Prior to the start of their season, two Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball senior members, Summer Ellyson and Ciara Bryan, were recognized by the National Award Selection Committee.
After previously being honored by the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List, Ellyson has made a return appearance. This hometown player from Lafayette is one of 50 players across the nation earning a spot on the initial list for this spring’s award.
Bryan, a senior outfielder for the Ragin’ Cajuns, was chosen to represent Louisiana on D1 Softball’s Preseason All-America Team and was a first team selection.
After playing in the SEC league and transferring from Georgia in November, she will make her debut as a Ragin’ Cajun later this month. Like Ellyson, she is utilizing an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the announcement of the USA Today and ESPN Softball polls, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball were placed at No. 9 by the panel of voters for the preseason rankings. In 2020, Louisiana was ranked 18-6 and 2-1 in the Sun Belt conference.
The Ragin’ Cajuns softball team will open their season on Feb. 12, with a two-day alternating schedule against Missouri State and Baylor located at Lamson Park in Lafayette.
The following weekend starts the UAB Green and Gold Classic in Birmingham. Louisiana will compete in a three-game weekend against Southeastern on Friday and Sunday with Jacksonville State on Saturday.
The Ragin’ Cajuns will host a mid-week game against McNeese University on Feb. 24.
The LSU crossover will be a long weekend series hosted in both Lafayette and Baton Rouge. The Ragin’ Cajuns will play Louisiana State University and Buffalo (DH) at Lamson Park, Oklahoma State and Louisiana State University at LSU, and will return to Lamson Park for another game against Oklahoma State.
The momentum from another three more regular season games against McNeese and Memphis will lead to the start of Sun Belt conference games.
Two back-to-back conference games will be held against Georgia Southern. Following that will be a regular season game against Texas (DH).
A three game series will be held In Arlington, Texas against UT Arlington. A Wednesday night home game against Louisiana Tech will follow.
Another three-game weekend against South Alabama at home is scheduled for March 26 through March 28.
The Ragin’ Cajuns will start their time on the road by traveling to Georgia for two conference games against Georgia State. Louisiana will then travel to Texas to compete against Sam Houston State then Houston.
A midweek game against Southeastern Louisiana is the only thing separating two three-game weekends against Troy and Texas State, both of which are conference games.
The following week, two sets of games against Alabama and Coastal Carolina precede a three-game series against ULM.