The Final Score Archives

Ragin’ Cajuns basketball coaches optimistic heading into the offseason after postseason success

LAFAYETTE — With a handful of March wins in their pockets, both Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball coach Garry Brodhead and men’s counterpart Bob Marlin were optimistic about their programs’ future when they addressed media members Monday. Brodhead’s team won the 16-team Women’s Basketball Invitational, defeating Siena 52-50 in the championship game Sunday at Earl K. Long… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns softball coach Michael Lotief battling severe throat infections; squad cancels Wednesday’s game at McNeese State

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO - UL-Lafayette coach Michael Lotief congratulates Haley Hayden after her first-inning home run against Iowa on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — The 13 home runs that Louisiana-Lafayette’s softball team hit in its three-game weekend series at Texas State made coach Michael Lotief smile. But Lotief wasn’t there to see any of them, and he may not be with his team for a while. The 13-year Ragin’ Cajuns coach is battling severe throat infections that have… Continue reading →

Cajuns capture WBI championship

Photo by Brad Kemp/ -- UL-Lafayette  guard Keke Veal draws a foul on Siena forward Margot Hetzke as she goes up for a layup Sunday in the championship  game of the Women's Basketball Invitational at Earl K. Long Gym. Veal scored 20 points and had six rebounds in the Cajuns' 52-50 win. She was named tournament MVP.

LAFAYETTE — Before Robbie Brown joined the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball fan club, she had one last shot and a steal left in the tank that helped make the Cajuns champions. Brown’s 3-pointer with 1:16 left and her steal in the closing seconds ensured the first women’s basketball postseason tournament championship in school… Continue reading →

Evan Powell’s returns boosts Cajuns

Photo by Brad Kemp/ -- UL-Lafayette first barman Greg Davis tags Arkansas State baserunner Austin Baker for a double play after line drive by  Zack George during the Cajuns' 3-0 win Sunday Tigue Moore Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — It had been so long since Evan Powell swung a bat that he couldn’t help but swing at the first pitch he saw in the Ragin' Cajuns 3-0 win over Arkansas State on Sunday at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. “First pitch in over a month,” Powell said. “I don’t know, the last thing I… Continue reading →

Mark Hudspeth lauds Cajuns’ effort in spring game, which he deems (with a grin) a 17-17 tie

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Head Coach Mark Hudspeth after a spring practice game Sat., March 28, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth was so pleased with his team’s effort in Saturday’s spring game that he fudged his self-devised scoring system to ensure neither the offense nor defense came out ahead. “I thought our guys came out and competed pretty good today. I called it a 17-17 tie, so… Continue reading →

Cajuns not racing to conclusion on quarterback

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO  -- Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Jalen Nixon hands off to Walter Williams on Saturday at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — The No. 1 question going into UL-Lafayette spring football practice — Who’s the starting quarterback? — also will be the same top question when fall practice arrives. If there is one thing Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudsepth said he would like to have a better idea about after the spring game Saturday, it’s… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns early enrollee Walter Williams impresses with 66-yard touchdown dash

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO  -- Louisiana-Lafayette football players line up for the national anthem before playing the spring game Saturday at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — The lone explosive play the UL-Lafayette offense had in its spring game came from a player who would otherwise be getting ready for his senior prom. True freshman running back Walter Williams, an early enrollee, blew by the defense for a 66-yard score in the second quarter, showing every bit of the athletic ability that made the… Continue reading →

Cajuns women try to seal the deal in WBI title game against Siena

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team’s final step in its quest for a championship features a Sunday meeting with seven saints from Siena. The Siena Saints (22-12), from Loudonville, New York, will enter Earl K. Long Gym for the Women’s Basketball Invitational championship game at 4 p.m. They have seven players who see time on… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns turn it on in late innings to defeat Arkansas State 9-6

Photo by BRAD KEMP/ -- UL-Lafayette's Joe Robbins races for first on a bunt while Arkansas State pitcher Cody Jackson hurries to the ball during Saturday's game at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field. Robbins was safe on the play.

LAFAYETTE — The situation couldn’t have been more pressure-packed for sophomore reliever Chris Charpentier, who entered in the eighth inning of a tie game with one out and the bases loaded. But if the pressure got to Charpentier on Saturday afternoon against Arkansas State, he didn’t show it. He struck out both batters he faced to preserve… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette softball coach to miss three-game series in Texas

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Louisiana-Lafayette softbal coach Michael Lotief

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief did not accompany the team for its three-game series with Texas State as he is attending to a personal medical matter back in Lafayette, the school announced Saturday morning, minutes before the first pitch of a doubleheader. The university requested that Lotief’s personal privacy be respected… Continue reading →

‘Live’ from Cajun Field on Saturday night: It’s an actual spring football game

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- A Louisiana-Lafayette flag

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette spring game won’t just be a light practice this year. There’s too much riding on it. Coach Mark Hudspeth said he could get away with running the 2014 squad through drills at last season’s spring game, because most roles were established and the key was simply getting through the spring healthy.… Continue reading →

What to watch for at the Cajuns’ spring game Saturday

Louisiana-Lafayette offensive lineman Karmichael Dunbar (55) celebrates after the New Orleans Bowl NCAA college football game against Nevada in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Louisiana-Lafayette won 16-3. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

LAFAYETTE — You may have a hard time recognizing the UL football team that takes Cajun Field on Saturday. Gone: A handful of high profile players, including quarterback Terrance Broadway, running back Alonzo Harris and those big single-digit-jersey-wearing defensive linemen Justin Hamilton and Christian Ringo. Replaced: The entire defensive coaching staff, either… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns softball team looks for consistency as it travels to Texas State

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin Cajuns' Aleah Craighton swings to hit a three-run homer in the first inning against the Mississippi Valley Valley State Devilettes Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — UL-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief isn’t taking the Texas State Bobcats lightly. “I know Texas State can play,” Lotief said. “They’re going to play hard and compete hard and they’re going to give us their best shot. We’re going to have to be tough on the road.” The Cajuns (25-4, 10-2) make the first-ever… Continue reading →

Hot-shooting Evansville KOs Cajuns

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYELouisiana-Lafayette junior forward Shawn Long drivies to the basket during Thursday night's game against Evansville at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — The fans who showed up to watch their first game in Blackham Coliseum in nearly a decade started to hit the exits early. Evansville connected on 56.6 percent of its shots from the floor and guard D.J. Balentine erupted for 35 points to knock Louisiana-Lafayette’s men’s basketball team out of the… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team tries to shore up pitching and defense as Arkansas State comes to town

Photo by BRAD KEMP/ -- Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Gunner Leger delivers to Alabama batter Chandler Avant during a March 1 game at Hoover Met Stadium. Leger, a freshman, will start the Cajuns' series opener Friday against Arkansas State.

LAFAYETTE — UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux didn’t have to look far for an example of what solid pitching and defense can do for a team. The Ragin’ Cajuns lost a 3-1 game to Nicholls State on Wednesday night, even though they didn’t allow a single earned run. In that game, the Cajuns committed four errors. Nicholls State… Continue reading →

Lady Cajuns win, advance to title game

Louisiana-Lafayette Jaylyn Gordon, bottom, battles Oral Roberts players Vicky McIntyre, back, and  Dorottya Balla during their game at Earl K. Long Gym Thursday March 26, 2015. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE — A big obstacle became a bigger opportunity for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball team on Thursday night. Facing a 19-point, first-half hole against Oral Roberts University, the Lady Cajuns rebounded for a 65-64 victory at Earl K. Long Gym that sends them to the Sunday championship game of the… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette hosts Evansville with eye on CIT semifnals

LAFAYETTE — Detractors thought maybe playing in the tournament wasn’t worth the hassle. As the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team heads into a third-round CIT matchup with Evansville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Blackham Coliseum, Cajuns coach Bob Marlin said any opportunity to extend the season is a… Continue reading →

Cajuns women need solution to Oral Roberts’ rebounding threat

LAFAYETTE — When the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball team chases a championship-game berth, it will face an opponent with a chance at breaking a national record. The Cajuns host Oral Roberts at 6 p.m. Thursday at Earl K. Long Gym in a semifinal game of the Women’s Basketball Invitational.… Continue reading →

Cajuns quarterback derby too close to call

Photo by BRAD KEMP/ -- Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Brooks Haack finds his target Tuesday during the first day of spring practice.

LAFAYETTE — With Saturday’s spring game fast approaching, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth wasn’t quite ready to name a starting quarterback, nor was he ready to give a timetable on when he may do so. “We’ll see how summer goes and probably let you know a few minutes before we kick off to Kentucky,” Hudspeth joked… Continue reading →

Associate head coach Sallie Guillory has Cajuns digging in on defense

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Assitant Women's Basketball Coach Sallie Guillory works with the team during practice Tuesday in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Even the annoyed version of University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball associate head coach Sallie Guillory makes Jaylyn Gordon enthusiastically smile. Gordon hears her coach during practices and games — even when she is instructed to look away from the bench. “She will say, ‘Jay get back! Don’t… Continue reading →

Cajuns men host Evansville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in CIT quarterfinals

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team will host Evansville in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Blackham Coliseum. The Cajuns (22-13) defeated Sam Houston State 71-70 in the second round Saturday. Evansville (21-12) defeated Eastern Illinois 83-68 on Monday. Shawn Long… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns will return to Blackham Coliseum to face Evansville in tournament

Associated Press file photo by Eric Gay -- Louisiana-Lafayette basketball coach Bob Marlin

LAFAYETTE — A familiar yet out-of-place voice chimed in during the question-and-answer portion of UL-Lafayette men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin’s Monday news conference to preview the third round of the tournament. It was baseball coach Tony Robichaux, not asking a question but reminiscing to his days as a student-athlete, when he would watch the basketball team… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball team trounces Troy 12-2 to claim Sun Belt series

Louisiana-Lafayette center fielder Kelli Martinez gets an RBI hit against Troy during their game at Lamson Park on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Lafayette. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE — After the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team dropped the first matchup of its three-game series against Troy on Saturday, Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mike Lotief said it stirred something in his gut. “They didn’t beat us yesterday,” he said Sunday. “We beat ourselves. That should make you want to go out there and not give anything… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns offense excites in scrimmage, but defense has work to do

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Montrel Carter (3) takes off on a 41 yard touchdown run during a scrimmage Saturday March 21, 2015 at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE — Saturday’s Louisiana-Lafayette football scrimmage was either good or bad, depending on your preference. Offensive minds were thrilled by the two long touchdowns the Ragin’ Cajuns offense exploded for, including two scores from quarterback Brooks Haack to junior speedster Devin Scott and a third that was called back for a penalty. “We threw… Continue reading →

Win at old school sweet for Cajuns coach Bob Marlin

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Sam Houston State coach Jason Hooten entered Saturday’s game against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette one win shy of a milestone 100th career men’s basketball victory. As the final buzzer sounded, Hooten was once again in the shadow of his former mentor, UL-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin. The Cajuns returned to… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball drops opener, rallies to split doubleheader with Troy

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' pitcher Jordan Wallace (far right) shakes hands with teammate Samantha Walsh after Head Coach Michael Lotief (left) replaced her after the Troy University Trojans scored several runs in the fifth inning in Lafayette Sat., March 21, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — It started out like a routine Louisiana-Lafayette softball game. The Ragin’ Cajuns were coasting, up three runs, against Troy in the sixth inning with Jordan Wallace pitching a one-hitter Saturday. Then, it unraveled. Troy got five runs in the sixth on just one hit to put the Trojans up… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ next challenge: Sam Houston State in tournament’s second round

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Jay Wright (1) moves the ball past Georgia Southern's Mike Hughes (2) on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, during their game at the Cajundome.

Fresh off its first postseason tournament win since the 1991-92 season, the UL-Lafayette men’s basketball team hopes to keep its late-season momentum going in the tournament. But it’ll face a tough challenge in playing on the road against Sam Houston State (26-8), which has more wins this season than any team… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette women relish chance to play McNeese State

Photo provided by Brad Kemp/ -- Louisiana-Lafayette guard Jaylyn Gordon (11) drives to the basketball against UT Pan American forward Brittany Bush (21) during their game in the Women's Basketball Invitational Thursday March 19, 2015 at Earl K. Long Gym in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE Separate strategy sessions that involved the Acadiana Stars and a member of the Southland Conference have played a part in creating two teams that want to take the next step to a Women’s Basketball Invitational title. McNeese State University women’s basketball coach Brooks Donald-Williams was a coach on the Acadiana Stars… Continue reading →