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Conference powerhouse visits Denton for three game series

Conference powerhouse visits Denton for three game series

April 04
20:10 2013

Brett Medeiros / Staff Writer

With 10 tournament championships in the last 12 years, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have dominated the Sun Belt Conference. And for the first time this season, they will travel to Denton for a three game series against the Mean Green.

ULL has dominated the series matchups against UNT with a 31-2 record, but for the first time in the Mean Green’s existence, the team has a chance to take a regular season series against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“ULL will always give you a challenge with their offense,” head coach T.J Hubbard said. “This season they’ve struggled a little bit pitching the ball, and I think that can give us an upper hand because right now our offense is in a great place right now.”

Last year the Mean Green gave one of its best showings against the Cajuns, forcing two extra inning games. UNT was eventually swept in the season series.

This season ULL has not been the ULL of the past. It sits in fifth place in the conference and is 4-4 on the road this season.

The Mean Green is currently holding third place in the conference, and since the opening of Lovelace Stadium UNT is 86-66-1 at home.

“Every season ULL is the team to beat,” senior utility player Lesley Hirsch said. “Having our fans behind us this weekend will be important to beating ULL.”

ULL senior catcher Sarah Draheim will be the biggest challenge for the Mean Green pitchers.

Currently leading the conference in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.431), home runs (9), runs batted in (37) and on-base percentage (.534), Draheim is arguably the most dangerous hitter in the conference.

“We know that they are beatable and we now we are capable of taking two from them this weekend,” junior pitcher Ashley Kirk said. “As a pitcher, we know what to expect against ULL, and we’ve got our game plan ready. I can’t wait, I love to pitch against them.”

First pitch of Saturday’s double-header is set for 2 p.m. Sunday’s game will start at 11 a.m.

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