ULL picked to win its conference
The nationally-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team was tabbed to win the Sun Belt Conference, receiving eight first-place votes from league coaches, while the squad had six players land on the preseason team.
The Cajuns received 98 points in the poll, finishing 16 points ahead of South Alabama (82) for the top spot in the preseason poll, while Troy was picked third with 77.
“As coaches and players, we appreciate the ranking, but we also understand at this point and time we have won nothing,” ULL head coach Tony Robichaux said in a news release. “The championship is going to be earned on the field. This is going to put the bull’s eye on us. We just need to focus on our goals of winning a conference championship and getting to a regional, super regional and hopefully back to the (College) World Series.”
Louisiana-Lafayette swept the top individual honors with Caleb Adams being named the 2014 Preseason Player of the Year and Austin Robichaux selected as the 2014 Pitcher of the Year. Adams and Robichaux also were tabbed to the 2014 Preseason All-Sun Belt Baseball Team as a designated hitter and starting pitcher.
Joining Adams and Robichaux on the preseason list were Michael Strentz at catcher, Blake Trahan at shortstop, Tyler Girouard at third base and Seth Harrison in the outfield.
“I am glad for our players,” Robichaux said. “To be named to the preseason list rewards these guys for the hard work and effort they have put in.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns open the 2014 campaign Friday at 6 p.m. when they host Eastern Illinois at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field in the first of a four-game series.