Cajuns watched games, picked up trash in 2001.

LOUISIANA La. Jordy Templet and Brad Saloom remember exactly what they were doing two years ago this week.

"I was bringing the umpires water between innings," Templet said, "and watching all those other teams play on our field."

"I was a ball boy," said Saloom. "It wasn't a lot of fun sitting on the side of the dugouts, chasing foul balls."

And those were the good jobs. Most of Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun baseball team spent their time during the 2001 Sun Belt Conference Tournament cleaning the stadium, dragging the field and generally making the tournament experience a good one for the eight teams participating.

That's what happens when you finish ninth in the league standings, and the top eight teams qualify for the tournament.

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Dan McDonald