2014 Lafayette Super Regional


6. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns

Lafayette, Louisiana

Automatic bid - won Sun Belt tournament, Won Lafayette Regional

2014 record:  26-4, 57-8 (first in Sun Belt)

Head Coach: Tony Robichaux (McNeese State 1986)

Record at School: 731–467–1 (20 years)

Overall Record: 994–644–1

Assistant Coaches: Anthony Babineaux, Matt Deggs, Lance Harvell, Chris Dominque

Team offense: .319 BA, 515 R, 66 HR, .497 SLG%, .411 OB%, 107-148 SB

Team pitching: 3.38 ERA, 583.1 IP, 518 H, 196 BB, 457 K

Top hitters: Caleb Adams (.387/11/42/17 2B), Jace Conrad (.377/9/65/20 2B/22-26 SB), Blake Trahan (.357/4/47/12 2B/14-26 SB), Tyler Girouard (.335/2/28/1 2B), Ryan Leonards (.323/4/34/18-21 SB), Seth Harrison (.317/9/63/15-20 SB), Greg Davis (.314/3/23)

Top pitchers: Matt Hicks (7-1, 1 SV, 1.43 ERA, 44 IP, 33 H, 11BB, 41 K), Ryan Wilson (6-0, 7 SV, 1.95 ERA, 60 IP, 49 H, 19 BB, 44 K), Reagan Bazar (4-0, 6 SV, 2.32 ERA, 31 IP, 25 H, 16 BB, 19 K), Austin Robichaux (7-3, 2.83 ERA, 82.2 IP, 62 H, 21 BB, 76 K), Cody Boutte (9-0, 3.09 ERA, 81.2 IP, 76 H, 26 BB, 54 K), Carson Baranik (11-1, 3.27 ERA, 99 IP, 87 H, 23 BB, 70 K)

Last NCAA Appearance: 2013 (2-2 at Baton Rouge Regional)

Notes: Louisiana-Lafayette lost its regional opener to Jackson State 1-0, then posted four straight wins, including the final two against Mississippi State. The Ragin’ Cajuns are ranked in the Top 50 nationally in 26 of the 29 categories posted by the NCAA. ULL leads the country in win percentage (.877), runs (515), hits (707), triples (31), sacrifice flies (48) and slugging percentage (.497). The Cajuns entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 team in the country in the CBI Composite Poll. Louisiana-Lafayette hosted a Regional for the second time (2000, CWS, No. 4 ranking at end of year) after rolling through the Sun Belt Conference and the rest of its schedule. The Cajuns' 57 wins are a school record; they had won 49 games on three occasions. Coach Tony Robichaux holds the all-time record for wins at both McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette – he has a twin brother (Tim) who coaches high school baseball. His son Austin is a junior pitcher and the second son he has coached at Louisiana-Lafayette – Austin Robichaux yields opponents a .206 average and leads the team in strikeouts. Caleb Adams ranks third in the country in slugging.


Ole Miss Rebels

Oxford, Mississippi

At-large bid from SEC, Won Oxford Regional

2014 record: 19-11, 44-18

Head coach: Mike Bianco (LSU, 1989)

Record at school: 553-320-1 (14 years)

Overall record: 653-391-1 (16 years)

Assistant coaches: Carl Lafferty, Cliff Godwin

Team offense: .304 BA, 376 R, 39 HR, .420 SLG%, .371 OBP%, 89-118 SB

Team pitching: 2.67 ERA, 569.2 IP, 517 H, 166 BB, 456 K

Top hitters: Will Allen (.351/7/59/22 2B), Austin Bousfield (.349/6/48/17-18 SB), Austin Anderson (.332/4/39/18 2B), Errol Robinson (.300/0/18), Sikes Orvis (.298/13/50/12 SB), Braxton Lee (.294/0/22/30-35 SB)

Top pitchers: Chris Ellis (10-1, 2.16 ERA, 104.1 IP, 100 H, 32 BB, 62 K), Christian Trent (9-0, 2.37 ERA, 95 IP, 85 H, 17 BB, 73 K), Sam Smith (5-4, 3.39 ERA, 87.2IP, 98 H, 18 BB, 47 K), Josh Laxer (2-2, 1.47 ERA, 5 SV, 30.2 IP, 27 H, 9 BB, 37 K)

Last NCAA appearance: 2013 (1-2 at Raleigh Regional)

Notes: Ole Miss went 3-0 in winning the Oxford Regional, including a pair of victories over Washington. The Rebels made their third straight Regional appearance and 11th in the past 12 years. Ole Miss last advanced past the Regional round in 2009, but it has never won a Super Regional since the current format started in 1999. Ole Miss does have four College World Series appearances to its credit, most recently making it in 1972. This year, the Rebels were one of the final few teams vying for a national seed as it won the SEC West and posted the second-best conference record behind only Florida. Ole Miss was picked to finish sixth in the SEC West by the coaches prior to the season. Ole Miss leads the SEC in hitting with a .304 average. The Rebels are third in the SEC in scoring (376 runs) and fourth with 39 home runs. Senior catcher Will Allen was a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award for the breakout player of the year in college baseball. Allen and senior third baseman Austin Anderson were semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy. Anderson earned All-America honors, while J.B. Woodman was named a Freshman All-American.