BATON ROUGE, La. - A lot of LSU fans may be wondering a lot about Stony Brook, the school with the funny sounding name that stunned the college baseball world last week by winning the Miami regional as a number four seed.
What's more, Stony Brook fell into the loser's bracket and fought their way back to win the regional, playing five games against foes considered more worthy.
However, if you assumed this weekend's series will be easily won by the seasoned Tigers, you would be wrong, according to head coach Paul Mainieri who said Stony Brook is an "SEC -caliber team."
“This is a legitimate team. This is an SEC-caliber team – I kid you not. They had seven players drafted in the draft. We had five. They had five players drafted in the first twelve rounds.
"I talked to a major league executive the other day and he told me that he thought [Stony Brook’s] leadoff hitter [Travis Jankowski] will be leading off for a major league team within a couple of years."
Mainieri knows his club will be the heavy favorite and he's warning Tiger fans who think the weekend will be an easy one.
"They might as well take that shirt off and put the name Florida across the front, or Texas, or Ole Miss, or UCLA. This team is legit and our players know that. I don’t have to keep reminding them of it because they know it. We’re going to have to play our very best to beat these guys.”
As for Stony Brook, they embrace the underdog role and look forward to LSU's legendary baseball environment.
"A bunch of us have never done this," said center-fielder Travis Jankowski. "We have a hostile environment coming in and we are excited to embrace it. We are the underdogs for sure. I feel like a lot of people cheer for the underdog, they want to see a good story.”