UL Softball To Face South Alabama In SBC Title Game – Inside The Numbers
The 10th-ranked Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun softball team continues postseason play on Saturday afternoon, when they take on the 23rd-ranked South Alabama Jaguars in the finals of the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Tournament in San Marcos, Texas.
First-pitch is scheduled for 1 o’clock, and you can hear all three games on ESPN 1420 & espn1420.com beginning with the pre-game show at 12:45 pm.
This will be a winner-take all title game, with the winner receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals.
The Cajuns will be gunning for their 13th tournament championship, while the Jaguars will be shooting for their second.
Louisiana has won three of four games from South Alabama this season, winning 2-of-3 during the regular season, defeating the Jaguars by scores of 3-2 and 9-3, while suffering an 8-5 defeat, before downing South Alabama, 6-3, in the finals of the winners bracket on Friday.
The Cajuns, the regular season conference champions, and the top-seed in the event, are currently 39-8, overall, after a 10-2 win over Georgia St. on Thursday, followed by their victory over the Jaguars on Friday.
Offensively, Louisiana is hitting a .354, along with 106 home runs, 362 runs batted in, and 58 stolen bases in 68 attempts, while out-scoring foes, 401-112.
The 106 homers they’ve belted as a team this season are a school record, eclipsing the previous record set back in 2006.
UL has hit nine homers in their two games in the tournament, and 23 in their last five games.
Pitching-wise, the Cajuns sport an overall, combined, team ERA. of 2.22, compared to a 8.84 for the opposition, while holding foes to a .183 batting average against.
South Alabama, the second-seed in the tournament, will enter the match-up with an overall record of 37-11, following their 6-3 loss to Louisiana yesterday, and their 3-1 win over Georgia St. in an elimination game.
The Jaguars are hitting a .304 as a team, along with 36 home runs, 247 runs driven in, and 54 stolen bases in 60 attempts, while out-scoring opponents, 254-141.
In the circle, South Alabama currently has an overall, combined, team ERA. of 2.72, while holding opponents to a .219 batting average against.
Louisiana is 50-7, all-time in the tournament, and have won three games in six match-ups against the Jaguars in the event.