SOFTBALL: Sun Belt Tournament bracket sees Cajuns open play Thursday

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LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball is scheduled to begin play in the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at the Troy Softball Complex on the Troy University campus in Troy, Ala.

The Sun Belt Conference office unveiled the official tournament schedule on Sunday following the completion of regular season play. The tournament is scheduled for Wednesday-Saturday, May 10-13 with the winner claiming the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

All games of the tournament will be available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Ragin’ Cajuns fans can also listen to Steve Pleoquin’s call of the team’s games in the Acadiana area on SportsRadio ESPN 1420-AM and worldwide with the RadioPup app.

Louisiana (42-6, 23-1 Sun Belt), conference champions and the tournament’s No. 1 seed, earned a bye from opening day action on Wednesday, May 10.

The 15th-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns’ opponent for Thursday’s contest will be determined by results on Wednesday. Possible opponents include South Alabama, UTA and Coastal Carolina.

The Sun Belt Tournament format combines single and double-elimination play. Two single elimination first round games on Wednesday precede the start of double elimination play between the remaining six teams.

The two teams to advance from double-elimination play will compete in a single-elimination championship game on Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m.

Louisiana has claimed the title 13 times in the 17-year history of the SBC Tournament and sports an all-time record of 53-8 in the event. The Ragin’ Cajuns are the defending champions, having won the event last season at Jaguar Field in Mobile, Ala.

Louisiana set a new Sun Belt record with 23 conference wins this season and topped the 40-win mark for the 19th consecutive season.

The Ragin’ Cajuns won each series with Sun Belt opponents this season, extending their school-and Sun Belt-record streak of consecutive conference series victories to 37 straight, and claimed their 15th championship in 17 years since the league began competition in 2001.

Below is the official schedule for the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Tournament:

Wednesday, May 10 (Single Elimination)

G1: No. 5 UTA vs. No. 8 Coastal Carolina (ESPN3), 10:00 a.m. (ESPN3)

G2: No. 6 Georgia Southern vs. No. 7 ULM, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Wednesday, May 10 (Start of Double Elimination)
G3: No. 4 South Alabama vs. Winner Game 1, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
G4: No. 3 Georgia State vs. Winner Game 2, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Thursday, May 11
G5: No. 1 Louisiana vs. Winner Game 3, 10 a.m. (ESPN3)
G6: No. 2 Texas State vs. Winner Game 4, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
G7: Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
G8: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 6, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Friday, May 12
G9: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 11 a.m. (ESPN3)

G10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
G11: Loser Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 5 p.m. (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 13 (Championship Game)

G12: Winner G9 vs. Winner G11, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

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