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Blake Trahan, a Kinder High School graduate, plays shortstop for Louisiana-Lafayette. (Special to the American Press)

Blake Trahan, a Kinder High School graduate, plays shortstop for Louisiana-Lafayette. (Special to the American Press)

Cajuns open against JSU

Last Modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 3:48 PM

By Alex Hickey / American Press

There is more than one baseball regional in south Louisiana this weekend.

Louisiana-Lafayette is hoping to join LSU in making Omaha as much about boudin balls as baseball in a couple weeks, but first must navigate its way through its own regional.

Led by former McNeese State coach Tony Robichaux, the top-seeded Ragin’ Cajuns (53-7) open the postseason against Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament champion Jackson State (31-23).

The Tigers are searching for their first NCAA win in their sixth regional appearance. The aspirations are a bit higher for the Cajuns, who have their sights set on their first visit to the College World Series since 2000.

Junior Austin Robichaux (7-2, 3.01 ERA) will start for ULL, while 5-foot-7 sophomore southpaw Vincent Anthonia (3-0, 3.41) takes the hill for the Tigers.

The teams met in the losers’ bracket of last year’s Baton Rouge regional, which resulted in a 15-1 clubbing in favor of ULL. Robichaux struck out eight for the Cajuns in that meeting.

The greater threat lies on the other side of the bracket, where No. 2 Mississippi State (37-22) and No. 3 San Diego State (42-19) square off this afternoon.

The Bulldogs are tournament-tested, making it all the way to last year’s national championship series before being swept by UCLA.

The Aztecs have the intangible of motivation on their side as they try to honor head coach Tony Gwynn. The Hall of Famer is back in San Diego battling a recurrence of cancer.

But none of the visitors to Lafayette this weekend can boast of an offense quite like that of the Cajuns.

ULL is batting .317 and its 63 home runs are more than the other three regional foes combined total of 57. The Cajuns don’t just hit it over the fence, either — ULL has stolen 102 bases in 138 attempts. Only four other teams in the nation have eclipsed 100 steals.

Posted By: David. R. On: 6/20/2014

Title: UL Lafayette in a Lake Charles paper?

There are quite a bit of Lake Area High School players that have chosen to be a part of Tony Robichaux's strong program. In other sports schools like Barbe, Sam Houston, Saint Louis, Kinder, etc. have produced quality student athletes that make the 70 mile journey east. I'm sure their parents, friends, and family as well as Ragin' Cajun Alumni (myself included) enjoy seeing the coverage, albeit marginal, in our local paper. It's unfortunate that McNeese wasn't in postseason play, but let the native sons have their moment of praise from their local press, even if they chose a different university.
I hope this isn't the case, but by your standard, you should have objective comments on the articles written about a school nearly twice as far down I-10 as UL Lafayette, LSU. I would just as easily denounce those. Enjoy the coverage of our local talent. Don't let old rivalries or your bias get in the way.

Posted By: Random Guy On: 6/2/2014

Title: RE: ULL Again?

If McNeese was still playing...

Posted By: Richard B Pruitt On: 5/31/2014

Title: ULL in a Lake Charles paper?

While I am glad a Kinder boy is in the NCAA Regionals, why is a Lake Charles paper writing articles about a school located almost 70 miles away down I-10? It is not like the LCAP sells papers in Lafayette. At least the writer was able to mention McNeese once in there.

Posted By: Richard B Pruitt On: 5/31/2014

Title: ULL again?

Well you did mention McNeese once, but why are you touting a school down I-10 from Lake Charles? Not to ruin your fine act of journalism, but ULL LOST this game.

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