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2008 LSU Tigers baseball team
|University||Louisiana State University|
|Location||Baton Rouge, LA|
|Head Coach||Paul Mainieri (2nd year)|
|Home Stadium||Alex Box Stadium|
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000|
|1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1975, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2008|
|1939, 1943, 1946, 1961, 1975, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2003|
The LSU baseball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The 2008 LSU Tigers baseball team represented Louisiana State University in the NCAA Division I baseball season of 2008 Year 1893 ( MDCCCXCIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, Coeducational The Southeastern Conference (SEC is a College Athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern Baton Rouge (French Bâton-Rouge ˌbætən ˈruːdʒ in English, and in French) is the capital city of Louisiana. The State of Louisiana ( or, État de Louisiane, pronounced) is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America Paul Mainieri (born 29 August 1957 in Morgantown WV) is the current head coach of the LSU baseball team. Alex Box Stadium, sometimes prounounced as "Elec" or "Alec" Box is a Baseball Stadium in Baton Rouge Louisiana. LSU (Louisiana State University is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Southeastern Conference. Purple is a general term for the range of shades of Color occurring between Red and Blue. Gold, also called golden, is a Yellowish orange Color which is a representation of the color of the element Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, Coeducational The National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA, often pronounced "N-C-Double-A" is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions conferences organizations Division I (or D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States College baseball is Baseball as played on the intercollegiate level at institutions of Higher education, predominantly in the United States.
Along with the other LSU athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the West division of the Southeastern Conference. The Southeastern Conference (SEC is a College Athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern Since 1986, LSU Baseball has been considered an elite program in college baseball, winning 5 national championships (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 2000) and making 13 College World Series appearances. The College World Series or CWS is a Baseball Tournament held in Omaha Nebraska that is the culmination of the NCAA Division I Baseball
The Tigers play their home games on LSU's campus in Alex Box Stadium, and are currently coached by head coach Paul Mainieri. Alex Box Stadium, sometimes prounounced as "Elec" or "Alec" Box is a Baseball Stadium in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Paul Mainieri (born 29 August 1957 in Morgantown WV) is the current head coach of the LSU baseball team. LSU is currently building a new baseball stadium which will open for the 2009 season.
The first thirty years of LSU baseball saw its fair share of successes and failures, but the one thing the team lacked was a consistent leader. The 1895 squad played a total of four games going 0-3-1, which is not surprising considering the team did not have a head coach. During that time span, LSU had a total of 15 coaches with no coach staying longer than two seasons except C. C. Stroud who remained head coach for 8 seasons. C. C Stroud coached LSU from 1914-1921 with an overall record of 73-58-5, a winning percentage of . 595. His teams won at least 10 games during 4 of his 8 seasons as head coach of LSU.
The 1927 season would bring significant change to the LSU baseball program. Harry Rabenhorst took over the program that year, and would go on to be the longest tenured coach in LSU's history. Harry Rabenhorst (born April 30, 1898 - died March 1972 is the former head basketball and baseball coach at Louisiana State University During the 1930s, Alex Box also played for LSU who would later name their stadium after the courageous soldier who lost his life during WWII. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including
Harry Rabenhorst began what would become a very long and successful career at LSU in 1925 as the head coach of the men's basketball team. The Louisiana State Tigers Basketball team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I men's College basketball. Two years later, in 1927, he also become the head baseball coach. Along with his successes in basketball, which included a 1935 mythical national championship and an appearance in the 1953 Final Four, he also won two SEC baseball titles (1939 & 1946). A mythical national championship (sometimes abbreviated MNC) is a colloquial term used to describe a champion in a sport in which a championship is determined without the use The 1953 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 22 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA As a reward for his team's success on the baseball diamond, Rabenhorst was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1939 and 1946, as well. Rabenhorst coached the baseball team from 1927 until 1942 when he left to serve in World War II. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Upon his return, he again coached the baseball team from 1946 until 1956. He finished his baseball coaching career with a record of 220-226-3. Rabenhorst's legacy at LSU lived on when he became the Athletic Director in 1967. Athletic director (commonly "athletics director" is a position at many American Colleges and universities, as well as in larger High schools
J. J Stanley "Skip" Bertman (born May 23, 1938 in Detroit) is a former college baseball coach who is now entering his sixth year as the Stanley "Skip" Bertman had been around baseball all his life, and played collegiate ball at the University of Miami from 1958-1960 as a catcher and outfielder. The University of Miami (also known as Miami of Florida, UM, or just The U) is a private non-sectarian University founded in 1925 After graduating with B. A. in health and physical education from Miami, Bertman went to grad school to obtain a master's degree which he completed in 1964. The next year, Bertman began his coaching career at Miami Beach High School where he remained head coach for 11 seasons. Miami Beach Senior High School, commonly referred to as " Beach High, is a Secondary school located at 2231 Prairie Avenue in the Miami Beach Bertman's teams won the state title once and finished runner-up two other times during his tenure as head coach. In 1976, Bertman left Miami Beach High school to join the coaching staff at his Alma Mater as an assistant coach under legendary coach Ron Fraser. Ronald 'Ron' Fraser (born June 25, 1936 in Nutley New Jersey) was the College baseball coach at the University of Miami In 1982, Bertman helped the Miami Hurricanes claim their first national title, and would leave after the 1983 season to become the twenty-third Head Coach of LSU.
Bertman turned the LSU baseball program around quickly, leading the Tigers to postseason play in his second year for the first time in a decade. During his third year, LSU made their first appearance in the College World Series, and the Tigers would become a regular in Omaha making 11 appearances during Bertman's 18 year career. The College World Series or CWS is a Baseball Tournament held in Omaha Nebraska that is the culmination of the NCAA Division I Baseball LSU made it back to Omaha during the 1987 season, but failed to make the NCAA Division I baseball tournament in 1988 despite finishing the year with a record of 39-21.
Bertman would use the 1989 season to catapult LSU baseball into a dynasty in the 1990s. Bertman's 1989 team made it back the postseason which started a string of 17 consecutive postseason appearances that would finally be snapped in 2006. The 1989 team was able to make it back to Omaha after beating Texas A&M in the 1989 regional. Texas A&M University, often called A&M or TAMU, is a Coeducational public Research University located in College Station After making it back to Omaha in 1990, LSU failed to make the championship game again, but would finally break through in 1991.
The Tigers entered the NCAA tournament on a 2-game losing streak that included losses to Florida and Kentucky and were eliminated from the 1996 SEC Baseball Tournament. The 1991 College World Series was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha NE from May 31 to June 8. The 1993 College World Series was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha NE from June 4 to June 12. The 1996 LSU Tigers baseball team won the NCAA national championship in one of the most memorable College World Series games in history The College World Series was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha NE from May 31 to June 8. However, based on their regular season performance, LSU was selected as one of the eight regional host sites for the NCAA tournament. The Tigers defeated Austin Peay, UNLV and UNO before finally facing Georgia Tech for the chance to go to the College World Series. LSU defeated Georgia Tech by a score of 29-13 and broke multiple NCAA records, two of which still stand today: 13 hits in an inning and 8 doubles in an inning.
The Tigers entered the College World Series now on a four game winning streak. They defeated their first opponent, Wichita State, by a score of 9-8. LSU then faced the same Florida team that beat them 3 times in the regular season and once in the SEC Tournament. It seemed that Florida had their number, however, the Tigers won by a score of 9-4. Florida rebounded, however, and came back through the losers bracket to face LSU again. This time the Tigers won it 2-1 to move onto the championship game to face Miami (FL). The Miami Hurricanes baseball team is the College baseball program that represents the University of Miami.
In what is called one of the most memorable games in College World Series history, LSU defeated Miami (FL) by a score of 9-8. In the bottom of the 9th inning with 2 outs and a runner on third base LSU only needed a base hit or a wild pitch to tie the game. In Baseball, a wild pitch (abbreviated WP) is charged against a Pitcher when his pitch is too high too short or too wide of Home An unlikely hero emerged from the LSU dugout in Warren Morris, who had been hurt most of the year. Warren Morris (born January 11, 1974 in Alexandria Louisiana) is a former college and Major League Baseball player He stepped to the plate and faced pitcher Robbie Morrison. Morris swung on Morrison's first pitch and lined the ball just barely over the right field fence for a 2 out, game winning walk off home run. In Baseball, a walk-off home run is a Home run that ends the game This was his first home run of the season.
LSU won its 3rd national championship in dramatic fashion. Morris' home run would later win an ESPY award for "Showstopper of the Year. The ESPY Awards is an annual Sports awards event created and broadcast by American Cable television network ESPN. "
After losing in the Super Regional round to Alabama in 1999, LSU failed to reach the College World Series for only the third time in a decade. The 1997 College World Series was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha NE from May 30 to June 7. The 2000 College World Series was held June 9 through June 17 2000 in Omaha Nebraska. Athletic teams at The University of Alabama are known as the Crimson Tide. LSU rolled through the 2000 regular season with a record of 41-17, and started the postseason 4-0 after sweeping through the SEC Tournament which earned the Tigers a #2 National seed in the 2000 Division I Baseball playoffs. The 2000 SEC Baseball Tournament was held at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham AL from May 17th through May 21st The 2000 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was held from May 26 through June 17 2000. LSU won the Baton Rouge regional in 3 games by a total score of 45-4, and waited for UCLA to come to Baton Rouge for the Super Regional round. LSU won the first two games 8-2 and 14-8 respectively, meaning the Tigers were heading back in Omaha looking to claim their fifth title in 10 years.
LSU began play in Omaha with a convincing win over Texas, 13-5. Texas Longhorns athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of The University of Texas at Austin. In game 2, LSU was matched up against USC who beat #6 national seed Florida St. 6-4, and won handily 10-4 keeping LSU in the winners bracket. The phrase "USC Trojans" also refers to the University of Southern California student body in general Florida State Seminoles are the men's and women's sports teams of Florida State University in Tallahassee Florida. LSU was in the drivers seat and had to be beat twice in the bracket final in order to not move onto the championship game. Florida St. was able to beat USC 3-2 in an elimination game to move on to play LSU. In a close game, LSU won 6-3 and moved on to the championship game to face Stanford. The Stanford Cardinal is the nickname of the athletic teams at Stanford University.
On a gloomy June 17th, LSU and Stanford squared off for the chance to be crowned 2000 NCAA College Baseball Champions. The Cardinal jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the game. LSU rallied to score 3 runs in the eight inning off of two home runs, setting up for a dramatic 9th inning. Trey Hodges was able to get through the 9th inning without allowing a run, giving him 4 scoreless innings on the day. In the bottom of the 9th, LSU lead the inning off with a single and a walk bringing Brad Cresse to the plate. Creese who was 1-12 in the CWS prior to this a bat, hit a linedrive single into left field scoring Ryan Theriot from second to give LSU it's 5th CWS title in 10 years. Ryan Stewart Theriot (ˈtɛrioʊ (born December 7, 1979 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a Major League Baseball Infielder LSU had 5 players named to the All Tournament team, Blair Barbier, Mike Fontenot, Brad Hawpe, Trey Hodges, and Ryan Theriot. Blair Matthew Barbier (born February 13 1978 in Marrero Louisiana) is a former professional Baseball player for the Chicago Michael Eugene "Mike" Fontenot (born June 9, 1980 in) is a Major League Baseball Infielder for the Chicago Cubs. Bradley Bonte "Brad" Hawpe (born June 22, 1979, in Fort Worth, Texas) is the starting Right fielder for the Colorado Trey Alan Hodges (born June 29, 1978) is a Pitcher in Major League Baseball, currently pitching in the minor leagues Hodges was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after finishing the CWS with a 2-0 record and recording a save.
LSU finished the 2000 postseason with a 9-0 record and moved to 5-0 all time in College World Series Championship games. 
Skip Bertman led the Tigers to a 44-22-1 mark during his final season as head coach in 2001. The Tigers won the Baton Rouge Regional and moved on to the Metarie Super Regional hosted by Tulane where they lost 2 of 3. NCAA intercollegiate sports Football See also Tulane Green Wave football The Tulane football team established in 1893 competes in NCAA Division In all, Bertman won 870 games while leading LSU to 7 SEC titles and 11 CWS appearances. His teams averaged 48 wins per year and only failed to make the postseason twice during his 18 year career.
His jersey, number 15, is one of 4 baseball jerseys retired by LSU. LSU also renamed a part of South Stadium Drive, between Nicholson and River Road, Skip Bertman Drive in his honor.
In a Baseball America poll published in 1999, Bertman was voted the second greatest college baseball coach of the 20th century, trailing Rod Dedeaux of Southern California. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Raoul Martial "Rod" Dedeaux ( February 17 1914 &ndash January 5 2006) was an American College baseball coach
In June 2002, Bertman was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January 2003, and, in 2006, Skip Bertman was inducted into the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, TX. The College Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Lubbock Texas, is a Museum operated by the College Baseball Foundation serving as the central point for the
After the end of the 2001 season, Bertman took over as Athletics Director for LSU. Athletic director (commonly "athletics director" is a position at many American Colleges and universities, as well as in larger High schools During his tenure as Athletics Director, LSU won 6 national championships and 2 football BCS National Titles. Bertman served as AD until June of 2008, and will serve as Athletic Director Emeritus until June 2010.
In anticipation of Skip Bertman's retirement, Laval was brought on as an administrative assistant for the LSU baseball team in 2001. Raymond "Smoke" Laval would later become Skip Bertman's hand picked successor to lead the LSU Baseball team. Laval was returning to LSU where he served as an assistant coach under Bertman from 1984-1993. In 1993, Laval left LSU for his first head coaching job at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. The University of Louisiana at Monroe is a coeducational public University located in Monroe, Louisiana, USA with an approximate enrollment of 8767 While at ULM, Laval posted a record of 241-159, a winning pecentage of . 603, and led the Indians (Now Warhawks) to 3 NCAA regional appearances.
Everyone knew the expectations were lofty for Laval when he accepted the job as head coach at LSU. Raymond Peter Laval (born December 20 1955 in McDonald Pennsylvania) usually called by his nickname "Smoke" is the former head coach of Replacing a legend is never easy, but Laval appeared to be up for the challenge. In his first year, Laval led the Tigers to a 44-22 record overall. The Tigers hosted a regional in Baton Rouge, which they won, and moved on to the Houston Super-Regional to face Rice, where their season ended. The Rice University athletic teams are known as the Rice Owls. His first year at the helm raised expectations even more after he experienced great success.
In 2003 and 2004, Laval would lead the Tigers to 45-22-1 and 46-19 overall record respectively. LSU would earn the #2 national seed in the 2003 tournament, and would host a super regional both years, meaning the road to Omaha went through Baton Rouge. LSU was able to get Omaha both years, but disappointed both years posting an 0-2 each year. The Tigers were not used to losing in Omaha, so questions about Laval's leadership and ability to continue the success of program began to arise. Laval would have to prove himself the following year.
In 2005, LSU struggled during the regular season despite the fact they finished with a 40-22 record overall. The Tigers lost 12 Southeastern Conference games, as well as, losing to Southern for only the second time in 41 tries. Rice would go on to defeat the Tigers in the Baton Rouge Regional Finals. The 2006 season would put even more pressure on Laval, and would eventually be his last.
In his last year, LSU would post a 35-24 mark overall, their worst since 1988, and would miss the NCAA tournament for the first time in 18 years. Laval officially resigned on June 4, 2006.
On June 28, 2006, Paul Mainieri was named the twenty-fifth head coach of LSU Baseball. Paul Mainieri (born 29 August 1957 in Morgantown WV) is the current head coach of the LSU baseball team. Mainieri was finally back in Baton Rouge where he began his baseball career 30 years earlier earning a letter in baseball as a freshman at LSU in 1976. Mainieri finished his collegiate career at The University of New Orleans
Mainieri began his coaching career in Florida as the head coach of St. Thomas University in 1983. The University of New Orleans, often locally called UNO, is a medium sized public urban University located in New Orleans Louisiana, United States Schools with the name St Thomas University: St Thomas University (New Brunswick St In six seasons, his team went 179-121-1, and Mainieri became the Winningest coach in St. Thomas History. He moved on to the Air Force Academy in 1989, where he would also remain for six seasons. He became the second winningest coach in Air Force history posting a mark of 152-158 before moving to the Notre Dame in 1995. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the varsity sports teams of the University of Notre Dame. Mainieri turned the Fighting Irish into a perennial postseason contender winning the Big East tournament an unprecedented 5 straight seasons, making the NCAA Tournament 9 out of 12 seasons, and leading the Irish to one College World Series appearance in 2002. The Big East Conference is a collegiate athletics conference consisting of seventeen Universities in the northeastern southeastern and midwestern United In total, Mainieri posted a . 714 winning percentage going 533-213-3 in twelve seasons before leaving to coach LSU which he has stated he will remain until he retires.
In his first season at LSU, the Tigers posted a mark of 29-26-1. The season was full of ups and downs, with the Tigers winning 4 SEC series against Top 25 opponents, but struggled in Out of Conference play. After the season, Mainieri realized some changes had to be made and informed certain players that they should consider other options, as well as making some changes to his current staff.  Mainieri was able to put together a tremendous recruiting class following the 2007 season, which was later ranked #1 by Baseball News. 
In his second year, Coach Mainieri led LSU to the SEC Western Division championship with a record of 18-11-1, and the #2 seed in the 2008 SEC Baseball Tournament.  LSU was predicted to finish fifth in the SEC Western division by the SEC baseball coaches before the year started.  The Tigers finished the regular season record of 39-16-1. 
The 2008 LSU Tigers Baseball team won the 2008 SEC Tournament (held May 20-25 in Hoover, Alabama). With the win, LSU won 20 consecutive games, breaking the previous record of 19 consecutive wins during the 1997 season. Fourteen of those wins were come-from-behind wins, while the last fifteen were made wearing the distinctive gold jerseys.
By winning the SEC Tournament, LSU earned a 7th national seed in the NCAA tournament and extended the life of the old Alex Box stadium as Baton Rouge hosted a regional bracket of the NCAA tournament. LSU defeated Texas Southern 12-1 and Southern Miss twice, 13-4 and 11-4 to win their regional bracket and extend their stay in Alex Box once more. LSU will host UC Irvine in the Super-Regional round.
Alex Box Stadium is a baseball stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each A modern stadium (plural stadiums or stadia in English is a place or venue for (mostly outdoor Sports Concerts or other events consisting Baton Rouge (French Bâton-Rouge ˌbætən ˈruːdʒ in English, and in French) is the capital city of Louisiana. It is the home field of the Louisiana State University Tigers college baseball team. It is most notable for The Intimidator, a large billboard behind the right-field fence featuring the five years in which LSU has won the College World Series. The College World Series or CWS is a Baseball Tournament held in Omaha Nebraska that is the culmination of the NCAA Division I Baseball The park is also notable for giving up many home runs due to the high humidity of Louisiana, the prevailing winds out of the south which push balls hit to left field out of the park, and the short fences (the dimensions are believed to be anywhere from 7-10 feet shorter than what is posted on the fences). 
The stadium was named for Simeon Alex Box, an LSU letterman (1938) who was killed in North Africa during World War II. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including
A new Alex Box Stadium is currently under construction. It will be primarily used for baseball and will be the new home of the LSU Tigers baseball team. Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each It will replace the current Alex Box Stadium. The ballpark will have a capacity of 8,822 people and open in 2009. 
*Through the end of the 2007 season.