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Super Regional Notebook:

LSU giddy over comeback

UCI bullpen fails to hold these Tigers, who are making habit of rallying to win.

June 08, 2008|By Barry Faulkner

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU Coach Paul Mainieri struggled to come up with a way to describe yet another of the Tigers’ 29 come-from-behind victories this season, a 9-7 triumph over UC Irvine to even the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional at Alex Box Stadium.

“I mean this comeback, this was remarkable,” Mainieri said. “I’m just going to say that I’m not even shocked any more, because these kids just seem to do it all the time.”

Mainieri said the energy generated by most of the 6,971 fans Sunday was also somewhat difficult to describe.

“I tell you what; you couldn’t hear yourself think,” Mainieri said of the din that accompanied the Tigers’ five-run rally in the top of the ninth to erase a 7-4 deficit. “My son was trying to talk to me, standing right next to me, and I couldn’t hear him.

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“The support these people give us is absolutely amazing. You have to be here to understand the impact. I don’t think anybody in the country could watch a game on television or hear about it and understand the significance of it. These people love LSU, they love their Tigers and they love college baseball.”

 Mainieri also said 70-year-old Alex Box Stadium, which will give way to a new facility for next season, gives the Tigers an advantage over road opponents.

“You can’t help but be in this stadium and feel the great history and tradition that have come before,” Mainieri said. “There has been a lot of success and these people know. And these fans are so supportive of it. When you feel their energy, it can’t help but give you a positive feeling. I’m not so sure its ghosts or superstitions or whatever term you could give it, as much as it is the kids and the players they tend to have confidence.”

 Speaking of LSU history, Sunday’s win marked only the third time in 151 postseason games that the Tigers have won after they trailed entering the ninth inning.

 UCI sophomore left-hander Danny Bibona continued to show confidence on the mound Sunday. He limited the Tigers to two runs on eight hits through seven innings. He exited with one out in the eighth having allowed three earned runs on nine hits. He struck out eight and walked just one.

It was the 13th time in 16 starts this season he has allowed three or fewer earned runs. Twice he has allowed four and once he surrendered five.

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