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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mainieri on Arkansas

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri spoke on the SEC baseball teleconfernce today with the Arkansas series coming up this weekend.

"We got back on the right track this past weekend against Auburn and played fairly well and won a couple of close games. We had a good ballgame last night with Tulane. We're feeling pretty good about ourselves right now and really right at the right time.

"We're going to a very challenging environment against an outstanding team, obviously a lot at stake. It's about the right time for us to be playing as well as we can. We're excited about going to Fayetteville. It should be a tremendous environment. I assume they'll have some extremely large crowds. I've always said Dave (Van Horn) does a great job with his team there. They play great baseball, very solid baseball. I think it's an extremely well-coached team. (It's) a tremendous challenge for us. We're excited about the opportunity. It should be three great ballgames.''

On keys this weekend:

"For us to beat Arkansas, it's going to take some extraordinary performances from some of our players. Obviously, somebody is going to have to step up and pitch a great game for us. Our closer will have to do the job as he's done all year. But the key is somehow we're going to have to put up some crooked numbers. I don't think you can go to Arkansas and expect to get a run here and a run there and expect to win the ballgame. I just feel like somebody's going to have to do something special. We're going to have to have somebody have a four or five RBI day, a great pitching performance.

"I think the one thing that struck me in my first two years in this league is that Arkansas plays so hard and they play very fundamentally sound baseball. I personally like coaching against Dave and his teams because you know they're playing the game the right way. I've enjoyed the competition the first two years and looking forward to it this weekend.''


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