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UPCOMING SCHEDULE
All Times Central and Subject to Change
 
Wednesday, May 9
Game 1 – #8 ULM vs. #5 Troy (ESPN+), 10:00 AM
Game 2 – #7 Georgia Southern vs. #6 South Alabama (ESPN+), 12:30 PM
Game 3 – Game 1 Winner vs. #4 UTA (ESPN+), 3:00 PM
Game 4 – Game 2 Winner vs. #3 Georgia State (ESPN+), 5:30 PM
 
Thursday, May 10                                                          
Game 5 – Game 3 Winner vs. #1 Texas State (ESPN+), 10:00 AM
Game 6 – Game 4 Winner vs. #2 Louisiana (ESPN+), 12:30 PM
Game 7 – Game 4 Loser vs. Game 5 Loser (ESPN+), 3:00 PM
Game 8 – Game 3 Loser vs. Game 6 Loser (ESPN+), 5:30 PM
                                                       
Friday, May 11
Game 9 – Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner (ESPN+), 11:00 AM
Game 10 – Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner (ESPN+), 2:00 PM
Game 11 – Game 9 Loser vs. Game 10 Winner (ESPN+), 5:00 PM
                                             
Saturday, May 12
Game 12 - Championship Game (ESPN+), 1:00 PM
 
Sunday, May 13
NCAA Division I Softball Championship Selection Show (ESPN2), 9:00 PM


NOTE: The 2018 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship is conducted over four days utilizing both a single-elimination format as well as a double-elimination format to determine the league tournament champion and recipient of the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The first two games of the tournament will utilize a single-elimination format. Beginning with game three, the tournament will begin double-elimination. The top eight teams, based on conference winning percentage, compete for the tournament title.

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LAFAYETTE, La. – The 2018 Sun Belt Conference Softball Championship gets underway on Wednesday, May 9 and concludes with the title game on Saturday, May 12. All games of the championship are set for live coverage exclusively on ESPN+.
 
Drew Fellios and Francesca Ena are slated to call all the action from Alfred and Helen Lamson Park.

#FUNBELT FACTS
• The 2018 championship returns to Lafayette, La. and Lamson Park for the fifth time (2000, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2018) since the championship began with the 2000 season.
 
• The championship is over four days utilizing both a single-elimination format as well as a double-elimination format to determine the Sun Belt Tournament champion and recipient of the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The first two games of the tournament utilize a single-elimination format. Beginning with Game 3, the tournament moves into a double-elimination format.
 
•Texas State (39-13, 18-5 Sun Belt) captured its first Sun Belt regular-season title and No. 1 seed for the championship since joining the league beginning with the 2013-14 academic year.  
 
• Louisiana (36-13, 21-6) has the No. 2 seed and a first-day bye with Texas State. The Ragin’ Cajuns have won three of the last Sun Belt Tournament titles and 14 overall since 2000.
 
• Georgia State (30-22, 14-11) is the No. 3 seed for the second-straight year and third time in five seasons, while UTA (26-24, 14-12), as the No. 4 seed, has its highest seed since joining the conference beginning with the 2013-14 academic year.  
 
• In the most recent NCAA RPI through the games of May 6, the Sun Belt boasted six teams in the top 100 – Louisiana (21st), Texas State (31st), Georgia State (62nd), South Alabama (66th), Georgia Southern (81st) and UTA (84th). The Sun Belt enters the week ranked eighth as a conference, behind the SEC, Pac-12, Big 12, American, ACC, ASun and Big Ten.

• Louisiana remains at 21st and Texas State remains at 23rd in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Poll. The Ragin’ Cajuns are also 21st with the Bobcats receiving votes in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll. Louisiana has been ranked in both polls all season, while Texas State appears in the USA Today/NFCA Poll for the seventh time in eight weeks.

• Texas State senior pitcher Randi Rupp is one of 25 finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, recognizes the outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female players across the country. The top 10 finalists will be announced on May 9 while the top 3 finalists will be announced on May 23. The 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed on May 29.

 • Rupp and Georgia State senior catcher/first base Ivie Drake are among the 10 finalists for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate softball. Nationwide fan voting is open now to help select the winner and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through May 14. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipient for softball will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series® in Oklahoma City, May 31 through June 6.
 
• Rupp and South Alabama senior pitcher Devin Brown were both drafted by the Cleveland Comets in the 2018 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft on April 24. Rupp was the fourth overall pick and Brown was the third pick in the fourth round.
 
• Among the NCAA Division I active career leaders entering the week, Rupp is first in pitching appearances (180), games started (153), innings pitched (1,014.1), strikeouts (1,239) and shutouts (41) and second in wins (106) and complete games (101), Drake is second in total bases (543), third in home runs (65) and RBI (215), tied for third in hits (285) and walks (174) and fifth in runs scored (211) and Brown is tied for fourth in shutouts (31) and fifth in strikeouts (917) and strikeouts per seven innings (8.96).
 
• Rupp enters the week third in the nation in strikeouts with 286. Her strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.41) ranks seventh, victories (24) rank tied for 12th and strikeouts per seven innings (8.5) rank tied for 29th.
 
• Drake enters the week leading the Sun Belt in batting average (.436), on-base percentage (.568), slugging percentage (.919), RBI (60), home runs (18) and total bases (137). Her total bases rank fifth, RBI total and slugging percentage rank eighth and home runs rank tied for 11th in the nation.

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There is a free 7-day trial for ESPN+ if you want to watch the games.  You will just need to cancel before the trial ends.  Just an FYI.
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Thank You for posting this info!
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Can Troy beat #1 seed Texas State three times in one season?  I really hope so. Tomorrow we will find out.  The Sunbelt should collude so we can get 3 teams in the tourney.
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Troy eliminates ULM, 3-2, and South Alabama defeats Georgia Southern by the same score. Troy goes on to beat Texas-Arlington, 2-1, then South Alabama falls to Georgia State, 8-3. Tomorrow's schedule:

Thursday, May 10                                                           
Game 5 – #5 Troy vs. #1 Texas State (ESPN+), 10:00 AM
Game 6 – #3 Georgia State vs. #2 Louisiana (ESPN+), 12:30 PM
Game 7 – #6 South Alabama vs. Game 5 Loser (ESPN+), 3:00 PM
Game 8 – #4 UTA vs. Game 6 Loser (ESPN+), 5:30 PM

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Texas State's 1 run in the bottom of the 4th holds up over Troy. Louisiana scores 1 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to defeat Georgia State, 2-1. Troy finally manages to beat South Alabama, 1-0. It took 12 innings to score, Texas-Arlington sends Georgia State home, 2-0. Here's tomorrow's schedule:

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
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Friday, May 11
Game 9 – #2 Louisiana vs. #1 Texas State (ESPN+), 11:00 AM
Game 10 – #5 Troy vs. #4 UTA (ESPN+), 2:00 PM
Game 11 – Game 9 Loser vs. Game 10 Winner (ESPN+), 5:00 PM

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Congrats to La and Texas State on Making it to the finals today. This will be fun to watch. Congrats to Troy for playing with heart and stepping it up,costly errors were the difference,would have loved for someone new to make it. I said South would win it all boy was I wrong. The program is sliding from where it was a few years ago. I think Beth showed some improvement and hope for the future. Calling for sweeping changes at South underperformed with Brown,Todd, Lowe. Where was Lowe? Jimmy phone home line 1 pronto.
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Louisiana defeats Texas State in a marvelous pitcher's duel between Summer Ellyson and Randi Rupp. Randi only allows 2 hits, but Summer went no hitter. 1-0, Cajuns.

Troy scores early and often in beating Texas-Arlington, 9-4.

They waited until the 4th to even get hits, but Troy and Texas State found their bats in the game to go to the championship round. Texas State wins, 9-5 in 9 innings.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
All Times Central and Subject to Change
 
Saturday, May 12
Game 12 - #1 Texas State vs. #2 Louisiana (ESPN+), 1:00 PM
 
Sunday, May 13
NCAA Division I Softball Championship Selection Show (ESPN2), 9:00 PM

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Wonderful job by Gerry Glasco

 

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Congratulations to TXST for bouncing back and taking the Championship game! They found a way to get to Ellyson after her nono last night. A huge two run first pitch shot by Haleigh Davis in the top of the 6 was the difference. Those were two huge insurance runs against a Cajun team you can never count out. Randi Rupp was amazing all series and year! And you won’t find a nicer kid. Congrrats to both teams for an outstanding championship series!
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Okay Louisiana fans, where are the props to TXST?
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Okay Louisiana fans, where are the props to TXST?


Texas St. won, now you happy. They beat a team that had 2 starters on it from last year, a whole new coaching staff that came in late , with no fall ball practice. This year exceeded most Cajun fans expectations, so yeah I think Texas State was definitely the favorite this year and they did just that. Better enjoy it, as Texas State can finally call themselves champions of the Conference, even tho the Cajuns beat them 3 out of 5 games played. The Cajuns will be back on top in a couple years, mark that down.

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Salty af.
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I know Louisiana usually ends up at the Baton Rouge regional, but I am curious about Texas State.  What's the most likely regional destination for them?  Texas A&M?  
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Texas St. won, now you happy. They beat a team that had 2 starters on it from last year, a whole new coaching staff that came in late , with no fall ball practice. This year exceeded most Cajun fans expectations, so yeah I think Texas State was definitely the favorite this year and they did just that. Better enjoy it, as Texas State can finally call themselves champions of the Conference, even tho the Cajuns beat them 3 out of 5 games played. The Cajuns will be back on top in a couple years, mark that down.


Not saying the Cajuns won’t be back on top. They have proven themselves year after year. Just looking for a little love. Cajun fans post all over this board when they win, not so much when they lose, except for LCITSH.
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I know Louisiana usually ends up at the Baton Rouge regional, but I am curious about Texas State.  What's the most likely regional destination for them?  Texas A&M?  


Wrong, Louisiana does not usually end up at LSU. We usually host, but have went to many other places, as in OU, Baylor, Texas and A&M, over the last few years. Last year was the first time in a while, that we have been back to LSU, so it is not a given that we will be sent again.

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I know Louisiana usually ends up at the Baton Rouge regional, but I am curious about Texas State.  What's the most likely regional destination for them?  Texas A&M?  


I have heard College Station or Gainesville. Although after losing four straight A&M may not get to host. Who knows then.
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Not saying the Cajuns won’t be back on top. They have proven themselves year after year. Just looking for a little love. Cajun fans post all over this board when they win, not so much when they lose, except for LCITSH.



Well you might be looking for Love in all the wrong places.[wink]

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Congrats Texas State.Great Win, Make the Sunbelt proud! Good luck moving forward!
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Thanks 3B. Hoping to get a good seed and do some damage. Probably not a lot of host looking forward to playing us,
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I'm glad I had the opportunity to congratulate Randi Rupp and thank her for four wonderful years of watching her play. Also glad I was able to wish the Bobcats well as they head to College Station. If the committee sends Baylor there as well, Texas State has a good chance of winning the regional.
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Agree LC and best wishes to the Cajuns moving forward!
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