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Cajuns baseball notebook: Pitching powers both UL-Lafayette and Rice

Louisiana-Lafayette second baseman Stefan Trosclair swings during the game against LSU Tuesday April 1, 2015 at Zephyr Field in New Orleans, La.. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

Nobody on the current Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team has swung a bat or thrown a pitch against Rice, but Ragin’ Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux is plenty familiar with the Owls and knows the challenge his team faces this weekend. “They’re a good baseball team, and you know they’re going to be well-coached,” Robichaux said of his team’s opponent… Continue reading →

Cajuns land trip to Houston for NCAA baseball regional, open with Rice on Friday afternoon

Louisisna-Lafayette second baseman Stefan Trosclair (23) celebrates with his team after defeating South Alabama 5-1 in the 2015 Sun Belt Baseball Tournament Championship game at Riddle-Pace Field  Saturday May 24, 2015 , in Troy, Ala. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — Once the NCAA baseball tournament’s Baton Rouge regional field was announced Monday, it didn’t take long for Louisiana-Lafayette to figure out where it was headed for the postseason. Houston’s logo popped up on the broadcast next. “That’s what we were expecting, either the LSU or the Houston regional,” shortstop Blake Trahan said. Trahan’s and… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette headed to Houston for NCAA baseball tournament

Louisisna-Lafayette batter Stefan Trosclair (23) is mobbed by team mates after he hit a grand slam during the 2015 Sun Belt Baseball Tournament Championship game at Riddle-Pace Field  Saturday May 24, 2015 , in Troy, AL. UL defeated South Alabama 5-1 to claim the title. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

. For the third straight year UL-Lafayette will take part in the NCAA Tournament as the third-seeded Cajuns face second-seeded Rice on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Houston Regional hosted at Cougar Field. Click here to see the full bracket. The host Houston is the top seed at the regional with Houston Baptist rounding… Continue reading →

Stefan Trosclair’s 12th-inning grand slam gives Cajuns the Sun Belt baseball tournament title, secures a spot in NCAA tournament

Louisisna-Lafayette batter Stefan Trosclair slaps fists with Associate Head Coach Anthony Babineaux after he hit a grand slam in the top of the 12th to defeat South Alabama during the 2015 Sun Belt Baseball Tournament Championship game at Riddle-Pace Field  Saturday May 24, 2015 , in Troy, AL. UL defeated South Alabama 5-1 to claim the title. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

TROY, Ala. — With the score tied in the top of the 12th inning of the Sun Belt Conference baseball tournament championship game, South Alabama elected to intentionally walk Louisiana-Lafayette center fielder Kyle Clement to load the bases for Stefan Trosclair. The league’s home run leader didn’t feel slighted or emotional. He stayed calm and… Continue reading →

Notebook: Cajuns step up to move on in must-win championship game

TROY, Ala. — They Cajuns are headed back to the NCAA tournament for the third straight year, but Sunday was the first time in those three seasons that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette faced a must-win situation in the Sun Belt Conference baseball tournament finale. The Ragin’ Cajuns were assured of… Continue reading →

Cajuns baseball squad sweeps Texas State, scores spot in Sun Belt tournament title game

Louisisna-Lafayette players Tyler Girouard, left, and Wyatt Marks celebrate their victory of Texas State 6-2 during the 2015 Sun Belt Baseball Tournament at Riddle-Pace Field  Saturday May 23, 2015 , in Troy, AL. The Cajuns defeated Texas State twice to advance to the championship game against South Alabama. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

TROY, Ala. — After Texas State knocked it into the losers’ bracket in embarrassing fashion in its first game of the Sun Belt Conference tournament, the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team got some payback by dominating a Saturday doubleheader and ending the Bobcats’ season. Ragin’ Cajuns starter Will Bacon stifled the Texas State bats over 6.1 innings, the… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball squad’s season ends with super regional defeat at Auburn

Auburn's Emily Carosone turns a double play in the third inning. Louisiana-Lafayette vs Auburn softball NCAA Super Regional game 2 on Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Auburn, Ala.

AUBURN, Ala. — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team’s season ended Saturday with a bit of its own medicine. Auburn’s Kasey Cooper hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning that provided all the insurance the Tigers needed in a 6-3 victory that clinched their first trip to the Women’s College World Series. The Ragin’ Cajuns will… Continue reading →

Auburn rallies in seventh, eighth to stun Cajuns softball squad 12-11 in super regional opener

Photo provided by Todd Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News -- Auburn's Kasey Cooper tags out Kelli Martinez at thrid in the 2nd inning. Louisiana-Lafayette vs Auburn softball on Friday, May 22, 2015 in Auburn, Ala.

AUBURN, Ala. — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team successfully danced around danger for six innings, but its high-wire act finally got the better of the Ragin’ Cajuns late — and Auburn didn’t even have to swing the bat. The Cajuns walked seven batters during a five-run seventh inning rally, the last five of which… Continue reading →

Cajuns set to face Auburn in softball super regional

Louisiana-Lafayette third baseman Samantha Walsh celebrates with fans after she hit a three run home run giving the Cajuns the victory over  Baylor  9-1 in six innings during the NCAA Softball Regional at Lamson Park Sunday May 17, 2015 , in Lafayette, LA. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — Auburn University’s softball program has not seen the super regional stage before, but their fans are ready to find out about the environment Louisiana-Lafayette has lived in during each of the last three seasons. “We sold 1,700 tickets in 36 minutes,” Auburn coach Clint Myers said. “They are closing the street and bringing… Continue reading →

Kyle Clement and Stefan Trosclair rebound in Ragin’ Cajuns’ win over Troy at Sun Belt tournament

Louisisna-Lafayette second baseman Stefan Trosclair, center, celebrates with team mates after he hit a home run against Troy during the 2015 Sun Belt Baseball Tournament at Riddle-Pace Field  May 21, 2015 , in Troy, AL. Trosclair had 4 RBI's in the victory. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

TROY, Ala. — Wednesday was Kyle Clement’s birthday, but there was no joy in it. The junior outfielder committed a key error in the ninth inning of Louisiana-Lafayette’s 8-7 loss to Texas State in the Cajuns’ Sun Belt Conference tournament opener. But with age comes wisdom — sometimes from those who’ve been around longer. “Don’t… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Michael Lotief, Auburn’s Clint Myers have much in common

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Auburn coach Clint Myers joins LSU coach Beth Torina and umpires Tim Kasate, left, and Keith Kearney in a game earlier this month.

LAFAYETTE — Clint Myers won two NCAA softball championships at Arizona State, and now he is taking Auburn to that program’s first super regional in school history. When Myers talks about the Ragin’ Cajuns — he knows a couple of ways that he wants to be like Mike. (Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach Mike Lotief) gets… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ hot bats are not enough in opening-round loss at Sun Belt Conference tournament

TROY, Ala. — Before their gloves betrayed them in the ninth inning of their 8-7 loss to Texas State on the first day of the Sun Belt Conference tournament, the UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns had something pretty good going with their bats. They knocked the ball around against the Bobcats pitchers, collecting 11 hits and stranding only four base… Continue reading →

Sun Belt baseball honors: Cajuns’ Blake Trahan is Player of the Year; Gunner Leger named top freshman

Louisiana-Lafayette shortstop Blake Trahan (Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com)

LAFAYETTE — Junior shortstop Blake Trahan and freshman pitcher Gunner Leger headline a group of six Louisiana-Lafayette players who made the All-Sun Belt Conference teams announced Tuesday. Trahan was named the Player of the Year after hitting .332 with 25 RBIs and 15 stolen bases at the top of the Cajuns order. The league tabbed Leger… Continue reading →

Cajuns feeling good heading into Sun Belt tournament

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -   University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' Stefan Trosclair (#23) is congratulated teammates  Blake Trahan after his home run in the sixth inning against the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks Sunday, April 26, 2015.

TROY, Ala. — There are a lot of things for Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball team to smile about as it enters the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Ragin’ Cajuns are the defending champions, sweeping through all four games a year ago for their first tournament title since 1998, and they have made the championship game each of… Continue reading →

Roller-coaster ride of a season is on the upswing for the Cajuns baseball team

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Short stop Blake Trahan with the back hand grab for the out on Wednesday night.

LAFAYETTE — The good news is that the streaky Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team is entering the Sun Belt Conference tournament on a three-game winning streak. “It was good to get rolling,” senior third baseman Tyler Girouard said of the Cajuns’ three-game sweep over the weekend at Louisiana-Monroe. “That’s what we need going into a tournament like this.”… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball blasts Baylor 9-1 to claim NCAA tournament’s Lafayette regional, spot against Auburn in super regionals

Louisiana-Lafayette third baseman Samantha Walsh celebrates with fans after she hit a three run home run giving the Cajuns the victory over  Baylor  9-1 in six innings during the NCAA Softball Regional at Lamson Park Sunday May 17, 2015 , in Lafayette, LA. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — It was getting late, so Samantha Walsh ended it with one swing. The Louisiana-Lafayette third baseman hit a three-run, sixth-inning, game-ending homer Sunday night to send the Ragin’ Cajuns softball team to the NCAA tournament’s super regional round against Auburn as winners of the Lafayette regional by run-rule 9-1 over Baylor.… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns softball notebook: Double plays are doubly pivotal in decisive win over Baylor

Louisiana-Lafayette celebrates its victory over Baylor 9-1 in six innings  during the NCAA Softball Regional at Lamson Park Sunday May 17, 2015 , in Lafayette, LA. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — A Louisiana-Lafayette softball season that yielded a team record in home runs got a big boost from a pair of double plays. The Ragin’ Cajuns’ 2-0 lead on Baylor in Sunday night’s win-or-go-home NCAA tournament Lafayette regional finale was being threatened by a Bears rally when left fielder Shellie Landry ended all… Continue reading →

Cajuns baseball coach Tony Robichaux: ‘To come back from what we lost all year ... I’m proud of our guys’

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Stefan Trosclair

LAFAYETTE — Now that the regular season is over, Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux is not necessarily pleased with his team’s third-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference. But if you would’ve told him back at the beginning of the season that his team would be in contention for a title with two weekends left… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns softball beats Baylor 3-1, advances to Sunday’s championship round

Louisiana-Lafayette hitter Shellie Landry reacts to arriving at second with a double ahead of the tag by Baylor second baseman Ari Hawkins during the NCAA Softball Regional at Lamson Park Saturday May 16, 2015 , in Lafayette, LA. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — When the Ragin’ Cajuns hit a rough stretch Saturday, they received some inspiration from a strikeout ... by one of their own hitters. Baylor had a one-run lead in the winner’s bracket game at the Lafayette regional when Louisiana-Lafayette outfielder Aleah Craighton stepped to the plate with D.J. Sanders on first base. Craighton walked away… Continue reading →

Weather reshapes Lafayette regional schedule

Play at the NCAA tournament’s Lafayette regional was suspended Saturday night because of lightning and rain. Game 4 of the regional will resume at noon Sunday when Mississippi State and Weber State return to action in the bottom of the fourth inning, with the Bulldogs holding a 1-0 lead. Baylor will face the winner at… Continue reading →

Cajuns baseball team caps regular season with doubleheader and series sweep at UL-Monroe

MONROE — The Warhawks and the elements threw everything they had at Louisiana-Lafayette, but the Cajuns didn’t wilt as they swept Louisiana-Monroe for the fifth consecutive series. The Cajuns (34-20, 18-11 Sun Belt) coughed up early leads only to mount a come back in both games of a Saturday doubleheader against UL-Monroe (25-29, 12-18) —… Continue reading →

In the wee hours of the night, the Cajuns softball team clobbers Weber State 11-0 in its Lafayette regional opener

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- The ULL Ragin Cajun warming up as they prepare to play the Weber Wildcats in the first round of the Lafayette Regionals at Lamsom Park on Friday May 15, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Making a surprise appearance on “The Late Late Show” suited the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team fine. The Ragin’ Cajuns made the most of their six hits in an 11-0 victory over Weber State in the NCAA tournament’s Lafayette regional Friday night. When Cajuns pitcher Kylee Jo Trahan recorded the final out, it was… Continue reading →

Lafayette regional softball: Baylor tops Mississippi State 8-4

Photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Kaitlin Thumann with the safe slide into second base as the Bears play in the first round of the Lafayette Regionals at Lamson Park on Friday May 15, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — After the Baylor softball team faced the uncertainty that came with a two-hour rain delay, cleanup hitter Shelby Friudenberg helped put the Bears back on solid ground. The freshman’s two-run homer in the fourth inning sparked Baylor to an 8-4 victory over Mississippi State in the opener of the NCAA tournament’s Lafayette regional… Continue reading →

No baseball, but still plenty of fun for Cajuns as game at UL-Monroe gets washed out

MONROE — They might not have been able to play baseball, but they made the most of their time. As Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe neared the three-hour mark of a rain delay Friday night, the players started passing messages back and forth between dugouts, the notes scrawled on baseballs and tossed across the tarp-covered field.… Continue reading →

Lafayette regional softball notes: Lamson Park long way from Utah

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Shellie Landry grand slam swing to being the Cajun a 5 run inning as the Cajuns go on the beat Central Arkansas on Saturday afternoon on February 7, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Weber State’s MaCauley Flint has seen snow-covered mountains, but she had not witnessed a different type of beauty until this week. “This is our first time practicing on this field — it’s beautiful!” Flint said. “We are ready to get on it for game time.” That was Flint’s reaction after traveling 1,670 miles from Ogden, Utah, to… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette a prime example of college softball’s offensive revolution

Advocate file photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette catcher Lexie Elkins connects for a home run against Idaho State on Feb. 13 and Lamson Park. Elkins, a junior, has seven home runs in the Cajuns' past six games.

LAFAYETTE — College softball is in the midst of an offensive revolution, and Louisiana-Lafayette is right there leading the charge. Entering Friday’s regional round opener, the Cajuns have already socked a school record 106 home runs, an average of 2.21 per game. Their lineup boasts six sluggers who have clubbed their way to double-digit home… Continue reading →

Cajuns pound out win over Warhawks

The (Monroe) News-Star photo -- UL-Lafayette's Dylan Butler celebrates his home run with teammate Evan Powell during action against UL-Monroe at Warhawk Field on Thursday.

MONROE — Freshman starter Gunner Leger did his thing again, lasting into the eighth inning for his third consecutive start. And for the first time in those three starts, his teammates had his back. The Cajuns (31-21, 16-11) pounded out 10 runs on 12 hits and Leger limited UL-Monroe (25-27, 12-16) and struck out a… Continue reading →

With his voice strained by throat infections and surgeries, Cajuns softball coach Mike Lotief's commitment to team speaks volumes

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Head Coach Michael Lotief congratulates pitcher Christina Hamilton in the fourth inning against the Iowa Hawkeyes Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Mike Lotief is barely audible above the echoing cacophony of his players plying their trade at the Louisiana-Lafayette indoor softball practice facility, his voice measured, his throat strained by infections and surgeries. But he’s there, seated in the direct center of four very active batting cages, observing quietly as he’s brought cups… Continue reading →

Cajuns looking to catch a new wave

Louisiana-Lafayette short stop Blake Trahan forces out  Jackson State runner Lamar Briggs at second while turning a double play Saturday April 11, 2015  at Tigue Moore Field in Lafayette, La.. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — The challenge facing the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team as it prepares for the final series of the regular season is to ride the wave forward instead of getting pulled under by it. The Cajuns (31-20, 15-11 Sun Belt) are staggering into their series against UL-Monroe (25-26, 12-15) as losers of five of their past… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball team exudes confidence

Advocate file photo by Buddy Delahoussaye -- Pitcher Jordan Wallace and the other upper-class Cajuns are trying to share their experience with younger players as they begin a run to try to return to the Women's College World Series.

LAFAYETTE — Been there, beat them, done that. Beneath the clich├ęd responses about being excited to host a regional and blanket praise of its opponents, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball team exuded quiet self-assuredness as it prepared to enter the postseason arena. “We know that we can… Continue reading →