OMAHA, NE (WVUE) - Paul Mainieri needed to shake things up with elimination at stake. The Tigers busted out their lucky gold jerseys against Cal State Fullerton and even Mainieri wore one instead of his trademark jacket.
"We did change the jersey for mojo," Mainieri said. "I did wear a jersey at the request of the players. I hadn't worn a jersey in a while and they have been trying to get me to wear a jersey all year, so desperate times calls for desperate measures, so I said what have we got to lose, we'll see if it helps."
Baseball can be a very superstitious game. After matching a post-season best 13 hits in yesterday's season-saving win, the Tigers reaffirmed their confidence.
"We hadn't really done that in a while, and we haven't had that swagger at the plate, and guys are happy now," junior Alex Bregman said. "They're having fun. Playing loose and playing confident, and we have to do that if we want to be successful from here on out."
The biggest tangible moves came in LSU's lineup shuffle, with three hole hitter Alex Bregman shifting to lead off, where he went 4-5. Mainieri also moved Kade Scivicque, Chris Sciambra and Mark Laird around in the order, and that trio combined for seven more hits and 3 of LSU's 5 RBI.
"I really felt that we just needed a spark at the top of the order. And who is a tougher out than Alex Bregman?" Mainieri said.
Senior Chris Sciambra added, "He's the leader of this team, and everybody knows it. When he plays like that, everybody else follows."
"Wherever coach puts them, one through nine, every day they're going to battle for us," Bregman said. "To mix things up, it's nice, it's refreshing. It was cool, it was cool to see."
The Tigers practiced at Creighton University this afternoon, gearing up for their first night game at the College World Series tomorrow at 7:00 against TCU.