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Ragin' Cajuns Rise Into Top 20 of Both National Polls

Ragin' Cajuns Rise Into Top 20 of Both National Polls
LAFAYETTE – On the strength of a 5-0 season-opening weekend, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball made a significant move in the first regular season edition of both the USA Today/NFCA poll and ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.

Louisiana moved up six positions from its preseason ranking in the NFCA poll, climbing into the Top 20 at No. 16.

In the ESPN/USA Softball ranking, the Ragin’ Cajuns rose five spots from their preseason selection and into the Top 20 at the No. 19 slot.

LSUE to add three sports

LSU Eunice announced it will be adding three more sports to its varsity sports roster. Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic school year, the Bengals will field a men's basketball team as well as men's and women's soccer.
The additions bring the total number of varsity athletics to six. LSUE competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and are members of Region 23, comprising of schools in Louisiana and Mississippi.

LSUE splits with Crowder

For the fourth double header in a row to open the season, LSU Eunice split games with its oppoments.
The top-ranked Lady Bengals exploded for seven runs in the first inning to cruise to a 9-1 win over Crowder Community College in the opener.
LSUE jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the finale, but the Lady Roughriders rallied to grab a 12-9 win.

Granger jersey holds special honor

It was his dream to play college baseball, but Ross Granger never threw a pitch for LSU Eunice.
On April 10, 2015, Granger signed with the Bengals and the left-hander pitcher was just 10 days away from starting his collegiate career before cancer ended his dream of playing college ball.
The son of Natham and Dana Granger from was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in his brain stem and the 19-year old died on Nov. 11, 2016, as his former Erath football team beat Eunice High in the Class 3-A playoffs.
He was buried on Nov. 14 in his LSUE baseball jersey.

LSUE’s Sissy Saucier dives over Louisiana College’s Lakedra Franklin for a loose ball. (Photo by Tom Dodge)

LSUE on nine-game win streak

LSU Eunice stretched its win streak to nine games as the Bengals cruised past Louisiana College in a 98-62 win.
The victory gives LSUE 12 wins on the season, a new single-season best under head coach Amanda Clemons.
LSUE opened the game with a 27-22 battle over the Lady Wildcats junior varsity, sparked seven points from Arianna Dargin (Iowa), six points from Whitney Landry (Iota) and five points from Riley James (Basile).
Lakedra Franklin led LC with seven points in the first frame.

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