The last time LSU beat Tulane in a baseball game, Alex Bregman was its starting shortstop.
LSU used 24 players in that game, a 6-0 win in April 2015, and only three of them remain on the roster: Austin Bain — the winning pitcher that day — Beau Jordan and Bryce Jordan.
What has transpired since? Even as LSU has maintained its overall level of success — earning national seeds each of the last two seasons and reaching the College World Series finals last year — Tulane has handed the Tigers four consecutive losses.
LSU hopes to reverse that trend when it hosts Tulane on Wednesday.
“I’d like to say that I would trade losing a couple games to Tulane to make it to the finals of the (College) World Series like we did last year,” Mainieri said. “But truthfully, I don’t really like losing to Tulane.”
This time it is certain: Freshman right-hander Nick Storz will make his anticipated debut in an LSU uniform Wednesday against Tulane.
LSU’s last four-game losing streak to Tulane came more than 40 years ago, spanning the 1975-77 seasons. The last one before that was 1956-57 seasons.
Before this losing skid, LSU had dominated Tulane under Mainieri. From 2008-15, his clubs went 13-3 against the Green Wave, and from 2011-15, the only loss came by one run in extra innings.
“We’re looking forward to the game; we really are,” Mainieri said. “I know we’ve got a big series coming up this weekend, and that’s what you have to guard against when you get into SEC play — the players look beyond midweek games because the SEC games are so important.
“But if there’s a team you don’t look beyond, obviously it’s Tulane.”