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The Tigers finished the 2007 season with a 29-26-1 (12-17-1 SEC) and failed to reach the postseason for the second consecutive year. Mainieri said he has every intention of changing that this season.
"I am determined to get LSU Baseball back to where it's supposed to be," Mainieri said.
The second year coach previewed the 2008 schedule, which is set to get underway a few weeks later than in year's past. The Tigers open the season on Feb. 22 with a three-game series against Indiana. Mainieri explained the season starts later due to the NCAA's new policy put into place to benefit northern schools who cannot begin their seasons until later due to inclement weather.
"We started the season last year on Feb. 9," Mainieri said. "I am used to starting the year later because at Notre Dame we had to because of the weather."
With the beginning of the season being pushed back two weeks, the games lost in that time will be made up during the season, thus pressing more games into a given week.
The non-conference schedule includes home series' with Michigan State, Stetson and Indiana and Duquense. LSU will also face Southern, Miss. Valley State, Southeastern La., Tulane, Nicholls, McNeese, Northwestern State, UNO and Louisiana-Lafayette. LSU opens the SEC portion of the schedule on Friday, March 14 on the road at Tennessee.
Mainieri was pleased to announce that of the nine players signed by LSU that were drafted in June's Major League Baseball Draft, eight of them reported to school.
The coach said he was overly impressed with LSU's signing class, stating "I'd like you show me another signing class anywhere in the country that's better than our's."
Mainieri did say there were three significant injuries to report including catcher Sean Ochinko (elbow), infielder Matt Clark (broken foot) and catcher Jason Lewis (back problems). Mainieri said all should be back for at least a portion of Fall Camp and none should miss the season opener on Feb. 22.
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