LSU Paul Mainieri

Paul Mainieri. (Courtesy: SECN+)

BATON ROUGE, La. -- It's been a rough stretch for LSU baseball with the Tigers losing five out of their last six games including a sweep at the hands of Tennessee on the road which ended with a pair of walk-off losses.

The Tigers dropped out of the D1baseball.com Top 25 rankings and have a tough weekend series coming up against No.1 Vanderbilt.

In Monday's Zoom press conference, head coach Paul Mainieri drew comparisons to the 2008 team that had a similar experience before turning things around with a run to the College World Series.

"I can't tell you how frustrated everybody is and how disappointed everybody is and it looks gloomy. I know we're staring at the number one team in the country coming in with a guy (Jake Leiter) that's pitched two consecutive no-hitters and everybody's ready to write us off," Mainieri said. "I've been through this before. That's what happens when you're old, you have a lot of experiences. I'm just not going to give up."

LSU hosts South Alabama Tuesday before beginning their series against Vanderbilt Thursday.

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