Ragin' Cajuns Host Louisiana Classic

The No. 19 Louisiana softball team is set to host the 23rd Annual Louisiana Classic on Friday through Sunday, Feb. 13-15 at Alfred and Helen Lamson Ragin' Cajuns Softball Park.

The Cajuns welcome five other teams to Lamson Park, including Lipscomb, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls State and Providence.

Louisiana will close out day one of the tournament with a game against Lipscomb at 5:30 p.m. UL will play a pair of games on day two, starting with a televised game against Louisiana Tech at 11:30 a.m. and finishing with a 4:30 p.m. game against Providence. On the final day of the tournament, the Ragin' Cajuns will square off against Nicholls State and McNeese State at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.

Louisiana's game with the Lady Techsters will be televised on My KLAF. The game is the first of three UL softball games to be televised by My KLAF this season.

The Ragin' Cajuns enter the weekend ranked No. 19 according to the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll. UL is also ranked 19th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll.

In the opening weekend, Louisiana recorded 31 strikeouts in 24.0 innings. The Cajuns boasted a 0.88 ERA as a team, surrendering just three earned runs in three games.

Bourgeois was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week. She threw a pair of complete games against Ole Miss boasting a 0.82 ERA in 17.0 innings. Bourgeois set a personal best with 13 strikeouts on Friday and then topped that with a career-high 14 strikeouts on Sunday.

Complete Schedule

Friday, Feb. 13
10:00 a.m. – Lipscomb vs. McNeese State
12:30 p.m. – Providence vs. Nicholls State
3:00 p.m. – Louisiana Tech vs. McNeese State
5:30 p.m. – Lipscomb vs. Louisiana

Saturday, Feb. 14

9:00 a.m. – Lipscomb vs. Louisiana Tech
11:30 a.m. – Louisiana Tech vs. Louisiana (TV – KLAF)
2:00 p.m. – Nicholls State vs. Lipscomb
4:30 p.m. – Providence vs. Louisiana
7:00 p.m. – McNeese State vs. Providence

Sunday, Feb. 15

10:00 a.m. – Lipscomb vs. Providence
12:30 p.m. – Nicholls State vs. Louisiana
3:00 p.m. – Louisiana Tech vs. Nicholls State
5:30 p.m. – McNeese State vs. Louisiana

Scouting the Opposition

Lipscomb was 29-26 overall in 2008 and 16-6 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Louisiana Classics Tournament will be the first games of the season for Lipscomb.

Louisiana Tech was 37-29 overall in 2008 and 7-10 in the WAC. The Lady Techsters captured the 2008 Western Athletic Conference tournament title and defeated Auburn twice in the NCAA Tournament.

McNeese State enters the weekend 0-6 after dropping a game to No. 2 Arizona State and four games in the Arizona State Kajikawa Classic. The Cowgirls fell to No. 21 LSU in Baton Rouge on Wednesday.

Nicholls State started the season 3-2 after participating in a tournament at Centenary. NSU enters the weekend 4-2 after upending Sun Belt Conference opponent South Alabama.

Providence was 25-25-2 overall in 2008 and 8-12 in the Big East Conference. The Louisiana Classics Tournament will be the first games of the season for Providence.

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