BATON ROUGE -- As the seniors on LSU's baseball team looked ahead to the College World Series after an 11-1 win over Oklahoma, they had one sentiment to share: It's a dream come true.
"I'd have to put it as probably as one of, if not the, best weekends of my life," said senior Mason Katz. "Maybe next week will be the best one."
The four-year seniors had faced becoming the first LSU class to go without a College World Series appearance in their career since the early 1980s.
But after taking the first two games of a best-of-three series against the Sooners, they avoided that fate and punched their ticket to Omaha.
"This year is so special," said head coach Paul Mainieri. "But really because of Mason Katz, Chris Cotton and Alex Edward. I'm so tired of hearing that they might be the three four-year seniors that haven't made it to Omaha since 1982. So we couldn't let that happen. They didn't want that legacy."
Mainieri said it was also a huge win for the seniors on the squad who haven't spent all four years on the team.
"It was a dream come true. You dream of playing professional baseball, you dream of going to Omaha," Rhymes said. "We get that in one week."
Mainieri said the team would use its off day on Sunday to celebrate and soak in the win before turning their attention to their next focus -- winning a national championship.
"Make no mistake about it," Mainieri said. "We're going there to win."