Clemson’s softball team is set to host its first-ever NCAA Tournament regional, which will include three other teams.
The winner of the double-elimination tournament will advance to a super regional. So what does the Tigers’ competition look like?
The Clemson Insider is taking a look at the rest of the regional field before the games start Friday at McWhorter Stadium. Clemson, the regional’s top seed, will take on No. 4 seed UNC Wilmington at noon followed by a matchup between No. 2 seed Auburn and No. 3 seed Louisiana.
TCI has already broken down Auburn. An interactive tournament bracket can be found here.
Coach: Gerry Glasco (fifth season at Louisiana and overall)
Record: 45-11 (24-3 Sun Belt)
Most recent postseason appearance: 2021 Baton Rouge Regional
The skinny: The Ragin’ Cajuns are as hot as any team in the sport heading into regional play. Fresh off a Sun Belt regular-season title and a third straight conference tournament championship, Louisiana is riding a season-high 13-game winning streak and has won 22 of its last 23 games dating back to early April. Louisiana, which has won 90 games the past two seasons, pushed LSU to a winner-take-all game in the Baton Rouge Regional a season ago, so the Ragin’ Cajuns don’t figure to be easily rattled by this week’s environment. And it’s hard to find many flaws within a team that leads the Sun Belt in pitching (2.05 earned run average), hitting (.346 average) and home runs (78) while ranking third in fielding percentage (.963).
Names to know: Jourdyn Campbell ( team-best .409 average, 10 HRs), Alexa Langeliers (.370, team-high 13 HRs, 42 RBIs), Maddie Hayden (.365, eight doubles, 27 stolen bases), Meghan Schorman (1.73 ERA in 33 appearances, 165 strikeouts in 121 ⅔ innings)
Photo courtesy of Andre Broussard/Special to The Daily Advertiser/USA Today Network
Congratulations! You did it! You graduated! Now is the time to preserve your diploma in a custom frame. Here at Clemson Variety & Frame, we build all our frames in-house – from the frame to the mats and etchings to the installation – to guarantee the quality. You worked hard for your degree. Trust us to show your diploma in the best light possible.