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Top three storylines between the Cajuns and Sooners

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Lexie Elkins preparing to play the Weber Wildcats in the first round of the Lafayette Regionals at Lamsom Park on Friday May 15, 2015.

The senior is rounding back into shape after missing the team’s final 18 regular-season games with a hand injury. After a hitless stint in the Sun Belt tournament, Elkins was 5-for-12, drove in four runs and had a home run during the Lafayette regional.… Continue reading →

Kyle Clement’s three-run homer lifts Cajuns

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette third base coachJeremy Talbot, right, talks to hitter Kyle Clement during the game against Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Baseball Championship at Bobcat Stadium Wednesday May 25, 2015 in San Marcos, Tx.

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team was looking for the big hit in its Sun Belt Conference tournament opener against Arkansas State, and Kyle Clement was looking for a curveball. He got one, and he crushed it for a three-run home run over the fence in right field to break… Continue reading →

Sun Belt honors: Cajuns’ Nick Lee named top freshman; Kyle Clement, Dylan Moore and Gunner Leger are first-team picks

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette  starting pitcher Nick Lee delivers a pitch against Rice during their game in the Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic Sunday Feb. 28, 2216 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

LAFAYETTE — Right-handed pitcher Nick Lee became the second consecutive Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher to be named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, headlining a group of four Ragin’ Cajuns to earn all-league honors when they were announced Tuesday night. Senior outfielder Kyle Clement and sophomore pitchers Dylan Moore and Gunner Leger were named to the… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette softball pitcher Macey Smith says she was prepared for expanded role at Sun Belt tournament

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye--  Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Macey Smith pitches in NCAA regional tournament action Friday at Lamson Park.

LAFAYETTE — As the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team goes on the road to face Oklahoma on Thursday and Friday in a best-of-three super regional, it’s all hands on deck. But that’s OK because they’re prepared, especially junior right-hander Macey Smith. Smith’s role has gradually transformed as the season progressed, and while it may have been surprising for… Continue reading →

In it to win it: With a shot at hosting an NCAA regional, the Ragin’ Cajuns are out to bring home a Sun Belt tournament title first

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux argues a call with plate umpire Myron Miller during Sunday's game against Texas Tech at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Robichaux was tossed by Miller during the argument.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team faces a very different scenario this week at the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The top-seeded Ragin’ Cajuns (37-19) take a six-game winning streak into Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. first-round game against Arkansas State in San Marcos, Texas. UL-Lafayette has won eight straight Sun Belt series as it seeks… Continue reading →

Sometimes Louisiana-Lafayette softball player DJ Sanders moves the opposition toward complacency with weak early at-bats, and then ‘bam!’ she delivers a key late hit

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Louisiana-Lafayette shortstop DJ Sanders singles against Texas Tech on Feb. 25 at Lamson Park in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — When a late lifeline was needed, the late bloomer stood ready and waiting. As Texas A&M was looking for two more outs Sunday to force a winner-take-all game in the NCAA softball Lafayette regional, Louisiana-Lafayette sophomore shortstop DJ Sanders was lurking on deck. Aleah Craighton doubled to bring the tying run to… Continue reading →

Versatility and staying the course powered Kennon Fontenot’s late-season surge for the Cajuns

Advocate Staff Photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Kennon Fontenot (14) runs to first base during the University of New Orleans vs. University of Louisiana Lafayette college baseball game at Maestri Field in New Orleans on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

LAFAYETTE — Kennon Fontenot doesn’t want to think about where he stood in the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team’s pecking order a year ago. And as recently as two weeks ago, the sophomore who anchored Barbe High School’s nationally ranked program for years still was struggling, starting only 13 of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first 50 games and hitting… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball notebook: Time to refocus with super regional challenge next; Alex Stewart’s response and Lexie Elkins’ big blast

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette starting pitcher Alex Stewart delivers a pitch against Texas State Friday May 15, 2016 during the Sun Belt 2016 Softball Championship in Mobile, Al. UL defeated Texas State 9-7 to advance to the championship game Saturday.

LAFAYETTE — Mental study and physical recovery were the two orders of business for the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team Monday. Players used whatever means necessary to get around the athletic complex in the aftermath of Sunday’s 9-8, nine-inning Lafayette regional championship clincher over Texas A&M. That meant moving around on their knees or jokingly rolling on the grass at… Continue reading →

They know drama: Cajuns softball beats Texas A&M in 9 innings to advance to super regional matchup with Oklahoma

Photo by Buddy Delahoussaye--Cajuns Aleah Craighton (8) arrives at home plate greeted by her team mates after hitting the go ahead run. Cajuns go on to defeat the Texas Aggies by a final score of 9-8 in 9 innings on Sunday afternoon.

LAFAYETTE — The determination and resiliency of the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team was ever-present in Sunday’s regional final against Texas A&M in Lamson Park. From Alex Stewart pitching all nine innings, striking out 10 batters on 176 pitches, to DJ Sanders’ tying home run in the seventh inning and Aleah Craighton’s winning homer in the ninth, the Ragin’ Cajuns every… Continue reading →

Last season a catalyst for Louisiana-Lafayette softball team

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- UL Ragin' Cajuns catcher Lexie Elkins (33) greeted at home plate after hitting her 15th home run of the year in the 2016 NCAA Lafayette Regional Softball tournament championship game at Lamson Park on Sunday May 22, 2016.

LAFAYETTE — It is a scenario that had shown up before. A Texas opponent taking the Louisiana-Lafayette softball squad to the limit. First it was Baylor’s Heather Stearns a season ago to help push the Cajuns into playing two games to cement a regional championship. On Sunday, the Texas A&M offense took the mantle of… Continue reading →

Luke Johnson: New haircuts and all, don’t fade this surging Cajuns baseball squad

LAFAYETTE — Let’s talk about hair, particularly as it relates to the personality of Ragin’ Cajuns baseball teams. The 2000 College World Series team proved that blondes really do have more fun when a crew of young men with frosted tips and bleached locks upended a historically great South Carolina team to punch their ticket… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette pitcher Nick Zaunbrecher gets the reward for his hard work: He’s going to medical school

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Nick Zaunbrecher (27) warms up on the field prior to an NCAA baseball game against Louisiana-Monroe on May 19, 2016, at ML "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette, LA.

LAFAYETTE — After four years of determination and work, Louisiana-Lafayette senior pitcher Nick Zaunbrecher finally got his chance this week. This is not about a chance to shine on the mound. Zaunbrecher’s still working hard in case that opportunity arises. This is about something greater, something that will have a profound impact on his life,… Continue reading →

Cajuns complete sweep of ULM to claim share of Sun Belt title, top seed in conference tournament

LAFAYETTE — With his Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team struggling at the plate early in Saturday’s regular-season finale against Louisiana-Monroe, coach Tony Robichaux went ahead and let assistant Anthony Babineaux spread the news. Babineaux went up and down the ranks and let his Ragin’ Cajuns know: Troy had shut out South Alabama 8-0, meaning… Continue reading →

Patient Cajuns cruise into Lafayette regional final with 9-1 win over Texas

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette catcher Lexie Elkins (33) sprints home to score a run off of a single by first baseman Kelsey Vincent (28) during the sixth inning of an NCAA softball regional game against Texas on May 21, 2016, at Lamson Park in Lafayette, LA.

LAFAYETTE — Patience backed by power propelled the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team to the championship round of the NCAA tournament’s Lafayette regional. The Ragin’ Cajuns put up 13 hits and forced Texas’ Tiarra Davis to throw 152 pitches on the way to a 9-1 win Saturday at Lamson Park. The victory vaulted the Cajuns… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns baseball beats ULM 6-5 in 11 innings, could snag a share of Sun Belt title Saturday

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Stefan Trosclair lays down a bunt as the Cajuns host Louisiana-Monroe at M.L. Tigue Moore Field on Friday.

LAFAYETTE — This has happened before with the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team chasing a championship. An opposing team decided to intentionally walk Kyle Clement to bring Stefan Trosclair to the plate with the winning run in scoring position. Against Louisiana-Monroe on Friday, just like he did against South Alabama in last year’s Sun Belt Conference tournament… Continue reading →

Cajuns bust loose, beat UL-Monroe 8-2 in continuation of Thursday’s suspended series opener

LAFAYETTE — What a difference a day makes. The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team was hitless through four innings Thursday night and trailing Louisiana-Monroe 1-0 when the game was suspended because of some nasty weather. When play resumed nearly 21 hours later Friday, the Ragin’ Cajuns looked like an offensive juggernaut. It only took… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball takes Lafayette regional opener with 9-5 win over Boston University

Advocate photo  by Buddy Delahoussaye--  UL Ragin' Cajuns Kelsey Vincent hits a home run in the 2016 NCAA Lafayette Regional Softball tournament at Lamson Park on Friday, May 20th.

LAFAYETTE — After the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team’s 9-5 win over Boston University in its first game of the NCAA tournament’s Lafayette regional Friday night, Ragin’ Cajuns coach Michael Lotief called the Terriers scrappy. “My kids were just scrappier,” he said. The Terriers were scrappy to the tune of 13 hits — the… Continue reading →

Lafayette regional: Barrage of solo home runs leads Texas past Texas A&M

LAFAYETTE — Texas softball coach Connie Clark tried to explain that the idea wasn’t necessarily for her team to hit five solo home runs. But she gladly accepted the major ingredient in her team’s recipe for advancing in the NCAA softball tournament’s Lafayette regional. No. 3 seed Texas matched its season high with five… Continue reading →

Lafayette softball regional: team-by-team preview

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette left fielder Shellie Landry connects on a home runs against Texas State Friday May 15, 2016 during the Sun Belt 2016 Softball Championship in Mobile, Al. UL defeated Texas State 9-7 to advance to the championship game Saturday.

No. 1 SEED UL-LAFAYETTE MASCOT: Ragin’ Cajuns RECORD: 43-7 CONFERENCE: Sun Belt HOW THEY QUALIFIED: Won tourney KEY PLAYERS: Lexie Elkins (.517, 17 HRs, 44 RBIs, 1.169 slugging), Aleah Craighton (.391, 17 HRs, 53 RBIs, .887 slugging), Shellie Landry (.325, 15 HRs, 54 RBIs), Alex Stewart (27-4, 1.52 ERA, 33 walks, 177 Ks) WHAT THEY’RE BEST… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns begin softball regional the way they always do: strong up the middle

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette's DJ Sanders could become 'the best all-around shortstop that has ever played here. ... (Her) upside is phenomenal,' coach Mike Lotief said. 'With her range, her arm and glove; she is really steady.'

LAFAYETTE — Although the Louisiana-Lafayette leads the nation with 98 home runs, many of the Cajuns’ meat-and-potatoes moments come when they are not at the plate. As the Cajuns (43-7) prepare to host their NCAA regional at Lamson Park, including a 6 p.m. Friday meeting against Patriot League champion Boston University (28-22), catcher Lexie… Continue reading →

Cajuns game against ULM suspended in fifth, set to resume at 4 p.m. Friday

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette shortstop Joe Robbins (12) throws out Louisiana-Monroe's Anthony Herrera (7) at first base during the first inning of an NCAA baseball game on May 19, 2016, in ML "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette, LA.

LAFAYETTE — The series opener between Louisiana-Lafayette and UL-Monroe was suspended with two outs in the top of the fifth inning Thursday night after a bolt of lightning shot across the sky beyond center field. The game will resume at 4 p.m. Friday with the Warhawks leading 1-0. Depending on how it plays out, this might wind… Continue reading →

Battler Kara Gremillion makes quick impression as freshman

Advocate file photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Kara Gremillion gets a base hit against Texas State on April 2 at Lamson Park in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — When opposing pitchers have been searching for a breather at the bottom of the Louisiana-Lafayette softball lineup, they soon found themselves in the middle of another battle. That has often been the case when freshman third baseman Kara Gremillion has stepped to the plate for the Cajuns this season. Her… Continue reading →

Seventeen runs! Ragin’ Cajuns hammer UNO 17-3 in seven-inning game

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Aaron Palmer forces out UL-Lafayette's Kennon Fontenot as he slides into second base during Tuesday's game at Maestri Field.

UL-Lafayette had its biggest offensive explosion of the season and ran away with a 17-3 win over the University of New Orleans in a nonconference game at Maestri Field on Tuesday night. It was the final midweek game of the season for both teams, and the Cajuns’ second win over the Privateers this season.… Continue reading →

Forward-focused: After series win at South Alabama, Cajuns’ Tony Robichaux keeps his eye on the next opponent, UNO on Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Home plate umpire Ray Gregson goes over some rules with LSU head coach Paul Mainieri and Tony Robichaux before they play during the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic at Zephyr Stadium  in Metairie, La. Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team may have taken the biggest of what is now eight straight series victories over the past weekend, but coach Tony Robichaux said that won’t help his squad in the final week of the regular season. That week begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the road when the Cajuns (33-19)… Continue reading →

After initial excitement, Cajuns back to business preparing for NCAA softball regional

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette head coach Michael Lotief, left, hugs Aleah Craighton after her grand slam in the fourth inning against Texas State during the 2016 Sun Belt Softball championship Saturday May 15, 2016 at Jaguar Field in Mobile, Al. UL defeated Texas State 12-0 for the championship.

LAFAYETTE — Sunday screams of excitement turned into a more measured Monday for the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team. A day after the 14the-seeded Cajuns learned their route regarding the NCAA regional, the focus switched to the more common aspects of early week preparations for an upcoming weekend visit by Boston University, Texas and… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball lands No. 14 seed, will host Boston U. to open NCAA regional that features Texas and Texas A&M

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette softball players and personnel react as they are named the no. 14 seeded team in the NCAA Division I softball playoff tournament on Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Lamson Park in Lafayette, LA.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball squad’s path to Oklahoma City will start with a decidedly Texas flavor. The Cajuns will take on Boston University at 6 p.m. Friday in a regional-round matchup within a four-team group that also includes Texas A&M and Texas. The Cajuns, who are hosting a regional for the third straight year… Continue reading →

Evan Guillory leads the way as Cajuns keep their Sun Belt title hopes alive with 6-3 win at South Alabama

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette starting pitcher Evan Guillory delivers a pitch against South Alabama during their NCAA Baseball game Sunday May 15, 2016 at Stanky Field in Mobile, AL.

MOBILE, Ala. — Evan Guillory had a feeling the text message was coming, so he wasn’t surprised when his phone beeped about 13 hours before the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team’s important rubber match against South Alabama on Sunday. The message informed Guillory that he was going to be the starting pitcher. Guillory, who had thrown three innings… Continue reading →

Sun Belt softball title game: Aleah Craighton’s grand slam caps Cajuns’ dominant 12-0 victory over Texas State

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette center fielder Aleah Craighton watches her grand slam home run in the fourth inning against Texas State during the 2016 Sun Belt Softball championship Saturday May 15, 2016 at Jaguar Field in Mobile, Al. UL defeated Texas State 12-0 in five innings for the championship.

MOBILE, Ala. — Aleah Craighton’s Louisiana-Lafayette teammates couldn’t wait another couple of hours, because the moment was too perfect. The Ragin’ Cajuns hoisted Craighton, who turns 21 on Sunday — the day after she played a large role in clinching a Sun Belt tournament championship — up onto their shoulders and serenaded… Continue reading →

‘Today was her day’: Macey Smith holds Texas State hitless as the Cajuns score another Sun Belt softball title

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette starting pitcher Alex Stewart (18) runs out to congratulate relief pitcher Macey Smith after their victory over Texas State during the 2016 Sun Belt Softball championship Saturday May 15, 2016 at Jaguar Field in Mobile, Al. Smith  pitched a no hitter and UL defeated Texas State 12-0 for the championship.

MOBILE, Ala. — A year ago to the day, Macey Smith didn’t even make Louisiana-Lafayette’s roster for the Sun Belt Conference softball tournament. She couldn’t even sit in the dugout during games. A few days ago, the junior from Houston was still an afterthought on the Ragin’ Cajuns pitching staff. In other words, Smith… Continue reading →

Cajuns use 11-run second inning to rout Georgia State in Sun Belt softball tournament

MOBILE, Ala. — If there was a question whether a rain delay would affect the focus of Louisiana-Lafayette’s softball team, it was answered in a big hurry Thursday. The Ragin’ Cajuns made a mockery of their first outing in the Sun Belt Conference softball championships, rolling to a 13-1 run-rule victory over fourth-seeded Georgia State to… Continue reading →

Senior guard Tyrone Wooten leaving Cajuns basketball program

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns guard Tyrone Wooten (3) attempts a shot during the second half of an NCAA men's basketball game against the Troy Trojans on January 23, 2016, at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette senior guard Tyrone Wooten will not return for his second year with the program, a team spokesman announced Wednesday afternoon. Wooten, who transferred to the Cajuns from Itawumba Community College, averaged 2.7 points in 7.3 minutes per game in his lone season with the Cajuns. He received one start early in the… Continue reading →

Cajuns travel to Houston to boost their NCAA tournament résumé

Advocate file photo by BRAD KEMP -- UL-Lafayette outfielder Brian Mills is batting .303 with four homers, 33 RBIs and four steals as the Cajuns begin a five-game road stretch Wednesday.

HOUSTON — They’re facing their biggest weekend series of the season, a three-game set at South Alabama that could determine the Sun Belt Conference champion and maybe even an NCAA regional host opportunity. So why schedule a replacement midweek game, on a four-hour road trip, against a solid team like Houston’s Cougars?… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Lexie Elkins, Alex Stewart and Mike Lotief sweep the Sun Belt softball honors

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Lexie Elkins connects for a single during the first game of an NCAA softball doubleheader Friday, February 19, 2016, at Lamson Park in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team rolled to a 21-2 record against Sun Belt Conference competition this season, and that excellence was reflected in the all-league teams released Tuesday night. Senior catcher Lexie Elkins made history by becoming the first Sun Belt player to win three consecutive Player of the Year honors. Elkins finished the… Continue reading →

Cajuns favored to win Sun Belt tourney

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette, buoyed by the anticipated return of slugger Lexie Elkins, is the overwhelming favorite heading into this week’s Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Cajuns dropped just two SBC contests all season, and finished with a sterling 40-7 regular-season record. They have no peer offensively, not only leading the conference in… Continue reading →

Cajuns hoping to ease Lexie Elkins’ return to the field

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Lexie Elkins connects for a single during the first game of an NCAA softball doubleheader Friday, February 19, 2016, at Lamson Park in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE —Lexie Elkins has made some strides toward the plate, but the possibility of her getting back behind the plate is a more delicate matter. As the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team went through Monday practice before they head to Mobile, Alabama, for the Sun Belt Conference tournament, coach Mike Lotief weighed his options for the Cajuns’… Continue reading →