Video: LSU welcomes hitting coach/recruiting coordinator Andy Cannizaro _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU Baseball's new hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Andy Cannizaro answers media questions as head coach Paul Mainieri, right, listens.

Meeting with reporters Tuesday before LSU's super regional showdown vs. Mississippi State, Tigers coach Paul Mainieri downplayed any perceived tension between him and his former assistant and current Bulldogs coach Andy Cannizaro.

"There’s no bad blood," Mainieri said. "Andy was a good worker for our program 2-plus years, and now he’s the head coach at Mississippi State. I knew when he went there that every year we were going to have battles with them until my career is over or Andy’s career is over. Hopefully, mine will end before his does because he’s a young man."

Things got a little awkward on social media following LSU's win against South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

After clinching a spot in the SEC tournament championship with a run rule 11-0 win over South Carolina, Mainieri was asked about the team's offense, specifically how the Tigers' bats have been able to stay as hot as they've been lately.

In his answer, Mainieri didn't refer to Cannizaro by name. 

"When we had the coach leave in November and we had to restructure our staff, I can tell you Kramer (Robertson), Cole (Freeman) and (Greg) Deichmann all came to see me and asked me to please strongly consider making Micah (Gibbs) the hitting coach because they had such respect for him," Mainieri said.

Later in his answer, Mainieri said Gibbs "obviously has "a different personality, a different style than the previous hitting coach."

Cannizaro caught wind of Maineri's remarks and offered an eye-roll emoji on Twitter.

Mainieri told The Advocate in a story published in mid-May that he and Cannizaro hadn't spoken since mid-November, about two weeks after Cannizaro left LSU for Mississippi State.

Appearing on 104.5 FM ESPN's "Off the Bench" on Wednesday morning, Cannizaro downplayed the him-vs.-Mainieri storyline.

"I sure hope (Mainieri) would play it down. He's sure not going to get a hit. I'm not going to field a ground ball, that's a fact," Cannizaro said. "The biggest thing for him and for us is he's going to do everything he can to prepare his team."

The best-of-three series will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday. Game 2 will be at the same time Sunday, and Game 3 will be played Monday if necessary. 

The winner goes to the College World Series.