NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Commodores enter Alex Box Stadium as the 2nd-ranked team in the nation while LSU sits at number 15. Given the Tigers' 4-5 record in the SEC and Vanderbilt's 6-3 mark, yes, the home team is technically the underdog.
Ask the team and they'll tell you otherwise.
"I wouldn't say that we think of ourselves as underdogs," LSU sophomore infielder Greg Deichmann said. "We think we're one of the top teams in the league, and we're going to go out there every day and try to prove it."
"It's not like we're some crumby team that's fighting for respect," Head Coach Paul Mainieri said. "We're LSU for goodness sake. But I do think that there's a little bit of an attitude out there in the nation that we're down a little bit, and Vanderbilt's up here, and this is an opportunity to show that LSU's going to be right there in the fight."
The two-time SEC Coach of the Year is hoping that mentality lights a fire for his Tigers in need of a big-time conference series win.
"If people want to say that we're not good enough, than we have to come out and show them and prove them wrong," Sophomore pitcher Alex Lange said. "We're here to get better with what we do and stick within who we are. We're just listening to the guys that are in this locker room and in the weight room and on the field with us every day."
LSU hasn't faced Vanderbilt since the 2014 SEC Tournament when the mercy-ruled the Commodores on their way to a conference championship.