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Weekend preview: The Ragin' Cajuns at Alabama

Louisiana-Lafayette center fielder Joe Robbins follows through on his two run home run during the first inning against Northwestern State University at Brown-Stroud Stadium Wednesday Feb. 18, 2015 in Natchitoches, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

. Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson previews the Ragin' Cajuns weekend baseball series at No. 25 Alabama with key matches, notes and analysis. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns announce their 2015 football schedule

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads his team onto the field to face Appalachian State on Nov. 22 at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE – The Sun Belt Conference released the 2015 conference schedule Friday morning, meaning the Ragin’ Cajuns now know the when, where and who of their entire 2015 slate. The Cajuns will open and close conference play at home against Texas State on October 10, and December 5 against Troy. The Cajuns four conference road games… Continue reading →

Cajuns pitcher Colton Lee resurrected his baseball career by changing his technique

Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Colton Lee delivers a pitch against  McNeese State during their game at Tigue Moore Field in Lafayette, La., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

A little more than a year ago, Colton Lee figured his baseball career was closer to its end than a new beginning. The Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher had been cut by his original junior college after an abysmal freshman season, and now his coaches at his new school — Pearl River Community College — were asking him to… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team, at Alabama, faces another tough test

File photo by BRAD KEMP/RaginCajuns.com -- UL-Lafayette first baseman Greg Davis, right, tags out Alabama's Mikey White during a game last season at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field in Lafayette. The teams begin a three-game series at 3 p.m. Friday in Hoover, Ala.

HOOVER, Ala. — Last season, the Alabama Crimson Tide came to Acadiana and provided the first major weekend test for Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball team. The Ragin’ Cajuns passed that exam, shutting the Tide out twice and taking the weekend series during a streak that eventually reached 24 wins in 25 games. Coach Tony Robichaux said… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns still auditioning pitchers for third spot in weekend rotation

Advocate file photo by TERRI FENSEL-- Ragin Cajuns pitcher Chris Charpentier

LAFAYETTE — Judging by the early success enjoyed by right-handers Greg Milhorn and Evan Guillory, UL-Lafayette appears to have two-thirds of its weekend rotation ironed out. But it looks like the third spot is open for competition. The Ragin’ Cajuns are going into this weekend’s series against Alabama with a plan to use a Johnny Allstaff… Continue reading →

Cajuns relying on defense down the stretch

LAFAYETTE — With the Sun Belt Conference tournament rapidly approaching, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team is right where it wants to be, playing some of its best basketball of the season. The Cajuns have won three consecutive games and will put their win streak to the test Saturday… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Christina Hamilton produces through pain

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' Christina Hamilton winds up to pitch against against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the fourth inning Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

After a weekend that saw her pitch 14.2 shutout innings, win three games and earn Sun Belt Conference pitcher of the week honors, Louisiana-Lafayette senior Christina Hamilton is shaping up to have quite the encore to her amazing 2014 season. Last season, Hamilton was second-team All-American, Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year and an All-Sun Belt first-team… Continue reading →

Cajuns relying on defense down the stretch

LAFAYETTE — With the Sun Belt Conference tournament rapidly approaching, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team is right where it wants to be, playing some of its best basketball of the season. The Cajuns have won three consecutive games and will put their win streak to the test Saturday… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns baseball coach Tony Robichaux takes McNeese State loss and failed chance at 1000th win in stride

Photo by BRAD KEMP/RaginCajuns.com -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux walks off the field after an infield conference during their game with McNeese State on Tuesday.

. Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux spoke to members of the media at a press luncheon today, and based on his opening statement, the last thing on his mind is a milestone 1,000th win. Robichaux said during his press conference that the wins all get credited to the players anyway — the only thing on his record are… Continue reading →

Tony Robichaux remains one shy of 1,000th win as Ragin’ Cajuns fall in 17 innings

Louisiana-Lafayette short stop Blake Trahan (4) tries to tag  McNeese State runner Matt Gallier at second during their game at Tigue Moore Field in Lafayette, La., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Gallier was safe on the play. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — He spent nearly five and a half hours directing his team Tuesday night, but UL-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux is going to have to wait a little bit longer for his 1,000th career win. McNeese State outlasted the Ragin’ Cajuns 5-4 in 17 innings Tuesday at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field, ending Robichaux’s shot at winning… Continue reading →

Tony Robichaux more irked by Ragin’ Cajuns’ miscues than by missing his chance at win No. 1,000

Photo by BRAD KEMP/RaginCajuns.com -- UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux talks to second-base umpire Ryan Broussard about a call  during their game with McNeese State at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field in Lafayette on Tuesday.

LAFAYETTE — Tony Robichaux’s first chance at 1,000 career wins was a very un-Robichaux-like game for his UL-Lafayette baseball squad. The Ragin’ Cajuns made uncharacteristic errors, both physical and mental, and didn’t get enough offense to overcome those miscues in their 5-4 17-inning loss to nearby rival McNeese State. What the Cajuns didn’t do was struggle… Continue reading →

Terry Bradshaw, Mark Hudspeth among honorees by Touchdown Club of New Orleans

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with Fox Sports announcer Terry Bradshaw after an  NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Terry Bradshaw, whose football career spanned from Shreveport’s Woodlawn High School and Louisiana Tech to four Super Bowl wins with the Pittsburgh Steelers, headlines a group of four to be honored March 7 for their contributions to the sport by The Touchdown Club of New Orleans. Also scheduled to be honored are collegiate award winner Louisiana-Lafayette coach… Continue reading →

Cajuns baseball coach Tony Robichaux on the verge of 1,000 wins

Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux is walking toward his 1,000th career win.

Could more stars possibly align over the “Tigue” on Tuesday night? University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux will have his first crack at 1,000 career victories when the Cajuns take on nearby rival McNeese State at M. L. “Tigue” Moore Field. He just happens to be the winningest… Continue reading →

Cajuns basketball: Similarities surface with Georgia Southern rematch looming

RaginCajuns.com photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin yells to, from left, Shawn Long, Bryce Williams and Jay Wright after a timeout against Texas State on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — The last time the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team was getting ready to face Georgia Southern, it was riding a four-game winning streak and had a full week to prepare — and then the Ragin’ Cajuns lost 78-70 to begin an ugly 10-game stretch when they went 3-7. This time, they’re on a three-game… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Hamilton’s effort earns SBC softball honor

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns  Head Coach Michael Lotief congratulates Kelli Martinez after she scored a run against the Hofstra University Pride in the fifth inning in Lafayette Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team remained undefeated after last weekend’s Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational, but the team did go through at least a little adversity. A 4-3 win over Iowa to open things up Friday proved to be a tough mental game in the circle for sophomore Alex Stewart, who threw 1.1 innings, gave up… Continue reading →

Pitching Cajuns’ strength for now

Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball team is on the precipice of providing coach Tony Robichaux with a landmark win, and it’s only fitting — especially this season — that pitching has put the Ragin’ Cajuns at that edge. The Cajuns had only 18 hits combined in a three-game series with Stony Brook, and only 11 in Saturday’s doubleheader split with… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette softball remains unbeaten 11-3

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief had not pitched Jordan Wallace nor Christina Hamilton three straight days this season and he said deciding which way to go between the two seniors worried him. “With Jordan being a power pitcher, it’s going to affect her more than Christina,” Lotief said. “You could tell… Continue reading →

Cajuns enjoying three-game winning streak

Photo by Brad Kemp/RajinCajuns.com -- Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long is 43 rebounds shy of becoming the third Cajun with 1,000 for his career, and two blocks shy of becoming the second Cajun with 200 career blocked shots.

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team has its first three-game winning streak since it started 4-0 in conference play, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With three games left in the regular season, the Cajuns seized control of a top-four seed in the Sun… Continue reading →

Hayward Register, Shawn Long boost Cajuns over UTA

ARLINGTON, Texas — Hayward Register connected on five first-half 3-pointers and Shawn Long went for 21 points and 15 rebounds as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball beat UT Arlington 81-70 on Saturday night at the College Park Center. The Cajuns (16-12, 10-7 Sun Belt) won their third straight game. Point guard… Continue reading →

Rebekah Van Dijk, UT-Arlington use 12-0 run to beat Cajuns women

ARLINGTON, Texas — Freshman Rebekah Van Dijk posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds and UT Arlington used a 12-0 run to pull away and defeat the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball team 56-42 in a Sun Belt Conference game on Saturday at College Park Center. Chaun Williams added 11… Continue reading →

Cajuns bullpen helps salvage baseball split with Stony Brook

LAFAYETTE — When University of Louisiana at Lafayette starter Greg Milhorn left the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader after seven sterling innings, it meant the series winner would be determined by who had the better bullpen. That might have been a scary thought considering what happened the previous weekend for the Cajuns, when their bullpen was tagged… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns pitcher Christina Hamilton triumphant in return; Cajuns remain unbeaten

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette pitcher Christina Hamilton congratulates Leandra Maly after Maly scored a run against Hofstra in the sixth inning Saturday at Lamson Park.

LAFAYETTE — Christina Hamilton is back. Saturday afternoon against Hofstra, the UL-Lafayette senior pitcher made her first start of the season — and Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mike Lotief said she was “the most effective I have seen her.” Hamilton pitched five innings, striking out three and gave up zero runs in a 9-0 win over Hofstra.… Continue reading →

Elfrid Payton finding his place in NBA as a rookie starter for Orlando

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) plays in a NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

ORLANDO, Fla. Ask Elfrid Payton about top memories he took home from All-Star Weekend, and the short list inevitably includes participating in the Slam Dunk Contest. Even though the rookie never actually threw one down himself. Payton got his fair share of court time, though, as setup man for Magic teammate… Continue reading →

Cajuns rally for win in home opener

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye- Ragin Cajuns shortstop Blake Trahan with the easy throw to first base for the third out in the baseball game between Stony Brook on Friday night February 20, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — In a prescient moment, Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux expressed the importance of momentum to his team before its home opener against Stony Brook Friday night. The key is getting it on your side and capturing it, turning it into adrenaline, all while suffocating the opposing team’s chance at a spark, especially… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball team wins tournament opener

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' Christina Hamilton winds up to pitch against against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the fourth inning Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Haley Hayden kicked off the first game of the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational by launching a leadoff home run over the left-centerfield wall, and it looked like Iowa would be the latest to be blown away by No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette. But the Cajuns (10-0) would need to show a little mettle to get… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette looking to peak at right before tournament time

Louisiana-Lafayette guard Jay Wright goes in for a layup agaist Texas State during their game at the Cajundome  Thursday Feb. 19, 2015 in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE Coach Bob Marlin sees no point in diminishing the importance of the Cajuns road contest against UT-Arlington Saturday to his team.… Continue reading →

Elfrid Payton finding his place in NBA as a rookie starter for Orlando

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) plays in a NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.

ORLANDO Ask Elfrid Payton about top memories he took home from All-Star Weekend, and the short list inevitably includes participating in the Slam Dunk Contest. Even though the rookie never actually threw one down himself. Payton got his fair share of court time, though, as setup man for Magic teammate Victor… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns softball team continues to rely on pitching with Jordan Wallace, Christina Hamilton, freshmen

Advocate file photo by Lee Celano -- ULL pitcher Christina Hamilton, right, celebrates a win over the Oklahoma Sooners last year with teammate Jordan Wallace

LAFAYETTE — Outscoring opponents 89-1 in nine games thus far didn’t really surprise UL-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief. What surprised him, he said, is the level of consistency with which his team is playing so early in the season. “So many of our kids are doing it on a consistent basis,” Lotief said. “I watch how… Continue reading →

Freshman Evan Guillory gets call for Cajuns’ home debut

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisisana-Lafayette freshman pitcher Evan Guillory gets in some throwing before afternoon practice at Tigue Moore Field in Lafayette, La., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

Nothing seems to faze Evan Guillory. Not starting on the mound in his second college baseball game, and doing it on the road. Not getting Louisiana-Lafayette’s starting nod for Friday night’s home opener in front of a raucous M. L. “Tigue” Moore Field crowd. Not even a shaving cream-pie to the face after Thursday’s practice, 24… Continue reading →

Cajuns defense shuts down Bobcats

Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long (21) grabs a rebound against Texas State forward Emani Gant (21) during their game at the Cajundome  Thursday Feb. 19, 2015 in Lafayette, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — Maybe all it took was a spark for the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team. With a little less than six minutes remaining in the first half of the Cajuns’ (15-12, 9-7) 64-42 win against Texas State (10-16, 5-11), referee Ray Acosta collided with Cajuns coach Bob Marlin near the sideline, sending Marlin sprawling in… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns promote newly-hired Melvin Smith to defensive coordinator and hire Levorn Harbin as defensive line coach

Ragin' Cajuns assistant coach Melvin Smith

LAFAYETTE — UL-Lafayette officially announced the move of defensive backs coach Melvin Smith to defensive coordinator and the hiring of Levorn Harbin as defensive line coach Thursday. Not yet official is the anticipated hiring of former Auburn co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Charlie Harbison as outside linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator. That move is expected… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns to play Saturday doubleheader against Stony Brook due to impending bad weather

Louisiana-Lafayette center fielder Joe Robbins follows through on his two run home run during the first inning against Northwestern State University at Brown-Stroud Stadium Wednesday Feb. 18, 2015 in Natchitoches, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

Forecasted bad weather for the Lafayette area on Saturday has forced the Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team to play a doubleheader against Stony Brook on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field. Tickets for the Saturday contest will be honored for both games of the doubleheader. Sunday tickets will not grant entry and cannot be… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Simone Fields finding a home on her journey to Lafayette

LAFAYETTE — When Simone Fields left San Antonio to start back at Square 1 in Lafayette, a group started their own new journey with her. As Fields, a freshman forward, has been learning the ins and outs of college basketball, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette women’s basketball coaching staff had to… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns beat Northwestern State 7-3, led by Joe Robbins and Gunner Leger

Louisiana-Lafayette pother Gunner Leger delivers a pitch during their game against Northwestern State University during their game Feb. 18, 2015 in Natchitoches, La. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

NATCHITOCHES — Joe Robbins looked in the crowd at Northwestern State’s Brown-Stroud field and saw the Tioga baseball team — his alma mater — looking back at him. “I just wanted to put on a show for them,” Robbins said. It didn’t take long. Robbins clobbered Austin Tanner’s 0-1 pitch… Continue reading →

Cajuns face critical week in Sun Belt play

UL-Lafayette forward Brian Williams (31) shoots over Jackson State players Jonathon Thomas (23) and Marcus Love (24) during their game at the Cajundome Wednesday Dec. 3,2014 Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team isn’t concerning itself with the fact that Texas State enters Thursday’s contest as losers of eight of its past nine games. At this point in the season, the Cajuns (14-12, 8-7) are focused strictly on what they can control, not about… Continue reading →

Cajuns try to get ‘on the same page’

Advocate file photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- UL-Lafayette guard Jay Wright said he feels that the team goes as the point guard goes.

LAFAYETTE — University of Louisiana at Lafayette point guard Jay Wright was coming off another disappointing night offensively in the Cajuns loss to ULM last week, and fifth-year senior Brian Williams started his fourth consecutive game on the bench. Both spoke with Cajuns men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin in one-on-one meetings before the… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Robbins rebounding well from TJ surgery

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux gives directions to his team after the Cajuns' 7-5 win over Sam Houston State in the Baton Rouge Regional last year at Alex Box Stadium.

LAFAYETTE — Joe Robbins wouldn’t have been human if a little doubt hadn’t crept into his thoughts Friday night. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette third baseman was finally getting back to action after missing virtually all of 2014 with Tommy John shoulder surgery. In the lineup for the season opener at Texas-San Antonio… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette’s Melvin Smith promoted to defensive coordinator

Ragin' Cajuns assistant coach Melvin Smith

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team found its replacement for former defensive coordinator James Willis inside its own facility, the university confirmed Tuesday. Melvin Smith, the longtime Southeastern Conference coach whom the Cajuns hired in mid-January to coach defensive backs, will assume the role as defensive coordinator. The Cajuns appear to have the remainder of… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette shows mental toughness

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Head Coach Michael Lotief  talks with pitcher Jordan Wallace  after she repeatedly hit batters in the game against  the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the third inning in Lafayette Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

The No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette softball team dominated this weekend as it hosted Idaho State and Mississippi Valley State for the Mardi Gras Classic, defeating the two squads by a combined score of 49-1 in five games. Ragin’ Cajuns senior pitcher Jordan Wallace had three appearances in which she totaled 30 strikeouts, two wins and a save, allowing… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ young arms get another shot at Demons

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UL-Lafayette baseball head coach Tony Robichaux speaks at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association Coaches Clinic, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

It sounds simple, but Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux says it’s a hard lesson for young pitchers to learn until they go through the experience. For many of the young arms on his Ragin’ Cajuns staff, it’s learning that pitches that retired high school hitters only nine months earlier don’t necessarily work against collegiate hitters. “You… Continue reading →

UTSA takes advantage of Ragin’ Cajuns bullpen, wins 11-5

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux meets with his team on the mound during the NCAA Super Regional last year at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field. The Cajuns dropped the last game of their season-opening series Sunday at UTSA.

SAN ANTONIO — For the second time in the three-game weekend series, Louisiana-Lafayette’s young pitching staff struggled — and Texas-San Antonio took advantage. Five Ragin’ Cajuns pitchers issued eight walks, and the Roadrunners also got come clutch hitting in taking an 11-5 victory Sunday in the rubber game of the season-opening series. The Cajuns (1-2) outhit… Continue reading →

Shawn Long’s free throws down stretch crucial for Cajuns

File photo by Brad kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long came up big in overtime as the Cajuns fought back Troy 84-80.

LAFAYETTE — An early technical foul, plus a couple of personal fouls meant junior forward Shawn Long spent most of the first half watching the University of Louisiana at Lafayette men’s basketball team play against Troy. Long played only three minutes in the first half, picking up three fouls in the process. When he had… Continue reading →

Cajuns outlast Troy in overtime

TROY, Ala. — The Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team did not surrender the lead once in regulation but needed overtime to survive a scare from Troy, picking up an 84-80 win on Saturday at Trojan Arena. UL-Lafayette (14-12, 8-7 Sun Belt Conference) put five players in double figures and never trailed, finishing off the season… Continue reading →

Troy holds off Ragin’ Cajun women in Sun Belt play

TROY, Ala. — Keke Veal scored 17 of her team-high 20 points in the second half, but a second-half comeback for the Louisiana-Lafayette women’s basketball team fell short in a 68-63 Sun Belt Conference loss at Troy on Saturday at Trojan Arena. Kia Wilridge added 18 points and Jaylyn Gordon 11 for the Cajuns (16-8,… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns softball team moves to 9-0 with two more shutouts

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette pinch runner Kendall Smith scores on a single by Meagan Thomas during Saturday's game against Mississippi Valley State.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball team played two games Saturday. Two more shutouts. Despite not giving up a run in either game, the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 20-0 win over Mississippi Valley State and the 3-0 win over Idaho State were about as different outcomes as possible. Against Idaho State, sophomore Alex Stewart found herself… Continue reading →