"It was a great victory for us, any time you win one in the SEC, you put it in your back pocket and take it home with you, they're not going to steal it from you," Mainieri said, "Games are hard to win in this league."
LSU's bats are warming up as the weather warms up. The Tigers scored 20 runs for the three-game series and had 34 hits. Mainieri likes his team's approach at the plate.
"Just tremendous at-bats one after another. We advanced a lot of runners, via the bunt and hit-and-run, we had a few steals, we had some clutch hitting, we had some good base running, there was a lot of good stuff out there this weekend."
On the mound, LSU's Aaron Nola had his worst start of the year as he gave up five runs on Friday night, but LSU still won. The Tigers bullpen let a late lead get away on Saturday and on Sunday Kurt McCune gave up a couple of runs to allow Tennessee to tie it in the 8th. But Mainieri says it was nice to see the Tigers score enough runs to win the series.
"So many weekends, the pitching carried us, I thought it was time to see our hitters step up and they did in a big way."
LSU is now 32-11-and-1, and in the SEC they are 11-8-and-1, a half-game back of Alabama for first place in the SEC West.