No. 10 Cajuns ready for Sarah Hudek to shine on big stage vs. No. 6 Florida

Nick Fontenot
Special to the Advertiser

As No. 10 UL prepares for a three-game series against No. 6 Florida, Cajuns coach Gerry Glasco will be looking for Sarah Hudek to provide a spark.

Glasco said Hudek likes the big stage and the stage this weekend in Gainesville, Florida, will be as big as the Cajuns will see in the regular season. Glasco said Hudek's career has proven that when the stakes are highest, she's ready to shine.

“Hudek is a great competitor, and she knows how to compete at the highest level,” Glasco said. “If you watched her over her career, the big games are when she steps up. She is a gamer and she is going to step up in the big moments.”

UL's Sarah Hudek celebrates her homerun while running the bases as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the LSU Tigers at Yvette Girouard Field on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

Hudek proved Glasco right when she went yard in the Cajuns’ 2-1 win over LSU earlier this month. Hudek said games against the likes of LSU and Florida are the reason she plays softball.

“These are the games you live for,” Hudek said. “(Against LSU) we knew what was at stake and we want to play the best competition. We made fewer mistakes that day and we got the win.”

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Her home run trot around Lamson Park was full of energy — similar to all of her home run trots. Hudek said she tries to stay even keel, but sometimes, it gets away from her.

“At times like that, the ball player in you comes out,” Hudek said. “I think being passionate and stuff is important. You don't want to go too far. You want to stay balanced. If you ask anyone else on the team, they will probably do the same thing.

“That’s what makes us as good as what we are — just having the confidence to know that could be the difference. That one run can be the game winner.”

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Hudek is beginning to heat up — now with three home runs on the young season. But she said she has a lot of work to do, as does the rest of the team. Hudek said the key is to not get ahead of themselves and to continue to trust the process.

“I don’t feel my best right now,” she said. “I feel like I have lot of work to do. This season is going to be a grind with a lot of peaks and valleys and I just have to keep a neutral head space. I really take it one pitch at a time. 

“I’ll hit a home run and know it’s gone, but you just have to go to the next pitch and next at bat. We just take it one pitch at a time and execute. This game can make you go stir crazy, but as long we stay true to the game plans and trust the process, we will have a successful season.”