It’s a huge weekend for both the UL softball and baseball programs for different reasons.
The No. 7-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns softball team is headed to the Oxford regional in hopes to advancing to a super regional and beyond.
Meanwhile, coach Tony Robichaux’s baseball team will be in Monroe for the final regular-season series of the season in hopes of nailing down a Sun Belt Conference tournament berth with the highest seed possible.
Recent history indicates both UL teams will return home all smiles ... at least that's the plan.
Not so much the players, but both head coaches will be heading to their destinations with plenty of confidence due to past successes there.
Successes that go far beyond the norm. So far, in fact, one has to wonder if the uncanny dominance is a double-edged sword?
On the baseball side, UL has beaten UL Monroe 25 straight times, going back to 2012.
The Cajuns only need one win this weekend to secure a spot in the Sun Belt tournament, but a sweep could lead to UL being as high as the No. 6 seed.
The angle in softball isn’t nearly as well known. Coach Gerry Glasco was being nice about his personal success rate against Ole Miss, but it’s hard to believe as well.
None of it is as a head coach obviously, because UL hasn’t played Ole Miss since 2009. But in seven series as a hitting coach in the SEC, Glasco has never lost to Ole Miss … 21-0.
His Texas A&M transfers Keeli Milligan and Sarah Hudek played a role in the 2017 sweep of the Rebels in Oxford, but that’s it on this year’s UL roster.
UL senior Daniel Lahare knew deep down it was going to happen eventually.
“As a coach or a player, I think there are certainly places that you’re really comfortable,” Glasco said. “Ole Miss has always been a place I’ve always looked forward to going. My teams have always played well, always hit well in that environment. It’s a friendly place. I just like being on that field.”
Glasco said he did experience a loss before in Oxford. It just wasn’t against Ole Miss.
“We got beat in the championship game of the SEC tournament there one year against Alabama,” Glasco said. “We made a run and got to the championship game. I don’t remember losing a team to Ole Miss at home or the road as a hitting coach in the SEC.”
There’s actually no guarantee UL (50-4) will even play Ole Miss (37-17) this weekend, but it’s likely they will.
The head coach part of UL softball coach Gerry Glasco was elated with how his No. 7-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns won each game in the Sun Belt Confere…
The question is, will Glasco’s personal spotless streak against the Rebels work for or against UL’s chances of winning?
Robichaux openly wondered about that in his situation against the Warhawks (213-27, 11-5), who are also fighting to secure a spot in the Sun Belt tournament field.
“You kick somebody’s dog long enough and then yours goes down, they’re probably going to try to kick your dog,” Robichaux said. “So we’ve forewarned the team all throughout the season, not just because it’s Monroe. We’ve been fortunate to be successful against them, but it’s because we’ve played good baseball.”
In other words, Robichaux is convinced ULM coach Michael Federico and his staff will be extra motivated for this weekend’s games.
Deep down, Sarah Hudek knew the day would come.
“The history, I’m sure he’s going to get them ready,” Robichaux said. “He’s very good. They’re well-coached. I like their coaches. I’ve always respected them even before they got to Monroe. We hit good in that ball park and we’ve hit good on the road (all year long). That’s what we have to stay doing, stay focused on baseball and not history.
“But yeah, you have to be careful. It’s just like in life, you treat people bad on the way up, you’re probably going to be treated pretty bad on the way down. We’ve been very successful over time. Now we’re in a situation where we’re a little more vulnerable, so you have to be prepared for that.”
Recent history also slightly favors both UL teams.
At times during their year and a half together, it’s probably felt like a tug-of-war for both of them.
ULM’s baseball team lost two of three last weekend at Troy, while the Cajuns have won five of their last six, including last weekend’s home sweep of Georgia State.
Ole Miss softball, meanwhile, has lost five of its last six games, while UL is riding a 27-game winning streak into regional play.
“The winning streak means nothing to us,” Glasco said.
At this point, it’s only about leaving Oxford happy once again.