This Date In UL Softball History: The Answer To A Trivia Question
Why is the weekend of St. Patrick's Day significant to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and a special softball streak they're currently on?
Okay; when was the last time Louisiana lost a conference series, and who did they lose to?
The answer is the weekend of St. Patrick's Day back in 2013, when they dropped 2-of-3 to the South Alabama Jaguars.
Actually, UL dropped their first two conference series' that year, losing 2-of-3 to WKU, at Lamson Park, before falling twice in three games to South Alabama in Mobile.
It should be pointed out that the Cajuns played those two series' without All-American shortstop Nerissa Myers, who missed multiple weeks with an ankle injury. But the bottom line is they lost them, and actually finished third in the conference race that year.
After a 2-1 loss in the rubber game of the three-game set in Mobile, one in which the benches cleared on St. Patrick's Day of that year, Louisiana went on a 22-game win streak, and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals, before bowing out to Michigan in a memorable series.
And after that series loss to South Alabama, UL hasn't lost a conference set since, winning 47-straight, a school and Sun Belt Conference record.
47-straight series wins. That's five full seasons (2014-2018), and about 80% of another (2013).
It's been an amazing run for the Cajuns during the streak, and one that shouldn't be taken lightly.
Louisiana will look to extend their streak to 48-straight this weekend, playing host to Troy in a three-game, weekend, league series at Lamson Park.
If UL wins the series, they'll extend their incredible streak, and get a leg up on the Trojans, who were picked second in the preseason poll.
If Troy wins, it would be the second series fail in 49 tries, with both being on the weekend of St. Patrick's Day.
In that case, we can blame it on the Irish.