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Tigers preparing for College World Series

Coach Mainieri talks to Bobby & Deke on Sports Talk

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So far the 2017 College Baseball post season has been one special ride for the LSU Tigers.  LSU punched their 18th ticket to the College World Series by sweeping SEC Rival Mississippi State 2-0. The 4th seeded Tigers will battle the Florida State Seminoles in their first game at the CWS. 

LSU Coach Paul Mainieri joined Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia on Sports Talk to breakdown the Tigers Super Regional match-up versus the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  Coach Mainieri talked about how proud his is of his team. 

“That sounds good, thank you,” said LSU’s Paul Mainieri when Bobby and Deke congratulated coach on earning his fifth trip to the CWS as coach of the LSU Baseball Program.  LSU Coach Paul Mainieri joined Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia on Sports Talk to breakdown the Tigers Super Regional wins against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.  And coach looked ahead to this weekend’s opening game for his club at the College World Series

LSU faced Mississippi less than three weeks ago in Starkville when the SEC Western Division title was on the line.  LSU swept the Bulldogs 3-0 outscoring MSU a combined 25-13.  But far more was on the line this past weekend as the winner of the Super Regional would advance to the CWS. 

In game one the Tigers fell behind MSU 0-3 before erupting in the bottom of the eighth inning for four runs taking a 4-3 lead.  LSU would then close out the visiting Bulldogs in the top of the ninth to take a 1-0 Super Regional Series lead.

“We were a little nervous there in game one.  But I’m proud of the way the players hung in there and remained focus.  We were able to rally and come up with a big 4-3 win.”  In game two of the Baton Rouge Super Regional, the Tigers broke open a tight game and blew out the Bulldogs 14-4. 

The Tigers are riding a 16 game win streak which is the second longest for LSU under Coach Mainieri.  Mainieri also has a 23 game win streak to his credit in Baton Rouge with the Tigers.  The Tigers current win streak has been very impressive. 

LSU closed out the 2017 Regular Season going 7-0 .  LSU then turned things up in Hoover, Alabama in the 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament.  The Tigers were a perfect 4-0 on their way to winning the SEC Tournament.

Awarded the 4th National Seed in the NCAA post season, LSU hosted the Baton Rouge Regional going 3-0 with wins over Texas Southern, Southeastern Louisiana and Rice.  And last weekend the Bayou Bengals were 2-0 versus rival Mississippi State in Super Regional play. 

When you crunch the numbers, the Tigers win streak of 16 games looks that much more impressive.  So follow me on this scoring breakdown.  In their final seven regular season games LSU outscored their foes a combined 32-20.

In SEC action LSU played four times outscoring their opponents a combined 35-5 which included two 10-run rule back to back wins against Kentucky and South Carolina.  Regional play saw the Tigers total 31 runs allowing only 13.  And last weekend against Mississippi State the Tigers won by a combined 18-7. 

That brings LSU’s grand total to 111 runs scored while allowing only 32 during this current 16 game win streak.  Coach Paul Mainieri gave his take on what his team has done over the last month of the season.

“The emphasis is on the 32 runs allowed during that stretch.  That is only two runs allowed on average per game.  And if you only allow two runs you will win a lot of games playing like that.”  The Tigers will look to continue their solid play in the CWS when the battle Florida State this weekend in Omaha

You can listen to Bobby and Deke’s entire interview with LSU Coach Paul Mainieri by clicking below.  And for the latest on the Tigers Baseball Team stay logged on to WWL.com.

Mainieri bringing Tigers back to Omaha

LSU Coach Paul Mainieri talks with Bobby & Deke about his Tigers' super-regional victory over Mississippi State and their upcoming trip to Omaha for the College World Series.

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