Ragin’ Cajuns Sports–A Lot To Be Proud Of
As the flagship station and home of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball, we have a lot of pride in our Cajuns, and it was no surprise to us when the boys took the Sun Belt Conference tournament title and then earned the number six national seed for the NCAA baseball tournament.
But this latest achievement has only been the tip of the iceberg for Ragin' Cajun athletics, and it has many wondering: could we be hoisting national championship trophies in two sports in just a few short weeks?
If you ask members of the baseball team, I would bet they'd tell you regarding any future opponents: anytime, anywhere. Jackson State, Mississippi State, and San Diego State--who are all coming to M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field for only the second regional hosted in Lafayette--were all served notice when that same baseball team was named among all the major polls the consensus number one team in the country.
Let's not forget what an amazing six months it has been for Louisiana athletics, though. Football, under coach Mark Hudspeth, finished the season with another 9-4 record, capping it off with a New Orleans Bowl win over Tulane in that school's own stadium.
The Bob Marlin-led basketball team defied the naysayers, tearing through the conference tournament and beating some good teams along the way to a tournament championship and to a berth in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, the only team from the state of Louisiana to qualify.
Tennis took home a Sun Belt Conference championship as well. Coaches Mark Jeffrey and Luc Godin guided that squad to a 20-5 overall record.
Softball, in what was believed to be a "rebuilding" year, is now in the Women's College World Series.
Pride in Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns athletics is at a buzz that even the most diehard fans have not ever experienced. The level of success at which the athletics department is performing is unprecedented. And each individual team has proven they're not averse to sharing the limelight.
In a show of solidarity and of support, Coach Hud has brought his team to baseball and softball games. Baseball decided to forego batting practice so that they could watch the men's basketball team win the Sun Belt Conference tournament and earn the subsequent berth to the "Big Dance." And in front of an ESPN audience during "Selection Monday," Coach Tony Robichaux trumpeted the successes of not only his program but also of the athletics programs as a whole.
We certainly have a lot to be proud of. Good luck to softball as they continue their quest for a national championship in Oklahoma City. Same goes to baseball--they have the attitude and the tools necessary to get to Omaha. And good luck to anyone bearing Ragin' Cajuns name across their chest.