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Familiar Foe, Different Sport: Ragin’ Cajun Edition

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Circa 1999 baseball jersey for Iowa State University

On Feb. 26, 1999, the Cyclones played against (then) Southwest Louisiana in the CenturyTel Showcase, held in Monroe, Louisiana.

The Daily Advertiser (Feb. 26, 1999) - Lafayette, Louisiana

756 fans were recorded in attendance for a game that lasted two hours and 43 minutes featuring Scott Dohmann, a sixth round MLB draft pick that would appear in 164 games from 2004-2008 in The Big Show. Dohmann walked onto the Ragin’ Cajuns in 1998, and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2018.

Erik Campos/The State

Both teams scored three runs in the first inning, the Cyclones managed to get their three started by a lead off triple by Aaron Runk, who had a hit in ten consecutive games at this point in the season.

Castulo Valdez had two home runs, including a three-run shot in the seventh inning that put Louisiana up 8-4. The Cyclones added three runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning to make the score 9-7, Ragin’ Cajuns.

Both teams added a run in the ninth and the Ragin’ Cajuns won 10-8.

A box score is located here.

The Daily Advertiser (Feb. 27, 1999) - Lafayette, Louisiana

The late Tony Robichaux led Southwestern Louisiana to the Houston Super Regional that year and the College World Series (third place overall) the following year.

Iowa State went 2-28 in Big 12 play and 17-36 overall, notably beating Iowa in the CenturyTel Showcase, shelling the No. 19 Cornhuskers in 16 innings (who beat Chicago State 50-3 a month prior) and clawing No. 8 Baylor on May 15.

The 2000 season was marginally better than the 11th place Big 12 finish in 1999, finishing tenth place in the conference with a 19-37 overall (7-23 in Big 12 play).