LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball squad’s path to Oklahoma City will start with a decidedly Texas flavor.
The Cajuns will take on Boston University at 6 p.m. Friday in a regional-round matchup within a four-team group that also includes Texas A&M and Texas. The Cajuns, who are hosting a regional for the third straight year and the fourth time in five seasons, were awarded the No. 14 national seed, which means they host in the regional round and would hit the road for a potential super regional matchup. They’re paired with No. 3 seed Oklahoma.
That Lone Star State theme was exciting for at least one Cajuns senior: catcher Lexie Elkins, a Victoria, Texas, native.
“My best friend (Lindsey Stephens) plays for Texas,” Elkins said. “I am super thankful and blessed to be able to put this uniform on and just take it pitch by pitch.”
That approach let the Cajuns (43-7) capture the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship in Mobile, Alabama, this weekend and gain some momentum.
“We knew they would put good teams with us, so it doesn’t matter who we are playing because the coaches say we are always playing against ourselves,” senior Shellie Landry said. “Winning the SBC was a lot of fun, and we are excited for the regional. We like being at home in front of our fans.”
That has been a good recipe for the Cajuns this season. They have a 20-game winning streak going at Lamson Park as part of their 21-1 overall record at home.
Coach Mike Lotief said the challenge ahead is formidable.
“It’s hard to be a top-16 seed,” he said. “In the early years, we were always road warriors. We have been fortunate to be at home the last few years. The Cajuns fans give you a three- or four-run advantage every game. We still have some preparation and work to do. So we will be in the process of taking care of ourselves.”
The Aggies and Longhorns meet in the first game of the double-elimination regional at 3:30 p.m. Friday. That game is slated to air on ESPN2, while the Cajuns’ matchup with BU will air on ESPNU.