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Louisiana-Lafayette’s athletic facilities upgrade on schedule

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Construction continues Wednesday, July 1, 2015, on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Athletics Performance Center, which is attached to the Leon Moncla Indoor Practice Facility near Cajun Field in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — With slightly less than two months remaining until its expected completion date, Tier I of the Louisiana-Lafayette Athletics Facilities Master Plan is coming along right on schedule. Both the Student Athlete Performance Center and soccer-track complex should be finished by Sept. 1 as was originally planned, Athletic Director Scott Farmer said… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Shawn Long invited to try out for U.S. Pan American Games team

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Louisiana-Lafayette junior forward Shawn Long

LAFAYETTE — As expected, Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long was one of 22 players invited to try out for the U.S. Pan American Games men’s basketball team. Long will compete against 15 other collegians and six professionals — including former LSU standout Anthony Randolph — for a spot on the 12-man roster. This year’s Pan American… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Gunner Leger named second-team freshman All-American by D1Baseball.com

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Gunner Leger

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Gunner Leger added another All-America honor to his résumé Monday: He was one of 32 players recognized on D1Baseball.com’s freshman All-America teams. The organization named Leger a second-team freshman All-American after he went 6-5 with a 2.99 ERA for the Cajuns this season. Leger started the season in the bullpen but… Continue reading →

Journey leads to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for prolific 2015 class

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame photo by MATTHEW BONNETTE -- The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductees stand during the Walk of Legends on Saturday night in Natchitoches.

NATCHITOCHES — It was all about the journey for football players Kevin Faulk and Leonard Smith. Softball coach Yvette Girouard chronicled her memories, and so did basketball player Avery Johnson. The foursome with different kinds of Baton Rouge ties completed another milestone stop Saturday night with their induction to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.… Continue reading →

Kara Gremillion is going from three-sport star at St. Amant to focusing on softball and some new challenges as a player at Louisiana-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  St. Amant's Kara Gremillion

Admittedly, the pain took some time to subside. Nearly two months after representing St. Amant in an athletic event for the final time, three-sport standout Kara Gremillion has slowly moved on to the next phase in her life — a career with the Louisiana-Lafayette softball program. “At first, I was really sad because I liked high… Continue reading →

Cajuns basketball notebook: UCLA, Pepperdine and Miami on the nonconference schedule for 2015-16

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette men's basketball coach Bob Marlin

LAFAYETTE — Although the Louisiana-Lafayette 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule has not officially been released, coach Bob Marlin divulged a handful of the games on the Ragin’ Cajuns’ slate Thursday. The Cajuns will make a Nov. 16 trip to Miami to face the Hurricanes, then follow that with a West Coast swing to UCLA and Pepperdine… Continue reading →

Cajuns baseball team adds two more signees

LAFAYETTE — The Lousiana-Lafayette baseball team wanted to add some experience and depth to its infield, and it feels as if it accomplished that with the recent signing of junior college infielders Brad Antchak and Alex Pinero. With shortstop Blake Trahan signing a professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds, the returning infielders the Cajuns had… Continue reading →

Former Cajuns, Saints, Panthers QB Jake Delhomme headed to Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme reacts after he threw to DeAngelo Williams for a touchdown in the third quarter of their football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, Dec. 4, 2006 in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

Jake Delhomme is still the same person he’s always been. That might not seem that hard, but after all he’s achieved, the Breaux Bridge native still remains a product of his south Louisiana roots. When Delhomme helped rescue Lafayette’s Teurlings Catholic High School football program from the doldrums and into the state playoffs, it didn’t go… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ pitching staff looks primed for an impressive 2016

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Gunner Leger

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories on the Ragin’ Cajuns’ baseball team as it looks to next season. Today, the focus is on the pitching staff. * * * LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux knew he had talent in his pitching staff entering the 2015 season. He also knew… Continue reading →

Johnson: Unexpected postseason run gives Cajuns confidence heading into 2016

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 — Outside of a trip to Omaha, Nebraska, the best thing that could’ve happened to the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team was its heart-stopping run to the NCAA super regional round. It extended the Cajuns season past even the most optimistic expectations. They used a roster full of freshmen, junior college transfers and role players… Continue reading →

Cajuns shortstop Blake Trahan picked in third round by Cincinnati Reds

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UL-Lafayette shortstop Blake Trahan: 'Of course I’m thankful for everything the draft’s done, but it’s definitely motivated me and I’m definitely going to go into pro baseball with a chip on my shoulder.'

LAFAYETTE — Blake Trahan was spending time with friends and family when the Cincinnati Reds called to select him with the 84th pick of the Major League Baseball draft. “It wasn’t nothing big,” Trahan said. “It was my mom, my dad, my little sister and a couple friends. … It was a blessing to hear… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Dylan Moore lands more freshman All-America honors

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns catcher Nick Thurman (L) and pitcher Dylan Moore hug after their 5-2 victory over the Rice Owls in the final game of the NCAA tournament's Houston regional on Monday, June 1, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette freshman closer Dylan Moore on Monday was recognized as one of 34 freshman All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Moore, from Hughes Springs, Texas, set the Cajuns’ single-season saves record with 13, even though he didn’t start the season as the closer. The right-hander finished with a sparkling… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns solid play falls short to LSU at Baton Rouge super regional

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UL-Lafayette starting pitcher Gunner Leger (28) pitches in the NCAA Division I Baton Rouge Super Regional, Sunday, June 7, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The Cajuns pitched, the Cajuns played defense, the Cajuns even got a little timely hitting in the Baton Rouge super regional: coach Tony Robichaux’s three core tenets of a winning baseball team. But the Cajuns won’t be going to Omaha, as they were just barely outpitched, slightly out-defensed and out-timely hit in a brilliantly played two-game… Continue reading →

From Baton Rouge to Eunice and on to Lafayette, the Cajuns’ Evan Powell is back at Alex Box Stadium

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' third base coach Jeremy Talbot points to first base, where Evan Powell was safe, as Dylan Butler is safe at third in the ninth inning against the University of Houston Cougars in the inning of the second game of the NCAA tournamentÕs Houston regional Sunday, May 31, 2015.

Like he’s been with Louisiana-Lafayette his entire career, Evan Powell makes the All-American wait his turn. It’s media day, before the Cajuns make the hour-long trip to Baton Rouge, and Blake Trahan is getting ready to step in front of the cameras. He’d been waiting, along with Powell and others, for his turn. As he’s called up,… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette notebook: Wyatt Marks set for Saturday, Gunner Leger will handle Sunday at Baton Rouge super regional

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -   University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' Wyatt Marks delivers  a pitch in the first inning against the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks Sunday, April 26, 2015.

The only certainty going into the Baton Rouge super regional for UL-Lafayette was a true freshman would start Saturday’s opener at LSU. Ragin’ Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux on Friday tabbed right-hander Wyatt Marks for the 7 p.m. opener and then lefty Gunner Leger on Sunday. Leger had been the Friday starter in weekend series since mid-season.… Continue reading →

Tony Robichaux will keep an eye on his former assistants; Tyler Girouard named third-team Academic All-American

Advocate file photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette's Tyler Girouard pitches a wiffle ball during the Games of Acadiana, a fundraising event to raise money for cancer research and treatment, at the Cajundome in Lafayette August 16, 2014.

UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux has had five assistants leave his program to take Division I head coaching jobs, and one of them will also be looking to advance to the College World Series this weekend. Maryland coach John Szefc will take his team to face longtime rival Virginia in a Friday-Sunday series in Charlottesville, Va., after knocking off… Continue reading →

Shaking off a veteran catcher? Ragin’ Cajuns’ freshmen pitchers didn’t just grow up quickly; they started acting like veterans

File photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- UL-Lafayette starting pitcher Gunner Leger is among a corps of freshmen pitchers who are quickly maturing for the Cajuns.

At what point does a college baseball pitcher transition from a freshman to a veteran? It could be when that freshman starts shaking off a quality veteran catcher on pitch calls — and UL-Lafayette’s freshmen pitchers are starting to do that more and more. That’s not to say that the four Ragin’ Cajuns freshmen, who will play a… Continue reading →

Sacrifice bunts, extra innings, whatever: Ragin’ Cajuns adjust on the fly to fill roles

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette's Tyler Girouard crosses the plate after Nick Thurman laid down a sacrifice bunt against Georgia Southern in the fifth inning of a game April 5 at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field.

LAFAYETTE — When UL-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux needs some of his leading actors to step into a supporting role this weekend in a super regional, he believes they will play each part as needed. That might mean a No. 3 or cleanup hitter needs to advance a base runner with a ground ball or a sacrifice bunt instead… Continue reading →

Fifteen years ago, the Cajuns earned their first trip to the College World Series with an unforgettable road win against South Carolina

Louisiana Lafayette team members celebrate Wednesday, June 14, 2000, after their victory over Clemson during the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Louisiana Lafayette won 5-4. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk)

LAFAYETTE — Time travel is possible. It’s June 2, 2015, and UL-Lafayette assistant coach Anthony Babineaux is reclining in his office chair, but he isn’t really there. His eyes are focused on something far away, on June 4, 2000, in Columbia, South Carolina, to be precise. His body is on autopilot, mimicking the movements from that time and place… Continue reading →

Despite their anemic batting average in the Houston regional, the Cajuns came through when they needed to

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' Stefan Trosclair is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Rice Owls in the fourth inning of the final game of the NCAA tournamentÕs Houston regional Monday, June 1, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Let this statistic sink in: The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team batted .200 during the Houston regional, never hitting better than .275 in a single game, and it swept its way into this weekend’s super regional round at LSU. It’s incongruous, to say the least. The Ragin’ Cajuns went 17-for-85 during their three games in Houston,… Continue reading →

Tony Robichaux not concerned about Blake Trahan’s ability to handle the MLB draft

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette shortstop Blake Trahan fields a grounder during practice at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field in Lafayette.

The Major League Baseball draft begins next Monday, potentially on the final day of UL-Lafayette’s participation in the Baton Rouge super regional. But Ragin’ Cajuns coach said he Tony Robichaux doesn’t expect that to be a distraction for junior shortstop Blake Trahan. “BT’s done an exceptional job with that all year,” said Robichaux, whose team opens… Continue reading →

Johnson: Cajuns grind their way through the Houston regional, but their biggest test is still ahead

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette's Stefan Trosclair picks up a bat after scoring a fourth-inning run Monday against Rice in the championship game of the Houston regional at Cougar Field.

HOUSTON — Here comes the grind. It’s rolling with a full head of steam into the Baton Rouge super regional, all greased up from its eight straight wins. It’s a group of grinders, of dirtbags, of Ragin’ Cajuns ready and willing to eke out a win with a deftly placed sacrifice bunt and… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns are headed for super regional at LSU after defeating Rice 5-2 in Houston regional championship

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette pitchers Wyatt Marks, left, Dylan Moore and Evan Guillory celebrate after their 5-2 victory over Rice Owls in the final game of the Houston regional Monday at Cougar Field.

HOUSTON — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team saved the drama for the weekend. Monday was a work day. The Ragin’ Cajuns completed their sweep through the NCAA tournament’s Houston regional with a 5-2 victory against Rice in the championship game and, for the first time in the tournament, they didn’t need a miracle rally to win. The… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ five seniors lead team through postseason

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Evan Powell crosses the plate to score against the Rice Owls and catcher John Clay Reeves waits for the throw in the eighth inning of the final game of the NCAA tournamentÕs Houston regional Monday, June 1, 2015.

HOUSTON — The five seniors on Louisiana-Lafayette’s current baseball team were all part of last year’s special season — but that 58-10 campaign was many times a heavy weight around their necks. On Monday, that weight was lifted. The Ragin’ Cajuns are back in the super regional round for the second straight season, and that senior… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns rally for more late-game magic, stun host Houston 2-1 to move a win away from the super regional round

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' Tyler Girouard is hit by a pitch, with the bases loaded forced the winning run, against the University of Houston Cougars in the ninth inning of the second game of the NCAA tournamentÕs Houston regional Sunday, May 31, 2015.

HOUSTON — Houston apparently didn’t get the memo. Give the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team an inch, and it’ll take a win. After being held without a hit for the first 7.2 innings Sunday in the NCAA tournament’s Houston regional, the Ragin’ Cajuns rallied for two runs in the ninth without getting the ball out… Continue reading →

Houston’s Romero, Cajuns’ Leger matched up in impressive pitchers’ duel in UL-Lafayette’s 2-1 victory

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Houston Cougars' Seth Romero delivers a pitch against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns in the sixth inning of the second game of the NCAA tournamentÕs Houston regional Sunday, May 31, 2015.

HOUSTON — Louisiana-Lafayette’s freshman starting corps got a lot of notoriety during the regular season and again when the Ragin’ Cajuns won the Sun Belt Conference tournament. Turns out, there was a freshman in the opposing dugout Sunday who was pretty good. In fact, it took everything the Cajuns had — including another improbable… Continue reading →

Cajuns notebook: Bottom of the ninth was full of intrigue ... and bunts

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Dylan Butler scores the tying run as the University of Houston Cougars' catcher Ian Rice struggles for the ball in the ninth inning of the second game of the NCAA tournamentÕs Houston regional Sunday, May 31, 2015.

HOUSTON — With his team down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, Louisiana-Lafayette’s All-American, Blake Trahan, stepped to the plate with Dylan Butler representing the tying run at first base. Naturally, with what most consider his best hitter at bat, coach Tony Robichaux signaled for a sacrifice bunt.… Continue reading →

Now the Ragin’ Cajuns’ record-setting closer, Dylan Moore ‘makes things look so easy’

Louisiana-Lafayette relief pitcher Dylan Moore delivers a pitch against Texas State during the 2015 Sun Belt Baseball Tournament at Riddle-Pace Field  Saturday May 23, 2015 , in Troy, AL. Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

HOUSTON — Way back before there was a thought that freshman right-hander Dylan Moore could set a Louisiana-Lafayette single-season saves record, coach Tony Robichaux knew he might have something special. He saw Moore, just a few months removed from his high school graduation, carve the Ragin’ Cajuns lineup into ribbons in the fall.… Continue reading →

Rain reshapes Houston regional schedule; UL-Lafayette now set to face Houston at 3 p.m. Sunday

HOUSTON — The NCAA baseball tournament’s Houston regional was postponed Saturday after a one-hour lightning delay turned into a massive thunderstorm with rain pouring down onto Cougar Field. Rice had just taken a 1-0 lead on Houston Baptist in the top of the fourth inning in the regional’s first elimination game. The game is scheduled to… Continue reading →

Cajuns rally for 5 runs in the 9th inning, stun Rice 7-6 in Houston regional opener

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' Evan Powell, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring during a ninth inning-rally as they went on to defeat the Rice Owls 7-6 at HoustonÕs Cougar Field in the first game of the Houston regional Friday, May 29, 2015.

HOUSTON — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning Friday to erase a four-run deficit and shock Rice 7-6 while also evading the losers’ bracket at the NCAA tournament’s Houston regional. “They lost track of the strike zone a little bit, and we were able to… Continue reading →

Bottom of the order delivers in the 9th inning as Cajuns rally past Rice

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' players and fans cheer the team on during a ninth inning-rally as they went on to defeat the Rice Owls 7-6 at HoustonÕs Cougar Field in the first game of the Houston regional Friday, May 29, 2015.

HOUSTON — On a day when the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team’s offense struggled to get anything going until the ninth inning, the spark came from the unlikeliest of places. The bottom of the order delivered the Ragin’ Cajuns’ thrilling comeback win against Rice — the portion of the lineup that most considered the weakest… Continue reading →