LSU and UL Lafayette each were ranked in the final top 20 of both major national polls after the two Louisiana teams each won more than 40 games and advanced to the NCAA softball tournament.
LSU went 45-17 on the season and 13-10 in the Southeastern Conference to finish at No. 9 in both the USA Today/NFCA poll and in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (41-16, 21-6 Sun Belt) were No. 18 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and No. 19 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, marking the 11th consecutive season and 26th in the past 29 seasons that UL Lafayette has been ranked at the end of the year.
The Tigers have finished the last four seasons ranked in the Top 10, best in the SEC. LSU has been ranked in the Top 10 five of the last seven seasons and ranked in the Top 25 every week since the end of the 2014 season.
The Tigers had 523 total points in the poll from the coaches, while netting 305 points in the USA Softball rankings.
LSU finished the season in the Super Regional round, falling to eventual national champion Florida State. The Tigers went 45-17 on the year and 35-4 in Tiger Park, the second most home wins in program history.
UL Lafayette’s final rankings capped off a season-long run in the national polls for the Cajuns, ranked No. 22/24 in the preseason, in Gerry Glasco’s initial season with the program.
The Ragin’ Cajuns vaulted into the final Top 20 listing after advancing to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and being the only non-national seed to force the “if necessary” contest.
It’s the program’s seventh consecutive season (2012-18) with at least a Top 20 finish in the final polls.
UL Lafayette has been ranked in 85 consecutive polls dating back to April 2013. The Ragin’ Cajuns earned an NCAA tournament bid for the 20th consecutive season and advanced to Championship Sunday of the regional round for the 11th consecutive year.
UL Lafayette also reached the 40-win plateau for the 20th straight season and recorded the program’s 37th consecutive winning season dating back to 1982.