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January 8, 2007

Southeastern 64 - Louisiana-Lafayette

The Depth Chart
Starter Bench
1B Devery Van De Keere (sr) 1B Justin Robichaux (fr)
2B Devon Bourque (sr) 2B Matt Hicks (so)
3B Tim Santiago (sr) 3B Grant Derouen (so)
SS William Long (fr) SS Xavier Alexander (jr)
C Jonathan Lucroy (jr) C Blaine LaFleur (so)
LF Jefferies Tatford (sr) LF Kolin Hatfield (jr)
CF Josh Logan (jr) CF Dustin Miller (fr)
RF Matt Casbon (sr) RF Nolan Gisclair (jr)
DH Scott Hawkins (so) DH Dillon Guillory (fr)
SP1 Hunter Moody (jr) Mid Gregory Harmon (so)
SP2 Buddy Glass (jr) Mid Greg Wilborn (so)
SP3 John Zorich (jr) Mid Brent Solich (jr)
Cls Danny Farquhar (so) Stp Andrew Laughter (sr)
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Southeastern #20
Louisiana-Lafayette


They were one of the last teams out. Last season Tony Robichaux's Louisiana-Lafayette team was just a game off the pace in the Sun Belt conference and one game short of 40 wins. Fans could not help but wonder what if? What if the Ragin' Cajuns had one more conference game -- they'd have likely been in a Regional. This year, the pieces are there to erase all doubt heading into the selection day.

Offense

Although the pitching staff gets the publicity, the Ragin Cajuns' offense has some thunder itself. Leading hitter Devery Van De Keere (.368/9/41) is back as is power-hitting catcher Jonathan Lucroy (.333/12/68). Outfielder Jefferies Tatford (.336/4/38) is another veteran stick. Look for new starters centerfielder Josh Logan and shortstop William Long to have an impact as well.

Pitching

Three of the top four pitchers from last season's record-setting staff return. Leading the way is Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year Hunter Moody (12-2/2.63). Buddy Glass (8-3/2.17) is another all-conference arm as is closer Danny Farquhar (6-1/2.17/4 svs). Look for junior John Zorich to take over the third starter role for Jason Fernandez (9-2/2.86) who went pro. Other pitchers who will be counted on include Gregory Harmon (1-1/5.14), Greg Wilborn (0-1/5.90), and Brent Solich.

Schedule

The Ragin' Cajuns non-conference schedule is highlighted by games with Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, Northwestern State,Houston, McNeese State, Lamar, Tulane, and Arizona State. Inside the Sun Bekt, they host South Alabama, FAU, Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, and Arkansas Little-Rock. They visit Middle Tennessee, FIU, Troy, Louisiana-Monroe, and New Orleans.

Final Analysis

This team has the pitching and the experience to make a run towards a Sun Belt title. They will be a tough out in a Regional due to their arms. Unlike last year, Louisiana fans will be happy with how this season plays out.

Strengths: Starting pitching; closer; experience

Weaknesses: Pitching depth; bottom of lineup


The Southeastern 64 is made up of teams from the following conferences: ACC, SEC, Conference USA, Sun Belt, Atlantic Sun, Colonial, Big South, Southern, Southland, Ohio Valley, MEAC, and SWAC. The following schools were also included due to their geographic location: South Florida, Louisville, Louisiana Tech, and Charlotte.


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