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Ole Miss first baseman Sikes Orvis applies the tag on Louisiana-Lafayette's Caleb Adams as he runs to first base in the second inning of an NCAA super regional Saturday in Lafayette. (Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)

Ole Miss first baseman Sikes Orvis applies the tag on Louisiana-Lafayette's Caleb Adams as he runs to first base in the second inning of an NCAA super regional Saturday in Lafayette. (Kirk Meche / Special to the American Press)

Cajuns have their own party style

Last Modified: Sunday, June 08, 2014 1:45 PM

By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

LAFAYETTE — One thing is for sure: Cajuns sure know how to throw a party.

They can sniff one out just about anywhere.

On the first night of the Lafayette super regional, Louisiana’s lone surviving college baseball team invited everyone to join its fun.

It seemed like all of Lafayette, and a good portion of other parts of the state, came to get a look at what this year’s top-ranked team looked like.

Many who decided to come to the park never got in, staying outside after spending the hot afternoon tailgating. Without tickets, they watched the action on big screens set up in the parking lots.

It seemed they just wanted to be close to the action.

Few appeared not to know the difference between a baseball game and a party. Or maybe most just didn’t care.

Why ruin a good bash by having to sit in hot stands when there are plenty of suds to swallow up and wings to chow on outside your camper?

Some must have even thought it was a costume party, as fake beards were on a large portion of the crowd both inside and out of “The Tigue.”

A total of 4,278 crammed into the tiny park, some 500 more than capacity.

“Our crowd was great tonight. They got us going with their energy,” said Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux. “It was a giant shot of adrenaline when we needed it most.”

The Cajuns will need the same from their crowd in order to put the Rebels away tonight.

“We are expecting the same from our crowd like we have gotten all year,” Robichaux said.

More than a few even wanted to look like their heroes, many of whom have decided to put the razors down until the end of the season.

If Saturday was any indication, the hair will keep getting longer.

Soon the Cajuns will be ready to guest star on the next season of “Duck Dynasty.”

But these Ragin’ Cajuns have bigger plans.

They took a giant step closer to making it back to the College World Series for the first time since 2000 with a 9-5 victory over the Southeastern Conference’s Ole Miss.

Now they are in control of the best-of-three super regional and can wrap up a trip to Omaha as early as tonight.

Much like the crowd on hand, there was nothing normal about the Cajuns’ attack, either.

Louisiana-Lafayette scored runs just about every way possible.

The Cajuns scored on a dropped fly ball, wild pitch and even a balk. To show they could hit, two long homers accounted for four runs.

The Cajuns even found a way to score their first run without the benefit of a hit.

Wild stuff suited for a party.

As the song says, Louisiana Saturday night.

Maybe these Cajuns are the ultimate party crashers themselves.

Having already beaten LSU this season, and outlast the Tigers, and done away with Mississippi State last week in the regional, the Cajuns are trying to dump another SEC big wig on its way to Omaha.

ULL is 6-1 against the SEC this year after last night. One more win and the Cajuns’ party will hit the road.

Somehow I think the folks from Lafayette will find a way if that happens.

For directions they just need to ask LSU.

Tiger fans know how to party in Omaha.

Then again, this crowd seems to have a style all its own.

Jim Gazzolo is managing sports editor. Email him at jgazzolo@americanpress.com

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