In driver’s seat, Cajuns to face Ole Miss in NCAA Oxford Regional Final
OXFORD, Miss. – No. 7 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball will attempt to claim the program’s 12th NCAA Regional championship, and advance to the Super Regional round for the eight time overall and first time since 2016, when the squad faces No. 17 Ole Miss at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the championship game of the Oxford Regional.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (52-4) need only one victory to advance to next week’s Super Regional round. The Rebels (39-18) would need two wins to advance out of the Oxford Regional.
The winner of Sunday’s championship game at the Ole Miss Softball Complex advances to meet the winner on the NCAA Tucson (Ariz.) Regional which has No. 6 national seed Arizona in the driver’s seat heading into Sunday.
Louisiana advanced to Sunday’s championship game by defeating Ole Miss 2-0 in the regional’s winner’s bracket final earlier in the day. Summer Ellyson tossed her first career NCAA postseason shutout and the Ragin’ Cajuns rallied in the third inning behind hits and heads-up base running from Casidy Chaumont and Keeli Milligan.
Ole Miss secured its spot by bouncing back from the loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns with a 10-0 (5 inn.) win over Southeast Missouri in an elimination game Saturday evening.
The Ragin’ Cajuns last won an NCAA Regional championship on the road back in 2013 in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana appears on Championship Sunday of an NCAA Regional for the 12th consecutive season, a streak which began in 2008. It’s the first time since 2017 that the Ragin’ Cajuns enter the final round of an NCAA Regional in the driver’s seat.
Sunday’s action will be televised live on ESPN3 and broadcasted in the Acadiana region on ESPN 1420-AM and worldwide via the ESPN 1420 app. Should the “if necessary” contest be needed it would take place 30 minutes afterwards.
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