UL Softball Projected As #2-Seed For NCAA Regionals
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun softball team is being projected as a #2-seed for the upcoming 2018 NCAA Regionals.
Louisiana, who is currently 28-11, overall, is being projected as the #2-seed in the Gainesville, Florida Regional by College Sports Madness.
Okay, officially, there are no 2-4 seeds in the NCAA Regionals. The NCAA only recognizes the top seed. But we can all easily figure it out.
The Cajuns, who are currently in second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings, are searching for their 5th-straight league crown, as well as their 16th in the 18-year history of softball in the league.
Unless something strange happens, Louisiana will be making their 20th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance, including their 28th in the last 29 years.
The only year since 1990 in which Louisiana failed to appear in a regional was 1998.
If the Cajuns are indeed a #2-seed, it would mark the second-consecutive year that would be the case, after hosting three-straight years, in which they were the top seed, from 2014-2016.
Louisiana has had a lot of success in postseason play, advancing to Super Regional play for 5-straight years, prior to last season.
These are projections, and nothing more, but the Cajuns are projected as the second-seed in the Gainesville Regional, along with the top-seeded Florida Gators, the Texas Longhorns, and the New Mexico St. Aggies.
The Cajuns, who travel to Lake Charles, La. to take on McNeese in a non-conference tilt on Wednesday evening, play host to Georgia Southern in a three-game league series this weekend.
The site projects Washington as the top National Seed, followed by Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona St., Georgia, Florida, and Texas A&M in the top 8.
The top 8 is big, as they would be National Seeds, meaning that they would host in both the NCAA Regionals and NCAA Super Regionals, as long as they keep winning.
Florida St., Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, Auburn, Oklahoma St., Arkansas, and Arizona are projected to be seeded in spots 9-16, and as NCAA Regional host teams.
LSU, who some have speculated as a possible #1-seed and host school, is projected as a #2-seed in the Ann Arbor, Michigan Regional, hosted by Michigan, while Texas St. is the only other Sun Belt Conference school besides Louisiana projected in the field of 64.
The site projects that for Louisiana to make it to the Women's College World Series, they'll have to win the Gainesville Regional, and then follow that up with a win in the Super Regionals over whichever team advances out of the Ann Arbor Regional.
Again, the projections are just for fun, and should not be taken too seriously. After all, there are still three weeks of the regular season, and then conference tournaments still have to be decided. These are a guess, and nothing more. But the site did a nice job of coming up with a realistic bracket.
View the complete projected bracket here.