UL Softball Headed For Another Sun Belt Conference Title
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun softball team won five-of-six games this past week, and appear headed for another Sun Belt Conference regular season title.
It was going to be a week that tested Louisiana, and it did.
UL played six conference games, all on the road, in two different cities, over a six-day time-span, without ever coming home.
Sure, they would have liked to have won all their games, but as I mentioned before the week started, if they would go 5-1, I’d be ecstatic, and I am.
That’s the kind of road trip that can take a lot out of any team, and the Cajuns deserve praise for their mental toughness as much as anything.
Louisiana began the trip by taking two-of-three from a very capable FIU Panther team in Miami, and then went to Murfreesboro, Tennessee and swept a three-game set from the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
UL swept Middle Tennessee in a doubleheader on Saturday, with both games being decided mercy-rule style, but the other four games were competitive, and that’s no surprise. The quality of play in the league has improved dramatically over the years, and every series, especially those on the road, are going to be a dog-fight.
By winning both series though, the Cajuns not only improve to 38-2 overall, but also 13-2 in league play, and have set themselves up in a great shape to win another league title.
Louisiana now leads South Alabama by three game in the loss column, and FIU by four.
UL also holds the tie-breaker over both schools, having already played them, which basically gives them a four-game lead.
With only three weeks left in the regular season, the Cajuns have three Sun Belt Conference series’ remaining, and two of them are against teams with losing record (FAU & ULM).
It’s very important for Louisiana to stay focused however, as any lose from this-point-on would drop their rpi.
UL pitched really good last week. Ashley Briganc and Jordan Wallace were both exceptional.
The offense, while not clicking on all cylinders at the moment, is doing enough, and we’ve all seen how lethal the Cajun bats can be throughout most of the year.
I’ve said all year that this team was special, and they’re on their way to showing at least a little bit of that by zeroing in on another league title, something that fans shouldn’t take for granted anymore.
Louisiana returns to action this weekend, when they host FAU at Lamson Park.