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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Another 'huge' baseball weekend

The Florida Gators are coming to Baton Rouge to play LSU this weekend in an SEC baseball series that is a whole lot bigger than it looked just two or three weeks ago.

After Florida went into Athens and swept Georgia last weekend, the Gators moved into first place in the SEC East. LSU and Florida -- and Ole Miss -- are tied atop the SEC overall standings at 16-8.

"We obviously have a huge weekend this week against Florida,'' LSU coach Paul Mainieri said this morning on the SEC coaches' teleconference. "I've had enough people tell me that so I'm just repeating what everybody is telling me. My response to everybody is it seem like we say that every weekend in this league.

"But that's what makes the SEC so much fun and exciting. Every weekend it seems like has huge implications. A few weeks ago we went to Athens and it was being billed as No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the country. Last weekend we went to Arkansas and it was being billed as No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the SEC West. Now, of course, it's the leaders of the SEC East and West, along with us and Ole Miss, two of the leaders facing each other. Every weekend in the SEC has such implications and is so huge. The competition is so great. It's what makes the SEC so much fun. We should have a pretty electric atmosphere in the Box this weekend, I would think. I would guess we would have some enormous crowds. The weather is supposed to be great. I'm looking forward to having Kevin (O'Sullivan)'s team here. Hopefully we'll have some good baseball.


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