By Brandon Comeaux
The 2018 baseball season for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns came to a swift end. After amassing a number 2 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, high hopes for a return trip to the NCAA Tournament were dashed by a Texas State ballclub that seemed to have the Cajuns number last season. It was a bitter end to an up-and-down season that saw the Cajuns start with a 4-7 losing record but beat national championship programs like Vanderbilt and Coastal Carolina and get a rare sweep over LSU.
With Seniors Hunter Kasuls, Handsome Monica, and Gunner Leger coming back to team up with Teurlings product Sophomore Hayden Cantrelle, the Cajuns will look to erase the bad taste of the 2018 season from its mouth.
2019 could be an exciting season for the Cajuns. From opening up the season at home against one of the most storied college baseball programs – the Texas Longhorns – to taking on the #1-ranked LSU Tigers in the Wally Pontiff Classic, this season should test the Cajuns as they look to reclaim the Sun Belt Conference and head back to the postseason once again under the great leadership of Coach Tony Robichaux.
BUILDING UPON THE SUCCESS
Heading into the 2018 softball season, there was a bit of uncertainty. After a highly-publicized coaching change and the loss of multiple standout players, many people were unsure how the program would fare under its new coach, Gerry Glasco.
The Ragin’ Cajuns softball program is used to greatness. Postseason trips to the NCAA Regional Tournament have been a yearly expectation for a program that looks to make runs at the national title but that was in jeopardy last season.
Taking on some of the top programs in the country – Florida, Florida State, Baylor, and Michigan – and working its way through a respectable Sun Belt Conference schedule, the Cajuns managed to make it back to the NCAA Regionals. It was there that the season ending in heartbreaking fashion to the LSU Tigers in the championship game.
With juniors Summer Ellyson, Alyssa Dalton, and Texas A&M transfer Sara Hudek – along with lots of returning talent – this Cajuns program looks to be a force to be reckoned with again. With the sensational recruiting class coming in, they will look to stay among the elite for years to come.
The 2019 schedule features top national programs like Baylor and Oklahoma, as well as Sun Belt stalwarts such as South Alabama and Texas State. Every one of these contests will be on the road.
But, if Coach Gerry Glasco taught us anything last season, it’s that his team will always fight hard, and probably surprise some people along the way.
RECOGNIZING THE CHAMPS
The 2018 season for the Ragin’ Cajuns football team turned into a fine opening season for new head coach Billy Napier. Coming off a losing season and a coaching change, expectations were low for the Cajuns, especially with non-conference matchups against SEC powerhouses Alabama and Mississippi State.
The Cajuns managed to make it through those games; they went on a crucial 3-game winning streak to finish off the regular season. Because of that, they were rewarded with a spot in the first-ever Sun Belt Conference Championship Game. Although they lost to the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a hard-fought contest, the Cajuns surpassed expectations by winning the West Division and finishing out the season in Orlando in the Cure Bowl.
That leaves many football fans fired up for what could come in 2019. Check out ragincajuns.com.