The trip to Fullerton, Calif., marks the 17th consecutive season the Cajuns will play in the Judi Garman Classic. UL's first trip to Southern California came in 1994 when the tournament was known as the PONY Classic.

University of Louisiana SoftballJudi Garman Classic
Dates:
March 18-21
Game Times: (All times listed Pacific)
Thursday - Virgina (Field 2) 9:00 AM PST & Fresno State (Field 2) 1:30 PM PST
Friday - No. 1 Washington (Field 1) 3:45 PM PST
Saturday - Purdue (Field 2) 3:45 PM PST
Sunday - Cal State Fullerton (Field 1) 11:15 AM PST
Location: Titan Softball Complex | Fullerton, Calif.
Live Stats:
www.RaginCajuns.com*
* - Due to limited internet access, live stats will not be available for games on field 2.
Radio: none

Tournament Central
Game Notes

GAME DAY STORY LINES

  • The trip to Fullerton, Calif., marks the 17th consecutive season the Cajuns will play in the Judi Garman Classic. UL's first trip to Southern California came in 1994 when the tournament was known as the PONY Classic.
  • The Cajuns have played 80 games at the Judi Garman and have posted a record of 45-35, outscoring opponents 279-210.
  • UL has faced a ranked opponent 44 times at the Classic. Against the ranked opposition, the Cajuns are 15-29 all-time in the Judi Garman.
  • Against this weekend's competition, the Cajuns are 15-9 in the all-time meetings. The Cajuns hold winning records over Virginia (2-0), Fresno State (2-1), Purdue (4-0) and the top-ranked Huskies (4-3). Only Cal State Fullerton holds an advantage over Louisiana with a 5-3 record.
  • At last year's Judi Garman Classic, Louisiana went 2-3, posting shutout victories over then-ranked No. 24 Fresno State (7-0) and New Mexico (9-0, 5 inn.). The Cajuns' losses came by way of Nebraska (0-2), No. 10 Michigan (1-9, 6 inn.) and No. 9 Oklahoma (5-8).

Scouting the Opposition
            The Cajuns will face some stiff competition as they head to the west coast for the Judi Garman Classic.
            First up for the Cajuns will be Virginia on Thursday. The Cavaliers are 12-9 on the year , including a 2-1 win over No. 4 Michigan.
            Virginia went 4-2 last week with doubleheader sweeps over Norfolk State at home and at Maryland over the weekend to open conference play. Virginia beat the Terrapins 5-3 and 3-1 for its first series win against Maryland since the 2006 season.
            UVA is led by Sarah Tacke who is batting a team-high .471. She also leads the team with 19 RBI and .784 slugging percentage. As a team, the Cavaliers are hitting .281.
            In the pitcher's circle, Melanie Mitchell leads the way with a record of 8-7.  In 80.2 innings pitched, she has struck out 96 batters. As a team, UVA has a 3.74 ERA.
            On deck will be Fresno State who is 15-9 on this seasons' campaign with wins over then-ranked No. 14 Texas, Wisconsin and Mississippi State.
            The Bulldogs boast seven batters who batting .300 or better this season. Andrea Ortega hit .478 with a .696 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage over seven games last week. She was 11-for-23 with two doubles, a home run and nine RBI.  As a team, Fresno State is hitting at a .292 clip.
            At pitcher, Morgan Melloh has made the most starts for the Bulldogs en route to a 8-6 record and a 2.72 ERA. She has fanned 119 batters while walking just 33. Fresno State's team ERA sits at 2.44.
            On Friday, the Cajuns will face No. 1 Washington.
            The Huskies are 22-1 and are currently riding a 17-game winning streak. 
            Washington is led in the batter's box and the pitcher's circle by the 2009 National Player of the Year, Danielle Lawrie.
            As a batter, Lawrie is hitting .373 with a team-high nine homers and 31 RBI. 
            In the circle, Lawrie has a 0.99 ERA with 160 strikeouts to just seven walks. She has already pitched two perfect games this season en route to a 14-0 record. She has single-handley shutout opponents nine times this season in 92.0 innings pitched. The Huskies boast a 1.77 team-ERA.
            The Cajuns will meet Purdue for the second time this season. At the Houston Marriott Invitational, UL grabbed a 7-6 win over the Boilermakers.
            Purdue has a 8-11 record and is batting .258 as a team.
            Suzie Rzegocki is the Boilermakers primary pitcher, striking out 62 batters in 82.0 innings pitched. Purdue's team-ERA is 3.70
            Tournament-host Cal State Fullerton enters the weekend with a 3-21 record. 
            The Titans have struggled in the batter's box with a team batting average of .185 compared to their opponents average of .344.
            The pitching has also suffered, as Fullerton has a team-ERA of 7.27. The pitching staff has struck out 86 batters but has walked 96 in 145.1 innings pitched.

Last Time Out... vs. McNeese (DH) - March 11
            A walk-off home run by Christi Orgeron gave No. 22 Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns softball team a 9-1 five-inning win in the first game of a double header against McNeese State at Lamson Park on Thursday evening. 
            Louisiana would scatter nine hits with Orgeron and Nerissa Myers leading the way at the plate. Orgeron finished 2-for-3 with four RBI and one run scored. Myers was 3-for-3 with one run.  
            Brittany Cuevas grabbed the win, improving to 8-2 on the season. She allowed just two hits and one run while striking out two.
            But in the second game, the Cajuns were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities allowing McNeese to steal a 3-1 win. UL would strand eight runners in the contest, loading the bases on two occassions and failing to plate a run.
            Gabriele Bridges provided the Cajuns' lone run with a solo home run that tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. 
            Donna Bourgeios (7-5) pitched all seven innings in the loss, striking out three and walking one.

Way To Break Out Of A Slump
            Rightfielder Christi Orgeron struggled at the plate through the first 14 games.
            The 2009 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year had a batting average of .224 to start the season with a 0-for-18 hitting slump.
            But over the past eight games, Orgeron has begun to live up to the hype, hitting six home runs, 22 RBI and hitting at a .556 clip.
            At the Razorback Invitational, she posted 11 hits in 17 at bats, including four doubles and three home runs. She finished the tournament with a .647 batting average and a staggering 1.412 slugging percentage.
            In the 1-2 loss to Drake, she scored the Cajuns' sole run, but went 3-for-4 with three doubles.
            In the 11-0 shutout of Eastern Illinois, Orgeron posted five RBI and one home run.
            In the 7-3 win over Southern Miss, Orgeron was responsible for all seven runs, belting two home runs.

Orgeron Earns Hitter of the Week Honors
            For her performance at the Razorback Invitational, Christi Orgeron was named the Sun Belt's Co-Hitter of the Week and the Louisiana Sports Writer Association' Hitter of the week.
            It was the third career weekly honor for Orgeron from the conference and the first from the LSWA.

Cajuns In The Polls
            With a 15-7 record, Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns softball team is sitting in the top-25. As of March 16, The USA Today/NFCA Top-25 poll had the Cajuns ranked No. 23. The ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top-25 poll has the Cajuns sitting out the top 25, receiving votes at the 27th spot.

Bridges Named All-Tournament
            Gabriele Bridges was named to the NFCA Leadoff All-Tournament Team for her outstanding performance over the weekend.
            She led the Cajuns with 1.000 slugging percentage and three home runs, including two two-run shots against No. 6 Missouri. She finished the weekend with a .438 batting average and a 1.000 fielding percentage in 37 chances at first base.

Lucky No. 13
            In the 14-0 rout of No. 20 UMass, UL posted 13 runs in the fourth inning alone.
            Four home runs were recorded in the inning with two by Christi Orgeron. Gabriele Bridges and Taryn Broussard also sent one out of the park.
            The inning saw 10 hits, 11 RBI and two errors in nearly 45 minutes of action. 
            For the game, Erikka Murphy led the Cajuns in the batter's box going 4-for-4 and was 2-for-2 on stolen bases.

Something's Brou'in
            In her first start for the Cajuns, Texas A&M transfer Taryn Broussard, made the most of the opportunity.
            Having only had two at bats in the previous 10 games, the designated player led things off with a RBI-single in her first at bat against Radford. In her next at bat against the Highlanders, Broussard hit a grand slam, sealing the win for the Cajuns. 
            Against No. 20 UMass, she hit another multi-run home run, with a three-run bomb to right field.
            She finished the weekend with a .375 batting average, a team-high eight RBI and two home runs.

Soaring Soria
            Brittany Soria turned in an impressive performance at the Marriott Invitational.
            The freshman second baseman led the Cajuns at the plate with a .444 batting average. She also turned in a .722 slugging percentage over the five games with two doubles and her first career home run. A two-RBI double against Purdue was able to knot the score 4-4 before UL pulled away with a 7-6 win.

Walk It Off
            Last season, Gabriele Bridges drew 26 walks in 58 games. Through 22 games this season, she has already picked up 19 walks. The single-season record for the Cajuns was set in 2007 by Lacey Bertucci. She drew 61 walks that season.

Home Run Derby
            Twenty-two games in and the Ragin' Cajuns have already belted 29 home runs. Christi Orgeron leads the way with 11, while six other players have sent one out of the park.
            At the current pace, UL is projected to hit 74 home runs this season.
            Under co-head coach Michael Lotief, the Cajuns have averaged 71.89 HRs since 2001. The school record for most home runs in a season was set during the 2007 season after the Cajuns smashed a whopping 106 deep balls.
            Last season, UL hit 50 home runs.

Behind The Mask
            Brittany Cuevas is off to her best start since her freshman season. The senior hurler is 8-2 with 83 strikeouts and 22 walks in 66.0 innings. 
            This season she has already eclipsed last year's effort. In 2009, she went 7-1 in 66.0 innings pitched with 18 appearances and nine starts.
            In 2008, she was limited making 11 starts en route to a 5-3 record.
            But as a freshman in 2007, Cuevas started the season 11-0, compiling a 31-12 record and earning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.

Two Cajuns Grab Sun Belt Honors
            Donna Bourgeois and Vallie Gaspard earned Sun Belt Pitcher and Player of the Week honors after their play at the 24th Annual Louisiana Classic in the season's opening weekend.
            Bourgeois started three games, winning them all with two shutouts and one combined shutout. She allowed just four hits and walk while striking out 18 and allowing no runs.
            Gaspard started all five games in left field. In 14 at bats she recorded eight hits. She also scored eight runs, grabbed four RBI and was 2-for-2 on stolen bases. She posted a .571 batting average over the weekend.

UL Wins 24th Annual Louisiana Classic
            The Cajuns outscored opponents 52-4 en route to a 5-0 victory and the title at the 24th Annual Louisiana Classic Tournament.
            Five Cajuns were named to the 24th Annual Louisiana Classic All-Tournament Team. Donna Bourgeois, Lana Bowers, Melissa Verde and Christ Orgeron grabbed the honors while Vallie Gaspard was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Cajuns Picked First in Sun Belt
            The Sun Belt Conference released its 2010 Sun Belt Preseason Softball Poll with UL receiving eight first-place votes by the league's nine head coaches.  
            The Ragin' Cajuns received 80 total points, followed by second-place Troy with 70. FIU came in third (58), followed by FAU (50), North Texas (41), WKU (39), South Alabama (36), Louisiana-Monroe (19), and Middle Tennessee (12).

UL Racks Up Preseason Awards
            UL had a league-high five players selected to the Preseason All-Conference Team, with junior pitcher, Donna Bourgeois, claiming Preseason Pitcher of the Year honors. It is the second consecutive year that a Cajun has claimed the honor. Current teammate Ashley Brignac earned the honor at the start of the 2009 season.
            Bourgeois was the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year in 2009 after posting 30 wins in 41 appearances for UL. She earned SBC First Team Honors, Sun Belt All-Tournament team honors, was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region and was named All-Louisiana Pitcher of the Year by the LWSA.  
            Joining Bourgeois are Lana Bowers (Catcher), Melissa Verde (Third Base), Gabriele Bridges (Designated Player) and Vallie Gaspard (Outfielder)

Preseason All-Conference Team
Donna Bourgeois (Louisiana, Jr., P)
Ashlyn Williams (Troy, Jr., P)
Lana Bowers (Louisiana, Sr., C)
Mallory Cantler (North Texas, Jr., 1B)
Kelsey McCauley (WKU, Sr., 2B)
Melissa Verde (Louisiana, Sr., 3B)
Blair Bodenmiller (Florida Atlantic, Sr., SS)
Vallie Gaspard (Louisiana, Sr., OF)
Brianna Love (Louisiana-Monroe, Jr., OF)
Mariza Martinez (North Texas, Jr., OF)
Gabriele Bridges (Louisiana, Jr., DP)

Preseason Co-Players of the Year
Blair Bodenmiller (Florida Atlantic, Sr., SS)
Brianna Love (Louisiana-Monroe, Jr., OF)

Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Donna Bourgeois (Louisiana, Jr.)

Road Warriors
            The Cajuns will spend a majority of the season on the road this year as Lamson Park undergoes a $2.1 million renovation.
            UL will play only nine games at home in the first 40 games of the year. 
            Once the Louisiana Classics tournament ends on Feb. 14, the Cajuns will not return for a home match until March 9 (McNeese St.).  UL will play only three games at home in the month of March.

New Digs
            The 2010 season marks the beginning of a new era of softball at Louisiana. 
            The Cajuns' home field, Alfred and Helen Lamson park, will be undergoing a $2.1 million upgrade.
            A new pressbox worthy of accomdating the needs of NCAA regional play, luxury boxes and  1,500 new seats between the dugouts highlights the most significant upgrades to the facility.
            Larger and more functional lockerrroms will also be added, along with an technology-driven, enclosed batting cage area.
            A larger, state-of-the-art scoreboard, as well as expanded outfield seating, is already in place.

A Model of Consistency...
            When it comes to the NCAA Division I Women's Softball Championships, Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns softball program has been a fixture over the past decade.
            In 2009, Louisiana made its 11th straight NCAA Regionals appearance since 1999 and the 19th in the last 20 years. Since 1990, UL has missed the "Field of 64" only once (1998).
            The Cajuns rank ninth in total NCAA appearances with 19, 10th with 47 NCAA Tournament victories and 10th for consecutive NCAA Regional appearances. 

NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
School                          Appearances
1. Fresno State                         28
2. UCLA                                  26
3. California                              25
    Cal State Fullerton                25
5. Arizona                                23
6. Florida State                         22
7. Arizona State                        21
8. Texas A&M                         20
9. Louisiana                              19
    Massachusetts                      19

CONSECUTIVE NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES                   
School                                      Appearances
1. Fresno State                         28 (1982-present)
2. California                              24 (1986-present)
3. Arizona                                23 (1987-present)
4. Massachusetts                      15 (1995-present)        
    Cal State Fullerton                15 (1982-1996)
6. Oklahoma                            14 (1994-2007)
    Washington                          14 (1994-2007)
8. Nebraska                             13 (1995-2007)
    UCLA                                  13 (1982-1994)
10. Louisiana                            11 (1999-present)
      Florida State                       11 (1986-1996)

NCAA TOURNAMENT WINS        
School                                      Wins
1. UCLA                                  167
2. Arizona                                129
3. Fresno State                         84
4. California                              75
5. Washington                          62
6. Cal State Fullerton                59
7. Texas A&M                         58
8. Michigan                              55
9. Nebraska                             46
10. Louisiana                            45
      Florida State                       45


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