Deke: A banner year for Louisiana baseball!
Two teams with national seeds and three conference tournament champions all from the same state! 2014 has been a banner year in the Bayou State as LSU, UL-Lafayette and Southeastern are all playing in regionals this weekend.
ULL and LSU are two of the eight national seeds this post-season. “To have two teams as national seeds and three teams in regional play speaks volumes about the level of play in our state,” said LSU Coach Paul Mainieri.
The Tigers picked up the #8 national seed ending their season with an eight-game win streak that included winning the 2014 SEC Tournament title with a 2-0 win over Florida.
FULL AUDIO: Bobby and Deke talk to LSU Head Coach Paul Mainieri about regionals
And meanwhile over in western Louisiana, the Ragin' Cajuns are one of the best teams in the nation! They have eight more wins than any other team in the nation. They are ranked #2 overall and they have earned the 6th national seed. The Cajuns are also riding the nation’s longest win streak, with 10 straight wins.
“We can do a lot of things,” said ULL Coach Tony Robichaux. “We’ve been able to play consistently throughout the season.” The Cajuns compiled a 53-7 overall record this year.
The Cajuns also picked up a 4-1 win over #1 LSU earlier this season, and then took two of three from #21 Alabama. Coach Robichaux says his team has done well so far, but now, it’s all about the post-season.
“We have to play big. We’ve been good this entire season, now we have to be good over the course of the next few weekends.” ULL will entertain Jackson State Friday.
San Diego State and Mississippi State are the other teams in the ULL Regional this weekend.
FULL AUDIO: Bobby and Deke talk to ULL Head Coach Tony Robichaux about regionals
The Southeastern Lions earned a spot in the NCAA Regionals by capturing the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament title. The Lions beat the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears 9-4 to win their first ever SLC title.
“Going into the (SLC) tournament we felt like any one of the teams could have won the tournament. We were able to put it all together and win the title,” said Southeastern Coach Matt Riser.
Riser is in his first season as head coach of the Lions leading SLU to the NCAA Regionals against LSU. Southeastern will battle LSU at 2PM on Friday right here on WWL Radio. The Tigers beat the Lions 7-3 back in February. The game was tied 2-2 in the fifth inning before LSU scored four runs in the sixth to take control of the game.
“Both teams are completely different teams from that first meeting. I know we are excited to play in a regional and we are looking forward to the challenge.” To listen to Bobby and Deke’s interviews with ULL Coach Tony Robichaux and SLU Coach Matt Riser click below.
FULL AUDIO: Bobby and Deke talk to SLU Head Coach Matt Riser about regionals