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LSU baseball trying to improve resume at the SEC tournament

The Tigers open tournament play vs. Miss St. on Tuesday

Kristian Garic
May 21, 2018 - 11:40 pm

LSU baseball is looking to improve their NCAA tournament resume in the SEC tournament. 

The Tigers currently sit at 15-15 in the SEC after losing two of three against Auburn over the weekend. Typically 16 wins in the conference qualifies you for the NCAA baseball tournament. LSU will open the SEC tournament against a familiar foe in the single elimination round against Mississippi State.

"They've won four in a row. We've won 7 of the last 10, we'll be in a good frame of mind as well. Anytimie we play Missisippi state it's always good baseball. It's going to be an exciting night of baseball in Hoover.  It's an elimination game right out of the gate," explained LSU coach Paul Mainieri. 

LSU beat state last year in the Super Regional to advance to the NCAA tournament and took two of three games from the Bulldogs in the regular season. 

Traditionally, Hoover has been kind to the Tigers. LSU has won numerous SEC tournament titles, and trust me Mainieri reminds them of that being the Tigers stage often.

"I talk about it with them. We have a lot of pride in for some reason we're comfortable and confident in Hoover. We're going to go out there and let it rip." 

The Tigers won the tournament a year ago on their way to the national championship runner up trophy. 

LSU is squarly on the NCAA baseball tournament bubble with 15 wins in the SEC. Maineiri took time to make the case as to why the Tigers belong in the baseball tournament. 

"We've had some really good series wins, beating Texas, Arkansas, and MIssissippi State. We've got a lot of good wins in there. If we can get the job done and win a couple of games in Hoover and win a few games. I'm sure it will make it clear we should be in the NCAA tournament" 

The last time LSU didn't qualify for the NCAA baseball tournament was 2011.  The Tigers are likely in the tournament but need to win one game to solidify their regional hopes with a good showing at the SEC tournament this week in Hoover, Alabama. 

Listen to Maineri's full interview on Sports Talk in the podcast below.

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