LSU Coach Mainieri addresses Tiger loss
BATON ROUGE - Stony Brook (52-13) tossed its second-consecutive three-hitter on Sunday, as the Seawolves came back from a game down to advance past LSU to its first College World Series, 7-2, on Sunday night at Alex Box Stadium.
LSU (47-18), the Southeastern Conference Champion, won a 12-inning affair in game 1 that was hauled by rain after 11 innings on Friday afternoon and resumed on Saturday morning with a 5-4 Tigers victory.
However, back-to-back complete games by Stony Brook pitching ended the Tigers' season.
"We had every confidence, every anticipation of going to Omaha and playing for the National Championship and all of a sudden it is over," said LSU coach Paul Mainier. "The suddenness is just awful. I am sure that in time we will look back at this season, dwell on the positives, an SEC Championship, an SEC West Championship, and we won 47 ball games. I think in a lot of ways we overachieved.
"It will be the coaches' job to figure out a way for us to get better and be able to take the next step. We will do that, but we will do that in time. Right now I just hurt for these kids, especially the seniors and the kids that will not be back. They have given so much to our program, the university, and we are going to miss them dearly. I wish we could have sent them out with one more trip to Omaha."