There’s a unique perspective often gained by a team eliminated from postseason contention, especially when the one sent home is defeated in resounding fashion.
That’s where LSU head coach Paul Mainieri finds himself this week after his Tigers were sent home in consecutive games by Oregon State. The Beavers defeated the Tigers 14-1, and after LSU defeated Northwestern State to earn a second shot at Oregon State, it again fell by a wide margin, losing 12-0. Mainieri gave a premier vote of confidence in the Beavers when speaking to reporters Thursday.
Mainieri says he’ll be “shocked if Oregon State doesn’t win the National Championship. They’re a team without weakness.”
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If the MLB draft is any indication, the Beavers are indeed an incredibly strong team, seeing six of its players selected in the first 10 rounds of this year’s draft. Before the drafted Beavers turn pro, though, they first have more NCAA games to play, starting with a best-of-three Super Regional series against Minnesota.
The Beavers posted a 47-10-1 record in the regular season, including a 20-9-1 mark in conference play. Their regional performance was staggering, outscoring opponents 35-4 in three games played. Should they keep up their red-hot pace, they’ll soon find themselves in the College World Series. First, though, they must take down the Golden Gophers in a series that begins Friday at 2 p.m. PT.