For a program like LSU, anything less than a trip to the College World Series generally is considered a disappointment. Imagine then, the letdown last May when the Tigers missed out on a bid to the NCAA tournament -- their third miss in the last six years and just their third miss since 1989.
"Obviously it ended in a very disappointing way without an invite to the NCAA tournament," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri at the team's preseason media day. "It was a very disappointing time when that happened, but it was kind of a mixture of emotions, because our team was playing really well at the end of the year. We were 12-3 in our last 15 games."
They've been ranked a little lower than this before, 96 I think, and still won it
I am already printing the t-shirts