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Softball: No. 11 Louisiana Joins Ranked Foes for Tournament in Oklahoma - Revised Schedule
Louisiana Softball facing No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 23 Oregon State in round robin event
No. 11 Louisiana (14-2) at Oklahoma Courtyard Marriott Tournament
Dates: Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, 2019
Location: Norman, Okla.
Stadium: Marita Hynes Field (1,378)
Fri., Mar. 1 – No. 23 Oregon State, 11:30 a.m. (CST)
Fri., Mar. 1 – No. 4 Oklahoma, 4:30 p.m. (CST)
Sat., Mar. 2 – No. 23 Oregon State, 11:30 a.m. (CST)
Sat., Mar. 2 – No. 4 Oklahoma, 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Radio: ESPN 1420-AM · Talent: Ian Auzenne, PxP; Bobby Neveaux, analyst
Streaming Video ($): SoonerSports.tv · OU games only
Television (Friday Only Tape Delay): Fox Sports Oklahoma · OU game only · 6:00 p.m.
Live Stats: CajunStats.com
Twitter Updates: @RaginCajunsSB
SETTING THE SCENE
No. 11 Louisiana Softball is set for a weekend of Top 25 matchups in Norman, Okla., at the Oklahoma Courtyard Marriott Tournament hosted by the fourth-ranked Sooners at Martia Hynes Field.
The 11th-ranked Ragin' Cajuns, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 23 Oregon State convene for the round robin event Friday-Saturday, March 1-2. Due to extreme cold temperatures forecasted for Sunday, the tournament, originally a three-day event, was shortened to two days.
The three teams will each play split doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. Louisiana (14-2) and Oregon State (12-2) kick off the action both days at 11:30 a.m. The Ragin' Cajuns highly anticipated matchups with Oklahoma occur Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
The trip to Oklahoma marks Louisiana's final non-conference weekend of the 2019 season. It also continues the squad's current 12-game road trip which began last weekend at the Baylor Invitational.
The OU Tournament presents Louisiana with an opportunity to gain style points toward its NCAA Tournament postseason resume and provides a chance to experience postseason-type road conditions.
The Ragin' Cajuns return to Norman for the first time since the 2016 NCAA Super Regional matchup with the Sooners, which is the last time the two programs faced off. Louisiana and Oregon State met last season in a midweek game at Lamson Park in February.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE RAGIN' CAJUNS
Infield: Louisiana is anchored on the left side by two of the best infielders in the country in senior third baseman Kara Gremillion and junior shortstop Alissa Dalton – both career .950-plus fielders. Returning starting second baseman Casidy Chaumont is joined at the position by Jolie Readeaux. At first base, returning starter Kourtney Gremillion and Toledo transfer Bailey Curry are expected to split time.
Outfield: Expected to make a significant impact are Texas A&M transfers Keeli Milligan (left field) and Sarah Hudek (right field). Texas Tech transfer Raina O'Neal, who sat out due to transfer rules in 2018, is making her Louisiana debut in center field. Aeriyl Mass provides a boost with her speed and should see time in various outfield positions. Jolie Readeaux and Julie Rawls could see time in the outfield depending on matchups.
Pitchers: Preseason Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year Summer Ellyson is back as Louisiana's lead pitcher. Ellyson was a 20-game winner and ranked Top 40 nationally in all major pitching categories in 2018. Sophomores Casey Dixon and Carrie Boswell, along with freshman Kandra Lamb of Australia and fifth-year senior Alison Deville add depth behind Ellyson.
Catchers: Senior Lexie Comeaux and Northwestern State transfer Julie Rawls, converted to the position from the outfield, will serve as the Ragin' Cajuns' main catchers. Comeaux is also expected to see time at designated player, first base and in the outfield in order to keep her bat in the game, as Rawls will see plenty playing time early in order to continue her development.
NOTABLE STREAKS AND TRENDS
- The 2019 season marks the 39th season overall in Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Softball history and the second season of the Gerry Glasco era.
- Louisiana's season-opening, 14-game winning streak marked the program's best start since the 2015 season, matching that team's start.
- The Ragin' Cajuns have been active on the base path, swiping 68 stolen bases in 73 attempts. The total ranked second nationally entering the week.
- Keeli Milligan is the main weapon on the base path with 24 stolen bases in as many attempts. She ranks second nationally on the individual charts and is on pace to threaten the Ragin' Cajuns single-season record of 51 established by Dorsey Steamer in 1992.
- Gerry Glasco's squad possesses one of the most potent offensive attacks in the country, ranking Top 10 nationally in batting average (.360), scoring (8.63) and slugging percentage (.598) while also sitting Top 25 in on base percentage (.450) and home runs per game (1.25).
- Julie Rawls hit .750 (6-for-8) with two home runs, scored five runs and generated six RBI during the round robin portion of the Baylor Invitational. With four home runs in the past six games, Rawls leads Louisiana with five home runs.
- Louisiana has launched 20 home runs representing a strong start to the expected exponential rise in power numbers from a year ago (23 HR in 57 games in 2018).
- Alissa Dalton is meeting her preseason goal of driving in runners in scoring position, as her 19 RBI leads a group of seven Ragin' Cajuns who have already reached double figures.
- Summer Ellyson has been proficient in the circle needing less than 100 pitches to net the result in her first five complete game efforts of seven innings. Only once has she surpassed 100 pitches and it was in extra innings vs. Baylor last Sunday.
- Lexie Comeaux was the Ragin' Cajuns hottest hitter April 1 through season's end in 2018 (.357, 11 extra base hits, 19 RBI, .560 SLG%). She's picked up right where she left off, starting the 2019 season with a .432 average, four home runs, 15 RBI and a .919 slugging percentage.
- From top to bottom in the lineup, Louisiana provides a formidable challenge for opposing pitchers. Presently, there are seven starters hitting .340 or higher, possessing double-digit RBI totals and have hit at least one home run.
- Summer Ellyson has recorded at least five strikeouts in eight of her 10 appearances. The junior hurler sits Top 5 nationally in total strikeouts.
- Pitchers Carrie Boswell and Kandra Lamb have seen the bulk of the innings when Summer Ellyson has rested. Boswell owns three scoreless relief efforts and in her first start last week vs. Kent State pitched four scoreless innings of two-hit softball. Lamb has notched 27 strikeouts and surrendered only seven hits in 22-2/3 innings of work.
- The Ragin' Cajuns have started fast in 2019, scoring in the first inning eight times and being the first to light up the scoreboard in 11 of 16 outings.
No. 11 Louisiana wraps up its current road trip and begins Sun Belt Conference play in San Marcos, Texas with a three-game series at Texas State. The Ragin' Cajuns and Bobcats are scheduled to play single games Friday-Sunday, March 8-10 at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
The league-opening series gets underway at 6 p.m. on Friday, continues Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 12 p.m.
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SEASON TICKETS AVAILABLE
• Season tickets, beginning at $100, are available online at RaginCajuns.com using Account Manager, by calling the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at (337) 265-2170 or by visiting the ticket office in person Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and extended hours during Ragin' Cajuns basketball events.
• Fans who purchase season tickets receive priority access for any potential NCAA postseason games held at Lamson Park.
• For information on premium seating and parking at Lamson Park, contact the Ragin' Cajuns Athletic Foundation (RCAF) at (337) 851-2903. General admission parking at Cajun Field will be free for all games during the 2019 season.
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