Date: May 24-25
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Site: Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium
Radio: ESPN 1420 (KPEL)
Live Stats: www.ragincajuns.com
Opponent: Arizona State (49-8)
Thursday, May 24
9:00 p.m. Game 1 – Arizona State vs. Louisiana (ESPN 2 and ESPN 3)
Friday, May 25
8:00 p.m. Game 2 – Arizona State vs. Louisiana (ESPNU and ESPN 3)
10:30 p.m. Game 3 – Arizona State vs. Louisiana (if necessary) (ESPNU and ESPN 3)
SEVENTH REGIONAL TITLE
Louisiana won their seventh regional championship in program history and improved their record in regional competition to 55-44. The Cajuns last Super Regional appearance came back in 2010 where they were defeated in the Los Angelos Regional by UCLA.
ONE STEP FROM THE BIG STAGE
The Ragin’ Cajuns seek to advance to their sixth Women’s College World Series. Other appearances came in 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003 and 2008.
Arizona State leads the overall series between the two schools with a record of 5-3 against the Cajuns. This week will be the second time that the Cajuns have met Arizona State in the NCAA Championship, with the teams splitting the first two meetings back in 2001. ASU edged UL, 1-0 in a second round game at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge but the Cajuns came back to topple the Sun Devils, 5-0, the next day.
LAST TIME THEY MET
UL and Arizona State met earlier in the year in the Judi Garman Classic (3/15), where the Cajuns topped the defending national chamions, 9-2. Nerissa Myers and Sarah Draheim each took Sun Devil’s ace Dallas Escobedo deep for two-run blasts, chasing her after four innings.
ORGERON AND MYERS TABBED AS ALL-AMERICANS
College Sports Madness named Christi Orgeron and Nerissa Myers to their All-American Teams. Orgeron was selected to the first team, while Myers was recognized on the third team.
UL IN THE NCAA’S
This is the 22nd appearance in the NCAA Softball Championships for the Cajuns, the ninth-highest total in the tournament’s history. UL has appeared in 14 straight NCAA Championships (1999-present), the eighth longest streak all-time in tournament history and the fifth-longest active streak. The Cajuns trail only California (27 straight), Arizona (26), Oklahoma (19) and Washington (19).
55 AND COUNTING IN THE NCAA
The three NCAA Regional wins last week improved UL to 55-42 all-time in NCAA Championship playing, giving the Cajuns the 10th-highest victory total in NCAA Tournament history.
CAJUNS IN ARIZONA
This week’s games will mark the second NCAA Tournament appearance in the State of Arizona for UL. In 2004, the Cajuns went 5-2 at the regional held in Tucson before being eliminated in the regional title game by Oklahoma. In that tournament, UL toppled host Arizona, 5-0, to end the Wildcats streak of 16 consecutive Women’s College World Series appearances.
ATTENDANCE RECORDS FALL
Cajun Nation turned out for the NCAA Regional at Lamson Park last week as UL led the nation for total attendance (14,097) and average attendance (2,350). Louisville was second nationally in average attendance at 2,189 per session while Alabama was second in total attendance (12,393). The previous single game Lamson Park attendance mark (1,529 vs. La.-Monroe in 5/5/12) was toppled in all six games.
WIN NO. 600
Co-head coach Stefni Lotief won her 600th career game against Stanford in the regional title game. Lotief, in her 12th season, has compiled a career record of 600-143 (.808) and was the fourth winningest coach all-time coming into the 2012 season.
SEEKING WIN NO. 500
Co-head coach Michael Lotief is one win shy of win No. 500 of his career. Lotief has a collegiate coaching record of 499-120 (.806) during his 10-year tenure.
UL AMONG BEST WINNING PROGRAMS LAST FOUR YEARS
The Cajuns have compiled a 193-46 (.808) record over the last four years. That ranks fourth in the country only behind Missouri (.810), Florida (.840) and Alabama (.845).
MYERS PACES COUNTRY IN RUNS
The Petal, Miss. native, Nerissa Myers leads the country with 80 runs scored. The junior broke the Sun Belt Conference and school record of 77 runs, which she tied last season. (See page 2 for single season records).
CAJUNS VS. THE FIELD
Louisiana has a record of 18-1 against the field of 64, with their only loss coming to South Alabama, who made it to the Tuscaloosa Regional title game.
GRAND SLAM RECORDS
UL has hit an NCAA record 12 grand slams this season. Christi Orgeron has hit six this year and nine in her career, both of which are tied for NCAA records. Nerissa Myers has connected on four grand slams, which is tied for the third most in a season.
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