Either way, that's how the No. 13 Bulldogs (10-6) will start the SEC season tonight at 7 in Foley Field. The Tigers (14-4) are perennial national powers and have scored 30 runs in their last two games.
No time has been good for the Bulldogs recently. They started the season ranked, for the first time, in the top 10 of every major college baseball poll and won their first five games and eight of their first nine. However, they've dropped out of top 10 in all those polls after losing five of their last eight.
"It's just timing," Perno said. "We just can't get anything going. What it's called is it's called baseball. The expectations were so high I don't think we've done as nice a job as we've needed to of handling failure because of how high the expectations were."
As for the Tigers, "we're about right where we expected to be," Coach Smoke Laval said.
"It's the start of SEC and regardless of what kind of start we got off to, we still are defending champion and hopefully we'll defend that title the way we should," Perno said.