SOFTBALL: Cajuns and Bobcats to meet in Sun Belt Tournament final

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TROY, Ala. – No. 14-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball will attempt to claim the program’s 14th Sun Belt Tournament championship when they face Texas State at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 in the championship game of the 2017 event at the Troy Softball Complex on the campus of Troy University.

The winner of the Ragin’ Cajuns-Bobcats contest will receive the Sun Belt Conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament which begins with the regional round May 19-21.

The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio ESPN 1420-AM in the Acadiana region and the RadioPup app worldwide with Steve Peloquin calling the action. Live video will be provided by an ESPN3 broadcast that features play-by-play from Matt Stewart and analysis from three-time Florida Gators All-American Francesca Enea.

Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics will host a watch party at Pete’s on Johnston Street in Lafayette. Softball bingo will be available for a chance to win prizes and pom poms will be hand out to wave and help cheer on the Cajuns.

Louisiana (44-6) advanced to Saturday’s championship game with a 5-2 win over Texas State (41-14) in Friday’s winner’s bracket final. The Bobcats escaped elimination Friday evening with a 1-0 win over UTA.

It’s the second straight season that Louisiana and Texas State meet in the Sun Belt Tournament championship game. The two squads matched up in the 2016 title game in Mobile, Ala., with the Ragin’ Cajuns claiming a 12-0 (5 inn.) victory.

The 14th-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns, who picked up the program’s 15th regular season SBC championship in the league’s 17th season of regular season play, are appearing in the SBC Tournament championship game for the fourth straight season and 16th time in the 18-year history of the event.

The Ragin’ Cajuns and Bobcats meet in the 2017 SBC Tournament for the second time. In Louisiana’s 5-2 win on Friday, Aleah Craighton opened the scoring with a run-scoring double and provided separation with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Alex Stewart limited the Bobcats to three hits, struck out seven and closed the contest retiring 15 of the final 17 batters she faced.

The defending champions of the Sun Belt Tournament, Louisiana seeks its first repeat championship occurrence since 2010-11.

Saturday’s contest marks the final one for the Ragin’ Cajuns before the NCAA postseason begins. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for 9 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday live on ESPN2.

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