Sep 25, 2013 5:20 PM by UL Sports Information
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Ragin' Cajuns baseball team 2014 schedule features a home series with Alabama and series with three new Sun Belt Conference opponents, head coach Tony Robichaux announced on Wednesday.
Louisiana opens the season at home on Feb. 14-16 with a four-game series against Eastern Illinois at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field. The Cajuns will be tested early with a road series at Southern Miss on Feb. 21-23 and a single game at LSU on Feb. 25.
"We really like the four game series at home early," Robichaux said "It gives us a chance to look at a lot of players and get our pitchers some work. After that we are going to be tested very early with games at Southern Miss and LSU and a home series with Alabama."
The Crimson Tide open a seven-game homestand at Moore Field with games from Feb. 28-March 2.
The Ragin' Cajuns face Tulane twice on the schedule with the first meeting coming on March 11 in New Orleans in the last non-conference test for the Cajuns. Tulane makes the trip up I-10 to Moore Field on April 1.
"The return of Tulane to M.L. "Tigue" Moore field should be a good matchup for our fans to watch," Robichaux stated.
The Cajuns open Sun Belt play on March 14-16 in Monroe against in-state foe ULM. Louisiana also heads to Troy (April 4-6), UT Arlington (April 18-20), Arkansas State (May 2-4) and South Alabama (May 9-11) in conference play.
"We have three new conference opponents on the schedule this year," Robichaux mentioned. "Georgia State, Texas State and UT Arlington are all good teams and will challenge us during the season."
The conference home opener is slated for March 21-23 against newcomer Georgia State. The Ragin' Cajuns will play five conference series at Moore field including Western Kentucky (March 28-30), UALR (April 11-13), Texas State (April 25-27) and ULM (May 15-17).
"I think the toughest stretch this year will come at the end of the season playing seven of our last 10 games on the road," Robichaux noted. "Especially when you are facing two tough conference opponents in Arkansas State and South Alabama at their place. It will certainly challenge our team."
Overall the Cajuns are scheduled to have 32 games at Moore Field in 2014. Louisiana will also play 19 games against in-state opponents.
"We think this will be a very challenging schedule, but having the nucleus of our team back will have us ready for the challenge and the opportunity to compete," Robichaux added.