RaginCajuns Duo O’Neal and Lamb Sweep Softball Sun Belt Awards

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LAFAYETTE – 13th-ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball swept the first weekly awards of the 2019 season handed out by the Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday.

Raina O’Neal, a driving force behind the offensive explosion with a .632 average and nine RBI, was named the Community Coffee Sun Belt Softball Player of the Week.

Tossing back-to-back no-hitters in her collegiate debut, Australia native Kandra Lamb was the recipient of the Community Coffee Sun Belt Softball Pitcher of the Week.

O’Neal produced at least one RBI in each of the first five games, generated a 1.105 slugging percentage and struck out only twice in 20 plate appearances. She delivered the decisive blow in the season-opening win over Fordham, launching a two-run homer in the third inning, and snapped a scoreless tie in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader vs. Cal with a three-run homer in the third inning.

Lamb faced only three batters over the minimum and struck out 16 over 10 innings in the circle. She faced only one batter over the minimum vs. Incarnate Word and followed up by striking out 11 of the 17 batters faced vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Louisiana extended its string of receiving at least one SBC Player and Pitcher of the Week award, a streak which dates back to the inception of the league in 2000. The Ragin’ Cajuns now own 89 player of the week awards and 82 pitcher of the week awards.

Louisiana opened the 2019 season, the second campaign under Gerry Glasco’s guidance, last weekend with dominant pitching performances and powerful swings in outscoring foes 65-4 in the Ragin’ Cajuns Classic at Lamson Park.

No. 13 Louisiana returns to Lamson Park on Friday in the opening round of the 33rd Annual Louisiana Classics facing Jackson State at 4 p.m. and Austin Peay at 6:30 p.m. 

The tournament, which begins with round robin before bracket play starts Saturday afternoon, closes out the Ragin’ Cajuns’ season-opening, 11-game homestand.

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