Baseball Wraps Up Strong Fall Camp
Jeff Schneider, November 14, 2013
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LAFAYETTE, La. – The Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team had a strong fall as the squad closed out practice with the Fall World Series a week ago. The white squad claimed the Fall World Series title winning the first two games of the best-of-three series 8-3 and 2-0.
"We had a really good fall," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "We backed it up a bit later than normal because of injuries that we needed to get through. Our focus this fall was to weather some young pitchers. Most of the experienced players that we returned from last year were position players. We are pretty young and the mound so we needed to get our young arms some work. We really did that against our good hitters."
The Ragin’ Cajuns have eight new arms on the roster this season, while returning nine of the top 10 hitters from a year ago including six players who hit over .300.
The team was divided into two squads for fall practices with Swampers and Bayou Boys competing for the "Omaha Cup". Points were earned every day and the team with the most points at the end of fall practice being crowned the "Omaha Cup" Champions.
The cup was decided a few days before the start of the Fall World Series as the Swampers, comprised mostly of veteran players, had a substantial lead that could not be overcome by the points left from the Fall World series.
"This year we put all of the veterans together for a reason," Robichaux stated. "We wanted to put them against the young guys so that the younger guys on the team could be weathered early and face some adversity. A lot of times freshman and junior college players don’t get going till March and April. We want them to get going in February. We feel like in pitting them against the older guys that we can accomplish that."
Louisiana opens the season on Feb. 14-16 at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field as the Cajuns play host to Eastern Illinois for a four-game series.