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No. 16 Louisiana (6-0) vs. No. 2 Florida (6-0)

Date: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 17-18, 2018

Location: Lafayette, La.

Stadium: Lamson Park

Series Schedule:

      Feb. 17 – 3 p.m. (DH)

      Feb. 18 – 1 p.m. (single)


Television (Saturday): Cox Sports TV • Talent: Dan McDonald, PxP; Yvette Girouard, analyst

ESPN3 (Saturday): Game 1 | Game 2

Streaming Video (Sunday): Ragin’ Cajuns Digital Network

Radio: ESPN 1420-AM • Talent: Steve Peloquin, PxP

Live Stats: CajunStats.com

Twitter Updates: @RaginCajunsSB


Saturday – Red Out

• fans encouraged to wear red

• rally towels for first 150 fans

Sunday – White Out

• fans encouraged to wear white


A Top 25 weekend series is set for Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 17-18 as No. 16 Louisiana welcomes No. 2 Florida to Lamson Park. Both squads enter the weekend set with a 6-0 mark.

The series kicks off with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes with a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday.

Louisiana continues a stretch of facing foes in the national polls. On Thursday, the Ragin’ Cajuns topped Oregon State, receiving votes in both NFCA and ESPN polls, by a 9-4 count.

Florida’s visit to Lamson Park is a return trip from a trip the Ragin’ Cajuns made to Gainesville for a three-game series in April 2016.

SERIES HISTORY (Louisiana leads, 4-3)

• First matchup at Lamson Park since February 2002 when Louisiana swept a pair of matchups in the 16th Annual Louisiana Classics.

• Ragin’ Cajuns won the first four series meetings, culminating with a 3-2 win in the opening game of the 2008 Women’s College World Series.

• Florida carries a three-game win streak which began with a sweep of a three-game series in Gainesville in April 2016. That weekend set marked the first time the two programs had met since 2008 WCWS.


Infield: The left side is anchored by veteran third baseman Kara Gremillion and sophomore transfer Alissa Dalton (Oklahoma) at shortstop, both preseason All-Sun Belt selections. On the right side, Kourtney Gremillion (Kara’s sister) covers first base while freshman Jolie Readeaux is expected to take over at second base following the season-ending injury to JUCO transfer Brittany Holland.

Outfield: Senior Kelli Martinez, a preseason All-Sun Belt selection, is patrolling left field for the second straight season. Redshirt freshman Aeriyl Mass received the majority of the starts in center field opening weekend, while freshman Casidy Chaumont and senior transfer Brittany Rodriguez (Lamar) covered right field. The group gives the Cajuns coaches options dependent upon if the lineup is geared for speed or power.

Pitchers: Senior Kylee Jo Trahan is the veteran leader of a staff that includes eight arms. Freshman Casey Dixon, sophomore Summer Ellyson and freshman Carrie Boswell are also likely candidates to receive starts in the season’s opening month. Junior Alison Deville gives the Cajuns a left-handed option out of the bullpen.

Catchers: Returning starter and preseason All-Sun Belt choice Lexie Comeaux leads the group. Freshman Caitlin Garcia and sophomore Beth Ashley also saw time behind the plate on opening weekend. Expect a rotation at the position this season as the coaching staff seeks to lessen the load for Comeaux who started all 55 games in 2017.


SEIZE THE MOMENT: When runners get aboard the base path, the Ragin’ Cajuns have put the wheels in motion in the early going of the season. Whether it’s a stolen base to get a runner into scoring position, picking up extra bases on a relay throw from the outfield or laying down the squeeze to push across a run – Louisiana has shown an aggressive mentality.

DUAL THREAT: Senior pitcher Kylee Jo Trahan has been called upon both as a starter and closer…and she’s delivered each time out. In two starts during the Mardi Gras Classic, she limited foes to four hits over a combined 12 innings. In the relief role, she tossed two scoreless extra innings to close out a resumed game vs. Eastern Illinois last Sunday and shut down a bases-loaded threat by Oregon State as a part of a 2-1/3 innings scoreless relief stint on Thursday.

IN THE ZONE: Sophomore Alissa Dalton is quickly developing into the Cajuns most dangerous hitter. Over the past three games, the Oklahoma transfer is batting 10-for-13 at the plate with six RBI. She exited last weekend’s Mardi Gras Classic 7-for-9 at the plate and carried the hot streak over to Thursday vs. Oregon State (3-for-4). She’s yet to strikeout this season over her first 24 plate appearances.  

WINNING DIFFERENT WAYS: Whether it was building an early lead, battling through a tightly contested game, recovering from an early deficit or rebounding after a lead slipped away during opening weekend, the Ragin’ Cajuns showed the ability to produce results in different circumstances.

YOUTH WILL BE SERVED: Louisiana likely has one of the youngest starting lineups in the nation. Most of opening weekend the Ragin’ Cajuns used a lineup that featured just two or three upperclassmen. The squad exited adding a few more upperclassmen to give a balance of youth (5 underclassmen) vs. experience (4 upperclassmen).

CAJUNS ON THE MOVE: On the strength of a 5-0 season-opening weekend, Louisiana made a significant move in the national polls. The Ragin’ Cajuns moved up six positions from its preseason ranking in the NFCA poll, climbing into the Top 20 at No. 16. In the ESPN/USA Softball ranking, the Ragin' Cajuns rose five spots from their preseason selection and into the Top 20 at the No. 19 slot.

TRAHAN TAKES HOME HONORS: Senior pitcher Kylee Jo Trahan was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week following her impressive 2018 debut. Trahan earned three of Louisiana's five victories and yielded just one run and five hits over 15 total innings pitched in the season-opening Mardi Gras Classic. The senior hurler limited foes to a .098 average and registered a 0.47 ERA.


• Florida’s visit marks the second straight season that Louisiana hosts a Top 25 series at Lamson Park. A year ago, then-No. 4 Alabama met the Ragin’ Cajuns in a three-game set Feb. 18-19, 2017.

• Louisiana hit .380 in last week’s Mardi Gras Classic, led by the quartet of Beth Ashley, Alissa Dalton, Kara Gremillion and Brittany Rodriguez who each had at least seven hits.

• The pitching staff limited foes to one run or fewer in four of five games played in the Mardi Gras Classic.

• Over 43 career appearances, and 116.2 innings pitched, Kylee Jo Trahan has limited opponents just 70 base hits and a .169 average.

• Kara Gremillion provides the Ragin’ Cajuns with one of the nation’s top defenders at the hot corner. Over 348 career fielding chances, she’s committed only 14 errors for a career .960 fielding percentage.

• Louisiana showed it is willing to employ the short game to produce runs. Alissa Dalton laid down the squeeze bunt to bring home the winning run in the fifth inning of last Friday’s game vs. Eastern Illinois. Then last Sunday, Lexie Comeaux dropped down the bunt to plate a run in the seventh vs. EIU which proved valuable when the Panthers rallied.

• Sisters Kara Gremillion and Kourtney Gremillion are on the playing field together for the first time since their prep days at St. Amant High School. Spring 2015 was the last time the sister duo was on the softball diamond at the same time. Kara debuted with the Ragin' Cajuns in 2016 and Kourtney arrived in 2017, but redshirted.

• Head coach Gerry Glasco made his collegiate debut as a head coach last weekend. However, the former associate head coach at Auburn, Texas A&M and Georgia had served in the capacity before. He was recently the head coach of the Scrap Yard Dawgs franchise in the NPF in summer 2017 and served in the position at the travel ball and high school level when he launched his softball coaching career in the early 2000s.

• The Ragin' Cajuns coaching staff includes Joe Guthrie (assisted Glasco in 2017 Scrap Yard Dawgs NPF title run) and NFCA All-American pitchers Ellen Renfroe Reed and Courtnay Foster. Guthrie coordinates the team's defense while Renfroe Reed and Foster team up to tutor the squad's pitching staff.

• The Ragin’ Cajuns are set to enjoy the comforts of Lamson Park throughout the month of February. The first outing away from the facility isn't until March 2 vs. Michigan at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.

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