The Final Score Archives

Lineup shuffle pays dividends for Cajuns againt UT-Arlington

LAFAYETTE — Heading into last weekend’s series against UT-Arlington, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux figured two things. First, Alex Pinero was going to provide the lineup some swagger that had been missing in the previous four games, when the Cajuns combined to tally just 16 hits. Second,… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball drops finale at Georgia Southern 2-0

STATESBORO, Ga. — A pair of solo home runs and a shutout from Dixie Raley lifted the Georgia Southern softball team to a 2-0 win over No. 8 Louisiana-Lafayette in the series finale Sunday. The Ragin’ Cajuns (37-7, 18-2 Sun Belt) pressured Raley in the second and third innings by loading the bases, but she… Continue reading →

Cajuns split doubleheader with UTA

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette first basemanAlex Pinero (11) goes up high to reach the ball as Texas University at Arlington batter Brady Cox (7) is safe at first during game one one at Clay Gould Ballpark Saturday April 30, 3016 in Arlington, Tx.. UTA defeated UL 4-1 in game 1 of two.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kadon Simmons and Jacob Moreland teamed up to scatter nine hits as Texas-Arlington defeated UL-Lafayette 4-1 in the opening game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Ragin’ Cajuns bounced back, however, to take the second game 6-4 as Hunter Kasuls went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball captures Sun Belt title

STATESBORO, Ga. — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team claimed the Sun Belt Conference championship and the league tournament’s No. 1 seed with a doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southern on Saturday. The No. 8-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns (37-6, 18-1 Sun Belt) captured the championship outright in a 12-1 win in the second game after taking the tournament’s top seed… Continue reading →

With final exams looming, Cajuns softball team makes its first trip to Georgia Southern

LAFAYETTE — As the No. 8 Ragin’ Cajuns roll into Statesboro, Georgia, for the first time, the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team will be catching heat on a couple of fronts. Georgia Southern (28-22, 11-7 Sun Belt) is looking to solidify its standing as a contender in the conference tournament, which is just a couple of weeks away.… Continue reading →

As softball season grinds on, the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Shellie Landry excels

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Ragin' Cajuns' Shellie Landry connects against South Alabama last month at Lamson Park.

LAFAYETTE — With the beginning stages of the season long gone and the excitement surrounding postseason still a couple of weeks away, even Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mike Lotief admits this is a tough stretch for a college softball team. Senior outfielder Shellie Landry has turned that potential trap into a tool for taking things up a… Continue reading →

Southern Miss slugs its way to 7-2 win over Ragin’ Cajuns

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern Miss exploded for five runs on a pair of fifth-inning homers to knock off UL-Lafayette 7-2 on Tuesday night at Pete Taylor Park. Ragin’ Cajuns sophomore right-hander Evan Guillory (4-4) gave up six runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Jake Winston (5-0)… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette baseball team seeks to boost RPI with road trip to Southern Miss

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette's Brian Mills connects with a pitch on Sunday against Texas State at M.L. Tigue Moore Field.

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball team is making a rare out-of-state midweek road trip to play Southern Mississippi on Tuesday, and coach Tony Robichaux says there are several good reasons for the trip. “It’s RPI, it’s a potential regional team, it’s a regional atmosphere, it’s a tough place to… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball: Is star slugger Lexie Elkins’ return imminent? She should be back ‘soon,’ coach Mike Lotief says

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Members of the Ragin' Cajun softball team wait for Lexie Elkins at the plate after her solo home run against South Alabama on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at Lamson Park.

LAFAYETTE — As the Louisiana-Lafayette softball squad prepares for its final road test of the regular season this weekend at Georgia Southern, there is no rush to get the green light for a driving force to return to the lineup. All-America catcher Lexie Elkins, who has been sidelined for the past few weeks with a left… Continue reading →

Cajuns baseball notebook: Tony Robichaux regrets not pulling Wyatt Marks after six innings Saturday; Ryne Ray’s debut still in doubt

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Ragin' Cajuns pitcher Wyatt Marks

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux liked the way sophomore starting pitcher Wyatt Marks rebounded in a losing effort Saturday against Texas State after he was knocked around a week earlier by Southeastern Louisiana. Marks looked strong for 6.1 innings. He didn’t allow his first base runner until the fourth… Continue reading →

Dylan Moore slams the door shut as Cajuns win rubber match 1-0 over Texas State

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette's Brenn Conrad turns the double play on Sunday against Texas State at M.L. Tigue Moore Field.

LAFAYETTE — It took seven innings for someone to score in Sunday’s rubber match between the Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas State baseball teams. And once it happened, Ragin’ Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux did not hesitate. After the Cajuns took a one-run lead in the seventh, Robichaux committed to sending closer Dylan Moore to the mound to… Continue reading →

Cajuns cap softball sweep with 14-0 win over Appalachian State

LAFAYETTE — University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief said the Ragin’ Cajuns are back to having fun after they capped off a three-game sweep of Appalachian State with a 14-0 win Sunday. “They felt comfortable today, and they’re just back to playing softball, Lotief said. “No more thinking. They’re out there having fun… Continue reading →

Texas State’s Cory Geisler clamps down on the Cajuns, giving the Bobcats a 2-1 win to square the series

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas State baseball teams engaged in a pitching duel for the second straight night, but this time the Bobcats got the upper hand as they handed the Ragin’ Cajuns a 2-1 loss Saturday at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. Left-hander Cory Geisler (4-1) was fantastic for the Bobcats (22-18, 10-7… Continue reading →

Shellie Landry powers Louisiana-Lafayette softball to pair of wins

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team returned to Lamson Park for the first time in two weeks, and the Cajuns looked right at home on Saturday. Left fielder Shellie Landry hit a home run in each of the Cajuns’ blowout wins — 13-4 and 14-2 — against Appalachian State. Landry said the Cajuns,… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth looking for playmaking receiver; Ja’Marcus Bradley trying to fill the bill

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette receiver Ja'Marcus Bradley is one of several receivers vying to be the go-to receiver for the Cajuns after Jamal Robinson graduated.

LAFAYETTE — Coach Mark Hudspeth was watching intently as the Louisiana-Lafayette football team ended its April 7 practice with a drill the team had yet to perform during sessions open to the media. It was a one-on-one drill. Hudspeth laid out the scenario: the clock is running out, the team needs a touchdown to win.… Continue reading →

Dylon Poncho’s bases-clearing double, Gunner Leger’s dominant night lead Cajuns to 5-1 win over Texas State

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Steven Sensley heads for third base after hitting a solo-homerun against Texas State in an NCAA baseball game Friday, April, 22, 2016, at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — About the only discernible difference between dueling aces Gunner Leger and Lucas Humpal was the fourth inning Friday night at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. Louisiana-Lafayette’s Leger struck out the Texas State side with a flurry of untouchable changeups, while Texas State’s Humpal gave up a decisive three-run double to freshman designated hitter Dylon… Continue reading →

All about growth: Louisiana-Lafayette softball team hosts struggling Appalachian State this weekend

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team had a series to forget last weekend at top-ranked Florida, but coach Mike Lotief doesn’t want his team to have selective memory. When the Cajuns (32-6, 13-1 Sun Belt) line up against Appalachian State (9-37, 2-16) this weekend, Lotief said he wants his team to come out and have a… Continue reading →

Jerekius Davis returning for redshirt freshman season with Cajuns basketball team

LAFAYETTE — Contrary to an April 11 report, Louisiana-Lafayette redshirt freshman forward Jerekius Davis will be back next season. A school spokesman confirmed Friday that Davis would be returning to the program for the 2016-17 season. The school did not comment on the April 11 report from that said Davis was “leaving the program.”… Continue reading →

Another three-run rally: Ragin’ Cajuns topple Nicholls for 4-1 win

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Cajuns Stefan Trosclair (23) makes the tag on the runner in a game between Nichols State and the Cajuns on Tuesday night at M.L. Tigue Moore Field.

LAFAYETTE — Nicholls State struck first Tuesday night, but Louisiana-Lafayette didn’t panic, and the result was a 4-3 come-from-behind win at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. Brian Mills lashed a two-out, two-run go-ahead double to cap a three-run seventh inning and make a winner out of sophomore right-hander Evan Guillory (4-3), who claimed his third… Continue reading →

Evan Guillory takes the mound as Cajuns try to keep on rolling

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Coach Tony Robichaux and the Cajuns are glad to be back home Tuesday, hoping to keep their momentum going after playing nine of their past 15 games on the road, going 12-3 in that stretch.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team is back home for a five-game week at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field, and it is rolling. The Cajuns (24-12) have won 12 of their past 15 games, nine of which were played away from their home field. Now they’ll get a chance to keep that hot… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball notebook: Mike Lotief tips his hat to Florida lefty Delanie Gourley after getting swept in Gainesville

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Head Coach Michael Lotief questions a call made by the home plate umpire on Sunday, March 13, 2016, as the Cajuns host South Alabama at Lamson Park.

LAFAYETTE — In a matchup of strength against strength this past weekend, Florida’s outstanding pitching shut down the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team’s high-octane offense, limiting the Ragin’ Cajuns to two runs in the three-game series. Florida junior left-hander Delanie Gourley in particular had Cajuns coach Mike Lotief scratching his head. “That left-handed kid? She was throwing… Continue reading →

Florida sweeps softball series with Cajuns

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 1 Florida got pair of run-scoring hits with two outs and escaped some early jams to key a 3-0 win and sweep the softball series over No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators (41-3) scored all three runs via the two-out hits, and Delanie Gourley began 4.1… Continue reading →

Southeastern blows past Cajuns 16-5 to even nonconference series

There was no doubt in Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux’s mind as to the turning point in Saturday night’s 16-5 loss to Southeastern. With one out and two runners on base in the bottom of the third inning, Lions right fielder Ryan Byers faced a full count. Southeastern already led 3-0 at that point, so Byers could be patient… Continue reading →

Luke Johnson: Cajuns' offense vanilla for spring game — exactly how Mark Hudspeth wanted it

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns quarterback Jordan Davis throws during the Louisiana-Lafayette football spring game on April 16, 2016 at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — The fans at Louisiana-Lafayette’s spring game might have been hoping for something extravagant after the Ragin’ Cajuns’ dismal offensive showing in 2015, but the only flavor coach Mark Hudspeth brought with him was vanilla. The Cajuns, in the midst of implementing some new offensive concepts they hope will inject some life into… Continue reading →

Florida takes pair from Cajuns in softball

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 1 Florida posted wins of 5-1 and 14-1 in five innings for a doubleheader sweep of No. 5 Louisiana-Lafayette in college softball action on Saturday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. A four-run third inning helped provide the Gators (40-3) with the necessary runs for the winning margin in the opener, and… Continue reading →

Cajuns spring game: A quiet day for the quarterbacks, but running backs Jordan Wright and Darius Hoggins impress

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns running back Jordan Wright (27) blocks defensive lineman Mario Osborne (91) during the Louisiana-Lafayette football spring game on April 16, 2016 at Cajun Field in Lafayette, LA.

LAFAYETTE — On a blustery, overcast day at Cajun Field, it wasn’t always pretty for the Louisiana-Lafayette football team during its spring game. The game’s first snap resulted in a lost fumble by sophomore quarterback Jordan Davis. Neither Davis nor redshirt freshman Chris Weaver, the quarterbacks engaged in a battle for the starting job, was particularly… Continue reading →

Cajuns football notebook: Freshman Christian Hayes steps forward, and former Cajuns are the stars again

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns and NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme throws passes during halftime of the Louisiana-Lafayette football spring game on April 16, 2016 at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Christian Hayes made the most of his chances during Saturday’s Louisiana-Lafayette spring game. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound freshman led all wide receivers with a game-high 79 yards on four receptions, including the longest catch of the game: a 30-yarder from Gunner Hudspeth. Not bad for a player who walked on to the team only a few months ago… Continue reading →

Cajuns spring game: Luke Johnson’s three things to know

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns receiver Al Riles (2) leads the team out of the tunnel prior to the Louisiana-Lafayette football spring game on April 16, 2016 at Cajun Field in Lafayette, LA.

1.What we learned We’ve heard plenty about redshirt freshman Jordan Wright impressing the coaching staff with his strong performance in spring practice, but he finally got to show that off in Saturday’s spring game. Rushing against what was mostly the first-team defense, Wright picked up 88 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He… Continue reading →

A WCWS preview? Ragin’ Cajuns softball team visits No. 1 Florida

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette pitcher Alex Stewart and catcher Brittany Nollkamper celebrate following their win over Texas State in the first game of an NCAA softball doubleheader Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Lamson Park in Lafayette. The Cajuns won 7-0.

LAFAYETTE — How big is this weekend’s softball series between Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida? Using the NCAA’s RPI figures, the three games between the No. 1 Gators and No. 4 Ragin’ Cajuns are the season’s top nonconference series in all of college softball. The Gators (38-3) are ranked No. 1 in… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Eric Carter goes with the flow

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU --Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Eric Carter (24) throws to a Sacred Heart batter during an NCAA baseball game on March 6, 2016, at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette, LA.

LAFAYETTE — Whatever feels good for senior right-hander Eric Carter in the bullpen on any given night, that’ll be the pitch he’ll rely on when he takes the mound. He reckoned it might’ve been the humid air Tuesday night that made his breaking ball a little bit sharper than usual. No matter the circumstance, it was going to… Continue reading →