Mainieri visits Louisiana Legislature

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri, center, speaks Tuesday to the Louisiana House of Representatives at the State Capitol. Players Chris Cotton, left, Jared Foster, second from left, and Chris Sciambra were also on hand. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- LSU baseball head coach Paul Mainieri, center, speaks Tuesday to the Louisiana House of Representatives at the State Capitol. Players Chris Cotton, left, Jared Foster, second from left, and Chris Sciambra were also on hand.

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri swung through the State Capitol Tuesday to celebrate his team's SEC tournament victory.

While in the state Senate, Mainieri asked legislators to remember the importance of keeping LSU as a top tier university as they decide how to spend state money.

"Just remember how important this university is," he said.

The Tigers claimed a 5-4, 11-inning victory against Vanderbilt in a showdown for the SEC tournament title Sunday in Hoover, Ala. They received a No. 4 national seed Monday.

Mainieri brought players Chris Cotton, Jared Foster and Chris Sciambra with him to the State Capitol Tuesday. The coach characterized the players as just part of a spectacular group.

"We don't have to worry about our future because they're all outstanding young men," he said.

After Mainieri addressed the full Senate, Senate President John Alario offered him some recruits.

"If you're looking for switch hitters, you've come to the right place," joked Alario, R-Westwego.