The Final Score Archives

Taking nothing for granted, Brewers catcher (and ex-Cajuns standout) Jonathan Lucroy attacked his offseason training regimen with vigor

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Major League Baseball catcher and former Ragin Cajun Jonathan Lucroy bench presses two 50 pound dumb bells during his morning workout  Thursday Feb. 11, 2016 at Red's in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — The last piece of Jonathan Lucroy’s full-body armor was built, like the others before it, before dawn. It’s 6 a.m. Thursday, just days before Lucroy, the former Louisiana-Lafayette backstop, reports to Arizona for spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s the final day of a rigorous offseason training program fueled… Continue reading →

First place — and more — is on the line as the Ragin’ Cajuns men host Little Rock on Saturday

Advocate staff photo  by BRAD BOWIE -- The Cajuns' Kasey Shepherd takes it to the hoop on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, against Texas-Arlington in the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin was navigating the postgame news conference after his team reeled off its ninth straight win Thursday when he heard the final score of the Louisiana-Monroe-Little Rock game that had just finished in Monroe. Little Rock entered that game leading the NCAA in scoring defense. Little Rock… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns women tussle with Little Rock for second place in the Sun Belt

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Keke Veal takes a shot on Thursday night while the Cajuns host Arkansas State at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — In a battle for second place in the Sun Belt, the first priority for the Ragin’ Cajuns women’s basketball team is making sure many moments are contested at even strength. Louisiana-Lafayette coach Garry Brodhead came out of Thursday’s loss to Arkansas State stressing the Cajuns need to have certain numbers match up when… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball team opens season with a pair of lopsided wins

GULF SHORES, Ala. — The 11th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette softball team put on an offensive showcase on opening day of the in claiming five-inning, run-rule victories over Ball State and UAB in the Sand Dollar Classic at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. A 15-run third inning guided the Cajuns to a season-and tournament-opening 22-4 win over Ball State.… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns softball: five burning questions, the projected lineup and the pitching staff

Advocate file photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Freshman pitcher Kylee Jo Trahan in the circle at Lamson Park

FIVE QUESTIONS THAT WILL DEFINE THE CAJUNS’ SEASON Q. Who will emerge as the team’s new top pitcher (or pitchers)? A. Jordan Wallace and Christina Hamilton took nearly 75 percent of last year’s innings with them to graduation, leaving a relatively unproven group behind. Junior Alex Stewart (10-2, 2.09 ERA in 2015)… Continue reading →

Arkansas State tops UL-Lafayette women

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Kia Wilridge, right, takes the shot over Arkansas State's Brittney Gill on Thursday at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — When a pair of Louisiana-Lafayette seniors were forced to the bench, Arkansas State made its move. Aundrea Gamble scored a game-high 30 points to help carry Arkansas State to a 74-62 win over UL-Lafayette on Thursday night at the Cajundome. “Gamble just made shots,” Cajuns coach Garry Brodhead said. “She… Continue reading →

Jam Williams, already a speedster for the Ragin’ Cajuns, is looking to grow into a more complete baseball player

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Louisiana-Lafayette baserunner Jam Williams is chased back to first base by Southern's Robinson Mateo during an April 8 game at Lee-Hines Field.

Jam Williams smiles remembering last year’s crowd reaction at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field, whenever he reached base or came on in a pinch-running situation. “They’d all be going, ‘Go Jam, go Jam,’ ” he said. “I loved it, loved every bit of it.” That was as a true freshman, when the Farmerville… Continue reading →

Cajuns women hoping to turn tables on Arkansas State

Associated Press file photo by Bill Haber -- Arkansas State guard Aundrea Gamble is second in the Sun Belt in scoring, averaging 18.0 points per game.

LAFAYETTE — Garry Brodhead is hoping that home-court history is on his team’s side Thursday night. He’s also glad that his University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball squad has Arkansas State off its own home floor. The Red Wolves are the only team the Ragin’ Cajuns (16-5, 9-3) are looking up to in the Sun… Continue reading →

Cajuns infielder/outfielder Kennon Fontenot learning to slow it down

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UL-Lafayette infielder Kennon Fontenot fields a grounder during batting practice as Blake Trahan in June 2015.

When University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux talks about speeding the game up and slowing it down, he uses Kennon Fontenot as an example. Last year’s highly regarded freshman infielder started six games and saw significant action in several other early contests in 2015. But he struggled at the plate, and more importantly was inconsistent… Continue reading →

Lineup adjustments allow Cajuns women to mix it up on offense

Advocate file photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- UL-Lafayette guard Taylor Washington drives to the basket against Alcorn State guard Lindsay Littlejohn earlier this season. Washington has taken on more shooting-guard duties recently, allowing Kia Wilridge and Keke Veal to split time at point guard.

LAFAYETTE — When Taylor Washington let her first shot go against Texas-Arlington on Jan. 30, she had a couple of things in mind. “I knew I had to be consistent; so if it was open, I had to shoot it,” Washington said. Taking an extra step and asserting themselves has… Continue reading →

Q&A with Jake Delhomme: Breaux Bridge icon reflects on his Super Bowl experience, what Peyton Manning’s going through and his admiration for Cam Newton

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS shot on 12-28-08 . 00014873a. Saints final season game vs. Carolina Panthers.Saints QB Jake Delhomme points out defensive formations while calling signals in the third quarter against the Saints Sunday in the Superdome.

In his first year as a starter, a little more than a decade ago, Louisiana native Jake Delhomme guided the Carolina Panthers to their first Super Bowl. When the Panthers line up to play in their second Super Bowl on Sunday, Delhomme is planning to watch from the comfort of his home in Breaux Bridge.… Continue reading →

Cajuns make it official, promote Jorge Munoz to offensive coordinator

Jorge Munoz

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team looked outside to fill its coaching staff. But when selecting an offensive coordinator, it promoted from within. Jorge Munoz, who spent the past five seasons as the Ragin’ Cajuns’ receivers coach, will ascend to the offensive coordinator position. The Cajuns hired former Southern Miss running backs coach John Simon to… Continue reading →

Going deeper: Ragin’ Cajuns pitching staff is in line to spread the innings around a little more this year

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Gunner Leger threw a team-high 114.1 innings last year as a freshman.

LAFAYETTE — For the first time in a long time, Gunner Leger took a summer off. There were no baseball activities for the Louisiana-Lafayette southpaw coming off a freshman year when he logged a team-high 114.1 innings. His arm had earned him some time off. “In high school and all the select ball they’ve… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball looks to build up young pitchers

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin Cajuns'  pitcher Alex Stewart goes into her wind-up in the fourth inning against the Idaho State University Bengals Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Before every softball season begins, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Michael Lotief preaches about his desire for a pitching staff. Every season, his desire falls short. “Every year, we expect it to be staff,” he said, “but in June, we’ll be talking about one. That’s just the way it is.” In 2013, the ‘one’ became Jordan Wallace,… Continue reading →

KeKe Veal scores 27 in Cajuns’ loss to Appalachian St.

BOONE, N.C. — UL-Lafayette’s guard Keke Veal scored a game-high 27 points to move into third place on Cajuns’ all-time scoring list, but it wasn’t enough in a 76-59 loss to Appalachian State on Thursday. The Cajuns (16-5, 9-3 SBC) fell to 4-2 in conference road games this season. Guard Kia Wilridge added 13 points,… Continue reading →

Shawn Long gets double-double as Cajuns beat Appalachian State for eighth straight win

BOONE, N.C. — Shawn Long scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 68th career double-double, and the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns held off a second-half rally by Appalachian State to claim an 87-76 victory in a Sun Belt Conference game on Thursday at the Holmes Center. Bryce Washington added 14 points for Louisiana-Lafayette… Continue reading →

Cajuns baseball team both versatile and deep

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UL-Lafayette head coach Tony Robichaux stands in the dugout before the start of the Ragin' Cajuns game against LSU during the NCAA Division I Baseball Super Regional, Sunday, June 7, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

LAFAYETTE — Tony Robichaux has options. The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach has gotten a good look at the tools at his disposal throughout the fall and the first few weeks of spring practice, and what he’s seen is a baseball Swiss Army knife. “You’re going to see a lot of guys play,” Robichaux… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball coach Michael Lotief still working to find starting nine

Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Michael Lotief discusses a call with home plate umpire Mike Bartling during the fifth inning of their game against Baylor during the NCAA Softball Regional at Lamson Park Saturday May 16, 2015 , in Lafayette, LA. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

Louisiana-Lafayette’s softball team is less than one week from its season opener, and coach Michael Lotief still doesn’t have an idea about his starting lineup. “I haven’t gotten to nine yet,” Lotief said Thursday. “I haven’t gotten nine hitters that I can rely on yet, that are prepared and ready to go. Six… Continue reading →

‘We felt like we really hit the mark:’ Ragin’ Cajuns’ signing class goes heavy on defense but finds some playmakers, too

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Mark Hudspeth, head coach of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajun football team, talks to athletic supporters about the incoming class of freshmen recruits that committed to the Cajuns on Wednesday during a reception at the Student Union on campus.

LAFAYETTE — Things couldn’t have started more fittingly for a football team recruiting players to Ragin’ Cajuns country: The first two signees for the Louisiana-Lafayette football program on Wednesday’s national signing day were a kid named Boudreaux and a kid from Thibodaux. The rest of the day didn’t go too badly, either. The Cajuns signed… Continue reading →

Jake Arceneaux, the pride of tiny Ascension Episcopal, gives the Ragin’ Cajuns what they need — a winning quarterback

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Quarterback Jake Arceneaux with his parents, Robin, left, and Joey, dons a Ragin Cajuns' hat following his arrival to a signing day ceremony with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Wednesday morning at Ascension Episcopal School.

YOUNGSVILLE — Everybody was there to watch Jake Arceneaux. Almost literally. Everybody. The Ascension Episcopal gym bleachers were packed front to back and left to right with students — every single one the school had to offer, from eighth grade to 12th, stuffed in like sardines, wearing Ragin’ Cajuns gear over their usual school uniforms.… Continue reading →

Cajuns have short turnaround before trip to Appalachian State

Photo by BRAD KEMP/RaginCajuns.comLouisiana-Monroe guard Nick Coppola (11) is trapped at mid court by  Louisiana-Lafayette defenders Johnathan Stove (22) and Jay Hedgeman (15)  during their NCAA men's basketball game Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016, at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La..

LAFAYETTE — The Ragin’ Cajuns’ pregame chase for eight straight wins included: an eight-hour break, a morning dash to the airport and a bus to Boone. That abbreviated version of the UL-Lafayette men’s basketball squad’s itinerary was part of the journey to the Appalachian State campus, where the Cajuns (12-8, 8-3 Sun Belt) will… Continue reading →

Cajuns extend win streak to 7 in OT

The University of Louisiana at Monroe defensive players Jamaal Samuel, left, and Nick Coppola, right, defend University of Louisiana at Lafayette forward Shawn Long, center, during their NCAA men's basketball game Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE – Last week, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin said his Cajuns team was not the same team that lost in Monroe earlier this season. His team proved that Tuesday night in a gritty, come-from-behind 72-65 overtime win against the Warhawks (10-12, 6-5 Sun Belt Conference). Make it seven wins in a row for the… Continue reading →

After tumultuous offseason, Cajuns ready for uncertainty to end on signing day

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Cecilia's Raymond Calais Jr. is commited to UL-Lafayette

LAFAYETTE — It has been an interesting year on the recruiting trail for the the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team. Most of the time since last year’s signing day has been spent with an ongoing NCAA investigation into improprieties allegedly committed by former assistant coach David Saunders hanging over the program’s head. That information… Continue reading →

Cajuns savor homecour advantage against UL-Monroe

The home court means a lot to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team. Apparently, it means just as much to its UL-Monroe counterparts. Neither team has lost at home this season, so it could be advantage Ragin’ Cajuns when the teams meet in an unusual Tuesday night Sun Belt Conference game.… Continue reading →

Eyeing a 4-1 homestand, the Cajuns women welcome Louisiana-Monroe on Tuesday in the Cajundome

LAFAYETTE — Within its efforts to force Alayshia Hunter to work hard Tuesday, the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team also will look to limit any long-distance damage from other sources. Hunter comes into Tuesday’s 5 p.m. Sun Belt Conference contest at the Cajundome between the Ragin’ Cajuns women and Louisiana-Monroe as a known commodity for the… Continue reading →

In the driver’s seat: Supporting cast has stepped forward for the surging Ragin’ Cajuns

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Cajuns' Devonta Walker tries to work around the Bobcats' Kavin Gilder-Tilbury on Thursday at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — There’s a popular saying among members of the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team: On any given night, anybody can drive the bus. That much has been especially true during the Ragin’ Cajuns’ six-game winning streak. The team knows it can count on a sterling performance from senior forward Shawn Long, who has been even… Continue reading →

Taylor Washington comes off the bench to help boost Cajuns women over UTA

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette guard Taylor Washington breaks away from Texas-Arlington's Miranda Lejune on Saturday at the Cajundome. Washington scored 19 points in the Cajuns' 63-52 win.

LAFAYETTE — To help combat the inside presence of Texas-Arlington’s 6-foot-5 center Rebekah VanDijk, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball team responded with a two-part formula of effort and an offensive boost from the bench. Junior Taylor Washington scored a career-high 19 points, which included a 5-for-6 effort from 3-point… Continue reading →

‘Will and want’ keep Cajuns on the rebound heading into Saturday’s game against Texas-Arlington

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns forward Shawn Long (21) 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 — There’s a sign hanging in the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team’s Moncla practice facility locker room that encapsulates the attitude coach Bob Marlin wants his to instill in his team. Marlin first saw the sign when he was a 10-year-old touring a college locker room. He got his own sign and made sure it… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette women look to rebound from home loss

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Lafayette's Keke Veal pulls up for a jump shot on Tuesday as the Cajuns host the South Texas Bobcats at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — A day after the disappointment of seeing the Cajuns suffer a low-energy loss against Texas State, UL-Lafayette women’s basketball coach Garry Brodhead wanted to walk out of practice Friday afternoon at Earl K. Long Gym with a different view. “We asked (the players) a few questions and they came in today and they… Continue reading →

Texas State snaps UL-Lafayette women’s win streak

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Texas State's Kiani Lurry, 12, is too late to block a shot by Lafayette's Kia Wilridge on Thursday at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — Some transitions turned out to be tough territory for the Ragin’ Cajuns on Thursday night. In a game where both teams shot under 30 percent, one area defensively stuck out to UL-Lafayette women’s basketball coach Garry Brodhead following the Cajuns’ 46-42 loss to Texas State at the Cajundome. “This was the worst defensive transition… Continue reading →