Ragin’ Cajuns out to show they can play with best
Located in the heart of SEC country, Louisiana-Lafayette knows its place in the college baseball hierarchy. That doesn’t mean the Ragin’ Cajuns have to accept it.
They’ve amassed the most wins in Division I this year, but the accomplishment is diminished by the fact they are in the Sun Belt Conference. Thus, their season will defined by how far they go in the NCAA tournament.
“We have to play bigger than we are,” coach Tony Robichaux said Monday.
That’s life in the No. 11 RPI conference, where any loss is a bad loss and even some wins hurt because of the weakness of the opponent.
Still, the Ragin’ Cajuns (49-7) are up to No. 2 nationally behind Oregon State in this week’s major polls and No. 7 in the RPI. They’re poised to be among the top eight NCAA seeds; that is, unless they stumble in this week’s Sun Belt tournament.
Robichaux likes to say his team is made up of “plow horses, not show horses,” and before breaking the huddle after wins, he asks, “What have we earned the right to do?”