After winning a doubleheader last Saturday against UT-Arlington 13-0 and 16-0, the UL-Lafayette softball team couldn’t have seen the series finale unfolding the way it did Sunday.
But the Mavericks came out determined and put a 3-1 loss on the Ragin’ Cajuns — only their second defeat of the season.
At any rate, the Cajuns must quickly turn the page to this weekend’s three-game series in Troy, Alabama, against the Trojans.
“The next time we get on the field will be a little bit of a reset button,” associate head coach Chris Malveaux said. “You want to learn from (the loss), but you can’t sit and dwell on it. It’s a little refocus and time to get back to work.”
Malveaux said everything was clicking Saturday, and he didn’t want to blame Sunday on external factors. But he said he knows there are some things to address.
“Saturday was a day that we felt like we were locked in,” he said. “We knew coming in that they would be competitive, but set the tone Saturday and a lot of our girls were coming through.
“We faced some adversity Sunday, no doubt. You hate to point at things, but right away, there were some calls that didn’t go our way. As we’re hitting, we faced the exact same pitcher and she competed. She was throwing a different zone and we had to deal with those elements most of the game. Now we have to come up with a plan when we face something like that again.”
A certain bright spot from the weekend was that second baseman Haley Hayden may have found her stride. The junior knocked in seven runs in the three game set against UT-Arlington and she said the loss isn’t something the team is dwelling on too much.
“We just know we have to learn and grow from it,” Hayden said. “We can’t think too much on it, but we have to learn from what we did wrong to get better later on in the season.
“We are looking forward to (Troy). We will practice with a purpose before we head out there. We just take it pitch by pitch and not worry about who we ware playing. We just go out there and hope for the best.”
Malveaux said the example Hayden sets every day is sure to take the team through the adversity of last Sunday and into a successful series against Troy.
“Haley is one of the leaders on the team,” Malveaux said. “Every team has them and every team has people they look to and set examples. She’s going to put the hours in and make sure that every day is being maxed out to how we can get better.
“We definitely have some things we can look at and address. We are going to do that moving forward. We harp on (the loss) a little bit, but it’s right there in front of you. It is a reminder that there is no time to relax. We have to continue to keep fighting and putting it all out there every single week. We understand we are going to Troy, but we need to make sure we take care of ourselves and make sure our game is ready to go. That is all we look at.”