Louisiana has the chance to complete a remarkable comeback in Monroe Thursday-Saturday in a three-game series with the Warhawks. UL has won 14 of its past 15 Sun Belt games to vault from ninth place to only one game back for a championship. The Cajuns need to be two games better than FAU for an outright title or just one game better for a share. Each game of the series with the Warhawks will begin at 6 p.m.

University of Louisiana Baseballbullet Louisiana at La.-Monroe Game Notes (PDF)

THE WEEKEND SERIES
Dates:
Thursday-Saturday, May 20-22
Location: Monroe, La.
Site: Warhawk Field (1,800) 
Times: 6:00 p.m. (Thurs) | 6:00 p.m. (Fri) | 6:00 p.m. (Sat)
Opponent: La.-Monroe (17-35, 7-20 Sun Belt)
Radio: NewsRadio 105.1 FM (KPEL)
Live Stats/Video: www.RaginCajuns.com

STARTING PITCHERS
Thursday:
RHP Zach Osborne (UL) vs. RHP Drew Granier (ULM)
Friday: LHP T.J. Geith (UL) vs. RHP James Jones (ULM)
Saturday: TBA (UL) vs. TBA (ULM)

Strong Second Half: The Cajuns have won 20 of their last 24 games. That's the best mark in the Sun Belt and State of Louisiana and one of the best in the nation.

Sitting Alone in Second: The series win over Western Kentucky, coupled with FIU's sweep of South Alabama, moved Louisiana into sole possession of second place in the Sun Belt standings.

Down the Stretch They Come: The Ragin' Cajuns finish the regular season in Monroe for a Thursday-Saturday series with the Warhawks.

The Sun Belt Basics: For the Ragin' Cajuns to win an outright Sun Belt championship they need to finish this weekend series with two more wins than FAU. UL can share the title by finishing with one more victory than the Owls.

Looking for Top 2: Louisiana needs only one win and one loss by Middle Tennessee, South Alabama and FIU to lock down a Top 2 seed in the Sun Belt Tournament.

La.-Monroe Series (UL leads 58-45): Since moving to Division I in 1972, the Ragin' Cajuns are 30-14 vs. La.-Monroe. The Warhawks swept the series in Monroe last season and have won the past five meetings, overall. The Cajuns are 4-5 in Sun Belt Conference play against the Warhawks and are 15-11 vs. La.-Monroe in the Robichaux Era.

Quick Reset: McNeese's Lee Orr led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single, stole second, moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored a wild pitch to give the Cowboys a 5-4 win over the Cajuns Tuesday at Cowboy Diamond. Louisiana scored four runs in the top of the fifth to erase a 4-0 MSU lead. Matt Click retired three consecutive Cajuns with the tying run on second base in the ninth.

Valuing the Team Concept: UL continues to strive on the team concept. The starting lineup features five hitters batting above .300, nine hitters with at least 30 base hits, seven hitters with at least 20 RBI and eight hitters with at least 20 runs scored.

Rising to the Top: Chad Keefer has taken over as the leader in home runs (12) and RBI (51) and also leads in base hits (67).

The Power Surge: Chad Keefer and Jordan Poirrier - hitting in the three and four spot in the lineup - have combined for 127 base hits of which 25 are doubles and 23 home runs and they have combined to drive in 100 runs.

Mr. Quality: Zach Osborne has turned in 11 quality starts (out of 13 total) this season. He leads all starting pitchers in the Sun Belt with a 2.48 ERA.

Top-Flight Pitching: Every pitcher on the roster has an ERA below 5.00

EXTRA BASES: The Cajuns and Warhawks have alternated sweeps in the first two SBC series played at Warhawk Field, the Cajuns sweeping in 2007 and the Warhawks in 2009...Zach Osborne needs four strikeouts to become the first Cajuns pitcher since Danny Farquhar in 2007 to notch 100 strikeouts...Chad Keefer ranks first in SBC games for home runs (11), slugging percentage (.716) total bases (78)...Over the past four weekends as a reliever, Joey Satriano has held opponents to just two extra base hits, a .143 batting average and posted a 0.82 ERA.

-- Ragin' Cajuns --


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