Baseball & Softball: Preseason polls promising for Cajuns baseball, softball
The Advertiser, Jan. 31, 2018
The UL baseball team found itself atop the Sun Belt Conference baseball preseason coaches' poll as the favorite to win the West Division, while the Cajuns softball team will begin its season ranked in both major national polls.
"It's always an honor to have the other coaches in the conference recognize your program for your hard work and potential," baseball coach Tony Robichaux said after the poll was released Tuesday.
"We still have a lot of work to do to reach that potential. You don't have to be ranked first to be first. You still have to go out and play the games. We aren't going to be able to just claim the West Division because of this poll. Our guys know that they are entitled to nothing, and that they will have to work hard to reach our goals including winning a conference championship."
The Ragin' Cajuns tallied 68 points in the poll with nine first-place votes to lead the West. UT Arlington was tabbed second with 56 points and two first-place votes. Texas State claimed the final first-place vote coming in third with 51 points, while Arkansas State (36), Little Rock (27) and ULM (11) rounded out the division.
In the East Division, South Alabama was the unanimous favorite, picking up all 12 first-place votes with 72 points overall. Coastal Carolina was picked second with 59 points. Georgia Southern (43), Troy (41), Georgia State (20) and Appalachian State (16) rounded out the voting in the East.
Louisiana opens the 2018 season on the road at Texas on Feb. 16 with a three-game series.
Also announced Tuesday, the Cajuns softball team is ranked No. 22 in the preseason USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 24 in the preseason ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
UL is preseason ranked in the USA Today/NFCA poll for the 15th straight season (2004-18) and have been ranked in every preseason version of the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, which debuted in 2006.
The Cajuns softball season begins at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 vs. Samford at Lamson Park. The contest kicks off the Mardi Gras Classic.
The 2018 season marks the first with head coach Gerry Glasco.
Senior Kelli Martinez and All-Sun Belt performers Lexie Comeaux and Kara Gremillion headline the returning position players. Senior Kylee Jo Trahan is the veteran of a pitching staff of eight arms, while Oklahoma transfer Alissa Dalton and JUCO All-American Brittany Holland highlight the group of newcomers.