HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Miss Softball team returns to the diamond this weekend to host No.5 Louisiana-Lafayette who the Golden Eagles have not beaten since 1999.
Louisiana-Lafayette enters the weekend series 14-1 overall and ranked No. 5 in the ESPN / USA Softball Collegiate poll and No. 6 in the USA Today / NFCA top 25 poll.
However, the Lady Eagles enter this series on a four game winning streak and confidence is high.
Senior Katie Cleary said, "I think we're extremely confident in our abilities and ourselves. The coaches showed us some numbers yesterday that really put into perspective how good we are and how good we can be."
Ragin' Cajuns Lexie Elkins could be a handful for the Southern Miss bullpen, she is hitting .561 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI's.
"It is intimidating of course," said USM pitcher Samantha Robles. "Just to see those numbers to any pitcher is kind of intimidating, but I know I've been putting in the work too so I'm ready for tomorrow."
Coach Wendy Hogue and the Lady Eagles have a game plan in place to keep the Ragin' Cajuns offense at bay.
"Well we're just going to play our best game," said Hogue. "Obviously they have strong hitters so we're not going to throw the ball where they like to hit."
"We're just going to do the best we can and take it one pitch at a time."
The series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. with the second game to immediately follow and wraps up with a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.