NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Winning in the game of baseball can be fleeting. Confidence from your fans can be as well.
"Everyone wants to jump off the bandwagon as soon as you lose a game or series," says LSU head coach Paul Mainieri.
After dropping their first two SEC series of the season against Alabama and Texas A&M, many did just that. Sophomore All-American Alex Lange was uncharacteristically struggling, and the Tigers' runs were few and far between.
You'd never know that team existed after watching them this weekend in Missouri.
"I thought we played as well as we possibly can in a combination of all phases," says Mainieri. "We didn't make a single error in 27 innings. We had three good starting pitching performances, and our bullpen didn't give up a run in nine innings."
That's the recipe they'll have to follow again this week with Southeastern coming to Baton Rouge. Last year when they met in February, it took two late LSU runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to deliver the Tigers a 9-8 win, and that was a much more experienced LSU team. With the Lions leading the Southland Conference yet again, we can expect another close game.
First pitch between these two is set for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.