UL Softball Still Projected To Host Regional
Despite a drop in the RPI listing this week, the Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns, and the city of Lafayette, are still projected to be a softball host for the 2019 NCAA Regionals.
Yeah; it's still early, as the season is just slightly halfway over. A lot can still change, and likely will.
That being said; projections are always fun to talk about, and these guys normally do a very good job of doing this kind of thing.
Louisiana, who is currently 26-4 overall, is being projected as the #1-seed in the Lafayette, La. Regional by College Sports Madness, in their latest projections, which were released on Monday.
Officially, there are no 2-4 seeds in the NCAA Regionals. The NCAA only recognizes the top seed. But we can all easily figure it out.
What's interesting is that UL is still projected to host, even after a 6-spot drop, to #24, in the RPI listings, which were released on Monday.
The tournament field will be released on Sunday, May 19.
Barring something unforeseen, Louisiana will likely be making their 21th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance, including their 29th in the last 30 years.
The only year since 1990 in which Louisiana failed to appear in a regional was 1998.
If the Cajuns indeed host, it would mark the first time they would do so in three years. They hosted for three-straight years, from 2014-2016, in which they were the top seed.
Louisiana has had a lot of success in postseason play, advancing to Super Regional play for 5-straight years, from 2012-2016, prior to playing on Championship Sunday in the last two Regionals.
The Cajuns are projected as the top-seed in the Lafayette Regional, along with the Ole Miss, UNC Greensboro, and LIU Brooklyn.
Of note, UL is the only Sun Belt Conference school projected in the field, while LSU, Louisiana Tech, and Nicholls are the only other state schools projected in the field of 64.
You can view the complete projections, here.