The LSU baseball team has arrived in Omaha the site of the College World Series. Head Coach Paul Mainieri says even though this team doesn’t have a lot of experience in the CWS, his players seem cool, calm and confident.
“I don’t think the stage is going to be too big for them, and I think they’re going to play with a lot of poise and composure, and I think we’ll play well. Hopefully we can become victorious,” Mainieri said.
LSU will play Saturday night against Florida State. Mainieri says this is his 6th trip to Omaha and the fifth time he’s brought an LSU team to the College World Series. If the Tigers win it all, it would be the school’s seventh national championship. But Mainieri says they will take it one game at a time.
“We’re not talking about winning the national championship among our team. We’re just talking about beating Florida State on Saturday, and after that game’s over, we’ll turn our attention to the next one,” Mainieri said.
LSU has won only one game at the College World Series since winning the national championship team in 2009. Mainieri has told his players it’s been a great season regardless of what happens in Omaha.
“There’s no way the season will be considered a failure if you make it to Omaha, but on the other hand if you come back without having the success that you’re striving to have, it leaves a little bit of a shallow feeling, and I don’t want them to feel that way,” Mainieri said.