It’s spring break, so the No. 16-ranked UL Ragin’ Cajuns are playing some softball.
The 10-game road trip that began with a three-game sweep of Georgia State over the holiday weekend will hit its second leg with a 2 p.m. doubleheader Monday against the Lamar Cardinals in Beaumont.
“I’m not too worried about it,” UL coach Gerry Glasco said. “Kids don’t want to sit around their dorms on spring break. They want to go somewhere and play ball, so we’re going to do that.”
On paper, the games shouldn’t be among the more challenging ones on UL’s schedule. Now 25-6 on the season, the Cajuns will take on a 4-30 Lamar squad, followed by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting with Sam Houston (8-20) in Huntsville before finishing out the second recent Texas swing at Houston (11-20) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
For Glasco, it’s about the experience of playing games and finding a groove as a team.
“I think this team has to learn to be aggressive,” he said. “I think if we’re tentative, it’s going to delay our development as a ball club.”
Even during some recent wins, the Cajuns haven’t responded as quickly as he would have liked.
“That’s where we’ve got to grow as a ball club maturity-wise,” Glasco said. “We’re a veteran team, but we’re not playing very mature softball together yet. That’s where we’re going to get better the second half. That’s where we can get better.”
Despite an abundance of injuries this season, Glasco said his team can’t afford to play scared from here on out.
“I guess I’m not very worried about it,” he said. “Maybe I should be. I never have been. To me, when you start worrying about injuries, it happens. I think we just have to play and see what happens.”
Although it’s somewhat depleted, Glasco still feels like he can lean on the team’s depth.
“Even though we’ve got so many injuries, we’ve got a lot of depth,” he said. “There are players I wanted to get in the game (Monday) that I didn’t get in the game. We’ve got depth. I said it all fall and I’ve said it all spring, it’s the deepest team I’ve ever coached.
“That’s not really why we lost games. We didn’t lose because of injuries. We lost because we’re not playing together as a team and we’re not performing as a team.”