Sun Belt Conference Softball Review
It was a very interesting weekend in Sun Belt Conference softball. One that answered some questions, but one brought up a couple more.
First, we know that Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun softball team is once again league champs. The sixth-ranked Cajuns completed a three-game sweep of the WKU Lady Toppers over the weekend, and clinched the 11th championship title for Louisiana in the 12-year history of the sports in the league.
UL, who is a mind-boggling 44-2 on the year, will be the top-seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, and will close out their regular season schedule this weekend against ULM. The Cajuns will still have plenty to play for, with a possible regional host spot on the line.
South Alabama won two-of-three from FIU last weekend, and have a two-game lead over the Panthers for the second-seed in the tournament. South Alabama needs only one win against Troy this weekend to wrap-up that position. And just as important, the Jaguars, who now stand at 33-15 on the year, may have secured an at-large regional spot.
North Texas swept Troy in a three-game series over the weekend, putting the Mean Green within striking distance of third place. North Texas, who is idle this week, needs one FAU win over FIU to finish in third place.
Speaking of FAU, the Owls split a two-game series with Middle Tennessee, and both teams are 5-16, and tied for the eighth and final spot in the tournament field. FAU does hold the tie-breaker, by virtue of their win over South Alabama earlier in the year.
FAU faces FIU this weekend, while Middle Tennessee squares off with WKU, in two series that will be two games apiece. The Blue Raiders have to be one game better than the Owls this weekend to make the field.
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns are league champs again
If the tournament were to start today, Louisiana would be the top-seed, followed by South Alabama, FIU, North Texas, Troy, WKU, ULM, and FAU, with Middle Tennessee on the outside looking in.