Texas Has Statement Weekend Against LSUColumns
AUSTIN, Texas — I don’t think Paul Mainieri is going to allow me to go to any more LSU baseball games. The last time I saw his Bayou Bengal nine in person was last April in Columbia, South Carolina where his team suffered a sweep at the hands of the Gamecocks, losing the first two games by a combined 22-4. Game three saw the Tigers lose a late lead 8-6 in jog-off fashion to further the pain.
Today, it was eerily similar. Two bad losses on Friday and Saturday to the Longhorns, and then they get salt poured in the wound with today’s come-from-behind jog-off win by the homestanding Horns, 7-6.
And of course, you blame the Tigers for some late-game gaffes but you also credit the Longhorns for having the never-quit tenacity of a championship team. Bizarre how the pendulum swings.
The Tiger fans might not agree with me 100% here but this was a great freakin’ atmosphere here in Austin the last few days. I’m sure my colleague Kendall Rogers will agree since he was here on Friday night to experience it before I took over the coverage this weekend, but it was great to see 7,000-plus fill the stands each night and make this a real “happening” between these two national powers.
Before we get to what I saw in the capital city of Texas today, here is what I saw across the country in our beloved sport today…