Oct 8, 2013 11:45 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Ragin' Cajuns baseball team opened fall practice on Monday as the team begins preparations for the 2014 season. Louisiana is coming off a 43-20 season in which the squad reached the final of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
"We are coming off of what we think was a good year for us," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "Now we need to come back and prepare for another year. We got close to achieving our goals, but close isn't good enough. We didn't win a championship even though we had a couple of opportunities. We just couldn't jump that hurdle. Hopefully with a bunch of veterans back this year and an upgraded pitching staff, we can get over that hurdle.
"We've got 30 days to get to work. Hopefully we can make it through that time without any major injuries."
The Ragin' Cajuns return 21 players from last year's squad including eight of nine position players and all three starters from the weekend rotation.
This year's squad has been divided into two teams during fall practice with the sides competing each week. The two teams are scheduled to play four games each week leading up to the Omaha Cup Series on Nov. 4-8 at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
"Everything leads up to the Omaha Cup Series," Robichaux added. "Every game has points on the line. We'll play a three-game intrasquad each week from Monday to Wednesday to teach the guys about playing a three-game series. The Friday game will be a lot like a Tuesday game during the season. We want to learn how to take care of mid-week games because that is what good teams do."
All five Omaha Cup Series games will be played as the series has changed from a traditional best of three series to where each game is worth points towards the fall standings.
"Our point system is in place to teach the players that everything matters," Robichaux mentioned. "Everything carries a point value from dress code to grade checks and that way it's not just about the intrasquad games."
2013 Omaha Cup Series
Monday, Nov. 4 - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 6 - 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7 - 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8 - 6 p.m.