Ragin’ Cajuns keep rolling

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- UL-Lafayette's Caleb Adams watches a one run homer fly over the left-field wall during a game against Tulane earlier this season. Adams hit two homers Friday night in Arlington, Texas, as the Ragin' Cajuns won 9-5 over UT-Arlington.

ARLINGTON, Texas — UT-Arlington held two leads against Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday night. Both times, the Ragin’ Cajuns rallied, showing why they’ve been the most potent team in the Sun Belt Conference all season. The Cajuns got two homers from Caleb Adams and posted a 9-5 win at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks (16-22, … Continue reading →

Cajuns look to widen the gap at UT-Arlington

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Jace Conrad turns a double play against Georgia State as Ryan Blanton slides into second base in the third inning of a March 23 game at M.L. 'Tigue' Field.

LAFAYETTE — There’s a lot of “new” surrounding the Easter weekend as Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball squad moves into the second half of Sun Belt Conference play. The Ragin’ Cajuns (34-4, 14-1 Sun Belt) have never led their league by four full games at the halfway point of any conference season, but that’s the gap between UL-Lafayette … Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette softball team begins road trip at Troy

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Pitcher Christina Hamilton and the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team begin an eight-game road trip Friday at Troy.

LAFAYETTE — The motivational element of playing before the Lamson Park crowd will be missing Friday at Troy, where the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team begins an eight-game road trip. Ragin’ Cajuns coach Michael Lotief said the fans have been inspirational in helping them achieve a 31-7-1 overall record and climb to first place in the Sun Belt … Continue reading →

Ryan Leonards, Ragin’ Cajuns were perfect fit

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette's Ryan Leonards takes a cut against Eastern Illinois.

LAFAYETTE — Ryan Leonards had a smoother transition from high school to college baseball than most prep players, mostly because he’s been coached at both levels by mirror images — literally. The Louisiana-Lafayette senior played his entire career at Notre Dame High in Crowley, as well as summer American Legion ball, under … Continue reading →

Samantha Walsh’s late homer lifts Ragin’ Cajuns past McNeese

Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief knew that if Samantha Walsh got the pitch she wanted, something was going to happen in the bottom of Wednesday’s seventh and final inning. “If she got a pitch middle in, she was going to pull it, she’s got that kind of power,” Lotief said. “She wasn’t going to be swinging for … Continue reading →

Mark Hudspeth looking forward to summer interaction with players

Advocate photo by Lee CelanoLouisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth speaks to the team following the Cajuns' spring game on Saturday.

LAFAYETTE — His football team’s limited spring football game may have wrapped up Louisiana-Lafayette’s spring drills Saturday, but coach Mark Hudspeth is looking ahead to a lot more interaction with his team before it returns to fall practice in August. A change in NCAA regulations effective this year allows coaches to have contact with players … Continue reading →

Cajuns top UALR 6-3 for another Sun Belt sweep

Advocate staff photo by Terri Fensel -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Seth Harrison is safe at third as Arkansas-Little Rock's Ben Crumpton attempts a tag during Sunday's game.

LAFAYETTE — Cody Boutte and Jace Conrad made it possible for the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team to score its fourth Sun Belt Conference series sweep in the past five weekends. Boutte checked Arkansas-Little Rock on four hits and struck out seven in six innings, and Conrad’s 3-for-3 day included a two-run double that … Continue reading →

Mickles: Mark Hudspeth has the Ragin’ Cajuns pointing up

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth is fired up Saturday during the spring game at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Progress doesn’t always come as quickly as one would like. If you’re fortunate enough, though, one positive step leads to another — especially in trying to build a Division I football program like Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth has over the past three seasons. You take progress any way it comes. So … Continue reading →

Cajuns wrap up spring drills with unorthodox exhibition

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth  watches defensive lineman Jacoby Brisco (red) and offensive lineman Greg Seiner(white) prepare to hit during an Oklahoma drill Saturday at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — For those expecting a traditional Louisiana-Lafayette football Red-White Game with tackling and touchdowns, the hour spent at Cajun Field on Saturday was perhaps a disappointment. But ask Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth, and that’s not exactly what he had in mind when he designed his team’s hourlong exhibition to wrap up spring practice, which unfolded … Continue reading →

Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire sits out spring game

Associated Press photo by DAVID TULIS -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire

LAFAYETTE — He didn’t play one snap in the UL-Lafayette spring game Saturday, but sophomore running back Elijah McGuire said he is ready to give Cajuns fans a lot of what they’re expecting after a stellar freshman season. “I know the fans are looking forward to something special,” McGuire said. “I am going to try … Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns use small ball to clinch series win over UALR

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO - Louisiana-Lafayette's Blake Trahan ducks from a pitch in the first inning against Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette calls it small-ball batting practice. It came in handy Saturday night at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. The Cajuns effectively went to their bunting game to help produce three runs as UL-Lafayette defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 5-2 in the second of a three-game Sun Belt Conference series before 4,439, the season’s largest crowd. UL-Lafayette (33-4, … Continue reading →

Elfrid Payton lands LSWA’s top honor

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- UL-Lafayette guard Elfrid Payton holds a giant picture of himself over his face during the net-cutting ceremony after his team defeated Georgia State 82-81 in overtime in the final of the Sun Belt tournament at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — After helping Louisiana-Lafayette to the Sun Belt tournament championship and its first berth to the NCAA tournament since 2005, Elfrid Payton was voted the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in a vote by a panel of statewide media members and sports information directors. Payton’s honor was one of … Continue reading →

Cajuns, South Alabama split Sun Belt doubleheader

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette got a gutty pitching performance from Christina Hamilton, and South Alabama got yet another solid outing from Hannah Campbell. The result was a split in the Sun Belt Conference softball doubleheader between the two top-20 teams Saturday, with the host Ragin’ Cajuns taking a 6-2 victory in the opening game and the … Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Red-White Game gets all new look

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway runs the ball during practice in March.

LAFAYETTE — If Louisiana-Lafayette’s football team didn’t have a rash of injuries to its offensive line, it was still a question mark whether the Ragin’ Cajuns would stage a full-scale, full-contact spring game Saturday. “There are a lot of people around the country that are not even doing a spring game anymore,” coach Mark Hudspeth … Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette football notebook: Take to Twitter for spring game

Saturday’s Red-White spring game will give UL-Lafayette football fans a chance to interact with their head coach. The Ragin’ Cajuns are encouraging fans to ask coach Mark Hudspeth about the spring game on Twitter. Fans are asked to use the hashtag #ULSpringGame14. Regardless of the day, you can follow Hudspeth on Twitter at @ULCoachHud. … Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette Red-White Game: Five things to watch

Associated Press photo by DAVID TULIS -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire

1. The backup QBs A big point of emphasis after the Cajuns lost their last two regular-season games in 2013 when Terrance Broadway went down with a broken arm. Brooks Haack, who started the finale, and Carencro product Jalen Nixon, who played some key series in the bowl win, will see action. … Continue reading →

Carson Baranik, Ragin’ Cajuns cruise past UALR

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp UL starting pitcher Carson Baranik (44) delivers a pitch during the first inning of their game against UALR a  Tigue Moore field  in  Lafayette, La., Friday, April 11, 2014. UL defeated UALR 7-0.

LAFAYETTE — Carson Baranik took the stress off Louisiana-Lafayette’s lineup here Friday night and remained perfect at the same time. The junior right-hander threw six scoreless innings at Arkansas-Little Rock in the opener of the teams’ Sun Belt Conference series, and the Ragin’ Cajuns bullpen did the rest on the way to a 7-0 win … Continue reading →

Cajuns set to go deeper on the defensive line

UL-Lafayette defensive linemen (left to right) Dominique Tovell, Marvin Martin, Justin Hamilton and Marquis White

LAFAYETTE — Despite a quickened substitution pace, Marvin Martin thinks there will be enough snaps to satisfy him and everyone else on the Louisiana-Lafayette defensive line this fall. Marvin, a 287-pound senior who normally plays nose guard and tackle, said the Cajuns’ defensive linemen may resemble vehicles caught in traffic. There will be a … Continue reading →

Jay Ladner named Southeastern Louisiana basketball coach

New Southeastern coach Jay Ladner

HAMMOND — Fresh off a junior college national championship, Jay Ladner has been named the men’s basketball coach at Southeastern Louisiana, Athletic Director Jay Artigues announced Thursday. Ladner’s hiring is pending approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Directors. Ladner is the 12th head coach in program history and replaces Jim Yarbrough, whose … Continue reading →

Top-ranked Cajuns wary of relying too much on their offense

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp -- UL-Lafayette batter Tyler Girouard (9) taps helmets with teammate Caleb Adams (13) after  he hit a solo home run during their game with Tulane on April 1, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball team has scored double-digit runs in five of its past six games, but Ragin’ Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux would rather not have to count on that streak continuing. Instead, Robichaux wants his team to return to playing the style that helped UL-Lafayette put together win streaks of 10 and 14 games … Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette baseball bounces back with win at McNeese State

LAKE CHARLES — This midweek game went more the way that the UL-Lafayette baseball team expected. Less than 24 hours after their loss to visiting UNO, the top-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns trekked to McNeese State on Wednesday and came away with a 14-8 victory powered by a six-run eighth inning. McNeese State (19-12) dropped its … Continue reading →

UNO shocks Ragin’ Cajuns 8-7

New UNO Athletics primary logo attached.

LAFAYETTE — Two big innings were enough for the UNO Privateers to pull off their biggest win of the season. The Privateers pushed across five runs in the fourth inning and three key runs in the seventh, the latter breaking a tie and giving UNO an 8-7 victory over top-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday night. … Continue reading →

Catcher Lexie Elkins has made quick impact for Cajuns

Advocate photo by LEE CELANOULL pitcher Christina Hamilton, left, celebrates a run against Oklahoma with teammate Lexie Elkins on March 15 in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — If there ever were transition issues for Lexie Elkins, Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief didn’t notice. Elkins, a sophomore catcher, made the switch from Texas Tech transfer to UL-Lafayette starter without apparent difficulty, as she has solidified a position that was in question at the start of the season. “It was a … Continue reading →

Cajuns face busy week, deal with short staff

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux, second from left, speaks with the team on the mound earlier this season in Lafayette. The Cajuns, ranked as high as No. 1, are dealing with several injuries on their pitching staff.

LAFAYETTE — There is no good time for a baseball team to be short on pitching numbers, and that’s a concern for Louisiana-Lafayette as the Ragin’ Cajuns continue a busy midseason stretch. The Cajuns, who moved back to the No. 1 spot in Collegiate Baseball’s national poll Monday, play their third five-game … Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns alter spring format in light of offensive line injuries

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, on Saturday's spring game: 'It won’t be a full (team) scrimmage that we’re used to seeing when we’ve had a Red and White spring game. With regards to the injuries on the offensive line, it will be more of an offense-versus-defense format.'

LAFAYETTE — As injuries to the offensive line have increased, the need for heavy spring football contact has diminished, Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth said Monday. Injuries to starting center Terry Johnson and reserves Jared Martin, Jeremy Starks and others have forced UL-Lafayette to curtail their scrimmages and caused Hudspeth to redesign the annual spring football game format at … Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns try to put best foot forward at Pro Day

Advocate file photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Justin Anderson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds during the Ragin' Cajuns' Pro Day on Monday.

LAFAYETTE — The scouts representing 24 NFL teams and the Canadian Football League knew what to expect from Louisiana-Lafayette’s seniors at the team’s annual Pro Day on Monday. “For the past decade, you always know that there are going to be skill players here,” New Orleans Saints area scout Mike Baugh said … Continue reading →

Cajuns’ next goal: Tackle complacency

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --UL-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth, right,  signals victory to the crowd as UL-Lafayette president E. Joseph Savoie, center, and athletic director Scott Farmer, left, join in the celebration during the trophy presentation after UL-Lafayette's victory over Tulane in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

LAFAYETTE — After ending a decade and a half of frustration and struggle, the Louisiana-Lafayette football team faces a new challenge, one the Ragin’ Cajuns brought on themselves. Three straight 9-4 seasons have created the mentality that a winning season alone won’t be good enough in 2014. “The bar’s definitely been raised,” said senior … Continue reading →

Cajuns stop Western Kentucky for 13th straight win

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball team used back-to-back, two-run singles from Haley Hayden and Lexie Elkins in the fifth inning to defeat Western Kentucky 6-4 in the Sun Belt Conference on Sunday at the Western Kentucky Softball Complex. The Cajuns (28-6-1, 9-0) also got RBIs from Samantha Walsh and … Continue reading →

Cajuns sweep Western Kentucky in softball

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball team hit five home runs and combined for 19 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Western Kentucky, 8-4 and 11-5, Saturday at the WKU Softball Complex. The Cajuns (27-6-1, 8-0 Sun Belt) have won 12 straight and and 19 of their past 20. … Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns slug their way to sweep of Troy

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Seth Harrison comes up yelling after scouring a run during their game against Tulane on April 1. On Saturday, in the second game of a doubleheader at Troy, Harrison went 5-for-5 and the Ragin' Cajuns won 11-0, completing a three-game sweep.

TROY, Ala. — The Ragin’ Cajuns keep rolling. In the first game of a doubleheader against Troy on Saturday, Louisiana-Lafayette erupted for seven runs in the top of the eighth inning, then held off the Trojans after furious rally in the bottom of the eighth to win 11-8, clinching another series win. UL-Lafayette hammered Troy 11-0 … Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns crush Troy in series opener

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Caleb Adams is greeted at the dugout by Blake Trahan during a game last month at Tulane. Adams had three hits Friday as the Ragin' Cajuns hammered Troy 15-4 in their series opener in Troy, Ala.

TROY, Ala. — The second-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team surged to its fourth straight win Friday night, defeating Troy 15-4 in the series opener at Riddle-Pace Field. The Ragin’ Cajuns (28-3, 9-1 Sun Belt Conference) are 11-0 on the road this season, the nation’s best mark. On Friday night, before a crowd of 1,184, … Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Elfrid Payton wins Lefty Driesell Award

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIEUL-Lafayette's Elfrid Payton passes the ball around South Alabama's Antoine Allen.

DALLAS — After a season in which he was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year while becoming the school’s all-time leader in steals, Louisiana-Lafayette standout Elfrid Payton was named as the Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com on Friday. Payton, who selected as a finalist for the … Continue reading →

Added muscle makes Cajuns’ Alonzo Harris a bigger load

Advocate photo by TERRI FENSEL -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Running back Alonzo Harris practices with the team Thursday in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Bringing down Louisiana-Lafayette running back Alonzo Harris is one of the toughest tasks Sun Belt Conference defenses have when facing the Ragin’ Cajuns. After an offseason workout program where Harris has added five pounds of muscle, that task just got tougher. “I felt like it would make my game more effective,” said … Continue reading →

Red-hot Cajuns take road show to Troy

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Dylan Butler (15) celebrates a run with teammates against the Georgia State last month at M.L.

LAFAYETTE — Only five players on the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team, and only one pitcher, have ever played at Troy’s Riddle-Pace Field. That’s a concern for Ragin’ Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux as his team heads into a key Sun Belt Conference series against the Trojans. “That’s not an easy place to pitch in,” Robichaux said. … Continue reading →

For Ragin’ Cajuns’ Jace Conrad, ‘it’s win or death’

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette second baseman Jace Conrad high-fives teammate Carson Baranik, left, while taking the field before the start of Tuesday's game against Tulane game at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field in  Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Jace Conrad readily admits to occasional selfish play in his first two seasons on the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball squad. It’s to be expected. Since he started playing at a young age, dating to his Lafayette High prep career, his participation in summer ball and as part of the Lafayette Little League’s journey to the … Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Samantha Walsh taking new role in stride

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Samantha Walsh crosses the plate during a doubleheader against Oklahoma at Lamson Park last month.

LAFAYETTE — When Samantha Walsh was told she was playing third base for the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team this season, her emotions were enveloped in surprise. After all, Walsh had never played any position except catcher, shortstop or second. Now that the shock has faded, Walsh has settled into handling the defensive aspects of third … Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette baseball manhandles Tulane

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Seth Harrison comes up yelling after scouring a run during their game against Tulane on April 1. On Saturday, in the second game of a doubleheader at Troy, Harrison went 5-for-5 and the Ragin' Cajuns won 11-0, completing a three-game sweep.

LAFAYETTE — The Tulane baseball team’s bus overheated and broke down about 20 miles outside of Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon, and that was the best thing that happened to the Green Wave on April Fools’ Day. The bus wasn’t the only thing that heated up: UL-Lafayette’s bats were too much for six Tulane pitchers on … Continue reading →

Larry Pettis looking forward to opportunity

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth argues a point with an official last season.

LAFAYETTE — Larry Pettis calls himself a traditional tight end, the stereotypical precise blocker who’s an occasional pass receiver. That description is something Pettis hopes he can erase this year as he gets his long-awaited chance to start for Louisiana-Lafayette. Pettis walked off the Cajuns’ spring practice field Tuesday remembering what UL-Lafayette tight … Continue reading →