Oct 27, 2012 11:02 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE - The Ragin' Cajuns baseball team is set to conclude the fall practice portion of the 2012-13 season Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 with the annual Fall World Series at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
The series consists of three games, each lasting only seven innings.
Game times are set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 30), 3 p.m. on Wednesday (Halloween - Oct. 31) and 6 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 1).
Live stats from each game will be available at RaginCajuns.com.
Admission to the series is free.
18th Annual UL Baseball Fall World Series Schedule
Game 1 Tuesday, Oct. 30 6 p.m.
Game 2 Wednesday, Oct. 31 3 p.m.
Game 3 Thursday, Nov. 1 6 p.m.
This year's edition of the Fall World Series is different from season's past in that the teams were not drafted and the coaching staff is in charge of managing all game situations.
"From day one we met as a coaching staff and separated the team at our first team meeting," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "From that day forward we designed ‘The Omaha Cup' which is an 11-week process culminating with the annual Fall World Series.
"In past years we have let the seniors divide the team and coach themselves," Robichaux mentioned. "This year, since we've installed a new hitting system and a new mindset, my staff will do the coaching because it's our last three-to-four days to actually work with the team and continue to apply the ‘newness' of what we've been teaching, before opening day in February."
At the team meeting when the fall semester opened in late-August, the current Ragin' Cajuns squad was divided into two teams - Bayou Boys and Swampers.
Both squad's have competed the past several weeks - the stakes becoming higher when official team practice started Oct. 1 - to claim this seasons' Fall World Series prize - The Omaha Cup.
"There's a point system we established - both positive points and negative points - in six categories from the weight room to the classroom, to being ‘on time' on the field and community service." Robichaux explained. "This year the Omaha Cup champion will be the team that prevails in this World Series. We will play all three games and each game has been assigned a ‘point system' value."
Entering Fall World Series week, the Bayou Boys hold a 1,325-1,150 edge in the race for the Omaha Cup.
The point values for the Fall World Series range from 75 points for Game 1 to 150 points for Game 3.
"It's been very competitive throughout this fall practice session," Robichaux added. "The point system is very close and which ever team can be good over the three-day period is going to be the Omaha Cup champion.
"We let the players know from the start of practice that no one person was going to be called a ‘Ragin' Cajun' until Nov. 3, therefore we established the team names ‘Bayou Boys' and ‘Swampers'," Robichaux said. "Every player has to earn the right to be a Ragin' Cajun in order to play Ragin' Cajuns baseball in the spring."
This year's Fall World Series provides the first look at assistant coach Matt Deggs' new hitting system that will be on display in the 2013 season.
The Bayou Boys roster features returnees Jace Conrad, Tyler Girouard and Logan Preston at the plate and Kendall Mayer on the mound. The Swampers roster is highlighted by Michael Strentz, Chase Compton and Dylan Butler at the plate while Chris Griffitt and Austin Robichaux are the headline names on the mound.
The following players are sitting out the series for safety reasons: Cord Cockrell, Ben Carter, Matt Hicks, Chase Traffica and Lance Quebedeaux.
"The games will be limited to seven innings and we will be monitoring pitch counts," Robichaux stressed. "We do have a few players sitting out for safety reasons because you don't want to have an Omaha Cup champion but lose a few players for the spring."
The incoming crop of 18 newcomers are set to get their first action under the lights of "The Tigue" in real game-time situations during the 18th annual edition of the UL Baseball Fall World Series. Nick Thurman and Blake Trahan, two of the top new faces on the 2012-13 roster, compete for the Bayou Boys.
Following the conclusion of the series, a team dinner will be held on Monday, Nov. 5 then the squad returns to the weight room for the final weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays.