Paul Mainieri and the Tigers have been ranked No. 1 in the 2019 Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll, which was released Tuesday.

“Being ranked No. 1 is always something in which I take a great deal of pride. There are 300 Division I baseball playing schools across the country and to think someone believes you are the best team in the land is inspiring,” Mainieri told LSUsports.net.

LSU opens the season at The Box vs. Louisiana Monroe on Feb. 15 at 7:00.