OMAHA, NE (WVUE) - It has become LSU baseball's summer tradition. With 17 trips since 1986, the Tigers feel right at home in Omaha. Carrying sky high expectations, LSU is always a favorite to win it all and over the years, the Tigers have found that balance of handling all the off the field distractions and festivities with taking care of business on the diamond.
"Our guys are so good with the fans, they understand it's a big responsibility they have to be friendly and sign autographs and take pictures, and those type of things, but I also think its important they compartmentalize the experience here," coach Paul Mainieri said. "When you're away from the field, to be friendly with people and enjoy that, but when we get to the field, it's all business. We're here to do a job and hopefully we'll do it well."
This year's College World Series tournament field is talented, but LSU is the highest remaining seed of the eight national title contenders.
"It's a great accomplishment to get here, only eight teams do, but it's a greater accomplishment to leave with the big trophy," Mainieri said. "And that's really hard to do and it takes a lot of focus and dedication, and commitment once you're here."
Mainieri is seeking his second championship with LSU, and says the likes of Alex Bregman, Jared Poche and Alex Lange are ready to write their own chapter in the Tiger record books.
"I think they want to become part of that fraternity," Mainieri said. "You know when you win a national championship, you're remembered forever."
After sweeping through both their Regional and Super Regional with a perfect 5-0 mark, the Tigers are now just five more wins away from another national championship, which would be the 7th in school history and first since 2009.