Softball-Baton Rouge Regional --- No. 2 UL-Louisiana v. No. 3 Houston (W 1-0 - play at noon Saturday)

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Baton Rouge Regional

No. 1 LSU v. No. 4 Fordham | May 18 | 6:30 p.m. | Baton Rouge, LA.
No. 2 UL-Louisiana v. No. 3 Houston | May 18 | 4 p.m. | Baton Rouge, LA.

(Patrick) #2

So glad they made it. Looks like the committee respected the American enough as they ended up with 4 teams in (Tulsa, UH, Wichita State, USF).

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Its been a great spring for UH sports.

They scared the dog !

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(Butch) #6

It’s been a rocky ride the past few years but the Lady Coogs are now officially back!

(Patrick) #7

Coach Ves was the right choice to reignite the program…and having Heebner.

(Patrick) #8

Houston is definitely the newbie in this region. LSU has been a national seed for 4 straight seasons, ULL was in LSU’s region last year and got knocked out by the Tigers, and Fordham has been in the NCAA tourney 6 straight years.

Houston comes to Tiger Park with a 36-20 overall record and will be the third seed of the regional. The Cougars have won five out of their last six games and finished second in the American Athletic Conference behind South Florida. The Tigers own 6-3 record over the Cougars.

(Patrick) #9

“Every time the kids go the store or go and get gas this week, fans are going to talk to them about LSU,” Glasco said, “because the fans all want that matchup. But LSU is down the road … our first step is Houston and we have to be all in on that game.”

The Ragin’ Cajuns open their 20th straight NCAA regional, and their 28th in the last 29 years, against Houston’s Cougars (36-20) in Friday’s 3 p.m. regional opener at Tiger Park. The host Tigers face Fordham in Friday’s 5:30 p.m. second game, Glasco said that only after that game will the Cajuns look toward LSU or Fordham.

“You have to keep everything in order,” Glasco said Monday. “We’ve watched nothing but Houston. I watched a tape of two of their games last night, and we watched them as a team this morning. We watched two games, and that’s a long time in the film room, but they were very mature and handled it professionally. It showed their desire to be well focused for that game.

"All of the hitting we did today was preparing for Houston and our defense was preparing for Houston. At the same time, we have to be prepared for all the opponents in the regional before we leave Thursday. We’ll have a lot of information on LSU, and on Fordham, and we’ll react after the Houston game.”

Glasco, though, admitted he’s more familiar with the Tigers.

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(gpropes) #11

It’s worth mentioning that all games will be on WatchESPN. That’s the streaming option that comes with your cable or satellite subscription, not the new ESPN+.

(Patrick) #12

No. 2 Louisiana
• Houston is 6-16 all-time against Louisiana and 4-2 when meeting in the NCAA postseason. The two teams last faced off in the 2011 Austin Regional where the Cougars won 7-2.
• The Ragin’ Cajuns enter the weekend with a 38-14 overall. Louisiana finished 21-6 in the Sun Belt and added a runner-up finish in the Sun Belt Championship.
• Louisiana is ranked No. 21 in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll and No. 22 in the Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll.
• Alissa Dalton was named the Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year, as she, Summer Ellyson, Kara Gremillion and Kourtney Gremillion were named All-Sun Belt. Dalton, Ellyson and Gremillion were each named to the First Team, while Gremillion was selected to the Second Team.
• Dalton leads the team in batting average (.376), slugging percentage (.486), doubles (11) and RBI (30).
• In the circle, Ellyson anchors the staff with a 21-8 record and 1.43 ERA. Ellyson’s ERA ranks 26th in the national, while her total wins sit 33rd.
• The Rajin’ Cajuns are under the direction of first-year Head Coach Gerry Glasco. Glasco coached the previous nine seasons in the SEC between Auburn (2017), Texas A&M (2015-17) and Georgia (2009-14).

(Patrick) #13

The preview on this morning does say that they will be on ESPN+

All games will be streamed via ESPN+, which is ESPN’s new subscription-based streaming service and costs $4.99 a month.

(gpropes) #14

UH changed that press release, it now says “ESPN3,” which is WatchESPN.

(Patrick) #15

Yes they did.

Wonder why ESPN isn’t broadcasting this on ESPN+. Figure this would be the type of thing they’d want to put on there. Guessing the NCAA doesn’t want it there.

(Patrick) #16

The Cajuns defeated Houston, members of the American Athletic Conference, in the 2008 NCAA Super Regionals.

Some believe that the Cougars, who won their last three regular season games, and 6 of their last 7, were the last team selected into the field of 64.

Offensively, Houston relies on third baseman Sarah Queen, who can play for anybody.

Queen is hitting a .366, to go along with 10 home runs and 37 runs batted in.

Houston’s problem is that after Queen, there just isn’t a lot of power. Take away Queen, and the rest of the roster has combined for only 19 long balls.

Second baseman Arielle James is hitting a .363, while right-fielder Maya Thomas has chipped in with a .324 average.

After that, the line-up is mediocre.

The Cougars also don’t run a lot, with only 20 steals in 26 attempts.

What they do well is work the count, moves runners along, and score them from third with less than two out.

Pitching-wise, Houston is terrific.

Junior right-hander Savannah Heebner will enter the regional with a record of 25-9, to go along with a 1.17 ERA.

Heebner is a strike-throwing machine, with only 28 walks in 220.2 innings pitched.

She is the real deal inside of the circle, and opposing teams will be hard-pressed to get base-runners, much less score runs.

Houston is a dangerous team in this regional, because they match-up well against both Louisiana and LSU.

Again, Houston is not an offensive team, They rely on pitching and defense. But so does UL and LSU, so the Cougars match-up very well.

Because of Heebner, every game they play will be close, and when you’re in the game, you have a shot.

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(gpropes) #18

Interesting comment that UH might have been the last team in the field. This was written for the Lafayette ESPN outlet, so I’m sure the writer got his intel from someone on the ULaLa staff.

(Patrick) #19

I’m not sure they were the last one in, but probably last 4. Coogs had a better RPI (39) than Ole Miss (40), Notre Dame (42), USF (43), and Wisconsin (50). \

Out of those, only USF received more votes in the Coaches Poll; none of the others were ranked.

HeroSports had Wisconsin as the only one of those ahead of Houston:

Under the Massey Ratings, Coogs were behind all of them except Wisconsin:

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