POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 11:05am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The LSU baseball team’s historic 2013 regular season is heading down the final stretch. But the Tigers haven’t stopped to admire anything they’ve accomplished just yet.
“It’s been a good run but we still have some work to do,” senior Raph Rhymes said.
“We aren’t done yet,” fellow senior Mason Katz added.
After locking up another SEC West title, securing a two-seed in the upcoming conference tournament and having a national seed for the NCAA tournament all but in their back pocket, the Tigers have very little to play for in terms of standings in their regular season finale against Ole Miss.
“It allows me to do some things that will give us the best possible chance at success in the postseason and that’s the best thing about it,” head coach Paul Mainieri said Wednesday.
Mainieri knows that LSU baseball teams are judged on how they perform in the postseason. His players know that, too. That’s part of the reason seniors Katz and Rhymes haven’t been able to enjoy the fact this year’s team 46-win regular season is the most by any in the programs history since the NCAA moved to a 56-game schedule in 1992.
“It's a pretty cool accomplishment because there have been some good teams come through here,” Rhymes said.
“We are not going to have this regular season and not win the National Championship and say we are the best team ever. You don't remember the regular season for that long. You remember the dog piles and the national championships.” Katz said.