Sunday, February 11, 2007

Weekend wrap

The first full weekend of college baseball in Louisiana is now behind us and here's what we've learned this weekend.

The Paul Mainieri hire at LSU is looking good so far. Granted, St. Mary's College isn't the class of the West Coast Conference. A sweep of, say, Pepperdine would have looked better on paper, but three wins are three wins. Even better, Mainieri said he wasn't happy with the way his team played in Saturday's 7-6 win. Apparently, he won't settle for mediocrity and that should make all LSU fans smile.

Louisiana Tech is a resilient bunch. The Bulldogs found out a former player -- and for some a former teammate -- died before Friday's game. Tech lost that game, but came back to win the next two games at a quality Southland Conference opponent (Texas-Arlington). Wade Simoneaux wanted his team to learn how to win on the road. For at least one weekend, mission accomplished.

Grambling just keeps winning. Could Barret Rey's hiring equal that of Mainieri? Maybe not in national scope, but program-for-program, it seems possible.

Dallas Baptist's three-game sweep of Northwestern State may look bad to the untrained eye. But remember the Demons have 14 junior college transfers and DBU was a Division II power.


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