, who spent the 2019 season at LSU before transferring.

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LSU Tigers pitcher Eric Walker pitches against Oregon State in the first inning at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in the 2017 College World Series. Walker announced Monday that he is transferring to Oklahoma State. [Bruce Thorson/USA TODAY Sports]

LSU Tigers pitcher Eric Walker pitches against Oregon State in the first inning at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in the 2017 College World Series. Walker announced Monday that he is transferring to Oklahoma State. [Bruce Thorson/USA TODAY Sports]

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