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Cajuns Baseball To Face Little Rock To Open SBC Tournament

Posted: 11:23 PM, May 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-23 00:23:35-04

Press Release

THE SUN BELT TOURNAMENT
Dates: Wednesday-Sunday, May 23-27, 2018
Location: Lafayette, La.
Site: M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park (4,850)
Bracket Opponents: Troy (38-18), Texas State (28-26-1), Little Rock (28-26)
First Round Game: May 23 vs. Little Rock | 7:30 p.m.
Radio: News Talk 96.5 KPEL-FM
TV: ESPN+ (Wed-Sun)
Live Stats/Video: www.SunBeltSports.org
 
STARTING PITCHERS
Wednesday: LHP  Colten Schmidt  (LA) vs. LHP Cole Townsend (LR)
 
LAFAYETTE, La. – The second-seeded Louisiana baseball team is set to face seventh-seeded Little Rock on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Ragin’ Cajuns first game of the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Tournament at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park.
 
Tickets and Parking
 
Both ticket booklets and single session tickets are on sale for the tournament. Fans can purchase tickets online at RaginCajuns.com or at the Russo Park ticket office.
 
Tournament booklets are $90 for the Supreme Rice Field Club and grandstand, and $50 for bleachers and standing room only. Individual session tickets are $15 for the Supreme Rice Field Club and grandstand, and $10 for bleachers and standing room only.
 
Fans can also choose to purchase stadium club access per day for $10. Purchases can be made at the Louisiana Athletics Ticket Office at the Cajundome or in person at Russo Park on game day.
 
Parking for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament will be the same for Russo Park as the 2018 regular season. Passes for the regular season will still be honored during the conference tournament.
 
Where to Listen/Watch
 
All of the games from the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament will be broadcast on ESPN+ and the WatchESPN app. Matt Stewart will provide play-by-play and John Gregory will add color.
 
Fans can also listen to every Ragin’ Cajuns tournament game on News Talk 96.5 KPEL-FM with Jay Walker and Brad Topham on the call. Live stats are available on RaginCajuns.com.
 
The Series
 
The Ragin’ Cajuns own a 55-20 lead in the all-time series against Little Rock after sweeping the Trojans on the road a year ago. Louisiana has won five of the last six meetings in the series.
 
Louisiana is 52-20 all-time against the Trojans under head coach  Tony Robichaux  including a 28-8 mark at home.
 
Scouting Louisiana
 
Louisiana (33-23) comes into the tournament on a four-game win streak after sweeping ULM to claim the Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 18-10 at home this season including a 13-4 mark in the second half of the season.
 
Freshman  Hayden Cantrelle  was named the LSWA Player of the Week after posting a career week for the Ragin’ Cajuns with a .571 average on the weekend tallying six extra base hits including two doubles, a triple and three home runs to help the Cajuns go 4-0 on the week. Cantrelle slugged 1.500 with a .600 on base percentage against the Warhawks.
 
Sophomore  Todd Lott  is coming off of a strong week at the plate hitting .533 (8-for-15) with a double, triple, two home runs and four RBI. Lott slugged 1.133 with a .588 on base percentage during the week.
 
Scouting Little Rock
 
Little Rock (28-26) defeated Georgia State 2-1 in an elimination game at the SBC Tournament on Tuesday to advance to the double elimination format. The Trojans have won their last two games after dropping six in a row.
 
Offensively, Little Rock is hitting .255 with 84 doubles, 13 doubles and 41 home runs while averaging 4.8 runs per game. Chase Coker paces the Trojans with a .304 average, 10 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 22 RBI. Troy Alexander has a team-best six home runs and 34 RBI.
 
Up Next
 
The winner of the matchup between Louisiana and Little Rock will return to action on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Russo Park against the winner of the Troy/Texas State game. The loser of the contest will play at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday in an elimination game.
 
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