First-year LSU coach Paul Mainieri doesn't like the fact that he often begins post-game interviews with the media saying, "In 25 years of coaching, I have never seen a game like that." Not many coaches would enjoy the ups and downs of LSU's season thus far, but the veteran skipper has managed to keep his cool with the success of his team.
"There are certain things I saw
this weekend that I am certain I have never seen," Mainieri said following the
Sunday matchup against
"It's been a very frustrating weekend. Obviously there were a lot of things that went wrong for us this weekend. There is also some positive things. Yesterday and today we could have easily won 2-of-3 ballgames. We couldn't get over the bad breaks. We are going to take it like men and come back."
Despite walk-off home runs being
called back and blown leads, Mainieri and his Tigers continue to chalk up wins
as they proceed through Southeastern Conference play on their way to
The Tigers dropped an important
game Sunday when they fell to
"You have to overcome," Mainieri said. "You have to have the ability and makeup to overcome whatever happens. Some guys don't have the ability to do it. You can't look at one call or one pitch. It's all about getting it done and we didn't get it done today."
Traditionally, an SEC team that
hovers around .500 usually is invited to the conference tournament. The Tigers
are 24-20-1 overall, and 9-11-1 in conference play. If LSU could have back games
like Sunday against
If luck would have turned the
Tigers way, LSU would have won five-of-six series in conference play, dropping a
series only to
The Tigers had won five straight
"I knew we were not out of it," Ochinko said. "We have played great ball. Have done well in the SEC these last four weekends. In the beginning we ended up taking the lead, but it was really tough not getting the win after playing for four and a half hours."
If LSU regroups from their lose to
"You have to keep trying to teach," Mainieri said. "You just wish they could retain sometimes. You tell guys things and they keep doing them over and over. It's frustrating. My list is long with coaching points.
"Some guys have the capability to not be coached that much. They rely on their ability. But if they rely on their ability instead of playing the game smart, then they better be pretty good. I don't think we have players good enough to not play the game smart."
The Gators of Florida are not far off, sporting a 10-11 record in conference play, but lost the tie-breaker against Vanderbilt in the eastern division with the Commodore sweep this past weekend.
Going into the weekend series with
If the season would end today, LSU
would be tied with