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Mr. Kevin Ardoin
Graduated 2007

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Ardoin drafted in 10th

June 08, 2005 –
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun ace right-hander Kevin Ardoin was due for some good news.

After ending the season in a mysterious slump, the St. Edmund High product found out that at least one team wasn’t thrown off by it when the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 10th round of Tuesday’s amateur baseball draft.

“I’m very relieved,” Ardoin said. “I was hoping that the past couple of weeks wouldn’t make me slide too far. I talked to quite a few scouts. Some of them were worried that I was hurting, but I was never hurting. Others went on potential and told me that all pitchers have slumps.”

Ardoin was picked in the 12th round by Texas after his junior season, but elected to return for his senior season.

“I have no regrets at all,” said Ardoin, who was 10-5 with a 3.76 ERA this past spring. “Look at what I got to experience – a conference championship.”

UL coach Tony Robichaux also was relieved by Ardoin’s selection.

“I would have hated to see him slip too far, because of the message it would have sent to next year’s junior who got drafted,” Robichaux said. “To go a few rounds higher was definitely a relief. And who knows where he could have gone, if not for it (late-season slump).”

Robichaux predicted that Cajun left-hander Austin Faught would go early in day two of the draft today. Only 18 of the 50 rounds were completed on Tuesday.

Ardoin was one of 22 high school or college products from Louisiana to be drafted on the first day.

Tulane’s Brian Bogusevic and McNeese State’s Jacob Marceaux were the top two Louisiana college players selected – both going in the first round.

Bogusevic, who excelled both on the mound and in the batting order as an outfielder, went 24th overall to the Houston Astros.

Marceaux, a right-handed pitcher, went 29th overall to Florida.

Bogusevic, of Oak Lawn, Ill., has won 13 games on the mound with a 2.72 ERA in 119 1/3 innings pitched. He held opponents to a .239 batting average.

Marceaux became the highest Major League Baseball draftee in McNeese State history. He was 6-5 last season with a 3.05 ERA. His fastball has been clocked around 94 mph.

His fastball has been clocked around 94 mph. He threw four complete games and struck out 105 batters in 100 1-3 innings.

Bogusevic was among four Tulane players drafted Tuesday. Pitcher Micah Owings and shortstop Tommy Manzella were drafted in the third round by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros, respectively. Catcher Greg Dini was drafted in the 12th round by the Los Angeles Angels.

Three LSU players – outfielders Ryan Patterson and Nick Stavinoha and junior left-handed pitcher Greg Smith – were selected in later rounds.

Patterson was chosen in the fourth round (118th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays, Smith was selected in the sixth round (171st) by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Stavinoha was chosen in the seventh round (230th) by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Louisiana-Monroe pitcher Matt Green was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round (49th). Green, who would have been a senior in 2006, was 10-2 with a 2.56 ERA and 141 strikeouts this season for the Indians.

Daily Advertiser

Cajuns slip without top guns

June 06, 2005 –

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

NEW ORLEANS – As it turned out, Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun baseball team went into battle in the weekend’s NCAA Regional Tournament without its top two pitchers.

That’s like asking a football team to play a game without running backs, or a basketball team to concede every rebound. It’s telling Jeff Gordon to drive on only two wheels.

“None of these coaches here would let you walk up and cut their number one and number two off before this tournament,” said UL coach Tony Robichaux.

So how did the Cajuns hold their three regional opponents to 12 runs, take one elimination-game win and drop their two losses in regional play by a total of three runs?

“You’ve got to give our other guys a lot of credit,” Robichaux said. “The rest of the pitching staff did a great job. We knew going in that we’d have to score more runs to compensate, and that’s what eventually did us in.”

Sunday’s 5-4 elimination-game loss to Alabama was marred by the premature loss of senior left-hander Austin Faught, the Sun Belt Conference’s Pitcher of the Year and a second-team All-America selection. Faught – the only unbeaten starter on any of the country’s All-America teams – was unavailable in UL’s first two tournament games because of a sore elbow.

He had thrown some on Saturday and told Robichaux that he could start Sunday’s contest, but after three strikeouts in the first inning he told the Cajun coaches that something wasn’t right.

“He came in after the first inning and said he felt a little bit of pulling in his elbow,” Robichaux said. “He’s already had ‘Tommy John’ surgery, and it was in the area where the graft occurred, so it was an area that is dangerous.”

Faught went back out for the second inning, under direction that if he kept feeling a pull that he was to signal the bench. He got three easy outs in the second, but no relief from the tightness.

“We agreed there was no reason to send him back out,” Robichaux said. “There’s no reason to hurt somebody’s arm.”

At least Faught got through seven batters. Cajun senior right-hander Kevin Ardoin only made it through five on Friday before having to leave UL’s opener against Alabama, only this time he was trailing 4-0 after a fourth straight ineffective outing.

Ardoin, who was 10-1 at one time this season, was tagged for that 7-5 loss and finished up with a 10-5 mark.

It could have been name-a-score for the Crimson Tide, but the Cajun pitching staff got solid performances from Thad Montgomery, Brandt Sanders and Kraig Schambough in relief, with only six hits and three runs allowed over the final eight and two-thirds innings.

One day later, Hunter Moody and Micah Cockrell did not allow an earned run to Southern’s Jaguars in a 9-1 Saturday victory that put UL back against the Crimson Tide.

Jered Salazar had to come in much earlier than expected in Sunday’s game, probably contributing to him allowing four hits and three earned runs in his three innings of work. But little-used Ian Pecoraro stymied Alabama over the final four innings with a surprising three-hit, four-strikeout effort.

“Ian gave us a chance to win,” Robichaux said. “Jered was in an unfair situation, and we told our guys they had to support him. He hung one slider and got hurt by an error, but he never gave up the three-run inning and that’s what we preach.”

In all, the Cajun pitching staff allowed only 24 hits in three NCAA Tournament games and only eight earned runs. If someone had offered those numbers to Robichaux before the start of the tournament – especially with his two top guns totaling only two and one-third innings on the mound – he’d have gladly taken them.

“That’s something we couldn’t control,” said senior third baseman Dallas Morris. “But if they couldn’t go, we had to play as if it didn’t matter and let the next guy do his job.”

But the Cajuns got behind in both games against the Crimson Tide, and their inability to stage late-inning rallies continued. UL never came back from as much as a four-run deficit all season, and only came back from three runs behind three times – all of them coming before the end of March.

The Cajuns finished their season 3-15 when trailing after six innings … and 42-2 when leading after six.

“When we had Kevin and Austin rolling we won 47 games, and we were a very good club,” Robichaux said. “What I didn’t want to happen was for us to let down when we didn’t have them. We said we weren’t going to worry about what we didn’t have.”

The Cajuns weren’t out-hit in any of the three tournament games, but didn’t get hits at key times – a trend that plagued them throughout the final month of the season.

“We kept getting more inconsistent one through nine in the order,” Robichaux said. “We didn’t ever get back to where we were earlier in the season.

“When you play 60 games, you’re going to have games where you don’t hit consistently, and unfortunately we had those at the end of the year.”

Alabama 4, Louisiana 3

ALABAMA (40-22) LOUISIANA (48-19)

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Rice dh 5 1 2 1 Coker cf 3 0 0 0

Iorg ss 5 0 1 0 Prcido ph 1 0 0 0

Scott lf 2 1 0 0 Landry lf 3 0 0 0

Bush 3b 3 0 0 1 Lucroy dh 4 1 2 0

Welch 1b 4 0 0 0 Morris 3b 3 1 1 2

Thmly rf 4 1 2 2 Tatford 1B 3 0 0 0

Valverde c 4 0 0 0 Hawke 1b 0 0 0 0

Scelfo 2b 4 0 1 0 McCrthy rf 4 0 1 0

Paiml 2b 0 0 0 0 Morgan c 4 1 2 1

Salem cf 3 1 1 0 Cockrell ss 4 0 1 0

Large p 0 0 0 0 Merndino 2b 4 0 0 0

Downs p 0 0 0 0 Faught p 0 0 0 0

Davis p 0 0 0 0 Salazar p 0 0 0 0

Pecoraro p 0 0 0 0

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7 0

Louisiana 000 002 001 – 3
7 3

E-Morris, Cockrell, Pecoraro. DP-UA 1, UL 1. LOB-UA 7, UL 7. 2B-Rice, Lucroy, McCarthy. HR-Thomley, Morris, Morgan. SH-Salem. SF-Bush. SB-Iorg, Coker.

IP H R ER BB SO

Alabama

Large 4 1 0 0 2 1

Downs (W, 2-0) 4 6 3 3 1 4

Davis (S, 3) 1 0 0 0 0 0

Louisiana

Faught 2 0 0 0 1 3

Salazar (L, 6-3) 3 4 4 3 0 2

Pecoraro 4 3 0 0 0 4

Downs faced 1 batter in the 9th.

W-Downs (2-0). L-Salazar (6-3). S-Davis (3). WP-Pecoraro. HBP-Scott (by Salazar), Tatford (by Large). U-Barmann, Buck, Hendrickson, Gillis. T-2:50.
Originally published June 6, 2005

SCHOOL-RECORD NINE CAJUNS NAMED TO ALL-SUN BELT TEAM, FAUGHT NAMED

May 24, 2005 – Chris Yandle, Sports Information –

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Tony Robichaux named Sun Belt Coach of the Year
for second time

MIAMI-For the first time in school history, Louisiana-Lafayette placed
nine players on the All-Sun Belt Conference first and second teams, as
announced Tuesday at the annual Sun Belt Conference Pre-Tournament
Banquet.

Seniors Austin Faught, Dallas Morris and Micah Cockrell were named to
the All-Sun Belt First Team. Faught, who finished the regular season
11-0 with a Sun Belt-leading 2.28 earned run average, was also named the
conference’s Pitcher of the Year. Faught was 6-0 with a 2.27 earned run
average against Sun Belt Conference opponents. He became just the second
pitcher in school history to receive the honor (Scott Dohmann, 2000).

Head coach Tony Robichaux was named the Ron Maestri Coach of the Year
for the second time in his career. He led the Cajuns to 45 regular
season wins, which is the second-most in school history. He also guided
Louisiana-Lafayette to its first Sun Belt Conference Regular Season
championship since 1997, the same year he, coincidentally, was named the
Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.

Earlier this season, Robichaux became the 48th active coach in NCAA
Division I baseball history to reach 600 career victories and is five
wins shy of becoming the first coach in school history to reach 400 wins
in a Cajuns uniform.

Morris followed his stand-out junior season from a year ago with an
outstanding senior campaign. Morris batted .349 with a team-high 11 home
runs, 62 RBI and a team-best 80 hits. Morris batted .396 with seven home
runs and 32 RBI in conference play.

Cockrell, who had only pitched an inning of relief in college entering
this season, made a major contribution to the Cajuns’ successes this
season on the mound and in the field. Cockrell finished the regular
season with a .312 average to go along with nine home runs and 41 RBI.
Cockrell also posted a 4-4 record on the mound with a 4.17 earned run
average.

Rounding out First Team honors were Middle Tennessee’s Matt Scott,
Michael McKenry and Todd Martin; South Alabama’s Adam Wood;
three-fourth’s of the Arkansas State infield (Geoff Desmond, Brett
Kinning, Chris Rich); New Mexico State’s Mark Aranda; and Florida
International’s Dennis Diaz and Yahmed Yema.

Louisiana-Lafayette also placed six players on the All-Sun Belt Second
Team – Kevin Ardoin, Phillip Hawke, Justin Merendino, John Coker, Josh
Landry and Jonathan Lucroy.

Senior ace right-handed pitcher Kevin Ardoin topped the list of
second-teamers after an impressive season. Ardoin (10-3) led the
conference for most of the season in strikeouts before finishing with
107 Ks. He is currently second on the school’s all-time strikeout list
with 315 career Ks. Ardoin was twice named the Sun Belt Pitcher of the
Week (Feb. 14 and April 18).

Hawke followed his All-Sun Belt Second Team nomination from a year ago
with another one after another strong season at first base. Through 57
regular season games, Hawke batted .324 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI,
while setting the school record for career walks (154) and most walks in
a single-season (56).

What started off as a disappointing season for Merendino turned out to
be a career year. Merendino, in the midst of a 16-game hitting streak,
is the hottest hitter in the Cajuns lineup. He finished the regular
season with a .337 average which included eight home runs and 42 RBI.
Merendino batted a team-best .397 in Sun Belt play and is hitting an
impressive .525 during his hitting streak, which is the second-longest
by a Cajun this season.

Coker and Landry have both been an important part in arguably one of the
best defensive outfields in Louisiana-Lafayette history.

Coker, known for his excellent defense and the ability to cover a large
area of the outfield in a short amount of time, has enjoyed a season
that included him leading the Sun Belt in runs scored (76) and triples
(9). Coker batted .328 with two home runs, 23 RBI and a team-high 25
stolen bases.

Landry, known for his clutch hitting, is second on the team behind
Morris with a career-high 59 RBI. Landry is currently batting .318 and
is third on the team in hits (76) and fifth in home runs (7).

Capping off the Cajuns’ list of all-conference players is freshman
designated hitter Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy leads the team with a .367
average while hitting four home runs with 40 RBI.

Rounding out the Second Team are Florida International’s David Asher and
Frank Gonzalez, Arkansas-Little Rock’s Tommy Bryant, Middle Tennessee’s
Jeff Beachum and Nate Jaggers, New Orleans’ Brandon Bowser and Western
Kentucky’s Matt Ransdell.

Florida International’s Yema was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of
the Year. Yema batted .398 with 14 home runs and 61 RBI. Middle
Tennessee’ Martin was named the Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the
Year, after leading the conference with a .429 average.

New Mexico State’s Luke Hopkins was named the conference’s Freshman of
the Year after bashing 13 home runs with 76 RBI on a .397 average.

Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns, the No. 1 seed in Aeropostale Sun Belt
Conference Tournament, will begin their quest to become only the second
school in Sun Belt Conference history to claim both the regular season
and tournament titles in the same season on Wednesday.
Louisiana-Lafayette will face the eighth-seeded Western Kentucky
Hilltoppers Wednesday at approximately 5:30 p.m. (CST). Fans are
reminded that they can listen to the game on NewsRadio 105.1 FM KPEL
with Jay Walker, 30 minutes prior to first pitch.

All-Sun Belt First Team
SP – Austin Faught, Louisiana-Lafayette
SP – Matt Scott, Middle Tennessee
RP – Adam Wood, South Alabama
C – Michael McKenry, Middle Tennessee
1B – Geoff Desmond, Arkansas State
2B – Brett Kinning, Arkansas State
SS – Chris Rich, Arkansas State
3B – Dallas Morris, Louisiana-Lafayette
OF – Mark Aranda, New Mexico State
OF – Dennis Diaz, Florida International
OF – Yahmed Yema, Florida International
DH – Todd Martin, Middle Tennessee
UT – Micah Cockrell, Louisiana-Lafayette

All-Sun Belt Second Team
SP – Kevin Ardoin, Louisiana-Lafayette
SP – David Asher, Florida International
RP – Frank Gonzalez, Florida International
C – Tommy Bryant, Arkansas-Little Rock
1B – Phillip Hawke, Louisiana-Lafayette
2B – Justin Merendino, Louisiana-Lafayette
SS – Jeff Beachum, Middle Tennessee
3B – Nate Jaggers, Middle Tennessee
OF – John Coker, Louisiana-Lafayette
OF – Josh Landry, Louisiana-Lafayette
OF – Brandon Bowser, New Orleans
DH – Jonathan Lucroy, Louisiana-Lafayette
UT – Matt Ransdell, Western Kentucky

Player of the Year: Yahmed Yema, Florida International
Pitcher of the Year: Austin Faught, Louisiana-Lafayette
Newcomer of the Year: Todd Martin, Middle Tennessee
Freshman of the Year: Luke Hopkins, New Mexico State
Ron Maestri Coach of the Year: Tony Robichaux, Louisiana-Lafayette

ARDOIN NAMED TO ROGER CLEMENS COLLEGE PITCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH

April 21, 2005 – Chris Yandle, Sports Information –

Ardoin one of three Sun Belt Conference pitchers named to list

LAFAYETTE-Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns senior right-handed pitcher Kevin
Ardoin was added to the revised 2005 Roger Clemens Award Watch List
Thursday. The initial 42-pitcher watch list was released on February 11.

Ardoin (8-1), a native of Eunice, La., has the second-most wins by a
pitcher this season in NCAA Division I, while posting a 1.35 earned run
average and a Sun Belt-leading 86 strikeouts. Ardoin, a two-time Sun
Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week recipient, is currently six
strikeouts away from becoming the third pitcher in school history to
reach 300 career strikeouts.

Ardoin was one of three Sun Belt Conference pitchers on the revised
71-pitcher watch list. Four-time Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week
selection Taylor Fowler of Arkansas State and last season’s Sun Belt
Conference Freshman of the Year P.J. Walters of South Alabama were also
named to the Clemens Award Watch List.

Other notable nominees from Louisiana include Centenary’s J.C. Biagi,
Tulane’s Brian Bogusevic and Micah Owings, Louisiana-Monroe’s Matt Green
and Northwestern State’s Daniel Lonsberry.

Long Beach State’s Jered Weaver won the first Roger Clemens Award last
season. Weaver went 15-1 with a 1.62 earned run average while striking
out 213 batters in 2004. Weaver was selected with the 12th overall
selection in the major league draft by the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim.

The Roger Clemens Award was named after future Hall of Famer Roger
Clemens, who began his march to stardom while leading the University of
Texas to the College World Series title in 1983. As a professional,
Clemens has won over 328 games, fanned over 4,000 hitters and won and
seven Cy Young Awards, emblematic as the top pitcher in his league. The
Roger Clemens Award is the only award of its kind, honoring the finest
pitchers in college baseball.

The intial watch list was comprised of all Division I pitchers who were
named as preseason All-Americans by either Baseball America or
Collegiate Baseball, in addition to those pitchers who have been honored
so far this season as National Pitchers of the Week by the National
College Baseball Writers Association. The revised watch list includes
weekly winners of the writer’s award and additional nominees based on
notable performances and rankings in the NCAA statistical rankings.

The first round of voting for the Roger Clemens Award is slated to begin
the second week of May.

The second Clemens Award will be presented to the nation’s top college
pitcher at the conclusion of a gala dinner in Houston on July 14. All
Division I head baseball coaches will take part in the voting for the
honor, in addition to a selected panel of national media and all past
winners of the Rotary Smith Award, which was retired after the 2003
dinner by the committee that is sponsoring the Clemens Award.

A complete list of Roger Clemens Award nominees can be viewed at
www.clemensaward.com/candidates.html.

-Information from this release obtained from www.clemensaward.com-

Published April 21, 2005

LUCROY, ARDOIN NAMED SUN BELT CONFERENCE PLAYER, PITCHER OF THE WEEK

April 18, 2005 – Chris Yandle, Sports Information

Louisiana-Lafayette entered Baseball America Top 25 Poll for first time
since March 14

LAFAYETTE-Freshman designated hitter Jonathan Lucroy and senior
right-handed pitcher Kevin Ardoin were named the Sun Belt Conference
Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as announced Monday by the
conference office.

Lucroy, a native of Umatilla, Fla., became the second Cajuns player this
season and the 14th player in school history to record five hits in a
game, going 5-for-6 with three RBI in the Cajuns’ 13-5 win at UNO
Saturday. Lucroy went 9-for-15 (.600) during the Cajuns’ weekend sweep,
while driving in four runs. Through 26 games this season, Lucroy is
batting .414 with three home runs and 26 RBI along with nine doubles.

Earlier this season, senior Justin Morgan went 5-for-5 with four RBI in
the Cajuns’ 14-2 rout of Harvard on March 11 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Ardoin received the conference’s weekly honor for the second time this
season. On Friday, Ardoin tossed a complete-game shutout, scattering six
hits while striking out 12 batters during the Cajuns’ 6-0 win at UNO.
Ardoin now has 294 career strikeouts and needs just six more to become
the third pitcher in school history to reach 300 career strikeouts.
Ardoin (8-1) has a 1.35 earned run average with 86 strikeouts in 10
starts.

For the first time in five weeks, Louisiana-Lafayette (32-7, 7-2 Sun
Belt) was ranked in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll, checking in at No.
22 this week. Louisiana-Lafayette remained at No. 21 in the Collegiate
Baseball Newspaper Top 35 Poll for the second consecutive week.

Louisiana-Lafayette was last ranked in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll
for the week of March 14 at No. 19, when the Cajuns owned a 17-2 overall
record.

Louisiana-Lafayette, winners of nine of its last 10 games, swept a
three-game Sun Belt series over the weekend from New Orleans, moving the
Cajuns into first place in the Sun Belt Conference standings.

Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns return to action on Wednesday when they travel
to Natchitoches, La., to face Northwestern State in a 6:30 p.m.
scheduled first pitch at Brown-Stroud Field.

ARDOIN NAMED TO COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION NATIONAL HONOR ROLL FOR

March 22, 2005 – March 22, 2005

LAFAYETTE-Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns senior right-handed pitcher Kevin
Ardoin was named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll
Tuesday. It was Ardoin’s second such honor this season, as he was named
to the National Honor Roll on March 1.

The National Honor Roll, released by the CBF, salutes the finest
performances of the past week’s action as nominated by conference and
university baseball media contacts. The Honor Roll is released on
Tuesdays of every week through June 14th.

Last week, Ardoin (5-0) struck out a career-high 13 batters en route to
a complete-game 8-1 victory over Le Moyne College Friday night at M.L.
“Tigue” Moore Field. Ardoin allowed one run, while scattering five hits
with two walks. Ardoin is currently in fourth place on
Louisiana-Lafayette’s all-time strikeout list with 262 Ks.

Ardoin was one of two Sun Belt players to be recognized on the honor
roll. Florida International’s Dennis Diaz was also named to the list
after he tied the Sun Belt Conference record for career stolen bases
with 125.

Louisiana-Lafayette, ranked No. 19 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper,
begins Sun Belt Conference play this weekend against South Alabama at
“Tigue” Moore Field.

ARDOIN NAMED TO COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION’S BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH

March 09, 2005 – Chris Yandle
yandle@louisiana.edu

Teammate Dallas Morris was named to the original watch list released in
November

LAFAYETTE-Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns senior right-handed pitcher Kevin
Ardoin has been added to the 2005 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, as
announced Tuesday by the College Baseball Foundation. It is the second
time the watch list has been revised since its original release date on
November 24, 2004.

Ardoin is one of 38 student-athletes added to the revised list and joins
teammate and senior third baseman Dallas Morris who was one of the
original 58 student-athletes named to the list in November.

The Eunice, La., native leads the Cajuns in 14 different pitching
categories, including wins (four), earned run average (0.98), strikeouts
(30) and innings pitched (27 2/3 innings). Ardoin is currently fifth
all-time on the school’s strikeout list and needs just seven more to tie
current Colorado Rockies pitcher Scott Dohmann (245) for fourth
all-time.

Earlier this season, Ardoin was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of
the Week for Feb. 14 after his seven-inning, one-hit performance in the
Cajuns’ 10-0 season opening win over Louisiana Tech. In that game,
Ardoin took a no-hitter into the seventh before it was broken up,
striking out eight batters with one walk.

Florida International pitcher David Asher, added in the revised list
released Tuesday, is the only other player from the Sun Belt Conference
featured on the watch list.

The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college
baseball player of the year. Cal State Fullerton’s Kurt Suzuki received
the Brooks Wallace Award in 2004. The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to
12 semi-finalists by Tuesday, May 24, 2005.
Teammate Dallas Morris was named to the original watch list released in
November

LAFAYETTE-Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns senior right-handed pitcher Kevin
Ardoin has been added to the 2005 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, as
announced Tuesday by the College Baseball Foundation. It is the second
time the watch list has been revised since its original release date on
November 24, 2004.

Ardoin is one of 38 student-athletes added to the revised list and joins
teammate and senior third baseman Dallas Morris who was one of the
original 58 student-athletes named to the list in November.

The Eunice, La., native leads the Cajuns in 14 different pitching
categories, including wins (four), earned run average (0.98), strikeouts
(30) and innings pitched (27 2/3 innings). Ardoin is currently fifth
all-time on the school’s strikeout list and needs just seven more to tie
current Colorado Rockies pitcher Scott Dohmann (245) for fourth
all-time.

Earlier this season, Ardoin was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of
the Week for Feb. 14 after his seven-inning, one-hit performance in the
Cajuns’ 10-0 season opening win over Louisiana Tech. In that game,
Ardoin took a no-hitter into the seventh before it was broken up,
striking out eight batters with one walk.

Florida International pitcher David Asher, added in the revised list
released Tuesday, is the only other player from the Sun Belt Conference
featured on the watch list.

The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college
baseball player of the year. Cal State Fullerton’s Kurt Suzuki received
the Brooks Wallace Award in 2004. The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to
12 semi-finalists by Tuesday, May 24, 2005.

ARDOIN NAMED TO COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION NATIONAL HONOR ROLL

March 01, 2005 – yandle@louisiana.edu

LAFAYETTE-Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns senior right-handed pitcher Kevin
Ardoin was named to the College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll
Tuesday.

It is the first National Honor Roll released by the CBF saluting the
finest performances of the past week’s action as nominated by conference
and university baseball media contacts. The Honor Roll will be released
on Tuesdays of every week through June 14th.

Last week, Ardoin (3-0) earned his third win of the season, going seven
innings in a 10-1 victory over Marist. Ardoin allowed one run on five
hits, while striking out a season-high nine batters. In the sixth
inning, Ardoin moved into fifth place on Louisiana-Lafayette’s all-time
strikeout list, when he struck out Marist’s Andy Kiriakedes to leadoff
the inning.

Ardoin was one of two Sun Belt players to be recoginized on the honor
roll. Arkansas State’s Tyler Goodwin, this week’s Sun Belt Conference
Pitcher of the Week, was also named to the list after tossing a complete
game shutout of Louisiana-Monroe.

Louisiana-Lafayette, ranked No. 21 by Baseball America, is currently
participating in the First Hawai’i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament in
Honolulu, Hawai’i.

KEVIN ARDOIN NAMED SUN BELT CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE WEEK

February 14, 2005 –
Ardoin receives honor for fourth time in career

LAFAYETTE-Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns senior righthanded pitcher Kevin
Ardoin was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week, as
announced Monday by the conference office. It was the fourth time that
Ardoin has received the weekly honor and the third in the last two
seasons.

Ardoin, a Eunice native, threw seven innings of one-hit ball in the
Cajuns’ 10-0 season opening win over Louisiana Tech on Friday at Moore
Field. Ardoin took a no-hitter into the seventh before it was broken up,
striking out eight batters with one walk. Ardoin’s eight strikeouts
gives him 216 career strikeouts and is just 11 away from tying former
Major League pitcher Xavier Hernandez (227) for fifth all-time.

Last season, Ardoin finished 6-2 with a 3.30 earned run average and a
team-high 95 strikeouts.

Louisiana-Lafayette, off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2001,
returns to action Wednesday when they travel to Huntsville, Texas, to
face Sam Houston State at 1:30 p.m.

LUCROY, ARDOIN NAMED SUN BELT CONFERENCE PLAYER, PITCHER OF THE WEEK

April 18, 2005 – Chris Yandle, Sports Information

Louisiana-Lafayette entered Baseball America Top 25 Poll for first time
since March 14

LAFAYETTE-Freshman designated hitter Jonathan Lucroy and senior
right-handed pitcher Kevin Ardoin were named the Sun Belt Conference
Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as announced Monday by the
conference office.

Lucroy, a native of Umatilla, Fla., became the second Cajuns player this
season and the 14th player in school history to record five hits in a
game, going 5-for-6 with three RBI in the Cajuns’ 13-5 win at UNO
Saturday. Lucroy went 9-for-15 (.600) during the Cajuns’ weekend sweep,
while driving in four runs. Through 26 games this season, Lucroy is
batting .414 with three home runs and 26 RBI along with nine doubles.

Earlier this season, senior Justin Morgan went 5-for-5 with four RBI in
the Cajuns’ 14-2 rout of Harvard on March 11 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Ardoin received the conference’s weekly honor for the second time this
season. On Friday, Ardoin tossed a complete-game shutout, scattering six
hits while striking out 12 batters during the Cajuns’ 6-0 win at UNO.
Ardoin now has 294 career strikeouts and needs just six more to become
the third pitcher in school history to reach 300 career strikeouts.
Ardoin (8-1) has a 1.35 earned run average with 86 strikeouts in 10
starts.

For the first time in five weeks, Louisiana-Lafayette (32-7, 7-2 Sun
Belt) was ranked in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll, checking in at No.
22 this week. Louisiana-Lafayette remained at No. 21 in the Collegiate
Baseball Newspaper Top 35 Poll for the second consecutive week.

Louisiana-Lafayette was last ranked in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll
for the week of March 14 at No. 19, when the Cajuns owned a 17-2 overall
record.

Louisiana-Lafayette, winners of nine of its last 10 games, swept a
three-game Sun Belt series over the weekend from New Orleans, moving the
Cajuns into first place in the Sun Belt Conference standings.

Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns return to action on Wednesday when they travel
to Natchitoches, La., to face Northwestern State in a 6:30 p.m.
scheduled first pitch at Brown-Stroud Field.

Originally published April 18, 2005

St. Edmund product excited to be back after telling Rangers no.

Dan McDonald
dmcdonald@theadvertiser.com

LAFAYETTE – Eight months ago, Kevin Ardoin faced the biggest decision of his young life.

The number on pitcher on the University of Louisiana’s 2004 baseball squad had been picked in the 12th round of major league baseball’s free agent draft, and he had a choice – sign with the pitching-starved Texas Rangers, or return for his senior year with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“I really didn’t know what I was going to do for a while,” said the Eunice and St. Edmund High product. “Even after I made a decision, I found myself questioning it and wondering if I’d done the right thing.”

What Ardoin finally decided was to finish out his collegiate career, and he’ll make the first appearance of his final college season tonight when he makes UL’s Opening Day start for the second straight year.

Cajun coach Tony Robichaux will hand Ardoin the ball for tonight’s 6:30 p.m. season opener against La. Tech at Moore Field, just like he did almost 12 months ago to the day when UL opened with a 4-1 win over UL Monroe. Ardoin didn’t get a win in that game, but struck out eight in five innings and scattered four hits.

“Every Friday night, you know what you’re going to get out of him,” Robichaux said of the senior righthander. “He’s going to set the tempo, let our hitters settle in and most of the time go deep into the game and let us get through the lineup a couple of times.”

Ardoin finished 2004 with a 6-2 record and a 3.30 ERA, a mark that ranked him fourth in the Sun Belt Conference among starters. He had three complete games and fanned 95 batters and walked only 22 in 106 innings.

And he now says he’s a much stronger pitcher.

“It wasn’t so much that I worked on my pitches,” he said of his off-season program. “I worked mostly on conditioning and endurance, keeping my velocity through late innings. The scouting report was that I dropped a few miles per hour late in games, so I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen this year.”

He could have been working on that in the Rangers’ minor-league system, but he said that as the signing process developed after last June’s draft he became more enamored with one more year of college ball.

“It wasn’t like they (the Rangers) put a lot of pressure on,” he said, “but you could tell they wanted me to make a quick decision. It was their job to get me to sign, and you could see that it really was a business.

“Here it’s more like a family. Everybody looks after and supports each other. It’s not to say that the minor leagues may not be the same, but I know now it was the right thing for me.

“There’s some loyalty, too. I came here as a walk-on and Coach (Robichaux) gave me the chance to pitch and start. I owed something back to him, if nothing else just to thank him for giving me a chance.”

He also liked the idea of being a part of what could be the Cajuns’ deepest pitching staff in several seasons.

“It’s competitive,” he said, “but there’s also a group of senior leaders here … vocal guys like Austin (Faught) and Dallas (Morris) and Scham (Kraig Schambough), and guys like (Phillip) Hawke and Justin (Morgan) that lead by example.

“All of us learned from the seniors we had three years ago, and now it’s up to us to hand that off to the freshmen we have now.”

Possible starting lineups and batting orders for tonight’s season opener:

LOUISIANA RAGIN’ CAJUNS

No. Name Pos.

8 John Coker CF

6 Justin Merendino 2B

32 Josh Landry LF

30 Dallas Morris 3B

27 Phillip Hawke 1B

25 John McCarthy RF

23 Micah Cockrell SS

13 Jeffries Tatford DH

2 Adam Massiatte C

LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS

No. Name Pos.

6 Brandon Haygood 2B

21 Adam Cobb CF

2 Ryan Hamilton 3B

23 Albie Goulder DH

26 Joseph McCarthy 1B

17 Gil Laird RF

40 Mims Boyce C

36 Travis Granberry LF

12 Gary Holik SS

Possible weekend pitching rotation:

LOUISIANA’S RAGIN’ CAJUNS:

Tonight – #31 Kevin Ardoin (RH, 6-2, 175, Sr., Eunice-St. Edmund)

Saturday – #22 Austin Faught (LH, 6-1, 195, Sr., Houston-Jersey Village)

Sunday – #17 Buddy Glass (RH, 6-2, 200, Fr., Clermont, Fla.-East Ridge)

LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS

Tonight – #22 Clayton Meyer (RH, 6-3, 205, Sr., Victoria, Texas-Blinn JC)

Saturday – #7 Mitch Tucker (RH, 6-0, 180, Sr., West Monroe-WMHS)

Sunday – #18 Andrew Lassere (LH, 5-10, 160, Fr., Destrehan-Destrehan)

Originally published February 11, 2005