2015 Cajun Softball Schedule Released, 3 WCWS Teams Highlight Schedule
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun softball team released their 2015 schedule today, with 3 Women's College World Series (WCWS) teams highlighting it.
A three-game home series against Baylor, a three game road series at Oregon, and an early three game road series at Alabama (all three schools, along with the Cajuns, competed in the 2014 WCWS) highlight a schedule that includes 30 games at Lamson Park.
Coming off a season where Louisiana earned a national seed, head coach Michael Loteif is cognizant of how his schedule affects the RPI.
"Every season is unique unto itself; this schedule allows this team an opportunity to be tested against the top teams in the country," said head coach Michael Lotief in a press release. "RPI plays such a big part of what happens in postseason, but there is no way to predict the dynamics of what will go on next season. Our focus is to prepare as hard as we can right now. We are committed to grow and learn from the challenges this year's season and schedule present us."
The entire 2015 schedule can be seen here.
Louisiana's season begins on February 6th when they host the 2015 Louisiana Classic at Lamson Park, facing the likes of NC State, Central Arkansas, and Eastern Illinois.
The following weekend, the Cajuns host another tournament (2015 Mardi Gras Classic), taking on Idaho State and Mississippi Valley State.
One weekend later, the Cajuns remain at home for one more Lamson Park tournament, the 2015 Ragin' Cajuns Invitational. Iowa, Hofstra, Missouri State, and McNeese State will face off with Louisiana.
February 27th-March 1rst marks the first softball away from home, as Louisiana travels to Tuscaloosa for a series against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The following Saturday, Louisiana opens up Sun Belt Conference play with a weekend series at South Alabama.
Baylor visits Lamson Park for a three-game series the weekend of April 10-11th.
Louisiana's longest road trip of the season comes in late April (25-26) when they face the 2014 #1 overall National seeded Oregon Ducks in Eugene.
"Last year, season ticket sales increased, and the support this program has felt from our community over the years has truly been the wind beneath our wings," said Lotief. "With this schedule and our lofty goals, we need the continued support of this community and we encourage everybody to get their season tickets so we can continue to expand the opportunities for our student-athletes."
The Sun Belt Conference championships take place in San Marcos, Texas, as Texas State hosts the tournament May 6-9.
Louisiana returns 22 letterwinners for the 2015 season, including All-American pitcher Christina Hamilton and catcher Lexie Elkins.