LAFAYETTE, La. – As part of a six-game homestand, No. 18 Louisiana will host Middle Tennessee in the Sun Belt Network softball game of the week on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT with Lyn Rollins and Barbara Jordan on the call.

The match up will be the finale in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series, which begins with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both games are being televised on MyKLAF in Lafayette, and Dan McDonald and Chris Venetis will be calling the action. All three games will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio 1420-AM and ESPN1420.com with Steve Peloquin calling the action.

Middle Tennessee  (14-24, 5-10) currently sitting seventh in the SBC, will face their biggest challenge of the season this weekend in the perennial Sun Belt powerhouse, Ragin' Cajuns. Louisiana (33-6, 10-2) currently sits atop the SBC standings with a 10-2 record. UL's two loses on the year have come at the hands of North Texas and FIU.

Historically, the Cajuns have dominated the series, holding a 36-3 advantage, including taking three of four from Middle Tennessee in 2011. Last season did see MT defeating UL for the first time ever in Murfreesboro. In 2007, the Blue Raiders took two of three from Louisiana in Lafayette.

"They are the class of our league," MT head coach Sue Nevar said. "It is going to take a total team effort. If we do not pitch well, defend strong and get clutch hits, they will have beat us."

The Cajuns enter the series as winners of five straight and nine of their last ten.

Louisiana last started 10-2 in league play in 2008, the last season they advanced to the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

UL is 37-3 17-2 against the Blue Raiders in Lafayette. The last time the two squads met at Lamson Park, the Cajuns won three games by a combined score of 30-3 in 2009. The Cajuns are 17-1 at Lamson Park thus far in 2011. In fact, they are 596-93 (.865) all-time at the facility.

The Cajuns have drawn 32 walks in their last four games. On the season they are nearing 200 as they sit at a Sun Belt best 194. No other team in the league has more than 133. Those free passes add up to a .455 team on base percentage.

UL’s offense is led by Christi Orgeron and Gabriele Bridges, who have .434 and .435 batting averages, respectively, to lead the league. The duo has combined for 31 home runs, 109 RBI, 21 doubles and 65 walks. Bridges boasts a .623 on base percentage and a 1.065 slugging percentage – which ranks second in the nation. She ranks in the top 10 in the nation in six different categories. Orgeron led the Sun Belt with 56 RBI a year ago and has already surpassed that with 60 in 2011. She entered this week with a 1.58 RBI per game average, the highest in the nation. Orgeron’s slugging percentage is second in the league behind Bridges at .946 and ranks seventh nationally. She was also named a Top 25 finalist for USA Softball’s Collegiate Softball Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Middle Tennessee is led by senior Corrie Abel who comes into the weekend with a .387 batting average and ranks second in the league with 13 doubles. No other Blue Raider is batting over .300.

The Cajuns pitching staff, which comes in with a Sun Belt best 1.73 ERA, has already thrown 14 shutouts while the offense has yet to be shut out. The Blue Raider pitching staff enters with a 5.13 staff ERA. Jordyn Fisherback leads MT in innings with 104.1. She comes in with a 7-8 record and a 4.43 ERA.

The Blue Raiders are coming off of a doubleheader split at Ole Miss on Wednesday. Their 2-1 win in game two marked the first road win of the season for MT who is currently 1-11 in true road games. The Blue Raiders have lost three straight Sun Belt series since sweeping North Texas on March 18 and 19.

Last season, the Cajuns took two of three from the Blue Raiders in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The lone win for MT was the first time the Blue Raiders defeated UL in Murfreesboro. In 2007, the Blue Raiders took two of three from Louisiana, in Lafayette. UL is 37-3 all-time against MT, including a 17-2 mark in Lafayette.


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