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Mainieri and Tigers set to host Notre Dame in season opener

Deke Bellavia
February 15, 2018 - 10:35 pm

When he hears the name Notre Dame it brings up many vivid memories.  “I spent a little time up there,” a light hearted Paul Mainieri said.  Mainieri and his 9th ranked LSU Tigers open their 2018 season Friday night against Mainieri’s former team Notre Dame.

Having spent 12 seasons as the Irish head man, Coach Mainieri gave thanks for his days in South Bend.  “I was very fortunate to be there (Notre Dame) for 12 years.  I learned a lot, had a great time there and I was able to coach some wonderful young men.  But now I’m at LSU and I’m all Purple and Gold.”

The Tigers are coming off another successful season finishing as the nation’s second best team losing to Florida in last season’s National Title series.  The great news, six starters from last season return to LSU baseball. 

“We have some veteran players that are back and we have some new faces that we are very excited about.  I feel like we have had very good preparation for the season and these players are excited about opening the season against Notre Dame,” Mainieri said.  

Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia spoke with Coach Mainieri on Sports Talk, hitting on a variety of topics:  the Tigers first opponent, the 2018 competitive landscape and Coach Mainieri’s expectations of this year’s team. 

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking below.

The Tigers will open their three game series sending junior right hand pitcher Caleb Gilbert to the mound.  Gilbert had a standout sophomore season in 2017; he posted a 7-1 record with a 2.16 ERA.  Notre Dame will start left hander Scott Tully.  Tully was 2-0 in 2017 with a 3.71 ERA. 

Game one of the series is Friday night; pre-game at 6:30pm/first pitch at 7pm.  All three LSU versus Notre Dame games can be heard right here on the home of the LSU Tigers WWL Radio 870AM/FM 105.3. 


LSU's Paul Mainieri on the upcoming baseball season

Bobby & Deke preview the LSU baseball season with Coach Paul Mainieri.

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